MiceAge Update – The Force Awakens For Disneyland Resort

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Published on December 02, 2014 at 3:00 am with 96 Comments

Since this past summer we’ve been telling you in these updates all about the new attractions and entertainment coming to Anaheim for 2015, and this Thursday morning Disneyland Resort President Michael Colglazier will address a crowd of DCA managers to finally begin announcing some of what’s coming to the Anaheim parks in the weeks and months ahead. That internal presentation to management on Thursday will be followed up by a public media announcement on Friday. In this update we’ll fill you in on the upcoming projects Michael Colglazier will admit to in his Thursday presentation, and what upcoming projects he won’t announce, along with the latest TDA gossip and rumors.

On Thursday morning at the stroke of 8 o’clock the lower and middle management of Disney California Adventure Park will shuffle in to the Magic Kingdom Ballroom at the Disneyland Hotel for a rare “Salaried Update” by Michael Colglazier. Michael will host this presentation just as he begins to count down the final year in his three year Anaheim contract. As the previous three DLR Presidents weren’t allowed to stay past their 3 year contract, if history repeats, Michael will be here to kick off the 60th in May but likely won’t be here when the celebration ends in ’16.

Introducing Michael on Thursday morning will be new DCA Vice President Kris Theiler, a refreshingly down to earth yet very sharp businesswoman who took over DCA earlier this year when Mary Niven moved over to take the reigns as Disneyland’s Vice President for the 60th anniversary. The Vice Presidents stick around Anaheim much longer than the Presidents do.

Frozen in Time

Michael will present his thoroughly polished script to the troops, approved by Disney’s Legal team as all executive communication is nowadays, as he finally announces what we’ve already been talking about for months; the nearly complete takeover of DCA’s Hollywood Land Backlot area by Frozen. While splashy artwork appears on the overhead screens in the ballroom, Michael will reveal the following additions to DCA that will open to the public on Saturday, December 20th.

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Replacing MuppetVision 3D will be “For The First Time In Forever; A Musical Sing-Along”. This will be a live action musical production show, similar in scale to the Fantasyland Theater shows. The MuppetVision theater will be rebranded the “Crown Jewel Theater” for the run of the show. MuppetVision has been closed since November 1st, and you’ll hardly recognize it as the same venue when the new show opens on the 20th.

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Next door, Stage 17 will be remade into Olaf’s Snow Fest, a snow playground where you’ll be invited to build a snowman and play in the snow while you wait to meet Olaf. Using snow making machines and an industrial strength air conditioning system, the interior of Stage 17 will be made into an Arendelle snowfield.  Borrowing an idea from WDW’s Dumbo the Flying Elephant play-queue, visitors will be issued a pager and sent out into the snowbanks to play while they wait to be paged to go meet Olaf.

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Elsa and Anna will move in to an updated Disney Animation attraction across Hollywood Blvd. The girls will take over the Character Close-Up portion of the building, an area that was originally designed for rotating character meet n’ greets. But when that building opened in 2001, an era when dismal films like Atlantis and Treasure Planet were underwhelming audiences, the temporary meet n’ greet concept for that space was quickly abandoned.  Frozen’s Scandinavian visuals and secondary characters will also take over the building’s other lobby spaces.

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And last but not least, a late addition to the Frozen menu of offerings is a new cocktail-fueled dance party that will replace the Mad T Party. The latest version of this uniquely DCA concept is called Freeze The Night, which will bridge the gap nicely to the kickoff of the 60th Anniversary and the new Paint The Night parade coming to Disneyland in May. You do remember previous updates where we explained why TDA suits chose the secret code word “Project Bridge” for this big Frozen initiative, right? Get ready to line up for that ice bar this winter.

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Meanwhile, over at Disneyland, WDI has been working feverishly to install a new Frozen vignette into the classic Storybook Land Canal Boats ride in Fantasyland. While Storybook Land receives regular refurbishments for cosmetic and horticulture work, it hasn’t had a new addition since Agrabah arrived and moved Toad Hall to a new spot along the canals back in 1995. The addition of Frozen in Storybook Land not only slots the blockbuster fairy tale into the top tier of Walt Disney’s classic animation, but it ensures Frozen remains in Anaheim long after the temporary additions in DCA are scrapped next year.

