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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Key Aspects of Disney Magic Many Don't Think Of

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #64: The Meaning of Disney Magic – What does magic for guests mean for those providing the magic?


The “Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating” podcast serves up a Disney or Disney-related quote each day, with DisneyBizJournal’s Ray Keating offering brief, additional thoughts on how each dose ties in to life, career, business, entrepreneurship, creativity, storytelling, work, or just plain fun.

Monday, June 14, 2021

Your Values, Your Business and Career

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #63: Values Matter – Knowing your values makes it easier to make decisions important for life, career and business.


The “Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating” podcast serves up a Disney or Disney-related quote each day, with DisneyBizJournal’s Ray Keating offering brief, additional thoughts on how each dose ties in to life, career, business, entrepreneurship, creativity, storytelling, work, or just plain fun.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Inspiration According to Dr. Nigel Channing

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #62: The Vital Spark of Inspiration – Always keep an eye out for anything – a little spark perhaps – that will ignite inspiration and creativity, As Dr. Nigel Channing knows.


The “Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating” podcast serves up a Disney or Disney-related quote each day, with DisneyBizJournal’s Ray Keating offering brief, additional thoughts on how each dose ties in to life, career, business, entrepreneurship, creativity, storytelling, work, or just plain fun.

Walt Says You Cannot Do It Alone

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #61: It’s About More than Dreaming and Creating – Walt Disney on what’s needed beyond dreaming, creating, and building. You can’t do it alone.


The “Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating” podcast serves up a Disney or Disney-related quote each day, with DisneyBizJournal’s Ray Keating offering brief, additional thoughts on how each dose ties in to life, career, business, entrepreneurship, creativity, storytelling, work, or just plain fun.

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Indiana Jones and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” Hit 40

 by Chris Lucas

Guest Column

DisneyBizJournal.com

June 12, 2021

 

Forty years ago today, Raiders of the Lost Ark made its debut on the big screen and its hero, Indiana Jones (originally created by George Lucas in 1973 and named Indiana Smith) became part of our pop culture forever. 



Disney officially purchased the rights to the Indiana Jones universe and characters in 2012, but Indy had already been around in their theme parks since 1989, with both the live stunt spectacular and animatronic version on the Great Movie Ride at Disney-MGM Studios in Florida. In 1993, an Indiana Jones roller coaster opened at Disneyland Paris, followed by an attraction at Disneyland in Anaheim in 1995 and Tokyo in 2001. 

 


Paramount Pictures still co-owns the first four movies in the series, but Disney is currently shooting a fifth Indiana Jones feature film of their own, with Harrison Ford returning in the familiar fedora and leather jacket, scheduled to be released in July, 2022. 

 

What’s your favorite Indiana Jones moment?

 

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Chris Lucas is the author of Top Disney: 100 Top Ten Lists of the Best of Disney, from the Man to the Mouse and Beyond.

 

On the PRESS CLUB C Podcast, enjoy Ray’s discussion with Chris Lucas about his career as an actor, author and Disney expert. Tune in right here!

Friday, June 11, 2021

Doing Stuff with Walt Disney

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #60: Walt Disney on Doing – Based on a Walt Disney quote, Ray Keating advises, “Prepare but do not procrastinate.”

 

The “Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating” podcast serves up a Disney or Disney-related quote each day, with DisneyBizJournal’s Ray Keating offering brief, additional thoughts on how each dose ties in to life, career, business, entrepreneurship, creativity, storytelling, work, or just plain fun.

Advice from the Adventurers Club

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #59: The Adventurers Club, Bears and Howe to Dress – A quote courtesy of the defunct Adventurer’s Club offers a way to handle good and bad times.


The “Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating” podcast serves up a Disney or Disney-related quote each day, with DisneyBizJournal’s Ray Keating offering brief, additional thoughts on how each dose ties in to life, career, business, entrepreneurship, creativity, storytelling, work, or just plain fun.

