If The Main Street Theatre Gets Cancelled, It’s Because Something Bigger Is Coming Up

In 2017’s D23, Bob Chapek announced a 2,000 seat theatre located in Main Street U.S.A., in a new area that is backstage. There was no word on which show would be shown on stage, but it sure would be of the same quality as Frozen and Aladdin in Disney’s California Adventure. This theatre that was just announced a few months ago may never see the green light.

There have been many rumors surrounding the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World, with some of them confirmed in D23. The new theatre was a surprise for many, but it was well received as the park needs offerings that could handle the crowds that just get bigger every year in the Magic Kingdom.

This is why the rumor of this project been canceled appears to be odd, as it seems such a great addition to the park. This would expand Main Street U.S.A. and add some live entertainment that has been missing from the park surrounding Cinderella’s Castle. Maybe there’s a better reason to cancel the project or even postpone it. As many attractions are still being shuffled at Walt Disney Imagineering, we can expect more changes coming to the parks.

Better Cancel It When There’s No Commitment To Theming

Even though the theatre could be great to bring new life to Main Street U.S.A., many people were worried at how generic it looked. If you see the concept art, it just looks like a big building. Not only that, but the theatre would have been added to a completely new street, with its own challenges to theme it just as charming as Main Street U.S.A. is. Even though the backstage areas that would house the theater have been used as a way to handle crowds during peak season, it is nowhere near themed to any area of the actual Main Street U.S.A.

Maybe Disney figured out that in order to make the project valuable they had to commit fully to theme a whole new street. That could be a challenge in itself. Depending on how many showings they could get of a live show, the commitment could be worth it.

A Tomorrowland Expansion Could Be Closer Than Ever

Many insiders noticed how much space the theater needed from Tomorrowland in order to be accommodated in the already odd location. With the neglect of Tomorrowland, they might be reconsidering that decision.

There are many attractions on the table. Some suggest that the Tron coaster could dictate the redesign of most of Tomorrowland’s exterior, updating it to a similar look introduced to the Magic Kingdom in 1971. As Stitch’s Great Escape draws to its extinction, a future attraction should be in the works. Here comes the long-rumored Wreck-It Ralph attraction, themed to a racing simulation within the work of Vanellope and friends. As the sequel to this character relates to the internet, it isn’t far-fetched to see this intellectual property in Tomorrowland.

Another rumor relates to an updated Carrousel Of Progress, with a whole new final act. This may require new animatronics, which Disney seems to be less interested in. To complete the rumor circuit, it is now been said that the Tomorrowland Speedway could get a Tron facelift as it could blend well with the coaster.

Fantasyland Refurbishments?

During the 60th anniversary of Disneyland, some Fantasyland attractions got newly updated special effects and scenes. With the ongoing popularity of many rides in Walt Disney World, the focus on updates could be a reason to get rid of the Main Street Theatre for a while.

Peter Pan’s Flight could be the easiest to update, as they already did in California, but there could be also some focus on It’s A Small World or even Pooh. Both of these rides deserve some updates. It’s A Small World could include new Disney characters within the different themed scenes and Pooh can get Audio-Animatronics or even projected effects (or just tearing it up because we all want the Tokyo Disneyland version).

It’s Too Early To Speculate

Even if the Main Street Theater cancellation becomes true, it is way too far from the 50th anniversary of the park to be speculating. What probably is more concrete of a project is the Tomorrowland redesign, as a facelift to this area could go a long way for the upcoming years. With the Tron coaster coming to the land, its architecture could dictate where the aesthetics go.

Even though live entertainment is still needed in the park, maybe its better, for now, to focus on a newer attraction or just updating. Then, eventually, the Main Street Theatre could come over to bring new life to Main Street. Unless Disney forgets it altogether and moves on to the future projects of Epcot and Disney’s Cinemagine Park (let’s get used to it).

‘Solo’ Could Be A Star Wars Western

After much speculation with the release date of ‘Solo’ on the horizon, an impressive teaser trailer has been released along with a Super Bowl TV Spot. We still have to see a full trailer, as Lucasfilm clearly labels it a teaser trailer, but we can see where Star Wars is heading.

Let’s remember that, after all, Star Wars has been mainly a sci fi soap opera. Without the special effects, the Skywalker family could easily fit within the soap operas on TV. With the sequel trilogy of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, we still see this recurring theme of relations within the characters. Everything changed with Rogue One, adding much more military flare to the galaxy we all love.

And with Solo, it is time that Star Wars gets some spaghetti western in the mix.

Think about it. One frame of the teaser trailer clearly states this comparison. But in the end, this is a western. Han and Chewie, partners from the old West. Lando, your usual gambler with the best horses (or spaceships) in the stable. All of them moving from town to town, searching for loots to survive.

There has been negativity surrounding this film, mainly because of the directorial shake up and the fact that The Last Jedi left many fans wondering if they’ll even like Star Wars anymore. Solo can pick up those pieces and launch us into a different adventure, just like Rogue One did in 2016.

Few people remember that Star Wars fans also had mixed hopes for Rogue One, which ended up becoming a solid movie detailing one of the most compelling missions in the saga.

Maybe Alden Ehrenreich does not even sound like Harrison Ford, but he has the cadence in his voice and the physical movement to deliver a convincing Han Solo. Donald Glover fits perfectly with Lando Calrissian, with his charm and presence. Let these guys take you into the western genre and see how Star Wars can make it great.

In 1977, George Lucas taught us that soap operas in the galaxy could be compelling. In 2016, Rogue One taught us that warfare could be the main focus in a Star Wars film.

Solo might actually teach us how Han is the wildest cowboy in the whole galaxy.

Network 1901: Kylo Ren Redemption

So far, The Last Jedi has opened many possibilities for the next episode for Star Wars, some options more viable than others. Many consider that there is no way that Kylo Ren could be redeemed after killing Han, trying to kill Leía and eliminating Snoke. Shannon of Network 1901 gives us the reasons why he still could be redeemed and why it isn’t far fetched for the course of the sequel trilogy.

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