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Renovate Szalinkski's yard

Saturday, March 19, 2011


I absolutely love Disney's Hollywood Studios. Being a theatre actor, visiting the Studios gives me a real sense of Hollywood - from stage to screen. A huge part of the Studios is how it develops over time and keeps updated with the ever-changing movie industry.
Take for example, Pixar. We've seen the addition of Pixar Place, where guests can check out Toy Story Mania, and many other cool features from the digitally-animated movie series.
However one thing that always makes me shake my head at Disney's Hollywood Studios (and that is hard to do!) is walking past Honey I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure.
I am nearly 28 years old. Meaning, I remember very well when Honey I Shrunk the Kids first came out. And the sequel. And the next one, too.
I was six years old.
Disney has decided to replicate the set (or use actual pieces, not sure) for an adventure for kids of all ages to enjoy. There might be one problem with this, though. Kids either don't know any better, or they'll ask their parents: What is Honey I Shrunk the Kids? The parents will then proceed to tell their young ones, who are the only ones that can fit in to the slides and tubes of the play structure, that it was a movie from their childhood.
Excuse me?
I think this movie set adventure is terribly outdated. I think one way to liven up Szalinski's yard would be to take all Honey I Shrunk the Kids references out. Put in a couple of statues of Flik and company, and boom...you have an easy fix for the most outdated piece of the Studios.
Don't get me wrong: Disney does an impressive job every time of keeping up with the changes of the film industry. But the Imagineers should give their head a shake when it comes to this movie set. Either demolish it for something else, or modernize it.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on what Disney should do with Szalinski's movie set adventure.
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Chris Reid is the host of Cosmic Reid's Starlight Cafe on Magical Mouse Radio and loves to talk about Disney's Hollywood Studios


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