So I looked for people talking about this, and I didn't see it.
So you know a common discussion between Disneyland and Walt Disney World is Disneyland gets everything good?
Well I would like to say that on Friday, I had the pleasure of viewing Disney's Hollywood Studio's Rock 'n' Glow dance party, and I would like to say those of you thinking that DCA's Glow Fest is awesome, just wait till you see Rock 'n' Glow.
No, I am lying.
I've seen some photos of Glow Fest, and it looks garish and horrid. Especially in the day time. However, it is getting positive reponses, people are praising the bars, the dancers, the music. If it is a hit, well I am not the target audience, and I have opinions on it...but positive response is always good. But Rock 'n' Glow...
Now, I must have missed when this Rock 'n' Glow was announced (it wasn't with the first Nightastic! PR) and I am sure that this is in response to "well DCA is getting something with 'Glow'..." but let me just say, I've seen Disney throw together some really dumb & poor entertainment before, but this had to be one of the worst.
Maybe it was just too last minute. Maybe it was like "Celebrate Tonight!" at PI and Florida's team has no idea or no ability to mix night entertainment with a family friendly vibe, but this was so bad...I'm not sure how words can describe it. Basically they've set up the special events stage in front of the hat. There is a DJ, and a banner claiming it as part of Summer Nightastic. That's it, I really didn't see much of "Glow".
So a DJ plays songs (I didn't recognize them...sounded Radio Disney-esq) and a girl was on stage trying get the crowd excited. This entailed her yelling into a microphone while jumping up and down waving her hands side to side (beat not withstanding) trying to get the crowd to do the same.
And while I am cynical, and really not a fan of this kind of "event"...let me say this time I am not alone. The guests weren't really into it either. The crowd was small, they were basically standing around watching this girl jump, and most gave it an amused glance, and continued on their way. Few people stopped to watch while I surveyed the crowd (which I will admit was not that long, there is only so much I could tolerate).
So I'd like to open the floor to other people's opinions. Feel free to respond to my questions or to add your own:
- Have you seen it?
- Am I way off in my opinion?
- Does this seem like a knock-off of Glow Fest that was thrown together?
- Do you locals think it is as bad as WDW's last entertainment flop (on the newly constructed Tomorrowland Stage) Stitch's Supersonic Celebration?
- Is Florida's entertainment team so out of touch that they cannot create any small scale stage shows without a large budget and corporate help anymore?
These are just some of the thoughts going through my head right now. It has just got me thinking, Stitch's Supersonic Celebration. Celebrate Tonight! A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas. Rock 'n' Glow. They've all sucked. Is this management? Is this entertainment? Why can't they create entertainment anymore that isn't ridiculed? Aren't they supposed to be better than everyone else? These shows certainly don't make me feel that way, they feel like they are at a second rate local amusement park.
I guess my question in all this is what has happened to WDW's entertainment? With how quickly some of these shows were canceled early in their runs, obviously I am not alone in thinking "WTF is this supposed to be?"