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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Up in Smoke

On Wednesday, Disney Chief Executive Robert "Bob Iger" Iger announced that the company would no longer release Disney-branded films in which smoking was depicted, and that any future DVD rereleases would be edited to eliminate smoking references and images.

This surprise announcement impacts a number of upcoming projects. For example, the animated remake of classic action film "Smokey and the Bandit" and Pixar's "Nicotina" have both been canceled. Work is underway on a rerelease of "One Hundred and One Dalmatians" in which Cruella De Vil's signature cigarette holder has been replaced by a ballpark-style hot dog. Disney corporate history is also being rewritten to depict Walt Disney as having died from a stroke instead of cigarette-related cancer.

Although smoking is banned in Disney-branded films, young fans will be pleased to learn that dogs peeing on people and tasteless jokes about bodily functions are still fair game.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Harry Potter Book Spoiler

The Walt Disney Company, bitter that it was not able to sign a contract for the building of Harry Potter-themed attractions, had this to say upon the release of the final book in the Potter series: "Harry dies."

$$$$ for California!

The Walt Disney Company announced last week that $1 billion would be made available to add and improve infrastructure at Disney's California Adventure (sometimes referred to as "The Park that Guests Forgot"). The enormous size of this sum was, in part, due to Disney's desire to gain public support by refunding the money of anyone who purchased a full-price, one-day, one-park California Adventure ticket at any time since the park opened. Further research revealed that this would cost the company only some $40,000 (including the cost of hunting down the guests qualifying for refunds, most of whom are in foreign countries or institutions of some type). This leaves much more money available for park improvements than originally anticipated.

Improvements planned for California Adventure include a newly themed entrance, a more kinetic environment, new "e-ticket" attractions, and a systematic tearing down and rebuilding of the entire park one section at a time to make it the kind of place it should have been on opening day.

After hearing that the board had approved the $1 billion budget, John Lassiter -- Poobah of Disney Imagineering -- was heard to say, "That's all?"

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Magical ashes

Reader J.G. writes, "I think everyone should know that when people buy a brick in the plaza between DCA and DL, they can choose to have their ashes buried underneath it when they pass away."

Unfortunately, J.G. has his facts slightly wrong. What guests can do is have a loved one's ashes mixed with the cement used to create a commemorative brick. Disney doesn't want to be in the business of prying up bricks and putting ashes under them every time a fanatical fan passes away -- that's just too labor intensive.

Disney is also unlikely to ever promise "post death" services again. They surely learned their lesson after the 2000-2001 "Cooler Heads" promotion in which annual passholders could purchase a slot in the cryogenic vault beneath Space Mountain for their head when the time comes. It was a paperwork disaster, and far too many guests showed up at the main gate with the upper part of a decapitated loved one in an ice chest, wanting to know where to put it.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Disneyland strikes back!

Disneyland management continues to be ireful at the recent theft of Tom Sawyer Island's Fort Wilderness by a group of dissatisfied annual passholders who were angry with the island's pirate overlay. Management has decided that the incident cannot be allowed to go unpunished, but the problem of retribution remains in that they have to date been unable to positively identify the cuplrits.

So the decision was made to punish all annual passholders for the deeds of those few.

"As of August 1," said Head of Corporate Affairs Maria Thornly, "the Disney Gallery will be permanently closed. This will surely come as a blow to Disneyland's annual passholders, many of whom enjoyed wandering its halls and viewing important artwork and memorabilia from Disneyland's past, and concept art hinting at its future. Those few who knew how to actually get a balcony seat for Fantasmic! viewing will surely be doubly disappointed. Perhaps this will cause them to think twice before again attempting to blackmail the Walt Disney Company with threats of petty thievery."

Rumors are that the Disney Gallery will be returned to its former apartment format and made part of Disney's timeshare program.

In related news, Walt Disney World management is currently engaged in battle with passholders over the "magic wand" above Epcot's Spaceship Earth. "They're stealing parts of it as fast as we can repair it," said one maintenance lead, hopped up on too much coffee after days without sleep. Rumor has it that cast members sympathetic to the protestor's dislike for Epcot's current character-heavy trend may be aiding the rebels. How will management retalliate? We'll let you know as soon as we do!

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Analysts call Ratatouille "Horrible, dismal failure"

Disney studio estimates on Sunday say that Ratatouille made some $47.2 million over its first weekend. Investor groups and entertainment industry analysts were, to say the least, horrified.