MCU Needs “Loki” to be Really Good (or a Late Review of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”)

by Ray Keating

Review/Commentary

DisneyBizJournal.com

June 11, 2021

 

I probably have mentioned this before, but when movie technology finally caught up to comic book superheroes, I was like a kid again. Here were the heroes I read about since my childhood in the pages of comics brought to life in captivating ways on the big screen. And after an incredible run of movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, along came Disney+ announcing that this intertwined story of heroes and villains would be extended to its streaming service as well. Cool.

 

Unfortunately, the first two series – WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier – fell short in the end. Now, the MCU and Disney+ need Loki to step it up.



WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier came undone in assorted ways, but in a major way by losing a lifeline that most of the MCU movies had to the best of comic books, that is, delivering a coherent, exciting, action-packed story while communicating a clear sense of right and wrong, and there being consequences for assorted actions.

 

As I explained in a review of WandaVision, here was a show that started with a fascinating premise that had the audience wondering, guessing and wanting more. But then the show not only turned in a more pedestrian and flawed direction in terms of the storytelling, but it failed in an essential way:

 

WandaVision’s creators ultimately chickened out. They set up a story that cried out for wrestling with evil actions taken by a “hero,” but viewers got nothing, other than a lame, passing “I’m sorry” from Wanda. 

 

Unfortunately, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier never really hit the early heights that WandaVision did, but its ultimate fall was somewhat similar.

 

As for the characters, Sebastian Stan could have been interesting as Bucky, with his attempts to deal with the sins that he committed as the Winter Soldier. While the possibility was introduced, nothing very interesting was done with it, or quite frankly, with Bucky in general.

 

Indeed, nothing much compelling was done with either Bucky or Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson/The Falcon during the entire 6-episode series. I was left wondering if Mackie and Stan simply don’t have enough in the acting tank, or if they were not given enough by the showrunners. The show turns out to be about two of Captain America’s sidekicks, who aren’t really cutting it as the main heroes. 

 

There are other problems as well, such as John Walker – Wyatt Russell as Captain America – too quickly descending into a dark place.

 

But two big issues loom with the overall series. First, the showrunners desperately wanted to say something relevant about today’s racial issues. And there’s nothing wrong with creators saying something through their work. But it’s done here in uneven, clunky ways, with points crammed in here and there in awkward ways. Indeed, there was no subtlety or having such matters fit smoothly into the story. Instead, it was all rather heavy handed at the expense of the story. For good measure, at the expense of Steve Rogers’ Captain America as well, as the writers apparently really liked having characters derisively referring, more than once, to a “blond hair and blue eyes” Cap. While trying to move on from one of the MCU favorite characters in Steve Rogers’ Cap, why do it in such a way as to seemingly tarnish the original Captain America? Perhaps the showrunners didn’t intend that, but it certainly was how it came across.

 

And then there is The Falcon and the Winter Soldier falling prey to the same key shortcoming that hit WandaVision about confusing right and wrong. The view that Sam Wilson takes toward the key “villain,” who is a murderer and terrorist, is bewildering, to say the least. Sam treats her sympathetically, even bringing her dead body down from the sky with wings spread out like an angel. Really?

 

Along these lines, the reasons for the terrorists’ actions were murky, and when finally revealed – well, sort of revealed – none of the characters really knew what to do, including Sam now as Captain America, who served up a rambling incoherent speech. 

 

Both Disney+ Marvel shows, though, point to a reluctance to say something clear about right and wrong. But again, that has always been at the center of superhero comic books, especially as they offered little moral lessons to children. And that carried well into the MCU movies. But not in these Disney+ shows, which leaves one with a question: Why?

 

Finally, it’s troubling for a series when the most interesting character by far only gets a few minutes of screen time, and largely as a tip of the hat to future MCU projects. Julia-Louise Dreyfuss, as Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, steals each of her scenes. She’s having a good time, and the audience wants to enjoy time with her as well. It’s amazing what happens when an interesting character is portrayed by a real talent.


