I received the quarterly Disneyland Annual Passholders brochure this week which features a fold-out cover of art representing the World of Color show at DCA.
Except for lone Tinker Bell (herself now a revised merchandise franchise character), there are ZERO classic Walt Disney characters represented on this poster - - highly unusual!
While one might expect they would highlight/feature recent characters - - to show so many Disney characters -- but with ALL of Walt's excluded -- really shows the rebranding push that's going on at the company.
Belle and Ariel and Simba okay... But no Mickey? No Donald? No Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, Dumbo, Bambi, Pinocchio, Dalmatians, Lady, even Mary Poppins?
Yet marginal less-than-crowd-pleasers like Pocahontas and Stitch are featured prominently?
The Blue Sky Cellar focused highly on engaging, creative art for an Alice in Wonderland sequence... was she cut out? If not, why ignore her - - especially for the Passholder crowd who really love the traditional characters? I thought the "new" DCA was supposed to incorporate Walt into the story...
I had such high hopes for this show to provide a nod to Walt's legacy along with the usual cross-promotion, but now it makes me question whether to go in with an optimistic expectation.