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Feedback for Shoshana
We introduced our newest staff
writer, Shoshana Lewin, with her debut articles
reviewing Disney musicals (part
1 about the Walt years, and part
2 about the Eisner years). Shoshana has
received quite a bit of feedback about them; here
are some samples.
Since finding MousePlanet about a year ago, I've
been an almost daily visitor. I especially liked
your two articles on the music of the Disney animated
films. I have all of the released features on
either VHS or DVD and all of the soundtrack albums
since Oliver & Company.
I do, however, have to disagree with your assessment
of the three nonkiddie animated films: Black
Cauldron, Atlantis, and Treasure
Planet. You basically write them off as a
waste of time. But I couldn't disagree more.
I'll concede that these three films were targeted
at a different audience than the one that traditionally
has been the focus of the Disney animated films
and that, because of the more limited target audience,
they did not do well at the box office. However,
from the point of view of a 50+ male who is also
a science fiction fan, I completely enjoyed those
three films because of their inventive stories
and magnificent animation artwork. No, they didn't
have any catchy songs and they weren't geared
to the kiddies or to a generally female audience,
but they don't deserve to be written off as unworthy
of the artistic talent and craft that is the Disney
Studios. They're all works of art in their own
right even though they don't fit the mold laid
out by your articles.
I don't mean this letter to be a criticism of your
articles, whichagainI very much enjoyed.
But I just couldn't let your criticism of Black
Cauldron, Atlantis, and Treasure
Planet to go unchallenged.
By the way, you may want to take a look at my
tribute to Disney Animation. From the
splash page click on Movies and then navigate
to Disney Classics.
Arnold Thanks for your letter, I think it is
great to challenge opinions.
I didn't mean to dismiss those three films
it is just that Disney is known for its musical
animated features. When the company releases films
with music, they reach a different audience and have
a different purpose then the ones without. Those three
films were used as an example of how audiences react
when music is not used (their box office numbers were
considerably lower than the films with music.)
As you are a sci-fi fan, I'm sure you enjoyed Treasure
Planet and Atlantis more for their visual
appeal and story development than someone else (like
me) who wants to walk out of a Disney movie humming
Wouldn't it be great if they could reach out to a wider
audience by combining the wonderful animation with
some wonderful songs?
I read your article and loved it. I have been telling
everyone that since Mulan, I have been
very disappointed in the Disney movies and no
music or little music along with the new weird
animation with squared-off fingers is a large
problem with me. I agree to go back to the fairy
tales. Where do I write and where can I tell my
friends to write?
Hi Lori I'm glad you enjoyed it. I wrote it
because, like you, I have been disappointed in the
recent animated features and thought looking back
at the previous movies might help me figure out what
went wrong. Sadly, I don't have a magic wand to make
them turn out more musicals, but here is the address
for the Studios:
The Walt Disney Studios
Walt Disney Feature Animation
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521-7454
Maybe if enough people write in, something will be
Just a comment on your great article about the
Eisner-era musicals. You wrote:
"The film [Beauty and the Beast]
would go on to spawn one of the most successful
Broadway hits of all time, receiving a Tony
Award for Best Musical."
Beauty and the Beast was nominated for Best
Musical in 1994, but did not win the Tony. Passion,
by Stephen Sondheim took that award home. Beauty
and the Beast won the Best Costume Design
by Anne Hould-Ward.
Craig Awesome, I agree... Beauty and the
Beast is way better than Passion! And thanks
for the heads-up. The sentence should read: Beauty
and the Beast would go on to spawn one of the
most successful Broadway hits of all time, receiving
a Tony nomination for Best Musical and an award for
Best Costumes (Ann Hould-Ward). I still think it should
have won. Sondheim is such a downer.
I agree totally with your take on disney movies.
They have been awful in the last few years. We
loved The Little Mermaid and Beauty
and the Beast. I have a little girl who loves
all the fairy tale stories. Someone needs to tell
Diane I hope your little girl will continue
enjoying the Disney fairy tales. Don't forget that
30 years separated Sleeping Beauty and The
Little Mermaid. If we consider Aladdin
to be the last fairy tale, I'm expecting
something by 2022 (but I hope it will come sooner).
Keep your fingers crossed!
Contact Shoshana here.
Feedback for Brian
First of all: I love reading the trip reports and
admire your work on MousePlanet.
I started reading trip reports in 1998 when planning
a trip to the Southeast U.S.A. including some
days at WDW. I am from Germany and so this would
have been a rather big trip. The trip took never
place. I got to go to southern Africa on safari
instead, so it was not so bad. But I kept reading
reports now and then.
After having been to Disneyland Paris in 1995 and
1997, my sister, a friend, and I will now spend
three days at Disneyland Paris Resort in two weeks
time. I am very excited about it as you can imagine.
The trip to WDW is still something I want to do,
but I feel that if I am in the U.S.A. I should
also have the time to see other things there,
My question is now, do you think MousePlanet readers
will be interested in a trip report on Disneyland
Paris by a German? I get the impression that most
readers of MousePlanet are Americans and have
a good knowledge of either WDW or Disneyland.
While I have been to Disnexland in 1992, I know
nothing of WDW and will not be able to make any
comparisons. Also my experiences and views might
be rather different and perhaps not at all interesting
for most readers of MousePlanet. What do you think?
Magdalene I think MousePlanet readers would
enjoy the report no matter what nation you're from!
You would provide a unique perspective to the report
(everyone does) that would make it fun to read, and
helpful to other trip planners.
By all means, send it in!
Thank you for all of the time and work you put
into the Mouseplanet website. I have found the
information and updates very interesting and useful.