The overall goal for this major Frozen push into DCA is to keep the AP’s and the tourists alike happy and entertained during a rather aggressive winter refurbishment schedule for both parks, before a barrage of new 60th Anniversary entertainment can begin in May. TDA suits from several departments went to Florida and experienced the Frozen offerings at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and came back with the guiding principle that their Frozen offerings can’t look as chintzy or feel as flimsy as WDW’s offerings at Hollywood Studios, even though most of the DCA offerings will only last until early May. TDA’s ability to secure a healthier budget from Burbank will help.

The one wild card in all this is the new musical stage show in MuppetVision; if that tests well with park visitors by Disney’s Guest Research department, it’s likely that the Frozen sing-along will remain in DCA through 2015, and the original MuppetVision will not return to Anaheim until a new Muppet show can be created by WDI.

60th Anniversary Preparations

While all these Frozen additions will be announced by Michael Colglazier on Thursday morning, there’s a lot more coming to Anaheim that he won’t be talking about. In no particular order, here’s what’s been either green lighted or nearing a green light for both Anaheim parks:

At Disney California Adventure…

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Soarin’ Over California refurbishment: Using new 4K digital projectors, a new audio system, and in-theater effects, the lone breakout hit from DCA’s opening in 2001 will be upgraded for 21st century audiences. This refurbishment will also prep the theaters for the eventual arrival of the Soarin’ The World film after that attraction opens at Shanghai Disneyland sometime in 2016. (And what a mess the muddy Shanghai Disneyland project is with its horribly delayed timetable! Bog Iger’s claims to opening the park in November 2015 now seems improbable.)

Not only will DCA’s Soarin’ Over California attraction get a huge technical upgrade, but the entire Condor Flats area will receive a cosmetic upgrade and themed makeover placing the area in an idyllic post-war era and the dawn of jet-age aviation. Gone will be the last vestiges of Paul Pressler’s “hip and edgy” late 1990’s aesthetics and his cheap design standards. Taste Pilots Grill will close for the winter for a major cosmetic refurbishment, and the entire area will have a newly themed look and feel when Soarin’ reopens in May.

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Luigi’s Flying Tires closure: As we told you in past updates, Luigi’s Flying Tires will be floating away for good in 2015, with the closure now pushed back a month to February. An entirely new ride is planned to be installed over the basic foundation of the existing ride, with riders zipping around in WiFi controlled dancing cars in an attraction with the current working title “Luigi’s Festival of the Dance”.

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World of Color upgrades: World of Color, the night spectacular that signaled the first shift in DCA’s fortunes from laughingstock to hot spot, is scheduled to receive its first big refurbishment since it debuted in 2010. The Paradise Pier lagoon will be drained this winter, and the massive grids of fountains dubbed the “aircraft carrier” by Disneyland’s entertainment team will be thoroughly upgraded with new equipment. An updated and improved World of Color show, using new technology and lots of tweaks learned from the past few years of programming and observations, is set to debut as part of Disneyland’s Diamond Celebration anniversary this spring.

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Meanwhile, there’s plenty more coming to Disneyland that Michael won’t be allowed to mention on Thursday…

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Fantasyland Dark Ride Upgrades: We’ve been telling you since early 2013 how WDI wants to upgrade and remake all five of Fantasyland’s classic Walt-era dark rides for the 60th. That plan continues to move forward, and the revamped Alice In Wonderland that opened last July was just a small preview of what’s in store. New projection-face animatronics will be installed in Alice In Wonderland, after they were purposely held back at the last minute this past summer. Peter Pan’s Flight, as the most popular of the dark rides, will receive the most attention and funding in this plan, and it will close in January for several months. Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride will also receive a lot of attention during its winter rehab, as the work there will center mainly on the new technology of digital mapping projection effects to plus up its show. Snow White and Pinocchio will be the last to get upgrades, although Snow White already got the first generation of digital mapping several years ago from a separate Tony Baxter project.

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Matterhorn Upgrades: After a rather disastrous refurbishment in 2013 that saw the debut of uncomfortable new sleds made with shoddy materials, the original E Ticket attraction needs help. The Matterhorn will close in January for several months for another upgrade, focusing on new Abominable Snowman animatronics to replace the 1978 versions (the snowman’s name is Harold, as the Matterhorn Cast Members will be happy to tell you). New special effects and other cosmetic upgrades will also be installed throughout the mountain.

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During the closure, Disneyland’s entertainment department will try to figure out how they are going to install the new version of the 1960’s Christmas star on top of the mountain next December as part of the 60th and its nostalgia campaign.

