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for my final trick, i shall turn into a disappointment

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Someone put Idina’s vocals with Demi’s backing track and IT’S PERFECTION

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shelephantom asked: Inside the magic and the Disney Parks blog are saying that Frozen is now officially replacing Norway. Also, it may be replacing Christmas (or at least joining it; I don't know. I'm uncomfortable.) ... I like Frozen, but I'm going to go scream incoherently into a pillow for the next twenty years.



I’m really upset about this.

I feel like Universal should do an Old Spice-style commercial. “Look at your theme parks. Now look at mine. Now look at your theme parks, now back to mine. Sadly, your parks aren’t mine. Your park doesn’t have the leadership to pull off the things that I am doing. I’m building hugely immersive and detailed lands, and Disney fans are getting sing-alongs and two-minute kiddie coasters and social media campaigns for a flying dragon that you’ll never actually see. I’m on a horse.”

Here’s a link to the Disney announcement for any who haven’t seen it. It’s now official — Anna and Elsa are evicting Maelstrom. We’re actually going to have a World Showcase with ten nations + one fictional location (for now — how long until Morocco becomes Agrabah?). While the rumors were getting a little too specific for me to keep just assuming they were fake, it’s such a stupid idea that I was holding out hope that Disney wouldn’t actually do it.

Look, I’m all for building a Frozen attraction. I can’t argue the popularity of the movie, and four-hour lines to meet Anna and Elsa are previously unprecedented. But with all the land available, the only excuse for putting it in what used to be a place to experience the culture of Norway is that they want to pinch pennies — why build a new attraction when you can just throw some new decorations in an old one? Why expand a park when you can keep capacity the same?

I’m seriously over today’s Disney upper management. Bob Iger is just Eisner Junior — he has zero creativity (hence the reason he is buying intellectual property like Marvel and Star Wars from other companies instead of coming up with new IP in-house). He’s just as penny-pinching, and just as “corporate.”

Walt Disney proved that you can make money by doing the right thing, but today’s Disney leadership knows that you can make MORE money by forgetting your own company’s heritage.

Update/replace Maelstrom? Yes, that would make sense — the attraction is a bit outdated. But keep it Norway, don’t move the story to the fictional land of Arendelle. Or, since Norway isn’t paying to maintain the pavilion anymore, change it to a different country. A real one. The World Showcase having pavilions replaced by fictional places destroys the entire idea of that part of the park. Bring a sub-Saharan African country to the World Showcase (aside from the drums tucked away into a corner which is all the representation that continent gets now). Bring in Russia. Heck, make it Luxembourg — the pavilion would be approximately the same size of the actual country (before you send asks, yes — that’s a major exaggeration).

And build a Frozen attraction, sure. But not there. Why dismantle the entire idea of the World Showcase to do so? Can you imagine a Frozen attraction using state-of-the-art technology and ride systems, and how much better it would be than shoe-horning it into an attraction that’s a quarter of a century old?

Remember when you could ride through The Living Seas aquarium and be surrounded by sea life? You know, before it became a Finding Nemo attraction and they actually blocked your view of the animals so you can watch movie clips instead? Oh, you still ride through the aquarium, but they made it so you can’t actually see the aquarium. This is the same level of stupidity.

I’m so sick of Disney corporate management. We need another Walt or Frank Wells — someone who can be the conscience of the company. Because right now it appears that there is nobody speaking up for what’s right, and instead everybody in upper management is putting profits above everything else.

I definitely agree. But Africa does get representation in Animal Kingdom, so I think a different country would do well to replace Norway if we’re removing all of the heritage from Maelstrom anyway. Arendelle, a FICTIONAL land BASED on Norwegian culture, does not belong in World Showcase.

To be honest, I don’t care if they build an AMAZING Frozen attraction. Really, it actually would be awesome.

BUT NOT IN NORWAY or World Showcase. Not in an area that is meant to celebrate the cultures of other countries.

Because even though Frozen is very loosely based on Norwegian culture does not make it Norwegian at all.

It is totally American. Americanizing every single country’s culture in World Showcase is a really sad, and seemingly ignorant way to “showcase” other cultures.



Fun little trick I learned in therapy: validation. When someone is upset, don’t try to fix the problem, point out the cause, or tell them it could be worse. Just validate their emotions. Be like, ‘shit yeah man, that sucks. I’m sorry you’re going through that. I’m here for you.’ That’s literally all you have to do to make them feel better. Thank you and goodnight.

I don’t understand why so many people have a hard time understanding this…

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The Ferguson City Council convened for the first time since Mike Brown’s death, and proved that they literally give no fucks about what the community has to say. Added to their vague, paltry proposed reforms, seems real change will have to come in Ferguson via the ballot box. I don’t care where you live folks— let this be a lesson in voting/participating in your local elections and government! #staywoke #farfromover 

My people getting it!

these people are the real heroes. not the military, not politicians, not the Hollywood actors. they risked their lives and livelihoods to challenge white supremacy and institutionalized racism.

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