The Ultimate Disney Parks Attraction Bracket -- Round Two, Day Four
I hear you're a fine-looking buncha recruits.
Good morning, friends! Are you as excited as I am that the All-Star Break is now wrapping up in Major League Baseball, enabling the New York Mets to start their season super late? That’s what’s going to happen, right?
Anyway, I wanted to briefly point out that my good friend Bob Iger has been in the news a whopping two times in the last 24 hours! Good for you, Bob! First, we found out that Bob Iger will remain as the CEO of the Walt Disney Company until the end of 2026, making this (I believe) the 47th time that he has said he would totally find a replacement CEO and then said “No, I will be the CEO instead!”
This morning (as in, literally a few hours ago), Bob went on CNBC to do a victory lap and said this in regards to the ongoing Writers’ Guild strike and the impending Screen Actors Guild strike: “There’s a level of expectation that they have, that is just not realistic. And they are adding to the set of the challenges that this business is already facing that is, quite frankly, very disruptive.”
I think you know what time it is, my friends. Time for one of my favorite GIFs in the whole wide world!
You know who would have told Bob Iger that these talking points were tone-deaf and idiotic, especially in light of Iger receiving roughly $27 million in compensation for being a CEO? Writers.
For now, there is just one other thing to say regarding the double strike in Hollywood:
Now, who’s ready for more matchups in the second round of the Ultimate Disney Parks Attraction bracket? I know I am, so let’s go.
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(3) Rise of the Resistance vs. (30) Snow White’s Enchanted Wish: I said as much in my Disney Canon entry on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs that…wait, what? A link to that essay? You say you want me to drop it right here? OK then!
Anyway. What I said there, in short, is that the fear reflective of the original Snow White dark ride is much closer to vanished in the revised ride now at Disneyland. It’s a disappointing update, in my opinion.
And also, Rise of the Resistance is pretty damn remarkable, so it gets my vote. How about you?
Rise of the Resistance
Snow White’s Enchanted Wish
(14) It’s A Small World (WDW) vs. (19) Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage: The Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage is not without its charms, but it’s also a fairly claustrophobic experience for the Tall Folks among us. If nothing else, I’m voting against the subs (as much as I like its aesthetic presence between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland, even as I acknowledge that the film inspiring the ride has little to do with either fantasy or futurism), as I am voting for the slightly less impressive version of It’s a Small World in Orlando.
What do you think?
It’s a Small World (WDW)
Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
(59) Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure vs. (38) World of Motion: Honestly, part of me would love the third round of this bracket to include at least one matchup between two defunct Epcot attractions. So I will pull here for the World of Motion, even though I kind of figure that the new hotness of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure will make this a rout.
How do you vote?
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
World of Motion
(11) Universe of Energy vs. (22) Cinderella Castle: I said as much in yesterday’s edition of this newsletter, but we still have the chance to send the Energy pavilion to the third round of 64 seeds. And that chance is right here! Yes, the Cinderella Castle is a massive and impressive thing to walk through. But the Universe of Energy attraction really utilized its large space effectively, and I’m sad it’s gone away in favor of the world of Marvel. So I vote for Energy.
How about you?
Universe of Energy