Paint The Night and 60th Anniversary Additions: Disneyland’s Diamond Celebration will kick off in mid May, 2015. Thus far the aesthetics and design scheme that’s been approved is a classy mixture of modern good taste and nostalgic kitsch. A diamond encrusted overlay is coming to the Castle, with lots of royal blue bunting and crystals draped around the Resort to help celebrate. The big entertainment offerings are a new fireworks show by Steve Davison, and a longer and plussed up version of the new Paint The Night parade that recently debuted at Hong Kong Disneyland. Those new backstage crowd control alleys they just finished behind Main Street will come in handy a lot during the Diamond Celebration. A formal media announcement on the 60th Anniversary is slated for January, but that media event has already been cancelled before so that’s still a bit iffy.

Backstage Magic

While this list of upcoming offerings may sound exciting to the average Disneyland fan, there’s a more exciting offering that’s already opened for Disneyland Cast Members. Backstage at the Harbor House entrance to the parks, a new Cast Members only, full service Starbucks recently opened to long lines and rave reviews. The new backstage Starbucks, which looks exactly like a Starbucks in any upscale suburb, has already had to add staffing and four extra hours to its daily operation as hordes of arriving Cast Members wait in line for their caffeine fix or their lunch. For Disneyland and DCA Cast Members, it’s a dramatic change from the dingy and greasy backstage cafeterias run by Sodexo, especially the notoriously bad InnBetween cafeteria behind the Plaza Inn. The Starbucks locations in the parks and Downtown Disney also continue to operate to huge crowds and pull in numbers that put them among the most successful Starbucks locations in the world. Starbucks couldn’t be happier with its decision to sign up as a Disney Parks sponsor.

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And while the Cast Members stay caffeinated and TDA execs stay mum on the future, there’s an even bigger project on the horizon. The plan to add an entirely new Star Wars themed land to Disneyland continues full steam ahead. It’s ironic that the Toontown Cast Members will soon be debuting colorful new costumes, which they’ll only get to wear for about 18 months as the Star Wars project is currently planned to kick off and bulldoze Toontown before the 60th Anniversary celebration ends in 2016.
Okay, that just about wraps things up for this update. While the great freeze spreads across the Disneyland Resort for this winter, the Force awakens at Disneyland as Star Wars finally prepares to settle into its own land. With plans changing by the minute, we’ll keep our eyes on these and other developments.

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  • Susan Hughes

    Frozenland is going to be a crowd nightmare. Smart move on the part of Disney to “not” open it up until the APs are blocked out. Imagine the uncivilized chaos caused by APs overwhelming that area during the busiest time of the year.

    • AvanteGardens

      I think someone needs a transfer to resort parking. Then you can get a full dose of crowding all day long.

      • Susan Hughes

        My hats off the the Parking CMs. What a tough, tough job during the busy times. And angry guests-a-plenty. That can’t be easy.

      • stevek

        I think someone needs a transfer to someplace that will make her happy. Possibly anywhere but Disney.

      • Susan Hughes

        I love The Disneyland Resort. I love the happy guests who visit there. I can’t stand “those” who ruin things for everyone. Case in point…

        • Frozen standby line eliminated
        • Fantasmic festival seating eliminated
        • GAC eliminated; replaced by DAC (and still being modified)
        • “Frozenland” not opening until late in December

        What prompted Disney management to make these changes? Here’s a hint…
        • Southern California Annual Passport eliminated

      • will1494

        I am a Resort Transportation and Parking CM. Just imagine a stampede of people coming at you all hours of the day coming in from both side. Now imagine the stampede was full of 3 ton vehicles and drivers not paying attention to anything but their cell phones. Especially at Mickey and Friends.

      • FixitKronk

        don’t mind susan- shes what we call a cASSt member

  • AvanteGardens

    As a lifelong Californian, watching soaring actually gives me a feeling of pride, and that really augments the overall ride experience. I’m sure Soaring the World will be great, but I doubt it will it be as moving for me.

    I don’t think the last Matterhorn rehab was “disastrous”. They did a great job on repainting the exterior rockwork and snow. I don’t mind the new ride vehicles that much, but then again I’m not 6 feet tall. I don’t see why they didn’t change it to a single bench with dividers like the seating system on Splash Mountain. It would have been more like a real bobsled. Its more dangerous to stand up on Splash Mountain but you don’t see any seatbelts there. My guess is that the main problem with Matterhorn is (and correct me if I’m wrong) it’s the same track from when the ride first opened. It needs to be re-engineered to smooth it out, in the same way that they redid the Space Mountain track.

