The Best Disney Links So Far This February
A lot’s going on in the wide world of Disney this month. I understand that it’s impossible to keep up with everything. So, I’ve collated a list of some of the most interesting Disney topics right now. Here are the best Disney links for February of 2019!
Have you ever wondered how powerful Disney is? When Uncle Walt negotiated the land purchase that we know as the Florida Project, he had all the leverage. State and city officials understood this and conceded to virtually all of Walt Disney’s demands.
I say this as a preface to one of the weirdest Disney facts that you’ll ever learn. The Walt Disney Company has the right to build a nuclear power plant if so inclined! Disney has never used this power, of course. They chose solar farms as their power generation method.
Still, local Florida lawmakers recently became aware of the 52-year-old law on the books. For some strange reason, they don’t want Disney building anything nuclear. So, if you hear that Disney lost its nuclear power, you’ll understand what it means.
Ruining Disney Movies for Strangers
Do you love Mary Poppins? Do you believe that Snow White lived happily ever after? Who do you think killed Ariel’s mom? Have you ever contemplated the ethos of the witch who ensorcelled the Beast?
Presuming you answered yes to any of these questions, you’ll want to read this profoundly unsettling list of strange Disney movie theories. It could ruin your childhood to learn that Snow White’s fate isn’t one that you’d expect…or that Captain Hook may have played a hand in the death of a Disney parent.
Mickey Mouse Makeup?
Getting dressed in the morning is the dreariest part of the day, right? You have to leave your comfortable bed and get ready for work/school. It’s a grueling, monotonous practice. Thankfully, Disney has a cure for your routine. They’ve started selling Mickey Mouse-branded makeup accessories.
The next time you apply your brush to your face, you will be greeted by Mickey’s smiling face! Hey, it’s not much, but it’s still a way to improve your mood first thing in the morning.
All over a Parking Space?
Many people get grumpy driving around a parking lot. Finding a decent space is an Easter Egg hunt, only you don’t get candy as a prize. And the intensity in finding a parking space at a theme park is that much higher. Still, this situation was a dramatic escalation that justifies a modest prison sentence.
For what it’s worth, the situation may have been a misunderstanding. Just to be safe, however, you should err on the side of caution when you’re on a parking place hunt. Some other drivers might be insane.
The Personalities of Disney Princes
Have you ever taken the Myers-Briggs test? Many employers require applicants to take this exam. It’s an attempt to learn more about prospective employees. For the person taking the test, it’s often a marvelous tool for insights about your character. It’s still a bit of drudgery taking a test, though.
Thankfully, some enterprising person combined the cruel nature of test-taking with the joy of Disney Princes and came up with this. I’m INFP, so if I were a Disney Prince, I’d apparently be Prince Eric. I feel like more of a Flynn Rider or Kristoff, though. How about you?
The Redhead Is on Hold
Jack Sparrow is out of the Pirates of the Caribbean series. Disney chose to retire the character due to the diminishing box office returns of recent films combined with the negative press cycles involving the franchise’s star, Johnny Depp.
They hired a new writing team and plotted the future of the film series. Disney intended to elevate a character from Pirates of the Caribbean the ride into a starring role. Alas, those plans are now on hold, as the creative team behind the Deadpool franchise has stopped working on a new installment of Pirates of the Caribbean.
Deadline suggests that the film franchise may be on hold for a while, although I think that’s fatalistic. Disney’s not letting this cash cow go dry.
Abigail Disney Wants to Pay More Taxes
Here’s an unexpected development. A group of multi-millionaires is asking lawmakers to tax them more. How does this apply to Disney? One of the leaders of this coalition is Abigail Disney, the great-niece of Walt Disney. Like her ancestor, Abigail Disney has a remarkable world view. Here’s a snippet from the article:
“”They will not have any fewer private airplanes or boats because of this tax,” she said. And if multimillionaires do have to forego a private airplane or two, Disney said it is no bad thing, adding that having access to her family’s past private plane made her “less good at being able to stand in line and less able to tolerate being in a room with other people.””
Some Disney Movie News
We already covered the flagging Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. It was far from the only Disney movie news item this past month, though. In truth, facts and rumors about Disney’s film studio are all but inescapable right now, so much so that my concern is that you can’t keep it.
For example, did you know that Disney will take ownership of a New Mutants movie after the Fox merger? Don’t get too excited. It was initially scheduled for release by now and got pushed back due to its lackluster quality. Disney hasn’t even taken ownership of the X-Men film franchise yet, although they do own Marvel. As such, they’re understandably protective of the brand. There’s a real chance that this movie goes straight to Hulu!
While we’re on the topic of odd fits in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Disney CEO Bob Iger actually weighed in on the character of Deadpool. He firmly stated that Deadpool will continue to be an R-rated film franchise after the merger. The current belief is that all of Fox’s more adult content will transfer to Hulu, although Iger didn’t confirm that during his discussion.
Disney’s also in the business of virtual reality (VR) moviemaking. Their first title, Cycles, has been a film festival darling over the past few months. Now, the studio’s revealed that they’re working on a secretive follow-up VR project. Park executives have been hesitant to embrace VR, but it’s clear that some Disney divisions are curious about it.
Oh, and some sites think that Disney might remake a certain film as their next live-action reimagining of a beloved animated classic. Monetarily, it makes a lot of sense. I’m dubious about the viability of the premise, though. What’s the film? The Nightmare Before Christmas!
Okay, let’s finish this month with a bunch of quick hits. Did you know that Disney has licensed a smart shelf? Are you currently obsessed with Kingdom Hearts 3? IGN has a few fascinating tidbits about the making of the game. Do you feel strongly connected to The Walt Disney Company? You’re not the only one. It’s understandable. Look at this beautiful thing they just did for sick children.
Did you ever wonder why you need to register your fingerprint at Walt Disney World? Reader’s Digest explains it. Also, Disney’s Fox merger includes something to do with ads that I don’t understand. I need my wife to explain it to me.
Finally, I shouldn’t have to say this, but Goofy’s a dog, not a cow.