Sunday, 21 January 2018

Part of Our World?! - My Thoughts on Disney Buying 21st Century Fox

'I don't know when, I don't know how, but I know something's starting right now...'

The end of 2017 saw the rumour mill awash with talk of Disney buying/merging with 21st Century Fox. These rumours were almost immediately followed by a colossal deal bigger than the Pecos Bill's secret menu nachos!

It is now unquestionable that the $52.4 billion acquisition of Fox by Disney will not only 'shake up' the entertainment industry, but also shape it in ways we are yet to see or even comprehend, and for many years to come.

In terms of business, I cannot fault Disney here. This has been a carefully orchestrated acquisition to dominate and dare I say even monopolise the entertainment industry. I don't think anyone can really determine the impact this is going to have, as I'm sure Disney have got plenty more tricks up there sleeve that we would never even think of.

But what does this or could this mean for our beloved parks?

Disney has literally doubled its intellectual property overnight, and as a self proclaimed Disney Parks obsessive, I cannot help but worry as to how some of the newly acquired IP's could be introduced into the parks.

Forums, web pages and podcasts alike have been buzzing with excitement over the newly gathered properties such as The Simpsons, Ice Age and even more of both Marvel and Star Wars.
Am I the only one who doesn't want to see the parks invaded by these imposters?

When Disney took Lucas Film and shortly after announced Star Wars Land in Hollywood Studios, I put up and shut up. I understand the positive impact that this will have for an otherwise struggling park and if it makes the queue shorter at seven dwarfs then hey, I'll take it.

Avatar baffled me at first, I couldn't understand and still don't understand what it has to do with Animal Kingdom, a park which prides itself on education and conservation, but again I pushed it to the back of my mind and now I can't actually wait to experience the landscaping on my next trip, which looks amazing don't you think?

 I don't think I will ever be an Avatar fan but I'm sure I will appreciate the detail and the technology...and the new foods!

However I am now starting to worry that the further introduction of clearly non Disney characters and attractions, such as Spiderman, Ice age, Night at the Museum and X-Men, into WDW or any other Disney parks for that matter could be catastrophic.

Many of the IP's gained through this monumental deal are pretty big news and some already have pretty cult-ish followings, which Disney will undoubtedly want to capitalise on, However these franchises ARE NOT Disney in any way, shape or form! They lack all the Disney magic we recognise, know and love.

 Now I'm not saying they are at all bad properties or even that I don't like them because some I do, but there is a time and a place for them, and in my eyes it isn't in a Disney Park.

After my first ever trip to Universal, Orlando in 2017, I really began to realise just how attached I have become to both Disney and Disney Parks over the years.

Now I had a great time, I really did, and there are some fantastic attractions at Universal, but both me and my sister repeatedly found ourselves saying the same thing.... 'it's just not Disney though'.

Its difficult to pinpoint or explain exactly what we meant by that, but Disney films and characters played an integral part to my upbringing and I think this, amongst other things, pushed me into my love of the Disney Parks and everything about them.

I just don't have the same affinity with things like Star Wars or Avatar, and I definitely don't have it with The Simpsons or Family Guy. Does anyone???

At this early stage it is impossible to say if or how any of these properties could be brought into the Disney parks. Will it inevitably happen? My educated guess would be yes. Will I be happy about it? Most probably noooooo! But as long as they don't try to Marvel-ify my beloved east coast Tower of Terror I will give it a chance. Don't let me down now Iger!

Now these opinions are my own and I know many people wont share them, but as the March hare once said, 'if you don't think, then you shouldn't talk'. I would love to hear your thoughts whether they are similar or different to mine. 

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K x


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