Disney cancels plans to host ‘Happily Ever After’ at the Walt Disney World Resort
Disney has cancelled plans to bring a spin-off of the ‘Happy Endings’ TV show to the theme park after the show was deemed unsuitable.
The ABC has learned the show, which starred Julie Andrews and Michael Keaton, will be moved to a different theme park in Florida after a review of its use of actors and their likenesses.
The decision came as the Disney Parks Blog posted a lengthy statement on its official blog on Tuesday saying that the new show would not be at Walt Disney’s California Adventure.
“Disney Parks is committed to the creative freedom of its guests to create and experience their own stories with characters that reflect the diverse and authentic voices and experiences of our guests,” the statement said.
“We are grateful for the incredible work that Julie and Michael have done on behalf of ‘Happy Ending’ over the years.
But we are disappointed to say that the show will not be returning to the Walt World Resort at this time.”
Happy Ending” was a spinoff of ABC’s popular sitcom, Happy Days.
In the 1990s, Disney tried to revive the show with a reboot, but its success was short-lived and it was not picked up for a fourth season.ABC has previously been criticised for being too lenient with its portrayal of women and its treatment of minorities, including in “Happier Ever After”, which starred Andrews, Keaton and Michael Cera.ABC said that the decision was made after the Walt Parks Blog made an official complaint and “discussions” with “the network”.”
After careful consideration, we have decided that we do not feel that the characterisation and use of women in the show is appropriate for the parks, and that we have no plans to move forward with production on the new Happy Ending,” it said.ABC managing director of parks and resorts, Brian McCarthy, told the ABC’s Pacific Beat program that the network was “disappointed and disappointed” by Disney’s decision.”
It’s a huge disappointment to us because we think that there’s a lot of promise in ‘Happy’ and in that story and the kind of story that they wanted to tell,” he said.
The show’s creators, Julie Andrews, Michael Cima and Mary McDonnell, died in 2010.ABC says its review of the show found that it “used women, minorities and people of colour in an inappropriate and exploitative way”.ABC has already cancelled plans for the spin-offs “Bachelor in Paradise”, “Happy Enders”, “The Bachelor”, “Modern Family”, “Bachelorette” and “The Bacheloretts.”