Maleficent Sneak Preview: Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Movie Billboard at Hollywood Studios
Movie Billboard at Hollywood Studios

Now this isn’t an attraction per se, but with the movie Maleficent being the big tentpole release for the summer of 2014, Disney needs to really promote this title.  They have several big movies coming up for the winter holidays, but with nothing in the can right now for this summer, Maleficent moves to the top of the heap as something they need to get people into seats and buying popcorn.

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Located in the old “Sounds Dangerous” theatre, nothing is truly set up. No movie props, no costumes, no used scripts.

And no popcorn.

Luckily, no really-bad-Drew-Carey-two-cent-budgeted flick, either.

Instead, you get a few movie posters, a gobo shadow of a forest, and a well-proportioned sized movie clip.  Two sequences actually. Luckily, the kinds of folks who would see this movie already have a bit of the background, due to ubiquitous Disney branding.

Yes, we know that Maleficent cursed a young Aurora Rose into becoming the famed Sleeping Beauty.

And, Disney, just like every other studio in California, just went ahead and rewrote an old tale with a new twist.

Saves on advertising.

But I will say this brief segment of motion picture does show the film might have some legs to it.  Angelina Jolie is cast, perfectly, as the famed antagonist/now protagonist. She’s a mom now. No more of her ultraviolent actioners, like Tomb Raider and Salt. No, she has to make movies that she and husband Brad Pitt can take the kids.  Couple her with a decent budget for special effects, and I know I’d like to see this movie on the big screen.  I realize the movie is rated PG, and this piece of movie seems like it would be alright for most audiences beyond very young children.

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Is it worth seeing this small corner of the park on your day at the Studios? Meh.  The digital film plays every thirty minutes, is free, and seats about a decent 100 people.  No FastPass Plus here, so just hop in. I doubt you’ll miss much, however, if you don’t get to see it.

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This is how Hollywood works, folks. Sneak previews mean one of two things. One? The movie is great and has terrific potential. So? They’re starting the buzz now. Two? The movie is terrible and they might not be able to get anyone to go-so they’ll show you the best parts available and see if you’ll bite. However, the latter is usually off-season, so there is zero competition.

This movie is opening in about a month.  Summer blockbuster season.

Need air-conditioning? A break from the crowds at Toy Story Mania? Maybe this might work for you.

My name is Jason Mayhew, and I am the owner of OFF On The Go. When not traveling with the website, I own my own marketing and PR company, J Mayhew Marketing. I have the best job where I get to travel the world and showcase the most amazing and unique experiences!

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Jason Mayhew

My name is Jason Mayhew, and I am the owner of OFF On The Go. When not traveling with the website, I own my own marketing and PR company, J Mayhew Marketing. I have the best job where I get to travel the world and showcase the most amazing and unique experiences!