Kill, Refurb, Marry: Disney Villains

Ooh, this sounds like it will be a fun one!  Disney villains are fascinating characters, though I will admit the thought of having to marry one of them might not be the most appealing thing in the world.  And then there was this question: is “kill” the villain I like the least and “marry” the one I enjoy the most?  Or the one that I would literally want to kill the most or marry the most.  I went with the more literal translation, so the villains in contention for kill are great characters – just they’re such great villains I want to kill them!  There were definitely some difficult choices this week, but here’s what I came up with for this month’s edition of Kill, Refurb, Marry.

Kill – Frollo

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This was a tough choice.  Which Disney villain makes your skin really crawl the most?  And makes you want to punch them in the face?  There are certainly a number of contenders here, but I went with Frollo.  Talk about evil personified.  He is a cruel, heartless man, treating people terribly because they are different from him.  Even though characters like Maleficent and the Evil Queen do terrible things and are certainly evil, Frollo seems to hit home a bit more because he’s more human.  There’s no magic or evil spells that are causing him to do what he does, it’s just a malicious human nature.  Maleficent couldn’t exist in real life, but Frollo could.  And that is terrifying.

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Kill, Refurb, Marry – Disney Souvenir Shops

After a brief hiatus last month, I’m excited to jump back into Kill, Refurb, Marry with this month’s topic: souvenir shops!  I love a good souvenir, so it definitely took some thinking for me to decide which ones I would kill, refurb, and marry.  It was really tough!  There’s tons of souvenir shops in Disney, many of which I love, and many of which I think they could do more with.  I’m sure I might end up changing my mind, but for now, here are my choices:

Kill – Marketplace Fun Finds

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This place in Downtown Disney in basically the “bargain bin.”  Normally I love places like this, because I love a good deal.  However, this just feels a little depressing and not at all a good value.  They stuff some of the typical stuff in here that just happens to be $20 or less.  It would be a lot better if they used it to sell clearance or discontinued items are lower prices, not the same overpriced souvenirs that are all over the place.

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Kill, Refurb, Marry: Food and Wine Booths

I’m excited about this Kill, Refurb, Marry because I just came back from visiting Food and Wine for the first time!  I didn’t get to try as much as I was hoping due to a couple of things, including getting sick during my trip and being mostly on my own for Food and Wine, so I didn’t have someone to share things with for a lot of it.  My stomach can only hold so much!  I’m sure that my Kill, Marry, Refurbs might be different if I had tried everything, but from what I experienced here were my choices:

Kill – Africa

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When I made my master list of everything I would want to try and Food and Wine if I had an unlimited budget and stomach, there were only three booths that held no appeal to me whatsoever.  Those were New Zealand, Africa, and the Refreshment Port (hardly even a “booth” since it’s there all the time).  When I went back and looked at the menus again, Africa is the one that I really don’t think I would enjoy.  There are two food items, which contain mushrooms and/or onions, both of which I hate.  Even walking past the booth it did not smell appealing.  And there were a few drinks, none of which seemed special.  Africa could have some great flavors, but maybe it needs to be more focused.  Kill Africa and give us a Madagascar booth, or a South Africa booth, instead of lumping a whole bunch of countries into one booth.

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Kill, Refurb, Marry: Songs from Disney Animated Films

There are so many Disney songs. Seriously. How am I supposed to pick just one to marry, one to kill, and one to refurb?  Heck, even picking a whole soundtrack for this will be difficult!  I’m sure there will be ones that I’ve forgotten about, and I’ll read what others have done and say, “Oh yeah, I forgot about that!”  But these are the ones that come to my mind.

Kill: Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

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There aren’t really many Disney songs that come on where I go, “Ugh, I wish this would stop.”  I’m sure there are some that I’m not remembering, but since I don’t like them I don’t listen to them!  However, this one came to mind because it’s on one of the Disney collection CDs I have.  It’s cute and all with the short, but the song on its own?  No thanks.  It’s just annoying and one of those songs that gets stuck in your head all day!

