Aladdin: What should we expect?

Here we sit, on the even of our favorite film studio's next foray into the realm of Live-Action creations, completely unsure of what to expect in theaters tomorrow. While we've been given a very extravagant display of trailers for the film, all the hype in the world, yet nothing that actually drives to the core of what delights Disney has in store. However confused you might be about what's on deck, we can bet that you're still going to make it to the theater to see Aladdin (because we are, too!).
Will Smith as Genie © Disney 

The Hype

It's very real, folks. The hype is so real right now. It seems the entire cinema world is sitting anxiously on the edge of their seats for what promises to be either a huge hit or a fantastic flop. 

Whether you're feeling excited or nervous for the final product, we imagine you're certainly anticipating it with some level of energy. The studios have done a terrific job of promoting the movie, aside from the moment when we first saw what the genie looked like. People were a little put-off about that.

However, the other trailers that have been released show a movie that promises to have high energy and lots of colors; true to the Disney name. 

What To Actually Expect

Many are wondering this - what should I actually expect from this movie? Well, it's possible that you can expect a Magical movie filled with love and compassion, and it's also possible that you can expect a movie that falls short of the projected expectations. What you can actually expect, though, is a charismatic lineup of characters and a visually-stunning masterpiece.

If there's one thing that Disney has done remarkably well with their Live-Action remakes, it's the visual representation of the old films. Finding a way to turn Agrabah into a living, bustling town was not going to be easy but rest-assured that Disney will have found a way to make it as beautiful as you'd hope.

Another thing you can expect is to be entertained. Whether it matches the level of pure joy that the original brought you will be left to the beholder, and does seem unlikely, but it will certainly be something of a joyous bout. If you're a Disney fan, you're probably going to love it, as long as you don't expect the greatness of the original.

Is There Anything To Keep In Mind?

Yes, there is. One of those things we've already touched on - don't expect this movie to be as good as the first movie. If you go in with the expectation that it'll match the first, you set yourself up to be let down. The original was amazing for more reasons than being entertaining - it was full of new angles, brilliant ideas, and completely original character arcs. This movie, however, is a remake of the original. It's not bringing anything "new" to the table.

Another thing to keep in mind is that this movie is going to be longer than the original. If it was a direct remake, you'd expect the same or a similar run-time. However, as it stands, there'll likely be some new themes that didn't exist in the first one. Don't let that discourage how you feel about the movie. Remember, while this is a Live-Action remake, it's not going to be a direct copy of what we once saw. There will be scenes you haven't seen before, and that's good news!

What is Disney Legends?

Have you ever watched a Disney movie or been to the Disney Parks and found yourself thinking, "this is the stuff of legend" or "this character is absolutely legendary"? We assume that you have. As it turns out, the folks at the Walt Disney Company have thought the same thing for decades. In 1987, in the inaugural ceremony, the Walt Disney Company began inducting actors, artists, vocalists, writers, and employees that they deemed to be "Legendary" status, and you won't be surprised to know that you probably know many of the names!

What is it?

Disney Legends is a "Hall of Fame" of sorts, recognizing people who have had an "extraordinary and integral contribution to the Walt Disney Company", according to Disney. Disney Legends can be people who played characters in Live-Action movies or people who played an animated character in a Disney Animation Studios or Pixar movie. They can be animators, directors, producers, editors, and more! Probably the most interesting of the titles would be actual corporate employees; these are definitely the least recognizable of the names, but some are more pivotal in the Disney story than you can even imagine!

What happens when you're a Disney Legend?

First, you're inducted as a Legend at the D23 Ceremony, which is really cool. Our favorite part about the induction? The award itself. Look at how neat this is! If you can't tell exactly what it is, you're not alone. It's a very intricate piece, created and designed by Andrea Favilli, and it's handcrafted of bronze! The hand that you're seeing is the hand of none other than Mickey Mouse, and he's holding a star-tipped wand. The hand sits atop a spiral scroll and is seated on a circular base that features the Legend's name on the plaque. According to the designer, the Spiral stands for imagination and the power of an idea, the Hand stands for the gifts of skill, discipline, and craftsmanship, and the Wand and Star represent magic! 

Once given the Honor, Disney legends also make a plaque with their handprint and signature which is displayed in the Legends Plaza in Walt Disney Studios in California. Finally, they're given a Disney Golden Pass, which means they can get into every Disney theme park for the rest of their life, for free!

