american idol experience

American Idol…Out!

Over the last week, rumors were rampant of the impending doom of The American Idol Experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (DHS). These rumors have now been confirmed. After our last visit, I will NEVER miss this show (see my take on AIE here). I’d like to think MouseBoss’ complaint caused the demise of this insult to the senses.


As the television version has waned in popularity, the park attraction has become somewhat long in the tooth. Each day three guests perform per show for the chance to move on to the finale at the end of the day. Contestants were given advice by real American Idol contestants including Fantasia Barino, Adam Lambert, and others. If you’re asking who those people are, that is exactly the reason this show is toast. The winner of the finale would receive a “dream ticket” for front of the line access at a local audition for the television version of American Idol. Three of the 2014 live show finalists were “dream ticket” recipients including my daughter’s favorite, Majesty. American Idol Experience winners will continue to be featured on AI through the 2015 season.

Read this piece from the Sentinel for more details.

The American Idol Experience occupies some prime real estate in the middle of the park just to the left of the Sorcerer’s Hat. The venue could house any marquee attraction.

Right now, the rumor mill is cranking on full that a new Star Wars Land will soon come to DHS – I’m not a major SW fan. In addition to losing AIE, the closure of Indiana Jones would happen well (that actually makes me sad). As the owner of Lucas Films and the upcoming releases of the space saga, Disney could certainly cash in on one of its most popular franchises. It would also be an answer to Universal’s Harry Potter expansion (IMHO – Star Wars has way more staying power than HP). Click here for a history of the Star Wars rumors courtesy of

As for now, American Idol Experience…out!


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Disney’s Hollywood Studios Gets Sexy…IN A VERY BAD WAY!

A new attraction has made it on to my “SKIP IT” list.

On our last trip, our 7 year old really couldn’t wait for the American Idol Experience. She loves all the talent competitions on television (of course, she’s 7). We knew she would enjoy it tremendously…and she did. Dad, here, not so much. In fact our experience was so bad, I filed a complaint at Guest Services. More on that later.


We went to the 1:15 showing on April 21. The crowd for the show was moderate. There were 3 contestants and all had lovely voices for what I am sure is a nerve wracking moment. The first two contestants were middle aged and probably ineligible for the the television version of the show. The third and final singer was a 17 year old girl from Chicago. That will prove to be an important piece of the story. I still remember her name as it was a lovely Irish moniker.

Of the three, I felt the 17 year old was the best (as did the audience because she won). My daughter, expert in all matters of talent competition, disagreed. She sang a lovely version of Breakaway. During the critique of her performance, the Simon impersonator made the most inappropriate comment I have ever heard at Walt Disney World. To my utter disgust, the asshole (really can’t think of a better description) tells a 17 year old minor that it’s fitting she hails from the Windy City because her “performance BLOWS.”

WHAT…THE…HELL!!! The collective gasp from the crowd was immediately telling.

Listen, I’m from Boston and we say worse to pedestrians in crosswalks, but this is obscene. Sexual innuendo lobbed at children in front of little children is just plain old nasty. As I said, the only thing I can think of to describe him is an asshole. Yes, I am responding to coarse language with foul language, but adult men shouldn’t make sexually suggestive language to minor girls in front of children and grandparents for shock value, ASSHOLE!

Anyway, in one show, I turned into some sort of sanctimonious and righteous warrior for wholesome family entertainment. I marched to Guest Services to formally record my horror, shock, ire and disgust. My age now exceeds all of the Cast Members in Guest Services, so they probably had a good laugh at my tirade when I left but I could care less. I asked the Cast Member to write this phrase word for word, “if I were comfortable with entertainment like this, I would vacation at Universal Studios.”

Congrats, MouseBoss. You are an old man!
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