What We’re Talking About: Florida’s Theme Park Industry, Loki, Luca, and More

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With this week’s edition of What We’re Talking About, Dani shares what she thinks about the fact that Florida is doing better than other states in relation to the theme park and attractions industry, Ivonne shares what’s the next Marvel project she’s looking forward to and why, Joe discusses Pixar’s newest film, and Julia shares her thoughts about a Magic Kingdom Universe series. 

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Though the theme park and attractions industry is still feeling the impacts of the ongoing coronavirus, a new study shows that Florida is doing comparatively better than most other states, according to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions.

Dani says: I think we all know the road to recovery is going to be a very long one, and a return to normalcy is a long way off. But things are looking hopeful, and I will gladly cling onto that. 

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors went on record this past Tuesday in support of a bill that seeks to let theme parks reopen earlier than California Governor Gavin Newsom has allowed. Will it happen? Guess we’ll have to wait to find out.

Did you see the preview for the upcoming Pixar film, Luca? The story certainly looks intriguing, as all Pixar films do. I’m curious to see where they end up going with this one overall. 

Joe thinks that: This seems like a large departure for Pixar in style and animation. The look, movement, and style gives me strong Studio Ghibli vibes. I cannot wait to see this. 

With Hollywood upended by the coronavirus, Disney —like other media companies — has prioritized its streaming ambitions. And it’s taking a page out of Netflix’s book to meet its long-term goals. Learn how they are doing so, according to Business Insider.

Following WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki will be the next series from Marvel for Disney+. Loki will shift from big screen to small and will follow the God of Mischief as he steps out of his brother’s shadow and takes places after the events of Avengers: Endgame. Who else is excited?

One person who is excited…Dani. She states I do not have the adequate words to express how excited I am for this series!

Ivonne also says: I’m excited for this but mostly because I miss Owen Wilson and can’t wait to hear him say “WOW” in something new.

A few other shows had their premiere dates announced too. They include Big Shot which will premiere April 16; Star Wars: The Bad Batch will launch May 4; High School Musical: The Musical: The Series Season 2 will begin on May 14; Zenimation Season 2 will premiere June 11; The Mysterious Benedict Society will debut June 25; Monsters at Work will begin July 2; Turner & Hooch will launch July 16, and Chip ‘N’ Dale: Park Live will premiere July 23.

Disney is ready to bring the characters from its theme parks and classic films to life in a new way. Disney+ is set to develop a Magic Kingdom Universe series and I have never been down for something more in my life. The series is slated to surround The Society of Explorers and Adventurers, which is set in a world where all the themed lands and characters of the Disney parks and classic films actually exist in another reality. So, imagine a show that puts together Henry Mystic,  Dr. Albert Falls, and Pamelia Perkins together. Well, that’s my dream cast, but I’m sure it won’t be that theme park nerdy….but I’d be here for it if they do go that route!

Julia states: Fandoms are such tricky things. I personally think this could be fantastic, but expect that it will generate lots of angst among the most rabid Disney fanbase if not done “to their level of satisfaction.” 

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Rikki Niblett

I am a co-host of the Be Our Guest Podcast and do lots of other fun Disney stuff all around the interwebs! You can follow me on Twitter or Instagram at @RikkiNibs or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/rikkinibs

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