Some more Guardians talk? Why not!

Some more Guardians talk?  Why not!

I don't want this to come across as a hatred for the Guardians of the Galaxy.  It's not.  I am a comic book fan, and a comic book movie fan even more.  I've enjoyed the living hell out of both Guardians of the Galaxy (henceforth GotG) films, laughed really hard at both of them.  I've pre-ordered the 2nd film already on iTunes.  Great movies, lots of fun, 2 thumbs up.

But, I've written about it multiple times.  I HATE the idea of bringing GotG into Future World.  I've explained why, I probably don't need to do so again.

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The death of the theme park

The death of the theme park

As I'm sure you are aware if you are reading this blog as a Disney Parks fan, this weekend was Disney's D23 Expo.  A celebration of all things Disney, including their entertainment empire and their parks.  Even for me, someone who's falling farther and farther out of the pulse of Disney Parks rumors, it is something that makes one sit up and pay attention.  D23 Expos of the past have produced tons of concrete news for different Disney Parks projects.  This year was no exception.  

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Mourn / Mourning / Mourned

Mourn / Mourning / Mourned

By this point, my blog posts fall into a very specific pattern.  I spend a few paragraphs apologizing for the amount of time that it’s been since my last post, most of which falls into the “I’m so busy” line of reasoning.  Then I introduce whatever concept has been running around in my head for a while, and I bang away at it for a few paragraphs, all of which basically come to the same point.  Epcot is not what Epcot Center was, or was meant to be by the original designers.

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True to the Original Vision

It's been a year now since I wrote a new post regarding Plan Alpha, my first cut at a plan to gradually reinvent Epcot into a modern/updated version of the park that was, holding true to the original vision of Epcot Center, while bringing it into the modern era.

There are a lot of things I could point to that would explain why I kind of fell off writing about it.  It started with having less time to write, more work responsibilities keeping me later at work on most days, reducing my free time to write.  Add to it the fact that the logical next step of my Plan Alpha was one in which I really didn't have many concrete ideas on, more the beginnings of ideas.

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What about Science

What about Science

Figment: Boy, I wish I could be an astronaut! I bet I can use imagination to discover all kinds of new things.
Dreamfinder: Of course! It's your key to unlock the hidden wonders of our world.

 

I know it's been a while since I wrote last.  It's been the normal mix of things that has kept me from writing, but this time seemingly taken up to eleven.
There have been changes at work, leading to a major shift in responsibilities.   The holidays are an extra busy time for me because they are closely followed by both of my kids' birthdays.  The family had some health issues to take care of, which are still sorting themselves out.  Honestly, there also is a big lack of enthusiasm on my part that I hope to address in a post soon, as I feel it is worth investigating a bit.

 

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I'm a guest on Dave's Disney View

Yeah, I know I've not written in a while.  I've got a post 1/2 written right now, just need time to finish it.  In the meantime.

I had the pleasure of joining in for my first guest spot on a Podcast late last week.  Dave's Disney View podcast reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in joining to discuss Epcot, what it was, what it is, and what it may become when Disney gets around to announcing exactly what its plans are for revamping the park.

It was a great conversation, Dave brought up a lot of really great points that got me thinking and wanting to make time to dig back in and write again.  Give it a listen, let me know what you think.  I'm an avid podcast listener, so if I suck, it won't be because I've not prepared myself for podcasting.  It'll just be because I suck.

Anyway, here's a link to the podcast:

http://disneyview.blogspot.com/2017/01/episodes-272-273-and-274-changes-coming.html

Another letter???

A little while back, I had posted a letter that I had sent via email to Melissa Valiquette, VP of Epcot.  After sending that letter, I had spoken with someone from Guest Experience Services for a bit about my letter, and was assured that Ms. Valiquette had read my email and had spread it around to Epcot leadership to read as well.  It was a pleasant conversation, and I appreciated the call.  I'm assuming that is one of the reasons that they make these calls, the Guest Experience Services folks partially exist to make those who write in feel like they are being listened to.

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An Open Letter to Melissa Valiquette, Vice President – Epcot

An Open Letter to Melissa Valiquette, Vice President – Epcot

I know the "open letter to..." format is a little overplayed in the blogosphere.  This is a slight variation I guess.  I wrote this letter this morning and sent it via email to the recipient in question.  I do however think that the themes contained in it echo this blog quite a bit, so unless I'm told to pull it down for some legal reason, I figured I'd put it out here as open letter

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A tipping point?

A tipping point?