I have a Walt Disney World transportation question.
I have been to WDW twice: once off-property and
a honeymoon in the Contemporary Resort. My husband
and I went to the Ohana breakfast at the Polynesian
Resort when the Contemporary breakfast was full
last time and loved it. We are going back to WDW
in May for our second anniversary but are staying
at Port Orleans French Quarter this time. We wanted
to go back to the Ohana breakfast and made priority
seating arrangements for 8:00 a.m. on a Wednesday
morning. Now, I am a little concerned that we
will have trouble getting to the Polynesian resort
this early in the morning, relying on Disney transportation
from French Quarter.
How early does the transportation start running
at the parks? I have heard that some transportation
starts running earlier for extra magic hour
into the specific park of the day. How early does
this transportation run? What all would be included
in this early transportation? Like, does the monorail
run between the MK, TTC, and the monorail resorts
for early Epcot opening?
One idea that I had and would like you opinion
on is the following: I have read that Wednesday
is early entry for Epcot. I was hoping that French
Quarter buses would start running to Epcot at
7:00 a.m. that day. Outside the Epcot entrance,
I thought we could board the monorail to the TTC
and either walk or take the other monorail to
the Polynesian Resort. Alternatively, at the Epcot
entrance I thought we might be able to simply
catch a bus running back to the Polynesian Resort.
What would you recommend? Is there any reason
that we would have trouble utilizing the early
entry transportation to go away from Epcot? Do
you think we will have enough time to make a 8:00
a.m.priority seating arrangement?
Thank you for your help, Ann
Ann Special buses run, starting at 7:00 a.m.,
to the various character breakfasts. I'd suggest that
you keep your reservations as they are currently set,
but make sure to confirm the details on the special
character meal buses when you check in.
Sara writes, on ticket prices:
Brian: I thought you might like to let your U.K.
readers know about a special offer on WDW ticket
prices that travel agents are running. The special
offer is on the 10-day world ticket. It is being
offered for #199 per adult. This is less than
the 7-day pass (the brochure price for the 5-day
hopper plus pass is #185 for adults, and it's
#228 for the 7-day hopper plus pass). The ticket
includes 10 days entry to the four theme parks,
and the two water parks. It also includes unlimited
entry to Disney Quest and a free character breakfast.
The only drawback is that you can't use unused
days on another occassion the ticket is
only valid for 21 consecutive days after the first
use. Our travel agent called us to let us know
about it, so I assume most travel aents will know
about this deal if you ask them. I just thought
you would like to know about it our family
have had a hard time tracking down a good deal
but this seems perfect!
Thanks so much, Sara. I'm including your note in this
Mailbag piece so we can spread the word.
In our March 6 Mailbag,
a reader asked if there was a way to check the balance
on leftover passes. Grace provided some information
in our March 13 Mailbag,
and now, we hear from Bruce, who follows up
with his own tip:
Just a quick note... back in 1998 we were staying
at the All-Star Music resort and asked the front
desk CM to check our old tickets for remaining
days. They had the ability to do so back then.
The reason this stuck in my head is that we both
had used our old tickets the same number of days
for the same parks, but they showed one less day
on one than on the other. That's the only time
they've ever had it wrong, and they did correct
it in their system. They can also check tickets
that have no park days but have Plus
admissions like Pleasure Island left on them-we
had them check that for us on our last visit in
November 2002 since we had about eight tickets
we weren't positive had been used up completely.
Maybe it's something they didn't advertise or openly
admit they could do at the resorts, but at the
All Stars, at least, it's been possible to check
remaining days for some years now.
Thanks, Bruce. You're not the only one to confirm that.
However, I know that some guests at some resorts have
been told that they have to go to one of the parks
or Downtown Disney to handle that chore.
Maybe someone (a cast member or someone otherwise connected?)
can shed further light on the mystery.
Just visited your Disney web page re: Disney World
travel. We are planning to visit WDW at this end
of this month (March) and see that you haven't
updated your e-mail...since last year! and would
like to ask some logistical-type questions.
Ruth My former column has been rolled into MousePlanet's
site-wide Mailbag, where you can read the latest email
responses there. And note the list of previous mailbag
pieces in the right-hand margin.
Also, MousePlanet's new Park
Update: Walt Disney World column is a great
If you have some specific questions, feel free to write
me. I'm still happy to answer as best I can.
Feedback for Park
Cory from Utah writes:
Since my first son turned 2, my wife and I have
annually visited Disneyland and have enjoyed the
Disneyland experience through his eyes. We are
now four with another boy, and enjoy the experience
with double excitement.
I first found your Web site several years ago and
have found it a way to maintain a connection with
Disneyland. The things I like the most are the
pictures and updates on new Disney ideas, improvements,
and positive changes. The things I like the least
our the comments and articles regarding the negativeness
of park management and park upkeep.
Although I understand that there are problems at
the park and your Web site more than likely creates
awareness, I have at times exited your Web site
with a bad and discouraged feeling about Disneyland.
Because of that I began not visiting your page
in order to avoid an anticipated negative feeling
during my annual visit to the park. Being from
Utah that visit is usually once a year.
I visit your Web site once in awhile currently
I have noticed some changes in your approach.
I do appreciate your frustrations and your dedication
to insuring Walt's legacy remains. I will continue
to visit your Web site but will more than like
focus on the good rather than bad.
Cory Thank you for your candid feedback. It's
always a juggling act to provide professional and
balanced news coverage; we'd like to think that our
content is a good combination of both, with an ongoing
dedication towards helping the Disney consumer stay
well-informed. Lani Teshima
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