Back in the 1990s, Disney acquired ABC and the result was a slew of cross promotion episodes between ABC sitcoms and Walt Disney World. Yes, we were fortunate to have classic episodes of Roseanne, Full House, Step by Step, Family Matters, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Boy Meets World all taking place at everyone’s favorite vacation destination. But then we hit a roadblock – the promotional episodes ended and we were left with Christmas parades that became more and more of an overly long commercial each year.
Luckily, Modern Family took to Disneyland in 2012 and brought the tradition back to our televisions. The Middle made its way to Walt Disney World recently in an episode that pushed MagicBands down the throats of America, but now black-ish gets its chance.
First things first, black-ish is a hilarious show and a perfect fit in ABC’s Wednesday comedy lineup that EVERYONE should be watching. The first WDW episode “VIP” is full of laugh out loud moments and is another great addition to the list of ABC shows at Disney Parks. My favorite moment was a flashback to Dre at Disneyland with his parents as a child being forced to eat a tuna sandwich, while having to watch other kids enjoy Mickey Bars. HOWEVER, there are a ton of moments in this episode that will make Disney fans cringe. Let’s go over them!
- VIP Tours make you better than anyone else
The episode centers around Dre taking his family on vacation to Walt Disney World and having VIP treatment as they move around the parks. Cody, the VIP guide played by special guest Jim Rash, is the perfect summation of an over-the-top Disney Cast Member that works wonderfully as a parody without being too harsh on Disney. The Johnsons get ushered around to all of the best attractions at Walt Disney World with the help of Cody and quickly they learn that having the VIP guide makes them better than everyone else. They start off feeling guilty, but soon they can’t live without it. Who could ever fathom having to wait for Expedition Everest or stand with the unwashed while watching a show!?!?
Yes, the show sells VIP tours as the greatest thing ever with a bit of satire, but I’m sure Disney hopes the show will sell more tours. Most Disney fans will cringe over this plot.
- Characters from the show riding on floats
Some guests are lucky enough to be Grand Marshals in a Disney parade, but to see a family just chilling out on the back of a Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! float that isn’t even playing the correct parade music? What kind of blasphemy is this!?!?!?
- TERRIBLE MISPORTRAYL
Just wait until you see the Soarin’ Around the World scene. You’ll throw a brick at your TV. On the plus side, the follow-through once they get on the ride is hilarious.
- Bouncing around to parks in a nonsensical fashion
At one point, Pops and Ruby declare they’re going to “make it rain” at Epcot, but the next shot cuts to them at Animal Kingdom. And then they are over in Epcot. And then back in Magic Kingdom. And then back to Animal Kingdom.The rest of the family goes from Magic Kingdom, supposedly to Epcot, then back to Magic Kingdom for a HILARIOUS moment on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train then onto Animal Kingdom? Since when is everything connected!? This has always been a problem on Disney Parks crossovers and black-ish keeps the tradition going.
Okay, I don’t want you getting the idea that there are so many cringeworthy moments in this episode that it is unwatchable. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. The moments that make true Disney fans cringe end up making some of the best moments in the episode even better. And not to spoil the ending, but it all ends like any Disney day should end – with the happy family coming together to watch Magic Kingdom’s fireworks. Consider this episode of black-ish one that I will gladly watch regularly along the classic sitcoms of the 1990s going to Walt Disney World.
black-ish airs Wednesdays at 9:30 pm on ABC.