Throughout this morning’s D23’s Vacation spot D occasion, Disney Parks (and so on.) Chairman Bob Chapek introduced new nighttime spectaculars that includes Mickey Mouse which can be coming to each Walt Disney World and Disneyland. On this submit, we’ll focus on this upcoming Mickey Mouse leisure, plus the newest information & rumors about Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway.
At Walt Disney World, the brand new “Great World of Animation” Nighttime Present will debut in Could 2019 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. (That is along with the brand new fireworks exhibits coming to Epcot in 2019 and 2020.) This all-new cinematic nighttime expertise will kick-off the park’s 30th Anniversary celebration. “Great World of Animation” will use state-of-the-art projection know-how, and Mickey will take visitors on a magical journey by 90 years of Disney animation.
Out at Disneyland, “Mickey’s Combine Magic” will mild up the evening at Disneyland starting on January 18, 2019 with music, projections, lasers (and presumably pyro, on condition that it’s within the idea artwork) as a part of a dance social gathering that takes over virtually your entire park. There are a bunch of different newly-announced “Mickey Issues” coming to the parks, so let’s check out these and supply some commentary on the bulletins…
Earlier than persevering with with the opposite Disneyland stuff, let’s leap again to Walt Disney World. First, we’re assuming the “Great World of Animation” will change “Disney Film Magic,” slightly than “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular.” (The latter may additionally be due for a substitute with the debut of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge–who is aware of.)
Our solely foundation for that is that the vernacular used within the Parks Weblog announcement is “Nighttime Present” slightly than “Nighttime Spectacular,” which means that “Great World of Animation” will probably be smaller-scale. Disney is often cautious with its phrasing, so we don’t assume we’re parsing phrases an excessive amount of right here.
There’s actually no new information so far as Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. One factor we do know is that the attraction received’t be opening within the Spring 2019 and even early summer season, as some (together with us) had beforehand suspected.
Moderately, Chapek indicated that opening is nearly a yr away, with a gap in Fall 2019. No particular date was set past that, and we don’t anticipate one to be revealed for some time. We now have not heard something main us to consider that the attraction is not on time or having any points, and we’re curious if this official opening is deliberate to supply counter-programming for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
Leaping again to Disneyland, a pair different bulletins had been additionally made along with the park-wide dance social gathering factor. There may even be “Get Your Ears On: A Mickey and Minnie Celebration,” which is able to function new leisure, meals, and merchandise. Moreover, fan-favorite Mickey’s Soundsational Parade returns to the resort in January 2019 that includes a brand new float with Mickey himself.
We’re going to hazard a guess that Pixar Fest will not be returning to Disneyland in 2019, which doesn’t rule out the chance that it received’t return to Disney California Journey. (Frankly, it’s higher suited to only DCA, anyway, so that will be the higher transfer from our perspective.)
If none of this sounds significantly thrilling to you, that’s as a result of it in all probability isn’t the intent for these to be large choices. Each the brand new Mickey exhibits seem like night leisure to enrich present choices. There’s nothing incorrect with that–not all the things can or must be a serious providing–and we predict it’s good to see Mickey Mouse obtain extra consideration.
One factor that’s fascinating is how this units up Disneyland to start its subsequent section of growth. Inside rumors have been swirling that the principle backstage leisure constructing behind Toontown will probably be relocated off-site early subsequent yr, to ensure that demolition to accommodate the following large addition following Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
This might additionally take the rear fireworks launch web site out of fee, requiring a modified nighttime spectacular with extra lower-level pyro, or non in any respect. The beginning of the vacation season has already seen a modified model of ‘Consider… In Vacation Magic’ with restricted pyro on significantly windy nights (of which there have been many), and that’s roughly what we anticipated from Disneyland “fireworks” subsequent yr.
Individually, we’ve heard that the brand new attraction changing the leisure constructing could be Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, as rumored by WDWNT. One important a part of the rumor, not less than as instructed to us, is that this growth wouldn’t occupy any of the Fantasyland growth parcel.
Probably the most credible rumors we’ve heard (that are in all probability solely fifty-fifty at finest) nonetheless level to this Fantasyland plot as being developed in a couple of years, and that includes Frozen. We’ve additionally heard that Disneyland is aiming to maneuver as many backstage services off-site within the subsequent yr as attainable to facilitate future growth plans.
If Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway is coming to Toontown (and that’s extremely prone to be the case) we predict it is a fairly stable addition–and actually a best-case situation for the park’s growth. Truthfully, it’s powerful to search out something to dislike about this rumor.
That is particularly so on condition that nothing of import (except for a present store) is on the chopping block in Toontown. One other large attraction in Toontown is nice information to us, as it will additionally as soon as and for all put to relaxation rumors in regards to the land being changed by future growth. (We really feel strongly that Toontown and Roger Rabbit’s Automotive Toon Spin are extremely underrated.)
Whereas we’re nonetheless not completely offered on the animation fashion of Disney Channel’s new Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts, that is one thing that–if we’re being trustworthy with ourselves–we simply have to recover from. Each technology has its “model” of Mickey Mouse, and that is at this time’s remedy of the enduring character.
These shorts are Emmy-winning, and though they remind me of Ren and Stimpy, they’re additionally meant to evoke a traditional fashion of animation. Self consciousness may be powerful, however I’m making an attempt to put aside my very own predispositions about what Mickey Mouse and pals “ought to” seem like.
Apparently (not less than to us), we talked to a number of pals in Japan on our most up-to-date go to in regards to the concept of a Mickey Mouse attraction in Tokyo Disneyland. Not as a result of something is rumored, however as a result of it looks as if such a logical match given Mickey’s celeb standing there, and the probability of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway being a heavily-cloned trip.
Whereas some had seen the brand new Mickey Mouse cartoons, they instructed us these weren’t very fashionable (or mainstream) in Japan. My hypothesis there’s that the portrayal of Mickey Mouse within the cartoons doesn’t precisely mesh with Mickey’s persona in Japan, or the animated common tradition there. We nonetheless wouldn’t be stunned to see the Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway trip tech discover its technique to Tokyo Disneyland, however maybe with a reskinned look. (There’s additionally no room to develop behind Toontown, and changing ‘it’s a small world’ appears unlikely now, so there’s that.)
In any case, we’re anticipating extra information at this time out of the Vacation spot D occasion, and probably affirmation of some rumors which were swirling for the final couple months, so keep tuned all through the day…
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