Courtesy of Marvel.com


As was evidenced by the last three Star Wars films, faith can be lost with the public when even a beloved series falls flat. But as The Mandalorian also made clear, quality storytelling can restore faith and win back audiences. Here’s to hoping that Loki starts to re-ignite some MCU magic.

 

Yes, Loki needs to be good, really good.

 

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Ray Keating is the editor, publisher and economist for DisneyBizJournal.com, and author of the  Pastor Stephen Grant novels and assorted nonfiction books. Have Ray Keating speak your group, business, school, church, or organization. Email him at raykeating@keatingreports.com.

 

The views expressed here are his own – after all, no one else should be held responsible for this stuff, right?

 

Keating has two new books out. Vatican Shadows: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel is the 13ththriller/mystery in the Pastor Stephen Grant series. Get the paperback or Kindle edition at Amazon, or signed books at www.raykeatingonline.comPast Lives: A Pastor Stephen Grant Short Story is the 14th book in the series. Get the paperback or Kindle edition at Amazon, or signed book at www.raykeatingonline.com. And pre-order the 15th book in the series What’s Lost? A Pastor Stephen Grant Short Story.

 

Also, check out Ray’s podcasts – the Daily Dose of DisneyFree Enterprise in Three Minutes, and the PRESS CLUB C Podcast.

 

You also can order his book Behind Enemy Lines: Conservative Communiques from Left-Wing New York  from Amazon or signed books  at RayKeatingOnline.com. His other recent nonfiction book is Free Trade Rocks! 10 Points on International Trade Everyone Should Know

 

Please support the efforts of DisneyBizJournal.com to bring news, analysis and commentary on Disney to readers such as yourself. Make a contribution right here via PayPal. Thanks!

Thursday, June 10, 2021

House of Blues Rocks BBQ

 by Ray Keating

Review

DisneyBizJournal.com

June 10, 2021

 

It had been several years since I ate at the House of Blues, and given the delicious meals my party enjoyed recently, it was far too long away.



I not only like the vibe at the House of Blues – from the décor to the music – but also the fact that Dan Aykroyd was a co-founder, with its beginnings rooted in The Blues Brothers movie. That’s a movie that not only served up some fun moments and quotes – “We’re on a mission from God” – but awesome music. A wide array of blues, rock and jazz greats appeared in the movie, and John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd proved to have some real musical talent as Jake and Elwood Blues – the Blues Brothers!

 

On the night we had dinner at the Disney Springs establishment, a group was cranking out some nice tunes on the restaurant’s front porch. As for the food, one word fits the House of Blues Smokehouse platters ordered by each diner – “Wow!”

 

The Smokehouse platters can be ordered with one, two or three “proteins,” and the choices are pulled pork, chicken, brisket, baby back ribs and andouille sausage. Between three diners, we sampled the pulled pork, baby back ribs, brisket and sausage.



The ribs were tender, yet not a fall-off-the-bone kind of ribs, and the sauce was delicious, with just enough of a bite to make your lips tingle without being too spicy. The sauce complemented the smoky flavor of the ribs.

 

The sausage was barbecued to near-perfection, and the spicy bite made its presence known, but not to the point of spoiling the taste of the sausage.

 

The BBQ coating on the brisket was good, but the meat itself was succulent. No knives were needed. The fork was more than able to break off portions. Indeed, the brisket was the true star on the Smokehouse platters.



Accompanying the delectable meats on each platter were assorted sides, including beans, southern street corn, dill pickle chips, jalapeño-cheese cornbread, slaw, and three house-made BBQ sauces. The small cuts of corn on the cob came with a herby butter spread on the cob and just a hint of lime and cilantro, making it a unique side dish. The slaw was on the onion-y side, with a distinct vinegar flavor. Indeed, the only item that disappointed this diner during the night were the beans, as the tomato flavor came through too strong.

