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Wed Jul 17, 2019 12:18 am
Add Remy and Emile of Ratatouille as a character
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Re: Fan Fiction

Thu Jul 18, 2019 8:14 pm
In my park, Main Street houses my contribution to the park, a six screen movie theater.

The theater is a chance for guests to catch their breath in an air conditioned theater, and they can watch Disney films.  It also gives more sales to food and drink concessions that aren't in the park due to spacing issues, and it houses a gift shop that sells Blu-Ray, DVDs, and merchandise based on the featured movie of the time.  Before each screening, there are ads to phone apps, but there's little I can do about that.

Tickets to one showing is free with a valid ticket to the park for that day, and $15 for additional tickets and non-guests.  (Seperate entrance).  It is a private theater that shows nothing but Disney movies, and most theater- goers understand that.  Its also the place that, when new characters are coming to the park, characters see the movies in a private screening so they know more about the new characters so they can welcome them better.

Most of the theaters showed the movies that the characters are based on during the time of whats happening in the park.  For example, during the Moana event, Moana was shown on Screen 1, Snow White on Screen 2, Screen 3 showed Dumbo since the park was collecting tokens for Dumbo.  This was a way for guests who haven't seen the movies to see it and get excited for whats happening in the park.

Screen 6 showed short films of Mickey Mouse and friends, silly symphony cartoons, and others (imagine the Donald Duck presents show on Disney channel) in the morning and afternoon, and showed a series of hour or less 'Tales of Disney Magic Kingdoms' films, theaterical reptesentations of the main story and the events of the past.  (Guests of the park only).  

Screens 4 and 5 rotate between movies based on characters in the park, or of interest to the park.  Two weeks after Notre Dame caught fire, screen 5 showed 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' for a week.  The theater didn't do a promotion that gave money to Notre Dame or anything like that, but there was a special kiosk outside the screen lobby where guests choose to enter, and they can learn how they can donate to rebuild notre dame.  One guest said that they like the movie, but not the religion based on notre dame, and since nothing felt forced or guilt tripped, or felt like he had to donate to a cause he didn't believe in, he felt comfortable watching the movie in the theater.

Disney seemed to like what I was doing, but they asked me, demanded really, to show remakes of their classic movies.

As some of you might have guessed, I'm not a big fan of the disney remake trend, and I didn't see many of them.  I saw the remakes of Beauty and the Beast, and Mary Poppins, but I didn't like them when I compared it to the originals.  I made a rant of the Beauty and the Beast remake in the fanfiction earlier, thats how much I hated it.  And Disney forcing me to show the remakes when I didn't want too made me feel uncomfortable.

As I looked and checked the contracts based on the movie showings, I discovered a loophole in their contract, or rather didn't prohibit me from doing something that I wanted to do, and having the characters look through it and checked it thouroughly, and seeing nothing to prohibit me, I knew what I had to do.

When Mary Poppins, Dumbo, Aladdin, and Lion King renakes were made, I showed the remakes in Screen 1, but the original Mary Poppins, Dumbo, Aladdin, and Lion King were shown in screen 2 during the remakes' runtime.

Some guests were confused, some were worried that I would get in trouble, but many of them were happy that I did that.  One guest pulled me aside and said that he was on the fence about seeing the remake, but he feared that if it was bad, it would be an insult to the original and disney was trying to replace the originals with inferior versions and insult his younger self.  But when he saw that both versions were in the same theater, he felt relieved that no such thing was going on.  Because he felt relieved and the gamble wasn't as big, he had the courage to see the remakes.

He said that there were elements of the remakes that he liked, or even whole movies he liked better.  That opportunity he wouldn't have taken if the gamble wasn't lowered like that.  When he told me all this, I said I might not agree, but if you like something because you like it, and not because you felt bullied or forced, or believe you'll be an <insert your own word meant to make you feel like a bad guy> ist if you don't watch or like something, go ahead and enjoy it.  He thanked me for listening and respecting his opinions  and went on his way, both of us feeling better afterwards.

And the best part is that Disney has little to complain about.  Even if they come to me saying ticket sales for the remakes are down, I'll tell them stories like that.  And even if guests don't want to see the remake, but they see the original, Disney still makes money off tickets and merchandise sales of the movie.  Guests feel like they have a choice in the matter.  Whether they like the original, the remake, or both, guests will still enjoy the disney stories.  And I feel less guilty for showing the remakes.  Its a win-win-win for everybody.

P.S.  I don't know if theaters in real life are allowed to do that, but if they did, that would be cool.
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Re: Fan Fiction

Fri Jul 19, 2019 9:49 am
tailmister wrote:
P.S.  I don't know if theaters in real life are allowed to do that, but if they did, that would be cool.

