Disney Theme Parks

There is the woke and grooming element of the Walt Disney Company but this post is more about the decline of the theme parks. My own personal boycott of the Walt Disney Company remains in effect¹ too.

Before the pandemic and the Biden Price Hike (via inflation) the parks were on the decline from a quality/value versus price perspective. I can speak with authority on this topic because prior to the pandemic I was at WDW every other year and recorded a precipitous drop in the quality of the parks. The magic (quality) was always a differentiator for Disney but how many articles have been published the last two years with a headline about the magic being gone? They have ruthlessly cut the entertainment and entertainers and new offerings are done cheaply and without any substantial storytelling/theming. When we were last there in September 2019 the transportation system was pathetic (dirty monorails, fewer buses, etc.). Disney has also retired the very popular Magical Express. It feels like the cost cutting and price increases have only accelerated as the company recovers from the pandemic.

Day Planning
On one hand their ads talk about removing the stress and complexity of planning but the experience and reality are completely different. YOU will spend a considerable amount of your “vacation” engaged in queue management which requires your face to be stitched to a screen. It’s also more expensive than the older more democratized version of FASTPASS which has been superseded by pay-to-play schemes. Disney has an experience for every income level but the model has been supercharged with a labyrinth of options designed to vacuum every penny from your wallet. Unfortunately they have achieved this sorcery without materially boosting the experience. They also seem to be targeting guests with much, much, much higher incomes. The irony is the super “woke” and affluent crowd they covet has traditionally considered the product uncultured and boorish.

Hide the Decline
After Jack Welch (Neutron Jack) retired from GE the new CEO Jeffrey Immelt cozied up to the Obama Administration. I think Immelt did this, in part, so he wouldn’t have the pressure of outperforming Neutron Jack. This is similar to Bob Chapek hiding the decline at the Walt Disney Company behind social justice causes. Does the “woke” get worse now that inflation is going to squeeze theme park attendance or are there enough childless blue haired weirdos to fill the parks? How do they retcon attractions that have typically celebrated the American spirit without alienating more than half the country? The SJWs who have infiltrated the ranks of management at Disney have convinced the C-suite execs that twitter is represents majority opinion. This is a fever that needs to break to stop guests from running for the exit turnstiles.

¹Excludes Kingdom Hearts since this is more Square Enix and Tetsuya Nomura than Disney.

Guess Which Theme Parks Are Conspicuously Missing From USA Today’s Top 10 List? (PJ Media)
Here’s How Americans Are Downgrading Their Summer Vacations Due To Inflation (Forbes)
Nolte: Pro-Grooming Disney’s Favorability Rating Plummets 53 Points In One Year (Breitbart)
Disney World Now Charges for Parking at Hotels, Decreasing Their Value (Frommer’s)

Disney Hires Former Clinton Hack

Disney (NYSE: GROMR) has hired former Clinton (and Obama) propagandist Kristina Schake as executive vice president of global communications.

Disney CEOs have a long history of being cozy with the Clintons. Here’s Michael Eisner waxing poetically about Hillary in the Hollywood Reporter.

The Real Disney Madness: Turns out the Woketeers aren’t very business-savvy. (The American Spectator)

“The queer agenda Rufo exposed made top Disney executives seem more like child abusers. In the videos, executive producer Latoya Raveneau (The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder) says, ‘Our leadership over there has been so welcoming to my not-at-all-secret gay agenda.'”

It looks like SJWs have set their sights on Kingdom Hearts. There isn’t a slice of pop culture they haven’t appropriated for their cause (sports, entertainment, and education). It’s just a matter of time before this wonderful franchise is upended by a retcon (or some similar device) like Star Wars (Disney), Ghostbusters (Sony), and Lord of the Rings (Amazon).

Kingdom Hearts Referenced in ‘The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder’ on Disney+; Sora’s Dive to the Heart & Destiny Islands (Noisy Pixel)

Critics Of The New York Times’ Ben Rhodes Profile Miss The Point (The Heritage Foundation)

The relationship between the media and the democratic party is incestuous (as evidenced by Ben Rhodes and Psaki).

Panetta is also mentioned in this article and he’s one of the experts who dismissed the authenticity of the Hunter Biden laptop. The swamp is deep and includes groomers and deviants of all sorts working for the same cause.

GOP demands ‘experts’ who dismissed Hunter Biden laptop fess up — or face subpoenas (NY Post)

Michael Sussmann is a Clinton hack caught lying to the FBI.