 

But there was still more gastronomic good news. We ordered the Voodoo Shrimp appetizer. Yes, the shrimp was fresh, but it was made even more outstanding with what it came in and with on the plate, in particular, a truly awesome sauce. A soft fluffy cornbread in the appetizer bowl was a welcome accompaniment, as it was a great canvas to soak up that amazing Voodoo Shrimp sauce.  Let me be clear: The sauce was so good that one of our diner’s said they wanted a spoon so they could scoop up the sauce left in the bowl! The bread itself was not particularly grainy (as is often the case with corn bread), but it was airy and not overly sweet, so it did not detract from the sauce. What an appetizer!



So, go to the House of Blues for dinner and some music. Consider it to be a mission from God.

 

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Ray Keating is the editor, publisher and economist for DisneyBizJournal.com, and author of the  Pastor Stephen Grant novels and assorted nonfiction books. Have Ray Keating speak your group, business, school, church, or organization. Email him at raykeating@keatingreports.com.

 

The views expressed here are his own – after all, no one else should be held responsible for this stuff, right?

 

Keating has two new books out. Vatican Shadows: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel is the 13ththriller/mystery in the Pastor Stephen Grant series. Get the paperback or Kindle edition at Amazon, or signed books at www.raykeatingonline.comPast Lives: A Pastor Stephen Grant Short Story is the 14th book in the series. Get the paperback or Kindle edition at Amazon, or signed book at www.raykeatingonline.com. And pre-order the 15th book in the series What’s Lost? A Pastor Stephen Grant Short Story.

 

Also, check out Ray’s podcasts – the Daily Dose of DisneyFree Enterprise in Three Minutes, and the PRESS CLUB C Podcast.

 

You also can order his book Behind Enemy Lines: Conservative Communiques from Left-Wing New York  from Amazon or signed books  at RayKeatingOnline.com. His other recent nonfiction book is Free Trade Rocks! 10 Points on International Trade Everyone Should Know

 

Please support the efforts of DisneyBizJournal.com to bring news, analysis and commentary on Disney to readers such as yourself. Make a contribution right here via PayPal. Thanks!

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

If James Bond Became a Pastor


 

Iger on Courage and Risk Taking

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #58: Iger on Courage and Risk Taking – Former Disney CEO Bob Iger hits the mark on risk taking, innovation and courage.


The “Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating” podcast serves up a Disney or Disney-related quote each day, with DisneyBizJournal’s Ray Keating offering brief, additional thoughts on how each dose ties in to life, career, business, entrepreneurship, creativity, storytelling, work, or just plain fun.

Wisdom from the Hall of Presidents

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #57: A Lesson from the Hall of Presidents – The narrator from Disney’s Hall of Presidents points to the fundamental job of a president.


The “Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating” podcast serves up a Disney or Disney-related quote each day, with DisneyBizJournal’s Ray Keating offering brief, additional thoughts on how each dose ties in to life, career, business, entrepreneurship, creativity, storytelling, work, or just plain fun.

Monday, June 7, 2021

Walt Disney, Ronald Reagan and Being Civilized!

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #56: Disney, Reagan and Being Civilized – We can all learn something from Ronald Reagan’s tribute to his friend, Walt Disney.


The “Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating” podcast serves up a Disney or Disney-related quote each day, with DisneyBizJournal’s Ray Keating offering brief, additional thoughts on how each dose ties in to life, career, business, entrepreneurship, creativity, storytelling, work, or just plain fun.

Paradiso 37: Fun Food Overrules Shaky Environment

 by Ray Keating

Review

DisneyBizJournal.com

June 7, 2021

 

Over the years, I’ve had great food in establishments that … well, let’s just say … left something to be desired in terms of the setting. You know – tasty, perhaps even unforgettable eats, but served up in dumpy places.

 

That wasn’t exactly the case one recent evening at Paradiso 37 at Disney Springs. After all, the restaurant is anything but dumpy. It’s quite sleek.  

