Activities announced for the 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Arts

Earlier today, the Disney Parks Blog presented some of the activities guests will be able to enjoy during the 2018 Epcot International Festival Of The Arts. Even though this event started small, it now is an option with the same quality as Food and Wine and Flower and Garden.

Watermelon carving, showing how the horticulture team create Disney sculptures, animation classes, photography tips, food styling and typography are some of the activities guests will be able to do.

These activities require booking. Call 407-WDW-TOUR or 407-939-8687.

Source: Disney Parks Blog

Bob Chapek might take the lead after Iger’s retirement

Yesterday, this Bloomberg article spurred several reactions from Disney fans:

 

After Tom Staggs stepped down as a possible replacement from Bob Iger, several names have appeared as posible CEO’s. Bob Chapek might come as a surprise for many, but it is someone who has been working for the company during decades.

About the career span that Chapek has at DIsney, Bloomberg explains:

Chapek, whose 24-year career at Disney has included roles in the film studio and consumer products, is now viewed as a likely successor to Iger, according to people familiar with the company. While no formal decision has been made, Disney is under pressure to find a replacement because Iger is scheduled to retire in July 2019, leaving 19 months to complete a transition. If history is any guide, Disney may soon name a chief operating officer or president, currently unoccupied roles that Iger held for five years before becoming CEO in 2005.

Many fans have criticized Chapek as a possible CEO because of its work as the head of the theme park division, especially this:

At the parks division, Chapek has focused on pricing, introducing a tiered system of tickets that cost more during peak times and eliminating some annual passes. He’s searched for ways to get patrons to pay extra for perks such as nighttime events and passes to get to the head of the line in the company’s California parks.

But the same community that blames Chapek for these decisions forgets his efforts in achieving important goals for the Disney Parks:

Since taking over the theme-park division in February 2015, Chapek ensured the Shanghai resort, Disney’s largest foreign investment, turned a profit in its first year of operation. He also guided the openings of an “Avatar”-themed attraction in Orlando, Florida, and a “Guardians of the Galaxy” ride in Anaheim, California, that have led to attendance gains this year at the company’s domestic theme parks.

In July Chapek unveiled a flurry of new projects at the parks, including a “Star Wars”-themed hotel in Orlando and Marvel superhero rides in Anaheim. Disney told investors on Nov. 9 that its budget for investments in the parks will expand this fiscal year by about $1 billion.

Still, Bob Chapek doesn’t feel as the right contender for a CEO. He has shown that he can make numbers shine, and that’s good, but Disney needs a creative person. Someone who is just interested in maximizing revenue might be sad news for the company. Pixar is struggling to keep up with quality storytelling, were in the middle of a second Disney Renaissance, Disney Parks is dealing with huge expansions and Lucasfilm is working out the next phase of Star Wars and, possibly, Indiana Jones.

In many ways, Bob Chapek resembles Jeffrey Katzenberg in the 90’s: willing to do projects as long as it keeps the bankers happy.

The successor of Bob Iger should be willing to give creative freedom to many moving parts, and I don’t see Chapek being able to handle all of it without stagnating some parts of the company.

The Iger era consolidated The Walt Disney Company with Pixar, Lucasfilm and Marvel. The next CEO next to make sense of all this and still keep the creative values that have kept Disney afloat.

Source: Bloomberg

[Link] Paradise Pier vs Dinoland USA: Why do I like one and hate the other?

I’ve always enjoyed these video essays from Rob Plays. He always brings interesting points outside the common ideas.

Dinoland U.S.A. has always been a visual disaster for Disney fans. I enjoyed it a a small age, but over time the whole place looks out of place.

Meanwhile, Paradise Pier has always been visually interesting for me. Ive never been in DCA and my comments are only based on pictures and videos.

Nostalgia is one of the key features in many theme lands across Disney parks. And maybe Rob is right saying that how we perceive the theming of a land might involve hoy much nostalgia and emotional investment we have for it.

Source: Rob Plays

Once Upon A Time

For several years, I’ve thought about making this blog. Every single time my mind would take care of it and create a bunch of excuses. After all those years, here I am and it feels like the greatest thing ever.

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Hi, I am Rafael Gorrochotegui and Disney has always been a huge part of my life. I am from Caracas, Venezuela. I’ve visited the parks at least a dozen times, including Anaheim, Orlando and Paris.

My intent for this blog is to share the news, reviews, analysis and nerdy stuff that Disney fans enjoy. I have always wanted to write about the movies and the parks, but with so many blogs it is difficult to make a difference. But my own views, my opinions, might bring a new light on many topics.

The fact that I consider myself a Foreign Dis Fan is because the Disney community has made me feel part of something bigger. Right now, I’m living in a struggling country when some joy and fun always helps. I want to share these feelings with the many other fans out there and also express my thoughts as a fan who maybe isn’t always face to face with other fans, but it wants to be a part of it every single day.

The Foreign Dis Fan is meant to have a deep analysis and study on the Disney theme parks, movies, series, and more.

To all who’ve come to this happy blog, bienvenidos.