In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Major Orlando-area resorts are opening back up soon.
  • Disney CEO Bob Chapek shared scant details about enforcing new policies.
  • And more!

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Six Flags roller coaster

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Six Flags will be instituting reservations when they reopen.
  • Take a look at how Universal Studios Orlando will enforce social distancing when it opens.
  • And more!

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Disney Springs and Universal Studios Orlando’s CityWalk have begun to reopen.
  • The Disney Parks area have some new leaders.
  • And more!

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scoob digital release

When you think of the world of Scooby-Doo, what might pop into your head? There’s a quartet of human friends, of course, and their goofy dog pal. Oh, yes, and their colorful old-school van the Mystery Machine. It’s in that van that they drive around and around, solving supernatural mysteries in spooky locations. And the solutions to those mysteries usually involve a crabby old man hiding under a sheet, just pretending to be a ghost or a vampire or whatnot. That, at least, has been the basic formula of almost every Scooby-Doo story for 50 or so years. What the new film Scoob! presupposes is…what if a Scooby-Doo story had almost none of those elements? It’s a weird, baffling animated feature that’s all too willing to avoid being a Scooby-Doo movie, in favor of a superhero adventure no one asked for.

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Disneyland and Walt Disney World reservations are pushed back to July 1.
  • Disney Springs reopens on May 20.
  • A man was arrested for squatting at Disney World.
  • And more!

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Galaxy's Edge photo

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • A Florida task force has ideas for how theme parks should reopen.
  • Construction plans at Disneyland Paris have been halted.
  • What could have been with a Monsters, Inc. roller-coaster?
  • And more!

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Disney Cruise Line is making more sailing cancellations.
  • Universal Studios may add a gondola system of its own.
  • And more!

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A Goofy Movie Revisited

(Welcome to Out of the Disney Vault, where we explore the unsung gems and forgotten disasters currently streaming on Disney+.)

It’s a funny thing about the so-called Fab Five of the Walt Disney Company (yes, that really is a moniker given to them). Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and Pluto are among the most recognizable figures in American popular culture. We’ve all seen them before, whether in short films or TV shows or in person. But they’re not often in feature films. Usually, if they are, it’s due to cameo appearances (such as in Who Framed Roger Rabbit) or short films released in the last 40 years (such as Mickey’s Christmas Carol). Hell, it was only earlier in 2020 that Mickey Mouse got his own dedicated theme-park ride, and that’s after 65 years of theme-park history.

Just one of the Fab Five ever got to topline a movie all about him. No hedging, no hesitation. Just over 25 years ago, that most lovable, if dumb, Goof got himself a motion picture.

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Cooking Scenes in Movies - Ratatouille

(Infinity and Beyond is a regular column documenting the 25-year filmography of Pixar Animation Studios, film by film.In today’s column, writer Josh Spiegel highlights Ratatouille.)

Throughout their first decade of making feature films, Pixar Animation Studios had managed to find different ways to explore variations on a formula. “What if the human world, but with non-human characters?” That, boiled down, is the entire Pixar creative calculation from films such as Toy Story to Monsters, Inc. to Cars. There are other familiar storytelling elements which crop up as well, such as mismatched characters becoming best friends. But the consistency had paid off for Pixar through 2006. Pixar’s next three films, though, by intent or sheer coincidence, would become their most creatively bold and daring projects.

The first of them was perhaps most daring of all, because its premise was based on something inherently disgusting. What if a rat wanted to make your dinner?

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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • The Disneyland mobile app has been updated for at-home options.
  • Walt Disney World is making…menu changes now.
  • Try a favorite recipe to make at home.
  • And more!

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