Notable Disney Legends

Some of the notable Disney Legends include:
  • Julie Andrews - film actress
  • Sir Elton John - music
  • Betty White - film and television actress
  • Robin Williams - film and animation voice actor
  • Regis Philbin - television host
  • Jodi Benson - animation voice actress
  • Jim Henson - animation voice actor
  • Johnny Depp - film actor
  • George Lucas - film creator and Parks and Resorts Imagineer
  • Mark Hamill - film actor
  • Stan Lee - film actor and producer

Upcoming Disney Legends

The 2019 class of Disney Legends is packed-full of well-known names in today's film industry! Robert Downey Jr., James Earl Jones, Jon Favreau, Bette Midler, and Hans Zimmer are all a part of this year's class! 

The Evolution of Disney World!

Yesterday was the 30th Anniversary of Disney-MGM Studios Park being opened. Of course, it's now named Disney's Hollywood Studios Park, but it was such a Magical celebration and it really got us interested in the history of Disney World. We dug into the timeline of events and realized that it would be really fun, and fitting, for us to do an "Evolution of Disney World" blog to share with you what we learned! Without further ado, let's start from the very beginning!

The '60s

While Walt Disney World technically did not exist in the '60s, the conception and construction took place at the end of the decade. In 1965, the Orlando Sentinal (the local newspaper) made a surprise announcement that there was a giant land-deal in the works under a series of "dummy" companies names and that they had connected those companies to Walt Disney. As a way of clearing the air, and further promoting the project, Walt requested that the Governor of Florida, Haydon Burns, confirm the story that there would be a new theme park built in Florida. He did not disappoint and called the park "the greatest attraction in the history of Florida". On November 15th, 1965, Walt Disney officially revealed to the public that there would, indeed be a series of theme parks built in the Orlando area.

Unfortunately, Walt Disney passed away on December 15th, 1966, but with the help of his brother and business partner, Roy O. Disney, the Parks would begin construction in 1967. The theme parks would include the Magic Kingdom and EPCOT Center, later renamed to Epcot, and would feature amusements and rides dedicated to the brand he and Walt had created. 

The '70s

In 1971, the construction of Walt Disney World was finally completed, and guests began pouring in to enjoy the fun. A lot happened on the new Disney property in 1971, actually, with the opening of the Magic Kingdom, the Palm and Magnolia Golf Courses being opened, Disney's Contemporary Resort, the Polynesian Village, and the Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground! Whew! Busy, busy!

Throughout the remainder of the '70s, several different attractions outside of the Parks were opened, including the Disney Village Resort, The Golf Resort, Discovery Island, and the Walt Disney Village Marketplace.

It wouldn't be until early in the following decade that the Parks would begin their expansion.

The '80s

Right away at the beginning of the decade, the Walt Disney World Conference Center opened - it no longer stands, but it was host to several conferences for small businesses as well as other events. 

However, in 1982, the Magic really started to happen at the Parks. EPCOT Center opened that year, with all kinds of incredible attractions. Originally, EPCOT Center was actually planned as a community for Disney fans and families to live their entire lives. Obviously, this didn't happen, but the inclusion of the "edutainment" attractions and world nations attractions certainly did bring a different feeling than the original Magic Kingdom. 

Later in the decade, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa opened and was followed by Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort. Just a year later, in 1989, the third theme park at Walt Disney World was opened - Disney-MGM Studios! It featured a "behind-the-scenes" sort of feel and offered park goers the ability to experience a completely different side of the Disney brand. Following the opening of Disney-MGM Studios, the first waterpark at Disney World, Typhoon Lagoon, was opened and was followed by Pleasure Island.  

The '90s

The '90s were an interesting decade for Disney World. The early years of the decade were filled with Resort openings and different outside-the-parks attractions like Port Orleans Resort and Blizzard Beach. Also, in 1996, EPCOT Center was renamed to Epcot, not that that was anything major, but it's certainly interesting.

However, big attractions joined the fold again in 1998 with the opening of the fourth park at Disney World, Disney's Animal Kingdom! The Animal Kingdom was the first park by Disney that had living attractions, with animals all throughout the park!

Near the end of the decade, with four Parks in full-swing, Disney World was rolling as the number one theme park in the entire world, and it wasn't even close. 

The '00s and '10s

Enter a new millennium and Disney World is still the most popular theme park across the globe. Not much happened as far as new openings in the parks at this time, however, there were closures for the first time in the history of the park. Four of those closures were related to hurricanes and one due to September 11th.

Nearing the end of the '00s decade, in 2008, Disney-MGM Studios made their official name change to Disney's Hollywood Studios, marking the second park name-change in Disney World's history.

The 2010's got started with a bang, with the Fantasyland expansion beginning at the Magic Kingdom in 2012 and getting finished in 2014. In the meantime, Downtown Disney expanded and was changed to Disney Springs and finished construction in 2016.

Finally, capping off the decade (for now), Toy Story Land opened in Hollywood Studios and brought a fresh new look to a park filled with classic film attractions! 

There you have it! It may not be incredibly thorough, but that's the evolution of Walt Disney World! 

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