Theme Park Bits: Main Street Cinema Controversy, DCA Halloween, and More

/Film | 6/20/2019 | Josh Spiegel
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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

Things are getting a bit too busy at Universal’s new ride.

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Disneyland’s Main Street Cinema got an unwelcome overhaul.

Details about the Disney California Adventure Halloween event are here.

And more!

As you may know, Universal Orlando unveiled a new Harry Potter-themed attraction last week, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. The good news about the Motorbike Adventure is that people are lining up like crazy to check the reportedly thrilling new attraction. It’s better to have lots of people than not enough, right? Well…maybe. Based on this tweet from Universal’s official account, the ride is now opening at midday because it’s essentially still in its soft-open phase where tests need to be performed. So the lines aren’t likely to let up for a while.

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Some Disneyland fans were justifiably angry this past weekend when they saw that the Main Street Cinema – a spot on Main Street, U.S.A. where a handful of different old-school Mickey Mouse shorts are played all day long – had been retrofitted with merchandise displays blocking the screens themselves. Disneyland tried to shrug this off as just a new idea of how to get guests inside the location, but here’s the thing: shoving merchandise haphazardly in front of the cinema screens, which are the ostensible point of the Main Street Cinema, isn’t how to fix it.

The good news is that, according to an update posted by Theme Park Insider, the merch is going away. (The article linked here is weirdly dismissive of fan concerns, as if honoring the legacy of the theme park, and wanting Disney to keep doing that, is a bad thing.) Here’s how you fix it: redesign the Main Street Cinema as a single-screen venue (there are currently six tiny screens) that plays a series of old Mickey Mouse shorts all day...
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