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 wdwthemeparks.com.

As for now, American Idol Experience…out!


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Happy 80th Birthday, Donald Duck!

The short-tempered mallard is an octogenarian. Today is Donald Duck’s 80th birthday. Donald Duck first appeared in the Silly Symphonies short, “The Wise Little Hen,” on June 9, 1934. He quickly became one of the most loved characters. In fact, at one point Donald became more popular than Mickey Mouse.


Ever since, Donald has had a fantastic career. He won an Oscar for his role in 1943’s Der Fuehrer’s Face, an anti-Nazi propaganda short.

In Finland, protest votes are cast as Donald Duck, whereas we typically vote Mickey Mouse.

He’s appeared in more theatrical releases than any character in the Disney catalog, including Mickey (178 to 137). Many of those include educational appearances, but it speaks to the character’s overwhelming popularity.

So, if you see the old chap today, wish h a Happy Birthday and buy him a pair of pants.


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Party with Disney Villains

My girls are petrified, I mean literally frozen by fear, of all the Disney Villains. If I need them to clean their room or listen to their mother, I am going to threaten to take them to the Disney Villains Unleashed at Disney Hollywood Studios! When we visit the parks, I always threaten to introduce them to Scar, Gaston, or Sid to keep them in line. Sure, they’ll probably need counseling later in life, but don’t we all?

Anywho, Fifty of Disney’s most notorious bad guys will come for the one night bash. Tickets are currently on sale for this event. Like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, this is an extra ticketed event. The cost is fairly steep at $67, but truthfully the Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are so well run, it’s worth a shot. Click this link for more info and phone number to call.


Check out the write up in the Orlando Sentinel.

If bad guys are your bag, baby, I say give it a shot! After all, it can’t be all that BAD!


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Movie Fans, Get Ready for 3 Remakes

Following the smashing success of Maleficent (in theaters now), Disney has green-lighted three new live-action remakes of Disney classics.


The projects receiving the “go ahead” are Beauty and the Beast, Jungle Book, and Cinderella.

Check out the write up at Time’s WordPress blog (MouseBoss is WordPress too!).

Disney will have plenty of films in the can if they can continue to recycle all of their animated successes! Sorry, just pining for some originality.


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Festival of The Lion King Reopens at Animal Kingdom

For months, Animal Kingdom guests have bemoaned the absence of Festival of The Lion King (particularly MouseBoss’ boss). Fear not, fellow fanatics. The show has returned in its brand new Harambe Theater located in the Africa section of the park.

Anna was petrified until the show started. She was expecting Scar!

This show has been a staple of Animal Kingdom for years, and was the biggest draw to the now extinct Camp Minnie Mickey. This area of the park has now closed to make room for the multi year construction project of Avatar Land (check out Disney Parks Blog for an update on the project). The James Cameron inspired area will arrive just as the new films begin to hit the big screen.

Festival of The Lion King is a fantastic show for the whole family. This interactive experience has some of the best vocal talent (and I would argue THE BEST) in all of Walt Disney World…and I do love me some Hoop Dee Doo.

Head on over to InsideTheMagic to check out their full spread on the new theater.

Hakuna Matata!


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Stock Soaring for Disney

I am not a money man and I do not offer financial advice. I did, however, want to point out an interesting fact that Disney stock rose to a lifetime high yesterday. Looks like Frozen continues to deliver.

Check out this article from thestreet.com.


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Elsa Dress Give-Away Official Rules – last call for entries!

Our entry period ends Sunday! Get those submissions to themouseboss@gmail.com. Good luck!

Thanks for the overwhelming interest in MouseBoss’ very first contest! We are giving away one brand new Elsa dress directly from the Disney Store. We want to deliver this dress and make a dream come true!

We are asking you to submit an entry as to why you really want this dress. We know how crazy it’s been to find this item. Tell us about it. What lengths have you gone through to try and get it, and what will it mean to the recipient? Maybe you’re just deciding now you want it?! We will select up to ten entrants to move on to the Finals. Be creative, passionate, and honest. All submission types accepted: essay, photos, videos and songs.

Our winner will be determined by a combination of factors. First, your entry must be creative enough to be selected by our 5 judges to move to the Finals. Next, the individual entry with the most likes, word press likes and comments on original post, shares, retweets, page views and syndicated page views will be deemed the winner

Here are the rules for our Elsa Dress Give-Away:

1) All entrants must “Like” MouseBoss on Facebook.

2) Entry must be received by 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, May 25, 2014.

3) Finalists will be announced on Monday, May 26, 2014. The contest for the Finals will begin as soon as all finalists are posted on MouseBoss.com and end on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST. Winner will be announced Sunday, June 1, 2014.

4) All entries must be sent to themouseboss@gmail.com with the subject line, “Elsa Dress.”

5) All entrants agree to have submissions posted on MouseBoss.com.

6) The Elsa Dress is brand new, purchased on Saturday, May 17, 2014. The dress size is 7/8. MouseBoss cannot and will not make any exchanges for dress. Winning entrant accepts dress as is and relieves MouseBoss of any claims to imperfections.

7) Only original post “Likes,” retweets, wordpress comments and shares will be counted toward winning tally. Twitter handle is @themouseboss.

8) Any fraudulent entries will be disqualified. Any “ballot box stuffing” will result in disqualification.

9) Direct family members of judge panel are excluded.

10) No purchase necessary. Besides, I got nothing to sell you.

11) MouseBoss reserves the right to end contest and/or change terms on account of unforeseen difficulties/complications of executing contest.

Well, that’s it. I’m sure an attorney would advise me of many more rules, but I’m trying to do the best I can.

So, best of luck. I look forward to seeing what you submit.

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Major League Baseball Looks to Disney

Could Disney CEO, Bob Iger, jump ship for Major League Baseball? Rumors are rampant that Mr. Iger could be in line to take over the role of MLB Commissioner when Bud Selig’s contract ends next month.

Check out today’s tidbit in Page Six.

Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Company

What will this mean for Disney? No doubt, House of Mouse has been taking it in lately and shareholders overwhelming rewarded Bob with the recent say on pay.

Play ball!


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Still Looking for the Elsa Dress?

If you really need the Elsa dress, you better get in line at a Disney Store tomorrow, May 17th (except the Times Square store).

It’s gotten so crazy, there are now rules, and lots of them, of what you can buy and how many.

Click here for the rules of what you can buy.

Here are your participating stores for the Elsa dress lottery (I can’t believe I just typed that):

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Good luck, or you could just let it go. 😉


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