July 15th, 2017. A day that will live in infamy…for the Disney fandom. The Parks & Resorts panel, for the first time ever, actually exceeded expectations. Known for a whole lotta nothing, this year the team at the Parks division of the company finally delivered.
The above is a comprehensive list of every announcement made at the panel. It was a LOT. I was actually at the Magic Kingdom during the panel and went on Peoplemover just so I could have a relaxing time while constantly refreshing my Twitter feed. With every refresh came a new announcement, it was insane.
The changes announced received a lot of trepidation throughout the community. Now, this isn’t a new thing. However, fans usually pick and choose. Disney fans are a contradictory bunch by nature and I firmly own up to it.
One of the biggest arguments coming out of the Expo was the characterization of Epcot. By that, the original vision of Epcot was more adult, more edutainment based, and with a lack of characters. However, looking towards the future of the park sees characters popping up all over the place.
My own contradictory nature came into play with the Epcot announcements as I adore the old school mentality of the park, but I am fine with characters. The reveal that Ratatouille would be coming to France was a double-win, as it seems that we are also keeping Impressions De France. Score! We get to keep the beauty of the Epcot films plus a new fun family attractions based on Ratatouille. I am here for it. Yet, on the flip side, the reveal of Ellen’s Energy Adventure closing to make way for a Guardians of the Galaxy ride was a double blow. I adore Ellen’s Energy Adventure and I hate Guardians, so it was a multi-layered bad news item.
I was mad at Tower of Terror leaving at DCA for Guardians. I’m confused at the choice of Mickey design for the new Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. I’m bummed about The Great Movie Ride leaving, but I get it. I’m excited for Tron. I’m absolutely stoked for the new theater on Main Street.
Every Disney fan is going to have their own opinions about the future of the theme parks. That is a known fact. That being said and known, I am tired of how the fandom treats those who don’t agree with them.
The amount I saw this weekend with people viscerally angry at those excited for Ratatouille or those not looking forward to Guardians of the Galaxy was crazy. It defeats the whole purpose of Disney itself.
I know I’m going to get flak for going full cheese, but it’s true. This community is one that is filled with joy because of their belief in the power of dreams and magic. So, when people within the community yell at each other for their own warranted opinions is ridiculous.
We all appreciate different things about Disney and their theme parks. Let’s coexist within the community and understand everyone’s opinions. So, while I can be mourning the loss of Ellen’s Energy Adventure, I understand if you are excited for the future. Come on, Disney Fandom. In the words of Hayley Mills, Let’s Get Together!