Short form, they are not; the originals are currently locked away in the vault, but I wish your dream was implementable as it would show just how most of the actual paying public feel about these 'remakes' versus the orignals.  (And I personally feel the originals would be kicking the stuffing out of these live action (well, massive cgi with SOME live action, in these most recent releases) wannabes if they were actually put up side by side as you propose!
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Re: Fan Fiction

Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:13 pm
As the kingdom is progressing as usual and preparing for the new Finding Nemo content, I decide to head into the Lion King section of the park to check on the hyenas to see how they were coping and adjusting to the kingdom, carrying a bag of unsellable food and drinks.  We worked out a system with that kind of thing, that the characters can eat and drink some of them after hours so there's less waste.  The hyenas were given a triple portion since they looked starved.

As I head into the makeshift cave in the Festival of the Lion King attraction, located at the base, I see Shenzi just waking up.  She sees me and smiles, looking at the bag of food, and how kind I've been to her and her friends.  They looked starved and mean when they arrived, but are gradually looking healthier each day.

Shenzi:  Hey tailmister, thanks for the food.  Banzai and Ed left to get a drink and run around the flatlands.  They should be back soon and they'll love it too.

Tailmister:  I'm glad to hear it, but I'm not here just to drop off food.  I'm here to talk about some things.

Shenzi:  Oh?

Tailmister:  I'm happy to hear that you're adapting to the kingdom, but I've also noticed that the three of you have an extremely hard time working with the lions, Simba, Nala, and Scar.

Shenzi started to gag on hearing those names but bade me to continue.

Tailmister:  The guests seem to like the acts the three of you come up with, but the three of you seem hesitant, resentful, and even angry when the acts involve the lions.  Several times, other characters had to distract or break it up, and guests get scared.  This can't continue, and I just want to know what happened so we can work on that.

Shenzi (sigh):  I suppose you had to ask sooner or later, and you seem to be the only one I know who will listen without judging me too harshly.  I'm trying to work with the lions, but there's too much bad blood between us to just let it go, at least not yet.

Tailmister:  I guess, mind telling me what happened?

Shenzi nodded and told me the story.

Shenzi:  Before I was born, when Mufassa's father was king, there was a civil war.

The laws of the circle of life were in place to keep nature and the well- being of all animals in balance.  There were many parts of that law that were cruel, since it was an animal- eat-animal world and all, but was the best law they had to keep order until they evolve so they don't have to eat each other anymore.

One of the laws was to keep the predator to prey ratio in check so everybody had enough to eat, something that Scar failed to consider during his tenure as king.

If it gets to a point where there are too many predators, some leave the pridelands in search of food and new homes, many others are hesitant since they love the pridelands, but after a good talk as to why they need to leave to keep the circle of life in check, most of them choose who should stay, and the rest leave.

But the hyenas didn't want to go.  They were led by a Matriarch that had different ideas on how to live and enjoy themselves, and that the circle of life was holding themselves back.  Shenzi admitted that she likes the lifestyle, but the time wasn't right for it to adopt that lifestyle without devastating consequences.  Its a good reason why the lion king characters are jealous of the zootopians.

Anyway, in spite of Mufassa's father trying to tell them why most of them needed to leave, the hyenas wouldn't leave, saying that they love it here, and they were being punished just for living, eating, and raising children here.  And they were constantly mumuring how the lions were always pushy and seem to be exempt from the 'Leaving the Pridelands' rule, making them feeling persecuted.  

It got to the point when the balance of the circle of life was threatened to the point of unsustainability, and action had to be taken.  But instead of listening to one last chance to see reason, the hyenas started a civil war.

The next month was terrible.  Hyenas and Lions battled it out, with the Hyenas attempting to overthrow the monarchy.  Lions and Hyenas suffered losses and tragedies, with many other animals caught in the crossfire.

It was only on the day when the king killed the Matriarch that the fighting stopped.  The king had no choice but to banish the hyenas to the outlands, and any hyena who broke that law would be put to death.

The outlands were once a place with a good amount of food and water, but the hyena's lifestyle and sheer numbers overwhelmed it and, in less than three years, left it in a barely livable place around the time Shenzi was born.  

She was taught the twisted version of the story, and the hyenas hated the pridelanders.  The pridelanders, in turn, were fearful of the hyenas that associating with them was out of the question, that the ban wasn't lifted when Mufassa took the throne.  It didn't help that the outlands were barely livable, justifying the circle of life way of living.  The outlands were barely livable, so many hyenas had no choice but to break the law to get food just to survive.  Even Hyenas who were decent, accepted the circle of life, and could've lived in the pridelands without any difficulty was denied access, which in turn fueled the despair and persecution feelings.

