How is Disney’s Hollywood Studios like a Kanye West concert?


OK, I know that title sounds ridiculous (and probably is), but hear me out on this.

There really are many similarities between the king of ego, and the Disney park with an identity crisis. I spend a lot of time thinking about useless things, and can think of numerous reasons they are alike.

Here are my top four reasons going to a Kanye West concert is like spending the day in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

1. Both are constantly changing names

I am one of those stubborn people who still call Disney’s Hollywood Studios – MGM. Since the name change in 2008 my brain hasn’t been able to make the adjustment. Now that it’s getting another name, I’m going to do my best to use the new one. I just can’t help but wonder if it will be the last name change we will see.

Kanye West is no stranger to name changes either. He has been called the Louis Vuitton Don, Ye, Yeezus, and Yeezy. I never know what to call him. Maybe he really has multiple personalities, and those are the names of all his people. They probably all get a tiny little ego boost every time their name is used.


2.You have to take out a second mortgage to buy a souvenir 

I love theme park souvenirs. My husband has to stop me from buying everything I find “ super cute”. I don’t think people truly warn you how expensive some souvenirs can.

Hollywood Studios has some unique and great shopping. Just be prepared to pay a lot for those must-have items. I know there is some merchandise at the Studios that is a reasonable price (OK Disney’s version of reasonable), but a majority will cost you your firstborn child. Even though being down a child will make the rest of your vacation cheaper, I don’t usually recommend it. Unless that screaming bratty child belongs to you, feel free to trade that one in.

Speaking of craziness, did you hear someone tried to sell “air” from a Kanye concert on eBay? Ninety people bid on it before eBay took it down. Ridiculousness aside, Kanye fans, like Disney fans, are used to seeing large priced ticket items to bring things home with you. A hot dog, coke, and t-shirt at either will cost you half your paycheck. 


3. Both contain over-hyped princesses

I know lots of people will disagree with me, but I’m holding my ground on this one. Frozen is a good Disney movie, not amazing, but good. I understand why it has a big presence in the parks, but I feel like a Frozen paint bomb went off in the Studios. Everywhere you turn there is Anna or Elsa. It’s too much. What about those awesome characters we barely see? I would love to see more of Dumbo, Quasimodo and Koda, but nooo, just more of Elsa. Like an ever-present figure screaming ” Me, me, me.”

Speaking of me, me, me, how much does good old Kanye West love himself? He once said:“I am Warhol. I am the No. 1 most impactful artist of our generation. I am Shakespeare in the flesh.” Does that really need more of an explanation?


4. Both get media hate but are still packed 

These day the Studios has received a ton of criticism in the media because… well… it’s empty. I see message boards filled with posts about people stating they won’t go until the construction is complete. People are proclaiming they cancelled their trips and have nothing but bad things to say about this park.

Want to know the weird thing? As an annual pass holder, I’m in the parks at least once a week, and Hollywood studios is ALWAYS packed. Weird since everyone is stating they aren’t going.

The same thing goes for my good old buddy Kanye. The media is full of remarks that he is crazy, weird, and overrated, but somehow his concerts are all full. They sell out quicker than you can say “where’s my turkey leg?”

Truth be told, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is hands down my favourite park. Even with all the attractions being closed, I still love getting my cookie and latte from the bookstore, sitting on the ledge outside SciFi, and hanging out with my husband. I just thought so much serious news has been released about the park recently (exciting news), that we needed a little silliness break.

After all, Kanye did once say, “I hate when I’m on a flight and I wake up with a water bottle next to me like, oh great, now I gotta be responsible for this water bottle.”…

…. ok, that quote has nothing to do with anything. I just think it’s freaking hilarious he said that.


About the author: Genevieve can be found on twitter @gentweeting and/or her website

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