Boycott Woke Disney

“I don’t believe [the Communist Party] is a political party. I believe it is an un-American thing…And I feel that they really ought to be smoked out and shown up for what they are, so that all of the good, free causes in this country, all the liberalisms that really are American, can operate freely without the taint of Communism.” — Walt Disney

(1) The Regressive Corruption of Disney is So Much Worse Than We Thought (Townhall)

(2) Defund this filthy company and address your addiction (YoungRippa59)

(3) ‘Disgusting’: World Cup Player Shares Proof He’s Deleting Disney+ Over Company’s ‘Not-At-All-Secret’ Gay Agenda (Daily Wire)

Weekend 521.3

“It’s been remarked many times that Walt was Mickey, Mickey was Walt—and nowhere is that more evident than in the iconic scenes of Mickey eagerly improvising an airplane and taking to the skies; scaling a beanstalk and challenging a giant; donning a Sorcerer’s hat and “conducting” the courses of the stars and planets. That joyous, wholehearted celebration of life was at the core of Walt’s spirit—and the same spirit was, and still is, embodied in his most personal creation: Mickey Mouse. As long as Mickey lives, that carefree spirit will continue to venture forward, with boundless enthusiasm and great good humor, toward distant horizons we cannot even yet imagine.”

Taschen was highlighted in “The Art of _______________________” in Weekend 461.0. They publish beautiful books and the recently released Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse: The Ultimate History is no exception. It’s a must for any Walt Disney / Mickey Mouse fan.

Second Star to the Right

I haven’t beaten the Mysterious Figure in BBS on the PSP 3000. I still have my PSP but the UMD often fails. My favorite boss in this list is the Clocktower Phantom from KH1. The setting for this boss is Big Ben in London and it reminds me of Mickey’s PhilharMagic and Peter Pan’s Flight in WDW.

(1) 10 Hardest Kingdom Hearts Bosses, Ranked (CBR.com)

(2) Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Limited Edition Pack (PSP-3000 Bundle) (Playasia)

Taking refuge at home…

I didn’t post a ton during my sabbatical but enjoyed some serious downtime. I’ve compiled a list of all the happenings (in true Limestone Roof tradition).

(1) Finished Fatal Colours by George Goodwin. My next book assignment is The Brothers York: An English Tragedy by Thomas Penn

(2) Updated LIMESTONE with a new theme (it had remained more or less the same since moving from BLOGGER in 2010)

(3) Helped my brother earn the KINGDOM HEARTS III Complete Master trophy

(3a) IRL Trophy: Kingdom Hearts Wayfinders Lasercut Pendant (Etsy)

(4) Attended 1 NHL and 1 AHL hockey game. Saw my beloved Bridgeport Islanders defeat the Charolotte Checkers on Saturday, January 8 at Webster Bank Arena

(5) Walked to Mass via the greenways in NC; attended Mass at St Thomas (homecoming).

The barbarians are inside the gate (and so on).

“The C.I.A.’s growth was ‘likened to a malignancy’ which the ‘very high official was not sure even the White House could control…any longer.’ ‘If the United States ever experiences [a coup to overthrow the government] it will come from the C.I.A. and not the Pentagon.’ The agency ‘represents a tremendous power and total unaccountability to anyone.'”
– Arthur Krock, New York Times, October 3, 1963

The difference between 1963 and 2021 is that our institutions have been thoroughly infiltrated by Marxists.

How do I know? The quote was in the New York Times in 1963 and today they have jettisoned journalism for “fortifying” the agenda of our elites via deception (lies and propaganda).

The scanned image is from the Walt Disney Company (DIS). Can you imagine the Walt Disney Company of Eisner/Iger/Chapek promoting American Exceptionalism in 2021? What would the Hall of Presidents or the American Adventure look like if they were reimagined? We don’t need to because the The Walt Disney Company (DIS) has a slogan and logo for the new pogrom and it’s called Reimagine Tomorrow: Where We All Belong. The pavilion in World Showcase is being gutted to launch a China / Uighur inspired re-education facility for cast members and guests.

(1) The New York Times’ ‘Russian Bounties’ Story Just Unraveled (PJ Media)

(1a) New York Times Issues Retraction In Bombshell Collusion Story (Res ipsa loquitur – The thing itself speaks)

(2) Anthony Mackie Claims Disney And Marvel Studios Are Trying To “Change The Way Society Looks At Itself” (Bounding Into Comics)

(2a) Disney asks employees to complete ‘white privilege checklist’ and insists US was founded on ‘systemic racism’, leaked documents show (Washington Examiner)