 

However, my party was seated at a table that seemed to float, as opposed to serving as a stable piece of furniture upon which to enjoy dinner. The waiter appeared unconcerned when it was mentioned. It also seems like a basic issue for the manager to check for such problems and have them fixed before opening for the day, or have staff deal with such items that materialize during the night. Admittedly, the tippy table set a shaky foundation for the meal. For good measure, the atmosphere, while certainly colorful and vibrant, felt more hollow than inviting.

 

Thankfully, though, these shortcomings were overtaken by the food.

 

Our group ordered two of the appetizers. The San Juan-Style Beef Empanadas had a nice flavor, and the texture ably combined a crunchy outside with a smooth beef interior. And the dipping sauce had a nice kick, but it didn’t overwhelm.



The second appetizer, the Big Smoke Poutine, was a plate full of flavor, featuring fries, cheese curds, cherry peppers, roasted garlic gravy and beef. Thumbs up on both.

 

And all in our party were pleased with their entrée selections. The Authentic Nola Shrimp Po’Boy came through with tasty tempora-battered shrimp and a spicy (welcomed by our diner) remoulade sauce on a toasted French baguette. 



As for the Honolulu Pulled Pork Sandwich, it was very tender, a sweet mix with the addition of the pineapple. And the coleslaw gave it a bit of texture.  The sandwich bun was soft, soaking up the extra sauce. By the way, it’s worth noting that the accompanying, nicely salted fries had a crispy outside, with a soft potato-y inside.

 

Finally, the Baja Fish Tacos were simply outstanding. There was more battered fish jammed into each of the three tacos on the plate than I’d experienced anywhere else. They were wonderfully overstuffed. And the sauce had a welcome lime-citrus zest. Simple and delicious.



So, I came away from Paradiso 37 with a fondness for its fun food, which crowded out thoughts of being underwhelmed by the setting. After all, it’s really about the food in the end.

 

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Ray Keating is the editor, publisher and economist for DisneyBizJournal.com, and author of the  Pastor Stephen Grant novels and assorted nonfiction books. Have Ray Keating speak your group, business, school, church, or organization. Email him at raykeating@keatingreports.com.

 

The views expressed here are his own – after all, no one else should be held responsible for this stuff, right?

 

Keating has two new books out. Vatican Shadows: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel is the 13ththriller/mystery in the Pastor Stephen Grant series. Get the paperback or Kindle edition at Amazon, or signed books at www.raykeatingonline.comPast Lives: A Pastor Stephen Grant Short Story is the 14th book in the series. Get the paperback or Kindle edition at Amazon, or signed book at www.raykeatingonline.com. And pre-order the 15th book in the series What’s Lost? A Pastor Stephen Grant Short Story.

 

Also, check out Ray’s podcasts – the Daily Dose of DisneyFree Enterprise in Three Minutes, and the PRESS CLUB C Podcast.

 

You also can order his book Behind Enemy Lines: Conservative Communiques from Left-Wing New York  from Amazon or signed books  at RayKeatingOnline.com. His other recent nonfiction book is Free Trade Rocks! 10 Points on International Trade Everyone Should Know

 

Please support the efforts of DisneyBizJournal.com to bring news, analysis and commentary on Disney to readers such as yourself. Make a contribution right here via PayPal. Thanks!

Sunday, June 6, 2021

What Inspired Walt Disney?

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #55: What Inspired Walt Disney? – Walt Disney has inspired many. But what inspired Walt?


The “Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating” podcast serves up a Disney or Disney-related quote each day, with DisneyBizJournal’s Ray Keating offering brief, additional thoughts on how each dose ties in to life, career, business, entrepreneurship, creativity, storytelling, work, or just plain fun.

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Craving Mac & Cheese at Disney Springs

 by Ray Keating

Review

DisneyBizJournal.com

June 5, 2021

 

I assume that, like me, you’ve had the periodic craving for mac & cheese. Who hasn’t, right? I mean, if not, well, that seems kinda un-American.