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Kill, Refurb, Marry – Air Conditioned Attractions

I don’t really keep tabs on which attractions are air conditioned and which are not… I’m going to assume for this that almost any indoor attraction is air conditioned.  However, I decided not to count any of the super fast indoor rides (like Rockin’ Roller Coaster, Space Mountain, etc.).  While those might be air conditioned there’s too much going on for it to really make a difference.  For my choices I focused more on shows and that sort of thing.

Kill: Captain EO

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Why is this attraction still here?  It did replace Honey I Shrunk the Audience, which I also disliked, but I thought it was only coming back for a limited time in a tribute to Michael Jackson’s death.  But now it’s just been sitting there.  Maybe this was exciting back in the 80’s, but it’s so outdated now that it’s pretty much just laughable.  The storyline and the humor is outdated and the technology is outdated.  This is a space that they could do so much more with.

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Imagineering Awesome: Mos Eisley Cantina

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I was a featured blogger over at Mouse on the Mind, for their series called Imagineering Awesome!  Melissa Sue asked us this question: If you had unlimited monies, what attraction would you want to see in a Disney Park?  And here was my response…

A restaurant worked really well last year, when I wrote about Tiana’s Palace, so I figured why not do another one this time around? I’d been tossing around a lot of ideas in my head, but after watching Star Wars: A New Hope with my brother this past weekend, I decided to go with the obvious: The Mos Eisley Cantina.

It would absolutely be located in Hollywood Studios. Rumors have been flying that there will be an expanded Star Wars Land there now that Disney owns Lucas Films, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see this restaurant actually happen someday! But aside from the fact that Star Tours is already there, Hollywood Studios would be the perfect place for this restaurant regardless. I feel like Hollywood Studios lacks good restaurants, and it needs something to liven it up.

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July 2014 Monthly Round Up

Wow, I can’t believe it’s July already!  Though the weather definitely has me believing it – 93 degrees today in Pennsylvania!  I can’t even imagine what it must be like in Disney now.  This month is going to be busy for me, with the show I’m currently in (Footloose) performing the last two weekends in July, and rehearsals already beginning for my next show!  I like to stay busy!

Disney in your Day news

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Speaking of busy, there’s been a lot going on with the blog recently!  We are still finishing up some of the reviews and giveaways for the Disney Running Gear Guide – I have about five or six left, though I’m open to more if anyone has something they’d like reviewed.  I’ve also started a new weekly series to keep track of my training for the Tower of Terror 10 miler.

And then the Disney restaurant tournament is back!  We’re doing the first part of the resort restaurants (non signature/character dining resort restaurants).  We’re up to round 2, so make sure you cast your vote for that!

Disney News

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  • We’ve had lots of classic Disney movies turned into live action films, and the most recent one announced is Beauty and the Beast.  No details yet like a release date or casting, though rumors are flying!
  • Did you know that there are PhotoPass Photo Booths in Disney World now?  Capturing Magic featured them in a recent blog post!
  • Another Disney movie coming up is based on my all time favorite musical, Into the Woods.  The composer, Sondheim, recently shared some of the changes they’ll be making for the film.  I have to say I’m definitely disappointed.
  • A new show about conservation is coming to the Animal Kingdom!  It will be called “It All Started With a Mouse” and will take place at Rafiki’s Planet Watch.

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Liebster Award

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On April 13th I found out that I was tagged for a Liebster Award – but what exactly is that, you ask?  Good question, because I wasn’t sure either!  It’s an award that is given from one blogger to another to recognize them, and it’s to showcase smaller bloggers (those with 500 followers or less).  When you’re nominated you answer a series of questions posed by the blogger who nominated you, and then you nominate some blogs that you like as well!

I was tagged by The Animation Commendation!

Here are “the rules”:

1.  Thank the blogger who nominated you.
2.  Answer the 11 questions that they’ve asked.
3.  Nominate 11 other blogs (with less than 500 followers).
4.  Post 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
5.  Let your nominees know that you’ve chosen them with a comment.

And now it’s time for my answers!  Here they are, the answers to the questions that were posed to me by the Animation Commendation:

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