    Now, if they would like to really do something great for the parks 60′th, they should restore our castle back to its original height by cutting down the trees that stick up behind it and restoring it to its original color scheme. (For those who don’t know, the bright colors make the castle look closer to the viewer, and thus not as tall)

    • Susan Hughes

      I agree with you about Soarin. I’m sure the new version will be nice. But I too feel a sense of pride when I watch our great state of California highlighted in such a beautiful way. I will miss “Soarin Over California” a lot.

    • LoveStallion

      Yeah, but it’s fair to give the rest of the world its due. At least we’ve been able to enjoy Soarin’ Over California IN California. It must be awkward to watch the same film in Florida.

      Granted, Soarin’ Over Florida would just be footage of pancake flatness and swamps.

      I actually teared up the first time I rode Soarin during AP previews for DCA. We waited over two hours. Totally worth it.

      • mainejeff

        “Give the rest of the world its due”??? Huh? Why does Disney feel the need to make all of its parks the same? I can understand changing Soarin at EPCOT……but changing Soarin at DCA is stupid. Are they going to change DCA to DWA?

      • Jayce

        Nah Soarin over Florida would also have gators and squitos! :)

      • LoveStallion

        @mainjeff,

        I don’t think it’s a need to make all of its parks the same, but the appeal of a flight over just California isn’t universal. Soarin’ Over the World™ has broader appeal and is a smart money move, as one film can populate all parks.

        From a creative standpoint, I don’t love it either, but I completely understand why they’re doing it. I wish they’d reshoot the one over California (remember, the current film is actually pre-9/11 – a very different world) and give us the option for each.

    • Algernon

      Yes, the place is overgrown with trees.

      • mainejeff

        I think that they should cut every tree down everywhere……that’ll teach the Lorax!

      • AvanteGardens

        Algernon, when you go back to Disneyland circa 1955 in your virtual reality machine will it be full of mature trees or will it be full of mud like the real Disneyland 1955? I would never suggest that they cut down all the trees, just the handful that are directly behind the castle. I think they were put in to hide the fantasyland theatre. They could probably replace them with younger shorter ones.

    • grizzlybear55

      I can’t stand the thought of losing California from Soarin’. Frankly, I don’t care about seeing the rest of the world — unless, of course they give it its own attraction, and leave our Soarin’ alone. This is a California attraction in a California park, and I can’t get enough of it. What a sad loss it will be.

    • stevek

      Soarin is a fantastic ride and I will miss the great views of California. That being said, a change will be good though they will be going quite a bit away from the overall California theme of the park…which is already quite a bit muddled as is.

    • Golden

      I agree. I’m not a Californian, but I personally think that they would be better at DCA to simply change the final Disneyland sequence and keep the rest of the movie.

      In the rest of the world, you can have Soarin over the World. SoC doesn’t make sense there. But it is such a unique and enjoyable ride… I will seriously miss it if it changes.

    • ayalexander

      The problem with cutting down trees in Disneyland is most big trees you see are directly hiding backstage buildings. If you cut down the trees behind the castle (they are actually behind storybook not the castle) then you would clearly see the large green building structure that houses the stage for fantasyland theater. Cutting down those trees is the worst idea. Believe it or not, backstage Disneyland is not flat dirt ground like it was in the 50′s, its all large green buildings housing rides, and repair shops. if you cut down the trees to the left of the castle, you will see ugly green structures and buildings…AND the tower at the end of the matterhorn cables. Not good show at all.

    • DavePurz

      The track has been replaced over the years, but I’m sure they deliberately kept it rough to simulate going down a cut ice run. The problem is the new ride vehicles have exactly ZERO padding or shock absorption capability, making for a MISERABLE ride.

      I rode it once when the current cars were initially introduced and stayed away until two months ago, when I gave them a second chance, thinking it COULDN’T have been as bad as I remembered. Big mistake… it WAS that bad. I’m staying away until the cars are updated again.

      If I want back breaking bumps and lateral JERKS, I’ll drive down the 5 and visit Ghostrider at Knotts.

  • Lakerfan3224

    Is the design for Star Wars Land in Toontown going to be similar to the previous plans in Tomorrowland or totally different?

    • rstar

      I would think it would be similar in look, but be fairly different in design due to the fact that in Tomorrowland it would have been just a facade overlay of existing buildings. With Toontown the space is a bit more open, and they have back stage space to use as well. I think they can do a much better job with that plot of real estate than Tomorrowland. It’s a shame to see Toontown go, but it seems it just doesn’t get the traffic much anymore.

