You know what Disney is, don’t you? Umm, Mickey? Two legged mouse who has a girlfriend called Minnie and a duck friend called Donald? Ring a bell?? Yes! That Disneyland’s Disney! I guess most of you know this Disney or even has a favourite character from one of its cartoons/movies. We have a good news for you! There is a Disney Exhibition here in Taiwan for its 90 years celebration of dreams.
If you happen to see LEGO Piece of Peace Exhibition, I believe you see some Mickey and Minnie decorations around there. It is because this Disney 90 Years Exhibition is located right next to that LEGO expo. I am sure many of you are wondering what’s inside this Disney’s expo. Can I see Donald? Are there any Disney princesses? Stitch is in there, right? Let us answer your curiosity :).
I am sure almost all of you know that Disney started its business with a mouse. Yeap, that two legged mouse with his red shorts called Mickey. Therefore, it’s quite obvious you will see a lot of things about him and you can expect to see him right at the entrance.
However, do you know that Mickey is not the first character created by Disney? There was this lucky rabbit called Oswald. It looks really similar to Mickey, except for its ears, since Oswald has longer ears. Actually, we have an assumption that Mickey is created by cutting Oswald’s ears 😥 (oops, we think it’s too cruel)… Mickey made his first appearance on 18 November 1928 in the animated short film called Steamboat Willie.
In this expo, you can see a lot of Disney’s works besides Mickey. Let me tell you, there are a lot of them. From the old story like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to the epic movie series like Star Wars, from animated film about pull-string cowboy Toy Story to the live action movie Iron Man. Wait, wait… Star Wars is Lucasfilm’s, right? And, Iron Man should be Marvel’s? Well, since Disney acquired Lucasfilm and Marvel Comics, their works are counted as Disney’s so you can expect those things in this exhibition. Unfortunately, most of the things exhibited in the first section are action figures and posters, so don’t expect too much in this section.
The next section is Disney Channel area. I’m not so sure about you guys, but when I grew up, I didn’t really watch this channel. Hence, I think it’s fine if I say I only recognize Mickey and Minnie.
The next area gives you an insight about the first Mickey movie, “Steamboat Willie”, and since it’s an old movie, you can expect the shown figures to be black and white :p.
Moving to the next area, you can expect many Mickey stickers/posters (again? doh..) with information regarding Disney and Mickey.
Then, some of the latest Disney’s movies, such as Frozen…
And, of course, the latest one, adorable plush-like robot, Baymax from Big Hero 6…
To give an anticlimax ending, just right before the exit, you will see Toy Story area…
And, of course, Cars!! Perhaps they hope we can feel some kind of achievement/victory when we pass that “Finish” line.
At this “Finish” line, I just felt that this exhibition is a little bit disappointing. Sure, they gave me a Piston Cup for completing this Disney’s track. However, I expect more from this 90 years of Dreams celebration. When I go to Disney expo, I don’t expect Iron Man, Luke Skywalker, or even Darth Vader! I don’t even imagine them when I hear the word “Disney”. But, where is the Goofy and Donald Duck? Or Disney Princesses, maybe? They just put the princesses’ dresses as displays and they don’t even look like princesses’ clothes!
Well, if you are real avid fans of Disney, this exhibition probably is a mediocre one with its story of 90 years journey of Disney. However, if you only love specific Disney characters, prepare yourself to be disappointed, especially if you expect to see anyone other than Mickey, Minnie, Frozen’s, Baymax, Toy Story’s, Monsters University’s, and Lightning McQueen.
This exhibition is at Songshan Cultural and Creative Park (松山文創園區), Taipei, from 13 December 2014 until 4 March 2015. The normal entrance ticket price is NTD. 280, while bringing your student card will give you NTD. 30 discount.