*InSanity lurks Inside* Disney Demands Norway Pay $9 Million.. Or Arendelle is Coming.
Well, I can’t say I’m surprised.
Disney has finally gone off the deep end. Demanding the country of Norway pay $9 Million to update their pavilion in Epcot Centers ‘World Showcase’ or they will turn it into Arendalle from the movie ‘Frozen.
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Disney is basically holding a pavilion hostage. That’s horrible.
Let me clear things up here that may most likely be the unpopular opinion.
1. This may or may not be true. Other than the news report there isn’t that much info about this deal. And given the price tag Disney wants it’s suspicious indeed.
2. If it is true then Disney isn’t holding anyone for ransom, Norway sold their creative stake in their Epcot pavilion back to Disney when they sold their share of the ownership for the pavilion. Meaning they would no longer fund rides, maintenance and upkeep, etc for the pavilion. So this is Disney’s property, and they retain full ownership in regard to the land and can do whatever they deem fit for the pavilion. (not that I want frozen there, as it would break the already cracking foundation that is the worldshowcase)
3. What Disney is doing is actually quite fair and pretty cheap when looking at the current costs of rides in today’s world. Norway doesn’t want it’s pavilion to turn into a frozen attraction? Then they need to take ownership of the pavilion, a 9 million dollar price tag is FAR cheaper than almost all attractions WDI does today. The little mermaid ride for example was estimated to cost around 100 million, just for a little omnimover. So 9 million for upkeep and a good refurb for Maelstrom is chump change especially considering the prime real-estate TDO is giving up in this deal. In fact this deal would cost Team Disney Orlando more money than it wold save, because that means they would have to put frozen somewhere else, they would need to build from scratch rather than cheaply overlay an existing ride.
So in conclusion I think it’s a rather fair agreement as it stands.
Has anyone been to the Norway pavilion in a while? Seriously, every time I visit it I feel like I stepped back to 1989. Even the Norway promotional tourism video at the end is a joke among many of how fast can we get out without seeing any of it? It almost makes me wish Disney retained the Marvel rights for theme parks so we can stick Thor there to distract people from the outdatedness of the pavilion.