Big Stink with Tink
by, 04-24-2008 at 02:30 PM (2582 Views)
Big news breaking out of Disneyland? Well, then you can be sure you didn't hear it from Resort president Ed Grier. After a year and nine months on the job, the tight-lipped exec has never made a major announcement that everyone in the audience didn't already know about before he opened his mouth.
So the earth all but came to a rotational halt yesterday afternoon when, during a speech to a business group, Grier let slip that a Tinker Bell attraction would be coming to Disneyland in October.
A Tinker Bell WHAT??? Immediately, frenzied speculation arose over what sort of grand attraction Grier might be referring to, a perplexing process considering the low number of bulldozers spotted of late in Fantasyland.
In reality, this Tinker Bell "attraction" is a still-evolving meet & greet/interactive show I first reported on last summer ("Exhibit Closed," 8/14/2007), designed to promote the upcoming Tinker Bell DVD. Since that article appeared, different components of and locations for the show have been proposed. For instance, the long-abandoned Fantasyland Skyway Station has been considered since it would allow the profitable princess pageants to continue at the Fantasyland Theater and might afford a better setting for convincing guests that they have shrunk to the size of Tink and her fellow Fairies.
If anything, Grier's admission (and the OC Register's referring to it as an "attraction") makes me think Tink might still be landing in the Fantasyland Theater, since that venue would accommodate a production large enough for Grier to allude to it in the first place...
Though certainly nothing as elaborate as the word "attraction" typically implies.