 

Anyway, sometimes that craving can come at unexpected moments, perhaps while at Walt Disney World. As it turns out, there are assorted spots that you can check in to meet that craving. For example, when Casey’s Corner reopens at the Magic Kingdom, I recommend either the Bacon Macaroni & Cheese Foot-long Hot Dog, or the Bacon Macaroni & Cheese Fries, or both! (Check out DisneyBizJournal’s take on Casey’s.)

 


When the need for mac & cheese hit at Disney Springs recently, fortunately, there was the Mac & Cheese Food Truck.

 

Since dinner reservations were in a couple of hours, while sorely tempted by the entire menu, restraint was in order. (A rarity!) So, this really was just a first step – let’s even say a first baby step – with the Mac & Cheese Food Truck. 



The Lobster and Shrimp Mac & Cheese was the hardest thing to resist. But rest assured, there will be more visits to sample and review the menu more completely. For this occasion, the Mac & Cheese Fritters were ordered, and they didn’t disappoint.

 

A crunchy, deep fried coating encased mac & cheese featuring sturdy pasta and a smooth cheese sauce. It was finger food that fit for continuing to stroll around Disney Springs while eating, or just finding a bench by the water.



So, this first venture with the Mac & Cheese Food Truck at Disney Springs was a thumbs up. As for next time, my cravings might just involve the Lobster and Shrimp Mac & Cheese, the Six-Cheese Crunchy Mac & Cheese, and the Barbecued Beef Mac & Cheese. That’s right – all three. Hey, it’s a craving.

 

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Ray Keating is the editor, publisher and economist for DisneyBizJournal.com, and author of the  Pastor Stephen Grant novels and assorted nonfiction books. Have Ray Keating speak your group, business, school, church, or organization. Email him at raykeating@keatingreports.com.

 

The views expressed here are his own – after all, no one else should be held responsible for this stuff, right?

 

Keating has two new books out. Vatican Shadows: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel is the 13ththriller/mystery in the Pastor Stephen Grant series. Get the paperback or Kindle edition at Amazon, or signed books at www.raykeatingonline.comPast Lives: A Pastor Stephen Grant Short Story is the 14th book in the series. Get the paperback or Kindle edition at Amazon, or signed book at www.raykeatingonline.com. And order the 15th book in the series What’s Lost? A Pastor Stephen Grant Short Story.

 

Also, check out Ray’s podcasts – the Daily Dose of DisneyFree Enterprise in Three Minutes, and the PRESS CLUB C Podcast.

 

You also can order his book Behind Enemy Lines: Conservative Communiques from Left-Wing New York  from Amazon or signed books  at RayKeatingOnline.com. His other recent nonfiction book is Free Trade Rocks! 10 Points on International Trade Everyone Should Know

 

Please support the efforts of DisneyBizJournal.com to bring news, analysis and commentary on Disney to readers such as yourself. Make a contribution right here via PayPal. Thanks!

Like Walt Disney, Choose Dynamism

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #54: Moving Forward or Running in Place – In your business and career, Walt Disney points to picking dynamism over stagnation.


The “Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating” podcast serves up a Disney or Disney-related quote each day, with DisneyBizJournal’s Ray Keating offering brief, additional thoughts on how each dose ties in to life, career, business, entrepreneurship, creativity, storytelling, work, or just plain fun.

Friday, June 4, 2021

Wisdom from Aslan

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #53: At the Core of the Chronicles of Narnia – Aslan tells us what Narnia is all about in the end.


The “Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating” podcast serves up a Disney or Disney-related quote each day, with DisneyBizJournal’s Ray Keating offering brief, additional thoughts on how each dose ties in to life, career, business, entrepreneurship, creativity, storytelling, work, or just plain fun. 

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Walt Disney - Futurist and Conservative

Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating – Episode #52: Yes, Walt Disney was a Visionary and a Conservative – Why do people fail to grasp that it’s not contradictory to say that Walt Disney was a futurist, a visionary and a conservative?


