Top 5: Disney Predictions for 2015
2014 was an awesome year for Disney as it had many hits at the theaters and the Disney parks are seeing some serious changes. It was a great year to be a fan since the #DisneySide promotion really focused on showcasing the fans. It wasn’t the greatest promotion but it definitely gave the fans a reason to promote themselves. I mean we used that hashtag almost all year. So what’s ahead for 2015? There is much to talk about going into 2015 and I’m excited to be a Disney fan going into the new year. What do I think will happen this coming year? Here are my Disney predictions for 2015.
#5-Tomorrowland is not a runaway hit. This one hurts as it’s one of the films I’m looking forward to the most next year but I have to admit that 2015’s summer movie season already looks jam packed and there are tons of films coming out that will trump Tomorrowland. We are looking at Avengers 2, Terminator, Jurassic World, Ant-Man, and Furious 7 all coming out around the same few months. It’s difficult to see Tomorrowland making more at the box office than many of these, especially since it’s an original movies and sequels usually do well in the summer blockbuster season. Will Tomorrowland still do well…Yes…but it won’t be that big hit I was hoping for. It might be #1 at the box office for one week but nothing more than that.
#4-Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary celebrations will bring record numbers to the park. The original Disney theme park celebrates a milestone this year and with it comes new parades, upgraded attractions, and some things still to be announced. With 2012 being a big step forward for the Disneyland Resort considering it’s major overhaul of the California Adventure park, the 60th anniversary could mean record numbers. The resort will also host the D23 Expo once again which could mean a very hectic and busy weekend. I see many dates where Disneyland has to close it’s gates due to max capacity. If you want to hit Disneyland this year and see all the new stuff and not have to elbow a few people to do it, I suggest going in September or October before Halloween.
#3-The D23 Expo reveals trackless attractions coming to U.S. parks. If you know anything about the international parks, you’ll see that all of them are getting attractions that are trackless. Dark rides like Pooh’s Hunny Hunt in Tokyo or Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy in Paris or Mystic Manor in Hong Kong. These attractions add another dimension to the dark ride. Will the changes to the dark rides at Disneyland for it’s 60th anniversary bring these trackless systems? Probably not, but I’d like to see some announcements be made in August at the D23 Expo. Maybe something for Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Epcot in the coming years will open.
#2-Star Wars: The Force Awakens has the best opening weekend of the year. There has been no bigger hype than for a brand new Star Wars film. We’ve been getting hints along the way to this new film. Episode VII has been approved by fans so far and looks to be one of the years biggest. So big that I will say it has the biggest opening weekend of the year. It’s December release means that we will know what it really has to go up against, most likely it’s Disney relative in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Out of all of my predictions, this is the one I’m probably most sure about.
#1-Disney unveils huge plans for an overhaul to much of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Over the course of 2014 Disney’s Hollywood Studios park in Orlando saw a downward spiral. It was a lackluster park at the beginning of the year and it’s worse off at the end of it. There is hope since TCM has signed on to sponsor the park’s oldest and most center stage attraction, but this park needs more loving. Like lots more loving. It’s been quite a while since the Studios park has had a major boost in attendence due to an attraction. It did get Toy Story Midway Mania a few years back, but it needs a bigger boost, like an entire new land or overhaul like California Adventure got. I hope these announcements happen soon or at least work begins while they unveil what they have been working on at the D23 Expo.
What do you think should, could, or will happen in 2015 for Disney. Is this a big year for announcements? For films? For theme parks? Leave your thoughts below!
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