  • MyFriendtheAtom

    umm i liked treasure planet

    • Eeee-va

      Me too! I think “Dismal box office receipts” would have been a more accurate description of the problem with Treasure Planet especially.

  • MyFriendtheAtom

    So Aladdin’s being replaced or not?>

  • Park Hopper

    What’s going to happen to Star Tours. Are they going to leave it where it is or move it? And if they move it, what will replace it?

    • LoveStallion

      A fair question, to be sure.

      Personally, I would prefer an expanded Fantasyland, but only if done right.

    • ayalexander

      That’s a really good question. At first I assumed that Star Tours, naturally having its home in Tomorrowland was going to stay in Tomorrowland, but if you think about it, moving Star Tours to a new building may increase ride capacity if they build the new land with 6 simulators instead of the existing 4. But, there is an issue, if you look at Disneyland through Google maps, you will see that the Star Tours building is already quite large as it is, and yet small inside…Star Tours will have to stay right where it is, in order not to take up too much real estate in the new Star Wars Land. Besides, Star Tours is a galactic travel agency operating in many locations, Tomorrowland is just another agency location, operating as a satellite outpost from this new “Star Wars Land”.

  • Primogen

    Disney hasn’t announced the details for their Star Wars land at Disneyland yet.

  • Kennyland

    The return of the Christmas star on top of the Matterhorn sounds cool. Can’t wait!

  • Dan Heaton

    That’s sort of a misleading headline. I was hoping for more news on Star Wars. While I totally understand why Disney is putting so much Frozen is DCA, it doesn’t excite me that much. It will bring a lot of crowds to the park, though.

  • Fukai

    The last Matterhorn refurb made the mountain look better, and added a Single Rider line, but the new bobsleds are a catastrophe. The ride is so rough my back can’t take it. It certainly needs fixing.

    As far as bulldozing Toontown for Star Wars land … what’s going to happen to Star Tours in Tomorrowland? They HAVE to move it. Will they put the new Iron Man ride that’s going into Hong Kong in 2016 in it’s place? Same simulator system, I believe. Both of these things seem unlikely. It’s one thing to get rid of Mickey’s Toontown Fair, but another to bulldoze Toontown and Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon spin. I’ll believe it when I see it.

    • MRaymond

      If Star Tours is moved to the new land, put a new ATIS in the original building. Don’t jump on me with rocks in hand, this is a comment for fun. Imagine the ATIS in 3D in a full motion simulator. Your simulator is launched by being hoisted into the Might Microscope. Then off you go. Multiple destination include;
      Snowflake crystals – A classic
      A backyard pond – It’s own ecosystem
      Human bloodstream – with a trip to check out some nano-machine virus fighters
      Ant mound – a microscopic city
      An old watch – lots of moving parts
      You get the idea. Disney Edutainment at it’s finest.

      • stevek

        Would love it but highly unlikely to fly with today’s audiences. If anything, I can see them converting to the Iron Man simulator in Tokyo and then putting a new ST in SW Land. There have been lots of different rumors but one of the most “reliable” I heard was that it was staying as is and would somehow be made to work with the new SW land. Not sure how though.

      • DarthSavage

        Body Wars?

  • scarymouse

    I guess I’m falling in the Disney trap especially after seeing the new Star wars trailer.I am super excited to have a Starwarsland to peruse. Sorry to see Toontown go especially Roger Rabbit, I think some of it could possibly relocate parts of toontown in DCA or closer to small world . Great update!

  • WDWorldly

    It’ll be strange having an entire Star Wars Land separate from the park’s Star Wars e-ticket in Tomorrowland. Star Wars (and Marvel and Monstropolis) would really fit better in a third gate.

  • TifaOnACloud

    For the last time, 4k digital projection is in no way outside of “set it and forget it” an upgrade over 70mm IMAX film. Its not even close to the resolution and color depth. The only plus will be the lack of degradation from improper handling. All the attraction really needs is a fresh print and someone to take proper care of it. This is purely a cost thing and it saddens me to no end how badly this will downgrade the film for those that notice.

    Still hating the whole tear down Toon Town thing.

    • Rogermeyers

      Yepp u get it. This is a cost saving downgrade. I think some people without the specific knowledge just hear the words digital and HD and assume that means something better than film when that is noot the case!

