MouseFest 2009 vs D23

9 Sep

This just in, from a D23 press release published on Magic Mountain:

On December 12 and 13, D23 will bring Magic & Merriment to Walt Disney World with out-of-this-world holiday magic.

Funny thing….whatever this event turns out to be, it sure seems perfectly positioned to replace MouseFest 2009, which would have run December 10-14, with the Mega Mouse Meet on December 12, had it not been canceled.

The MouseFest organizers have, of course, explicitly denied that the Mouse had anything to do with this cancellation:

In no way did The Walt Disney Company, Walt Disney World or any other Disney-related company have anything to do with the cancellation of MouseFest. There has been no contact between the Executive Committee and Disney in any way, shape or form on this subject whatsoever. MouseFest is an independent organization that is not affiliated with, endorsed, sponsored by or otherwise connected to The Walt Disney Company or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates in any way.

But hey, peeps, this is just a bit too much of a coincidence to me. And consider: If Disney had acted in any way to discourage MouseFest 2009 from happening, would the organizers really be free to publicize this without fearing backlash? Or if the organizers knew that D23 was crowding into their fan community event space for that same weekend, would they really have wanted to compete?

And yes, I do feel myself tempted by the D23 events. The expo in Anaheim this weekend has an impressive agenda. I’m curious to hear what they’ll plan for Lake Buena Vista this December. But don’t go telling me there’s no relationship between the beginning of D23 and the end of MF.

3 Responses to “MouseFest 2009 vs D23”

  1. George Taylor September 9, 2009 at 3:09 pm #

    Say no more, say no more…

    This was the big rumor last year when it was announced.

    I agree with you wholeheartedly.

  2. Jon September 9, 2009 at 6:37 pm #

    Of course there was no contract. This is what we call backroom dealing. Disney didn’t formally ask them to cancel Mousefest… that would make a paper trail. Disney’s response is typical lawyer speak. Technically its all true, but there was some secret dealings that led to this.

    I imagine someone loosely related to Disney dropped a few hits and perhaps even offered a few “gifts” to the Mousefest people (all in good faith). I don’t think it was bribery, but I suspect Disney made it easier for the Mousefest people to let go.

  3. sambycat September 10, 2009 at 12:41 pm #

    the thing that annoys me the most is that i always have enjoyed the “fan —> up” direction that MF and other events were to me, and, though i am a member and do like a lot of things D23 gives me or at least the lou mongellos of the world access to, to me, these are all different animals…. i was saddened to hear about magic meets going to sea next year as well – although those who can’want to go will have a great time i am sure – and there are whisperings about westfest changing things up next year as well.

    i will be having a great time this year at the “it’s NOT mousefest fest”!

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