Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The happiest new idea on earth?


blogs are buzzing with talk that [Disney] CEO Bob Iger and the rest of the Mouse House have plans to add a fifth theme park gate in Florida - a boutique park aimed squarely at adults. The on-the-drawing-board park is a $520 million after-dark experience in Orlando to be called "Night Kingdom" that will run from 4 p.m. to midnight.

Reminds me of this:

Bandleader: Welcome to T. G. I. McScratchy's where it's constantly New Year's Eve. Here we go again! Three, two, one!

Everyone: Happy new year! ["Auld Lang Syne" starts up...a waiter walks up with champagne glasses]

Marge: It must be wonderful to ring in the new year over and over and over.

Waiter: Please, kill me.

I love Disney parks but Itchy & Scratchy Land was hilariously accurate. And Pleasure Island always seemed just slightly creepy.

Other details about the new park: it may offer "adventure experiences like zip-lines, spelunking, rock-climbing, and night safari. A high-end meal will reportedly be part of the package, too." Throw in a gloomy French circus and this place will start to seem like Vegas without the gambling, free drinks or sex trade. And where's the fun in that?

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