The “Daily Dose of Disney with Ray Keating” podcast serves up a Disney or Disney-related quote each day, with DisneyBizJournal’s Ray Keating offering brief, additional thoughts on how each dose ties in to life, career, business, entrepreneurship, creativity, storytelling, work, or just plain fun.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Party Dates Released for Disney World’s “After Hours Boo Bash”

 by Beth Keating

News

DisneyBizJournal.com

June 2, 2021

 

On nearly two dozen spooky evenings this year, from August 10 through October 31, Disney World will play host to the “Disney After Hours Boo Bash,” a limited-capacity, separately ticketed event that takes over from Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.



Disney has released some details about the new party, as well as the list of party dates. There will be three special cavalcades throughout the night, including “Mickey’s Happy Halloween Cavalcade,”with Mickey and friends in holiday attire; the “Disney Villains Halloween Cavalcade”; and “Jack’s Nightmare Cavalcade,” featuring Jack Skellington, Sally, and Oogie Boogie parading down Main Street to everyone’s favorite party song, “This is Halloween.”  Maleficent, in fire-breathing dragon form, will also be making her way through the park.

 

Party entertainment will include performances by the Cadaver Dans; appearances by fan favorites Miss Carlotta, Miss Renatta and Broome the Butler at the Haunted Mansion; and surprise characters showing up in their Halloween outfits. Guests can also take advantage of Disney PhotoPass, which will offer magical and spooky shots throughout the night.

 

This year, because Disney will also be simultaneously celebrating Disney World’s 50th anniversary, with “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” the park decorations will be uniquely transformed for the October event nights, blending the traditional fall look “with the enchanting story of Cinderella by creating special pumpkin coach decorations that will add to the park’s sparkling EARidescence during this magical time.”

 

Tickets for the three-hour event go on sale June 15, but guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels can book their tickets as early as June 8. Tickets start at $129–$139, plus tax, for August/September nights; $159–$169, plus tax, for October nights; and $199, plus tax, for Halloween. (There is a $10 discount for event nights in August and September for Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members.)  

Party prices include select complimentary snacks like ice cream novelties and popcorn, along with select beverages, but there will also be a variety of specialty food and drinks available for purchase. Among the goodies will be an Apple Ginger Dale frozen drink and a Foolish Mortal Funnel Cake.  The Halloween candy trick-or-treat stations will be back from Mickeys-Not-So-Scary, much to everyone’s delight.  

 

Party attendees can enter the Magic Kingdom as early as 7 p.m., and the “After Hours Boo Bash” dated event tickets do not require an additional day theme park ticket or Disney Park Pass theme park reservation. Guests can also come in costume for the event, but party-goers should check the Costume Policy before donning their outfits.  

 

The Boo Bash will run from 9 p.m. to midnight, except for a few nights in August and September, when the party will be from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.   This year’s dates for the “Disney After Hours Boo Bash” are:

 

  • Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021
  • Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021
  • Friday, Aug. 20, 2021
  • Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021
  • Friday, Aug. 27, 2021
  • Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021
  • Friday, Sept. 3, 2021
  • Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021
  • Friday, Sept. 10, 2021
  • Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021
  • Friday, Sept. 17, 2021
  • Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021
  • Friday, Sept. 24, 2021
  • Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021
  • Friday, Oct. 8, 2021
  • Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021
  • Friday, Oct. 15, 2021
  • Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021
  • Friday, Oct. 22, 2021
  • Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021
  • Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021
  • Friday, Oct. 29, 2021
  • Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021

 

Tickets, as well as additional information for the “Disney After Hours Boo Bash” are available here, or by calling 407-939-4240.

 

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Beth Keating is a regular contributor to DisneyBizJournal.

 

Please support the efforts of DisneyBizJournal.com to bring news, analysis and commentary on Disney to readers such as yourself. Make a contribution right here via PayPal. Thanks!