It's been a while since we last checked in on the domain
names that The Walt Disney Company has registered. As you may recall, the Mouse
will sometimes deliberately take domain names off the market because it doesn't
want anyone else using them. Take -- for example -- this one from March 1st of
this year ...
... which is obviously supposed to be commenting on Walt
Disney World's My Disney Experience / FastPass+ / My Magic+ program. Or better
yet how about this domain name that got transferred in July 13th ...
... which Disney clearly wanted off the market because it trashes
the Company's founder.
And speaking of trashing ... Given that Disney Theatrical
opted to turn Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard's Academy Award-winning screenplay
into a straight stage play rather than a musical ... Well, there was now no
longer a need to hang onto ...
... which is why the above two domain names got deleted just
yesterday. Likewise given that Disney Theatrical has seemingly abandoned the
idea of bringing a "Pirates of the Caribbean"
-inspired production to the Great White Way ... Well, that's why these two
domain names ...
... were deleted back on April 28th.
But then there are the mystery domain names. The ones that
The Walt Disney Company acquires for future projects that it's not quite ready
to talk about yet. Take -- for example --
... which Walt Disney Parks & Resorts took off the
market back on June 19th of this year. Rumor has it that the Mouse plans to use
one of these names for a brand-new fireworks extravaganza that Steve Davison is
working up for the parks. The only problem is ... Well, there are reportedly
three new nighttime extravaganzas in the works: One to replace
"Wishes" at WDW's Magic Kingdom, another that will debut at Disneyland
Park when that theme park's 60th anniversary celebration gets underway next
year and still another to replacement Epcot's now extremely-long-in-the-tooth
millennium celebration, "Illuminations: Reflections of Earth."
Mind you, the Company also registered this domain name back
on July 23rd of this year ...
... which suggests that Disney may soon be making its
pyrotechnics expertise available for hire.
And what special occasion could be improved by fireworks? A
party, of course. And speaking of parties ... Does anyone else find it
interesting that The Walt Disney Company grabbed all of these domain names back
on May 22nd ...
... and May 23rd?
Clearly the Mouse is looking for new ways to cash in on its
Marvel & Lucasfilm acquisitions. Speaking of which ... Does Disney have something
epic up its sleeve? Because based on the domain names that the Company acquired
back on April 16th ...
... April 17th ...
... April 22nd ...
... April 23rd ...
... July 4th ...
... July 5th ...
and just this past Wednesday, August 13th ...
... it would appear that The Walt Disney Company has some
sort of "epic quest" initiative waiting in the wings. But is this
perhaps something that Disney Interactive is doing? Or maybe another in-park
adventure like "Sorcerers of the Magic
Kingdom" or "A Pirate's
Adventure - Treasures of the Seven Seas"?
I don't suppose that some Disney insider would be willing to step forward and
explain what sort of "epic quest" the Company now has in the works? I
mean, a domain name like ...
... that Disney registered back on June 13th or ...
... which the Company snagged this past Friday, August 15th,
I can figure out on my own. But when the Mouse registers 23 variations on the
name "epic quest" ... You have to admit that that's kind of
Perhaps Epic Quest is some kind of more robust follow-up to Disney Epic Mickey? I guess considering that those games didn't do very well, that's kinda hard to imagine.
Hopefully it refers to Disney Quest and how they are going to rebuild it to be epic and worth the price of admission :)
Hollywood Studios NEW park name?
Disney's Epic-Quest: Adventure Park!