    • AvanteGardens

      Who says it going to be just one 4k projector? Maybe its going to be 4 projectors per screen. That would take care of the resolution problem. I’m just praying that they don’t try to make it 3-D. Ugg.

      I for one wont miss toontown

    • Jabroniville

      Toon Town was neat for its day, but now looks dated and really, its time has come. The only good ride in it is the Roger Rabbit thing, and the rest is just cheesy old Meet & Greets. I get a bit of a nostalgic twinge seeing them, but nothing big.

  • JiminyCricketFan

    I am disappointed that Disney will not throw in the towel and change out those awful Matterhorn sleds. I am sure that people who get a injured back from riding will really appreciate the new paint and flash of a new animatronic.

    • ErikJung

      I’ve been assuming my discomfort on the Matterhorn was due to my big belly and the new sleds not being compatible. I’m glad to see its not just me.
      As I’m a single rider, I usually get put into the last seat in the bobsleds. So painful! On my last visit in September, I was put in the fourth seat (first of the second sled). Sooooo much better! No pain and I didn’t feel like I needed to visit a chiropractor afterwards!

    • stevek

      They are quite painful…to the point I no longer look forward to riding. Sadly, my kids don’t enjoy it either. Kind of a bummer as it was always a classic.

      • Chernabog

        Yeah until they replace those horrible bobsleds my back simply cannot take riding on my tailbone with no padding (and I’m 5’6″, not 6 feet tall). Honestly, no back issues on any roller coaster (that includes every single ride at Magic Mountain) but after the Matterhorn I can hardly walk the next day. Plus — no hugging your date, or if you’re a parent, hugging your child (Matterhorn now has a higher height requirement IIRC). Ruined one of my “must do” rides at the park.

  • tooncity

    The Muppets will never come back. As bad as the Muppets are they’re infinety more charming than anything from that horrible movie Frozen. Muppets have never been treated well under Disney. Nobody is willing to attach their career to a franchise that has NO corporate vision for it.

    • mainejeff

      “Horrible movie Frozen”??? Blasphemy!

      I agree however….especially as it concerns the Muppets. Universal would have treated them much better. I don’t think that many Disney fans really appreciate their brand of humor which requires a bit of thinking and an understanding of sarcasm.

      • tooncity

        Frozen has AWFUL Animation. Not even close the level that Pixar creates. Frozen is even below crud from Dreamworks. When I watch Frozen (only for a few minuates at a time), I can imagine some miminum wage, animation school graduate playing around with the latest Aniamtion program, with the glee of a 10 y.o. boy who just found his dad’s gun. The thrill of all the power to make over exaggerated facial expressions, without restraint. I’m a hand drawn anaiamtion guy, but I love what Pixar has done. Frozen is artistic trash, and forgetable. just like all the other computer animated movies that have been put out inthe last 10 years.

        I was watching the Christmas CMA’s last night and there it was “Let if Go, Let it Go, I think I’m going to hurl!”

      • Kenny B

        Toon, your crazy. And a troll…..

        Anyways – the snow is fantastic looking. Disney is cribbing on Pixars style, yes. It still looks fantastic.

    • Westsider

      Muppets Most Wanted – Released March 11, 2014 at El Capitan Theater – Total Box Office $72 Million

      Frozen – Released November 19, 2013 at El Capitan Theater – Total Box Office $1.275 Billion

      That’s just over 1.2 Billion reasons why Frozen is replacing the Muppets in DCA.

      • TodAZ1

        Yeah, but the Muppets released in 2011 (with Amy Adams) did $165 million box office. Still nowhere near Frozen numbers, but not as anemic as you’re portraying.

    • Oaktown

      “horrible movie”

      “artistic trash, and forgetable”

      “even below crud from Dreamworks”

      It’s annoying that the popularity of the film has created a standard of hyperbole from those who didn’t enjoy it. I mean, I don’t care much for Star Wars, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t recognize that others do, and that there are objectively positive things about it.

    • stevek

      I think you are clearly in the minority on both the quality of the actual movie and animation. Many may not like the Frozen phenomenon but I’m not sure anyone can really blame Disney for cashing it. Muppet Vision is one of the most poorly attended shows in the resort and I really never felt like they fit to be honest (here or in Florida). It’s really time for Disney to either truly make a plus up statement around the Muppets or remove them from the park. I dare say that beyond the hardcore Disney/Muppet fans, they won’t be missed and the attendance shows that.