I have a few things to admit to myself here.  It’s been bopping around in my head for a little while now, and I’m finally taking the time to sit down and write.

1)      The post that I’ve had in mind to write for probably 2 months now is probably not happening any time soon. 

2)      It likely wasn’t going to work out the way I wanted it to anyway.

3)      I’m leaving in a week for what I believe is my only trip to Florida, for sure as an adult (Spring Break doesn’t count right?), that doesn’t involve a trip to Disney Parks™.

The three things have a lot more in common than you might think on first glance.  The blog post that I have been meaning to write is one that was intended to answer a question that was in my head, especially as I plan this trip to Florida, and one that I feel has been really prevalent in some of the Disney discussions of late. 

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A tangent on storytelling and Epcot Center

A tangent on storytelling and Epcot Center

A comment on my last blog post regarding music and radio got me going off on a tangent today.  The comment made mention of Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, which put my brain off and running on a semi-related path.  And I haven't even had the chance to write up my post on the importance of music in the original Epcot Center, have I?  I can't remember.  Anyway.

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Does Epcot have to be for everyone?

Does Epcot have to be for everyone?

This is a question which I obviously know the answer to for many different reasons.  Of course a company like Disney wants one of it’s main theme parks, second in attendance next to Magic Kingdom, to be a park that everyone is interested in attending.  I know the answer to that question is a resounding YES.  For business reasons, for marketing reasons, for optics, for a million other reasons.  It’s stupid to even consider the alternative.

So, let’s take up way too much space in “The Cloud” discussing just that.  Why not?

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Was Wonders of Life Wonderful?

Was Wonders of Life Wonderful?

I’ve started, deleted, restarted, redeleted, put off, made up excuses (some legit, some not), and basically ignored writing this next blog post for weeks now.  To be fair, it’s been busy lately, at work and at home, with annual review stuff, digging out of a work-related hole, sick kids, and various other things that have made finding time to start writing difficult.

But, being honest with myself, that is not the only thing that has really stopped me from writing.  You see, I know what the next target on my Imagineering plan to remake Epcot (Plan Alpha) is, and I’ll admit something here, don’t tell anyone: I never formed a real emotional bond with Wonders of Life.

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Finally, festival space

Finally, festival space

The time has come to finish up this pavilion imagineering so that I can move along to talk about some other things.  

I know you are all screaming "Nooooo, we've loved the 10,000 words devoted to something that will never happen!  Can we get 10,000 more?"

I'm pretty sure I can find a way to do that again in the future, but for now, it's time to address the thing that started this pavilion out in the first place: festival space.

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It's a Small World of Flavors

It's a Small World of Flavors

Where we left off last, oh, whenever that was, it’s been too long for me to keep track.

As a part of reinventing Epcot, Plan Alpha, we’re taking it as read that Soarin’ Over the World exists, but has shifted it’s entrance from The Land, where it does not belong, into World Showcase.  Given it’s world-spanning nature, it serves as a fantastic “introduction” to World Showcase.  We’ve started to discuss idea of creating a new, large pavilion in World Showcase, themed to the 1964 NY Worlds Fair.  The new pavilion would add a permanent festival space (to be addressed later), and added a year-round attraction to the space by moving Carousel of Progress (and reverting it back to it’s Worlds Fair version, complete with Sherman Brothers song).  I then teased something about It’s a Small World, and promptly disappeared for a couple weeks. 

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It's a Great Big Beautiful Yesterday

It's a Great Big Beautiful Yesterday

Wow, what a busy last week and a half. Moving sucks.  Why would anyone ever move anything?

So, let's start off on the previously mentioned '64 World's Fair pavilion and festival space by discussing my plan to move an entire attraction.  Let's talk about my plan to move Carousel of Progress out of Magic Kingdom, out of Tomorrowland, and into Epcot's World Showcase.  Hey, I'm not the one doing the packing and hauling, so it's easy for me to suggest this as a potential solution no matter the questionable sanity of said idea..

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Step 1: Festival Space

Step 1: Festival Space

Of course, last week I opened my big (metaphorical) mouth and decided to start my Plan Alpha, to address some of the problems facing modern day Epcot.  I had it all lined up, ready to roll, and then I got a notice from the library that a book I had on hold was finally ready to be picked up.  The book has major ties into the first step of my plan here, and it means that I have two choices.

 1) delay my posts until I have time to read it fully to make sure I don't say something that isn't true, or get a better idea.

2) write my post as planned with the knowledge that I might be speaking out of my proverbial backside, the real information sitting in my backpack waiting to be read.

Guess which one I chose?  

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