Well, what a year it has been for Disney and its whole company. This year will be remembered for Big Hero 6 and Guardians of the Galaxy for certain, but there are many other moments that are worth sharing for Disney.
When our year opened, Frozen, Saving Mr. Banks and Thor: The Dark World were in theaters. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was building a fan base despite the boneheaded move to put it up against NCIS. January was a cold month, but first business was first. The premiere of Festival of Fantasy, the parade that replaced the decade old predecesor at Magic Kingdom of Walt Disney World. This brand new parade truly lit off the year with excitement, as it was beautiful and incredible to watch.
Next Disney released their first movie of the year Muppets: Most Wanted, though exciting at first, it seemed to not capture audiences like the original, but did do amazingly well. Though Disney hasn’t announced a sequel for it, the Muppets aren’t dead. Even for a short time, Constantine from the film made appearances in the pre show of Muppet Vision 3D at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s California Adventure. He even made an appearance at the Villains party in Hollywood Studios.
Frozen continued to gain traction that now opened up ridicule from people, for the good movie was gaining ground as it went on. Next though came April and May the months of Marvel Domination. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had us on a wild chase for the Clairvoyant that played into Captain America: The Winter Soldier when S.H.I.E.L.D had been infiltrated by Hydra. Almost everybody gasped at this, and we were waiting on the edge of our seats to see what would happen. With The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and X-Men: Days of Future Past in the theaters, Marvel was the top studio of the month. But asking a more pertinent question, with X-Men redoing itself, and X-Men merchandise showing up at the parks, are the X-Men joining the Marvel cinematic universe.
In the world of theme parks, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad reopened in March of this year after an extensive refurbishment. A new ending showcased an explosion and really added a bit of excitement to the already classic thrill ride. Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage drained to do maintenance and Alice in Wonderland would close down to address problems plaguing the ride since 2010, mainly getting rid of that stupid scaffolding.
In Florida though, guests loved the brand new addition of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in New Fantasyland of Magic Kingdom. The new gentle coaster has already proven to be a hit. Meanwhile, Disney tried to encourage many park goers that My Magic+ was going to make their vacation worthwhile. After having spent 1 Billion dollars on it, they kind of had to. The question is, when did Disney become the government? Seriously 1 Billion dollars for a program that an intern could’ve made for a year supply of Totino’s Pizza Rolls. Not the smartest move if I was Iger, I wouldn’t have spent more than 1 million on the program. I am being serious.
Television wrapped up its 2013-2014 season with Tom Bergeron announcing that he would leave America’s Funniest Home Videos. Once Upon a time in Wonderland finishing up. Along with Suburgatory and The Neighbors leaving ABC as well. The summer shocker was Castle, who disappeared on his wedding day in a fiery crash. On Disney Channel Good Luck Charlie left the airwaves, giving us more space for Girl Meets World, an upcoming series being the sequel to Boy Meets World.
The summer opened with Maleficent, that took audiences by surprise. Despite initial reactions of bloggers, the film proved successful as it led the way into a dull summer.
In Paris, Ratatouille opened in Walt Disney Studios Paris. Giving guests a unique and fun ride, and the prize winning Chez Bistro de Remy opened up as well. Alice in Wonderland emerged from behind tarps, and Legends of Frontierland premiered with huge success. Yet, the summer’s story was once again Marvel’s, for Guardians of the Galaxy became the number 1 box office hit of the summer. Shocking all the crittics and studio execs, but not us audience goers who wanted movies. Summer also saw the good sequel Planes: Fire & Rescue that people liked better than the original.
For ESPN, this was a good year as well. The World Cup proved to be Olympic level, and that there were other things for the Beer companies and Viagara to finance as well. ESPN also launched Sports Entertainment Center.
This summer saw the addition of Four Seasons, a brand new hotel that featured a small waterpark and perks for high paying customers, a great addition to Walt Disney World.
School went back into session and ABC premierered its newest tv shows. While How to Get Away with Murder seemed to be the number one hit, Forever and Black-ish also did as well. Meanwhile Manhattan Love Story and Selfie disappeared into the quiet.
October saw Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day roll into theaters. Audiences weren’t quite taken to it, but it did manage to hold on along with Guardians of the Galaxy. The real battle came in November when Christopher Nolan’s film Interstellar took on Big Hero 6. The winner, Big Hero 6. Baymax and Hiro became favorites and Marvel proved that there was no medium they couldn’t do well in.
Disney had announced plans for the 60th anniversary of Disneyland, as well as started selling tickets to D23 2015 expo. Thanksgiving saw excitement for a blip of a trailer with Lucas vs. Spielberg when it came down to Star Wars VII trailer vs. Jurassic World Trailer.
A brand new Christmas special in the Toy Story world premiered in December, and Christmas day saw the release of Into the Woods. This has been the year for Disney.