It was a cycle of hate and despair between the hyenas and pridelanders, and Scar's tenure as king only made things worse.  If the three of them haven't managed to find their way into the kingdom, they would be living that life today.

Shenzi sighed and shook, feeling she got a lot out of her system.  She admitted that she knew the kingdom wasn't the pridelands or the outlands, and she expressed interest in embracing the spirit of tolerance, friendship, and happiness that the kingdom promotes, but both sides need time and counseling to make things work.  She thanked me for listening and I left before Banzai and Ed came back.

I thank Shenzi for expressing all that, so we can help them become happy animals, and help the kingdom become more enriched in the process.
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Re: Fan Fiction

Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:58 pm
This morning, Rabbit was nervously pacing in his home.  Today he is accompanying a make-a-wish family, escorting them through the park for an entire day.

A few days prior, Rabbit was asked if he was willing to do this.  He was given a briefing about it, to which many questions and answers were exchanged, one of them was how he would do his regular character duties while doing this.  He was told that there would be two twenty-minute sessions where he can sign autographs for the guests, but most of the time he would accompany the kid and the family for a day at the park.

It was an unusual arrangement, but apparently the kid, named Amanda, really loved rabbit and wanted to spend as much time as possible with him.  After getting the details, and the agenda and what's to be expected, Rabbit agreed.

At the scheduled time, there was a knock at the door.  Pretending to be annoyed as his 'In character' trait, opening the door and scolding pooh for borrowing honey, but seeing a group of people instead, he would 'realize his mistake' and welcome them.

There were a mom and dad, a make-a-wish caregiver, a cast member accompanying the group as a 'Guard', and there was 9-year-old Amanda in a wheelchair.  She had an illness that, while she can stand for a short amount of time, can't use them to walk, and had a weakened heart.  She can handle some surprises, but can't ride the rides with high G-forces.  She also didn't talk very much, almost making her mute.  Doctors said that it's highly unlikely she won't make it to thirteen, and Rabbit could see that.

So after seeing the group, Rabbit welcomed them into his home so they can set down their cooler and coats they won't need during the day, and showed them around his home.  The group seemed impressed with how he was able to keep his home clean, nice, and welcoming.  Most guests said the same thing as they visited his home, and Rabbit was proud of that.

As they went outside, Rabbit briefly showed them his home garden, saying that rabbits needed to eat a lot of veggies to stay healthy, so he grows his personal food in that little garden, and he hates it when a certain someone ruins it.

Speaking of which, Tigger came by and 'annoys' Rabbit by tackling him and saying he's tigger, and showing off his bouncing to the group.  After they left, Rabbit showed them around the Winnie the pooh section, riding the rides and seeing the rest of the characters, and giving a nice hug to Roo.  Roo gave the group a picture of Amanda as a superhero, to which the group was touched by.

They went to the Alice in Wonderland section, riding the rides they can ride, Rabbit having an argument with the March Hare, and showing 'Manners' to the queen of hearts.  Then they stopped by the Snow White section, with Amanda got to interact with Snow White and play with the wishing well.

They went to the Mickey and Friends section where they got pictures of Mickey, Donald, Goofy, and the rest.  Afterward, they stopped by Rabbit's house for a cooldown and lunch.  The family got their lunch and a special diet for Amanda, while Rabbit whipped up a quick salad from a salad recipe he was working on for a while, hoping his recipe becomes a concession one day.  The caregiver tried some of it and liked it, and she and Rabbit went into a lively conversation about salads and how to improve them.

As he was talking and taking a breather from the hustle and bustle of the park in his home, Rabbit observed that this family was just as happy and lively as most, though with similar feelings of walking through a crowded park on a hot day, but Rabbit was happy that, in spite of wheeling around a sick child, they laughed, curious, even talked like most families do, maybe slightly guilty that they get special FastPass access to rides and characters because of Amanda.  Rabbit felt like he had to be reminded that this was a make-a-wish family, which he was happy and having a fun time with.  He was afraid that he would be stuck with a family that would use their privilege in a mournful tone.  

Rabbit noticed that throughout the visit, Amanda would hold Rabbit's arm from time to time, and nuzzle it.  Her parents told Rabbit that it was a source of comfort to her, and Rabbit's arm is very soft and strong.  Rabbit may not look it, but he is strong.  While he can't work out the same way that live beings can, he's been doing so.  Lots of guests have hugged him, liking how he feels, with softness and muscle combined, and Rabbit's become a bit vain from it.  While being hugged so often may seem weird to live beings, to dolls like himself, this is widely accepted.  He was trying to be strong so that when Maleficent attacks or trouble arises where physical interference is necessary, Rabbit can hold his own until others arrive to help him.

