Chris over at Everything WDW makes some interesting points to staying on site vs off site. We have done both but I perfer to stay onsite due to the convenience and proximity. Both have their pro’s and con’s. Check out her article below.
Deciding where you want to stay on your Disney vacation is probably the second decision you’ll make, right after deciding when to go. It’s a decision that can greatly affect your experience and given the sheer magnitude of options in the Orlando area, your choice won’t necessarily be easy: Do you need a lot of space? Which parks will you be going to the most? Do you want a luxury resort or just a place to lay your head at the end of the day? To further complicate things, you have to decide whether or not you want to stay on or off Disney property.
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What do you and your family like to do? Any suggestions for those still undecided?
MTV talks about Disney’s Epic Mickey making the Multiplatform jump. Although after reading the article Disney does not really say that would be the case. They said in the future, does that mean future Disney games or Epic Mickey future? Check out the article and you decide:
Just because Disney and Junction Point decided to make “Epic Mickey” exclusive to the Wii doesn’t mean they might not change their minds and take it to other systems in the future. A multiplatform approach had been considered before Warren Spector convinced Disney to avoid the 360 and PS3, and as of right now that’s still the official plan. After the initial launch, however, anything is possible.
“We have a very large audience base that has Wiis in their home”, Disney exec Steve Wadsworth explained out at DICE 2010, according to Gamasutra. “That’s not to say that we won’t go to other platforms [in the future].”
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To all Disney Fans….I have a question for you. How do you like Disney’s new movie theme? What is the new theme you ask? Well….in a word “grief.”
For those of you scratching your head, let’s review Disney/Pixar’s last two blockbuster movies. UP from Pixar was a movie that many people were apprehensive about after the trailers came out. When the movie finally hit the box office, it became clear that this movie was special. Why was it special? Simply put, it went somewhere that Disney/Pixar movies have never really gone before. A large portion of the beginning of the movie was laden with grief, and the audience FELT that grief. When I saw it in the theater, everyone who was over the age of 10 was overcome with grief and gave way to more crying than I have ever seen for any movie. This emotional pull was very universal, and I can imagine many parents having to answer the question “Mommy/Daddy, why are you crying?” This is one of the large reasons UP is so critically acclaimed.
The latest Disney movie, The Princess and the Frog, was even more direct with the use of grief. I won’t spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen it; however, I will say to those parents with children be prepared to hug your kids when the scene in the movie arrives. This portrayal of grief is way more direct, and even younger children can begin to grasp it’s magnitude much more easily than with UP.
Disney goes through themes with it’s movies from time to time. Most of the themes have been along the lines of “Damsel in Distress”, “Strong Female Character”, “Antagonist Death”, and even “Family Member Tragedy.” I can’t remember a time where personal tragedy and grief were such a prominent part of Disney movies. Personally I think this was a step that Disney needed to take in order to bring their movies back into greatness. While controversial on a certain level, Disney makes lifelike fairy tales. Grief is a part of life, and I think Disney has shown great ability to adapt and grow by using this powerful human emotion.
So, how do you feel about this new movie theme from Disney/Pixar?
The characters (top to bottom, left to right)
Mirage – The Incredibles
Zira – The lion king 2
Madame Medusa – The Rescuers
Queen of hearts – Alice in wonderland
Queen Grimhilde – Snow white
Madame Mim – The sword in the stone
The Wicked Stepsisters – Cinderella
Maleficent – Sleeping Beauty
Cruella de Vil – 101 Dalmations
Ursula – The little mermaid
What I think is cool is that its going to be along the same lines as a John Hughes comedy. I was fortunate to grow up in the 80′s with movies like Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, and Weird Science.
So far the show is still in the idea phase and Disney has not given their blessing just yet.
Below is some of the article from Variety.
The studio, which struck a chord with younger audiences when it graduated Disney Channel’s hit franchise “High School Musical” to the bigscreen, is developing “Prom,” a comedy that revolves around a group of teens prepping for the big dance.
Disney is looking to experiment with how it packages the project, exploring the idea of casting complete unknown thesps to star as the nine lead roles, and rein in the budget to boost the profit potential of the pic. The tone is said to be similar to the types of teen comedies helmed by John Hughes or Cameron Crowe.
Joe Nussbaum, who has experience directing young thesps like Amanda Bynes in Universal’s “Sydney White,” and others in the direct-to-DVD pic “American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile” and MGM’s “Sleepover,” will helm the project, based on a script by Katie Wech, whose written for “The Dead Zone” and was an associate producer on “Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience.”
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What do you think about the show’s idea? Do you think it will be as good as High School Musical? or as funny as a John Hughes comedy? Let us know in the comment section below.