"What a horrible, horrible disappointment," said Fred Pessimisto, a major financial industry guy. "What can you buy with $47 million these days? Diddly and squat, that's what. They need to just pull this clunker out of theaters and make room for something that can do the job."

"Pixar's had its first big, gigantic, stinker," said investment consultant Pete Holenhead. "I thought it was bad enough when Cars dragged in a pathetic $60 its first few days and only went on to make $255 million, but this is so, so much worse. Did anyone even go to the movies this weekend? Disney needs to get Pixar on board with those direct-to-video sequels that make guaranteed money and just ignore those Internet-fan morons who keep worrying about 'brand quality' and unmonitizable garbage like that."

Wikipedia editor Barry Headinsand said, "Check out the Ratatouille reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. It only got 95%! Everybody hates this film. Rats hate it. The French hate it. I hate it."

Disney management is considering pulling the film from theaters and trying to make it more palatable to mainstream audiences. "We'd like to rename it Spaghetti or something more recognizable to Americans," said Disney marketing manager Sylvia "Bottom Line" Artless. "And we should never have released a movie about rats in kitchens. How can you do a Happy Meal tie-in with something about that? And the movie has no fart jokes, or dogs peeing on anything -- and the one vomit joke doesn't show anything. What is this, 1937? No wonder kids hate the thing. In addition, the movie has a short before it. Nobody does shorts any more. They waste valuable theater time. Disney should be concentrating less on this artsy crap and more on guaranteed box-office gold like Evan Almighty -- I wish we had made that film; it's everything America wants in a family comedy."

Only time will tell if Ratatouille can ever recover from this sad, stuttering start.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Super Driver at InnoventionsInnoventions at Disneyland is going through a renaissance (or however you spell that) at the moment, adding sponsors like a hyperactive NASCAR driver. Quite a few new sponsors (including Microsoft, Peterson Military Robotics, and the Dreamworks Defamation League) are already active or waiting in the wings, and Siemens has become a significant presence.

The newest addition from Siemens is the Super Driver virtual driving simulator, which -- with incredible realism -- lets visitors experience what it would be like to chase world-destroying evil geniuses using a vehicle with all the latest technology (collision avoidance, autodrive, the ability to drive on the ceiling, and x-ray vision that looks suspiciously like infra-red vision).

It is hoped that future Siemens exhibits will have something to do with products actually produced by Siemens and available in the real world.

Monday, June 18, 2007

They did it! (Well, kinda)

Last week I reported that a group of annoyed Disney fanatics had threatened to steal Fort Wilderness in protest over changes to Tom Sawyer Island. Well, last Wednesday they attempted to make good their threat, and got away with a good portion of the fort before Disneyland security got wise.

"Cast members at the park entrance noticed an unusual number of guests leaving the park with over-sized backpacks that smelled like freshly-sawed wood," said Martin Pately, an anonymous security cast member. "Wood shavings were also being disposed of 'Great Escape' style by guests with bags of sawdust in their pants who would slowly release the detritus as they walked around the park."

Although the attempted theft was not a complete success (from the thieves' perspective), enough of the fort was removed that the rest of it will have to be demolished, costing Disney millions of dollars and leaving countless termites homeless.

One of the fort thieves wrote to DisneyLies over the weekend, saying, "I think we made our point well! Next on the agenda -- if Epcot doesn't stop adding characters to what is supposed to be a science and knowledge-based theme park, we're going to steal the Sorcerer Mickey arm right off Spaceship Earth in 2008!"

Will they do it? Only time will tell!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Annual Passholders Prepare for Revenge!!!

It's been a while since our last post because, frankly, there hasn't been much news regarding Disney (something about a submarine, but that's about it).

However, today we heard what may be the biggest rumor ever in the history of Disneyland. It seems that some annual passholders are VERY upset about the "pirating up" of Tom Sawyer Island and intend to do something about it. They claim that, if Disney does not put the island back "the way Walt wanted it" immediately they will -- and this is a direct quote -- "steal the fort right off the island in broad daylight"!

Now, Disney has big plans for the fort in the coming year so they can't afford to lose the thing. I'm guessing that Disney security is going to be checking people's bags extra carefully over the next few days, looking for band saws and other such implements.

Will Disney cave? Will the "true fans" carry out their threat? Stay tuned for more as the situation develops!