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Horror Movie Filmed at Disney World Without Permission is Due to Hit Theaters

We always knew there had to be a darker side of Disney, we just hadn’t realized it was horror movie-worthy.

Escape From Tomorrow“, a horror movie that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, was shot ‘guerilla style’ on location at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Because the movie was made without permission from The Walt Disney Company, most assumed it would never be shown outside the film festival. Surprisingly, however, Disney has not yet taken any legal action against the filmmakers, and so “Escape From Tomorrow” is scheduled to hit limited theaters on October 11th, just in time for Halloween thrill-seekers.

The film’s plot is described by its creators as follows:

“An epic battle begins when a middle-aged American husband and father of two learns that he has lost his job. Keeping the news from his nagging wife and wound-up children, he packs up the family and embarks on a full day of park hopping amid enchanted castles and fairytale princesses.

Soon, the manufactured mirth of the fantasy land around him begins to haunt his subconscious. An idyllic family vacation quickly unravels into a surrealist nightmare of paranoid visions, bizarre encounters, and an obsessive pursuit of a pair of sexy teenage Parisians.” Read more

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Disneyland Spies Crack Down on Multi-Day Ticket Holders

Pirates of the CaribbeanThe House of Mouse in California is in the midst of a public relations conundrum.

Disneyland is now taking pictures of its guests—including children—in an effort to crack down on the illegal use of multi-day passes.

Disneyland claims that third party “scalpers” often buy the tickets, which cost $205 for three days, then rent them at elevated prices to park-goers on one-time visits. While both parties benefit from this setup, Disney, of course, is upset over the specter of lost profits.

So by taking pictures of multi-ticket holders as they enter the park and comparing those faces each time that same ticket is scanned, Disneyland aims to stop the abuse of its “park hopper” tickets by denying entry to anyone whose face doesn’t match that of the original ticket holder.

This strategy poses several PR concerns for the Disney, though. To many, the brand no longer represents a magical kingdom that brings joy and imagination to children but a capitalistic monolith that leverages its cultural influence to bring itself greater profits at the expense of cash-strapped families. And let’s face it: this crack down isn’t going to help the latter image.

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