After lunch, they stopped by Wreck-it-Ralph, The little Mermaid, visited the gift shop at the new DuckTales money bin, Frozen (Rabbit had to borrow a coat to enter), stopped to have a three-cheese-sandwich (very popular item in the park), and the lion king, with the hyenas joining their group for a bit, telling jokes and laughing, allowing the group to laugh as well.  The group visited as many characters as they can, watched their acts, and rode as many rides that Amanda could safely ride on.  Rabbit enjoyed it since he got a good taste of what the kingdom does every day from the guests' point of view, something he hadn't experienced, being a character and all.

After getting off the Small World ride, Rabbit noted that there was time for one more ride before they made their way to the evening parade, to which Amanda pointed to the Haunted Mansion.  Rabbit gulped looking at it, seeing its a haunted house ride and it looked scary.  Being a character meant to entertain young children meant that he had very little experience in that kind of spooky entertainment.  He nearly said that he would sit this one out.  But when he noticed that Amanda wanted to go for a long time, and the caregiver showed videos of the ride to prepare her a few days beforehand, he decided, for her sake, to walk in.  The one thing keeping him from running was that every guest came out alive, and they kept saying it was one of the best attractions in the park, and Rabbit had a curiosity about it.

But since Rabbit had no idea what to expect, he was very scared.  He was screaming and shaking in the chamber room.  He rode in the carriage with Amanda, and while it wasn't as scary as the chamber room, seeing all those spooky thrills scared him.  Halfway through the ride, he realized that Amanda was patting the back of his hand.  When he turned, he saw that Amanda wasn't as scared as Rabbit, and was turning towards rabbit with some worry.  Rabbit then realized that during their visit, Rabbit was comforting Amanda, but now Amanda was trying to comfort him.  This gesture touched Rabbit, and while he still got scared of the ride, this constant touch was enough to keep him from hyperventilating.

After a few minutes for Rabbit to calm down and drink some water, the family stopped by rabbit's house to put on their coats and gather their belongings, then they made their way to a reserved spot for the evening parade, which was focused on 'Finding Nemo'.  Rabbit loved the smooth melodies, so he calmed down and enjoyed it, silently wishing the characters well in coming into the kingdom.

After the parade, the family had about a half-hour before the make-a-wish van came to take them home, so they headed to main street to do some shopping with the gift card make-a-wish provided, and at their own expense.  Before they did that, Rabbit led them into the costume shop where his own gift was ready to be picked up.  He showed them a gift bag and pulled out a Rabbit doll.  It was an $85 doll, but it was worth the price, very soft and huggable, lifelike, and with the proper care, can last for many years, even if a child plays with it a lot.  The doll had all its tags taken off, washed and laundered so the kid can play with it right away.  Rabbit says that its a gift for Amanda, and it was from him and the kingdom.

The parents were shocked and touched from the gesture, and they thanked rabbit over and over, not just from the doll, but for helping and giving their daughter a magical trip that they'll never forget.

So the parents shopped for other gifts for their daughter and themselves.  And when Amanda took the Rabbit doll out the bag, she started to cry.  And then, to everyone's surprise, Amanda sat up, hugged Rabbit as best as she could, and she said in a hushed voice "Thank you.  I love you, and I love this place.  (Sniff)  I wish I didn't have to leave."

Rabbit hugged her back, thanked her for allowing him to be a part of her trip, and if she needed reminding of today, she can always play with the Rabbit doll, share her love and joy with those she knows, and to live her life to the fullest.  She nodded her head, promising she will do so.

The Make-a-wish van then pulled up, and the family thanked them again, Amanda with half-dried tears used the doll's arms to wave Rabbit goodbye, and Rabbit waved goodbye to them.  After the family left, the cast member led Rabbit in the costume shop where he thanked Rabbit, He'll let his superiors know what happened today, and he's been cleared to head home.

A little later, in Rabbit's home in the secret village, Rabbit finally broke down and cried.  It was feelings he felt since he met Amanda, but couldn't show in front of the family.  He knew it was his job to entertain and make everyone feel happy, but it was much different doing the same for a child who likely didn't have many tomorrows left.  After a long time, he went to the closet and pulled out another of the same Rabbit doll that was a complimentary gift to rabbit from the kingdom when the doll went on the market but was never used until now, feeling that Rabbit needed the comfort now.

Rabbit went to bed, hugging the doll and softly crying thinking about today, not knowing that he'll get many compliments from the rest of the characters, or a teary Kanga telling him that seeing him with Amanda proved that she made the right decision in having Rabbit as a second father to Roo, or the Make-a-wish foundation giving him a letter honoring him and pictures of the visit, or that the kingdom characters are planning to honor Rabbit in their own way.  Rabbit, with half-dried tears, went into a well deserved and peaceful sleep, cuddling the Rabbit doll in his sleep.  His last thought before he went to sleep is if Amanda was doing the same.