Former Cast Member Bashes Disney Parks For Adding More ‘Lightyear’ Than ‘Encanto’

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Left: Mirabel in Disney's 'Encanto.' Right: Buzz Lightyear in Pixar's 'Lightyear.'

Buzz Lightyear (Chris Evans) blasted his way into movie theaters last weekend, telling the story behind Andy’s favorite space ranger in Toy Story (1995).

Chris Evans as Buzz Lightyear
Credit: Pixar Animation / Disney

Coinciding with the film, a human version of Lightyear’s Buzz Lightyear began greeting Guests in Tomorrowland at Disneyland. Rumors spiraled that Space Mountain will be rethemed after Lightyear based on signage around Disneyland Park, though Disneyland Resort hasn’t commented on any changes planned for Space Mountain.

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One former entertainment Cast Member took to TikTok this week to share her frustrations with Disneyland and Walt Disney World for the speed at which they added Lightyear to the Disney Parks, compared to Encanto (2021).


Reply to @noeflores909 But, this is worse…😳 #encanto #lafamiliamadrigal #mirabelmadrigal #disneyparks #frozen #disneyland #waltdisneyworld #facecharacters #buzzlightyear

♬ What Else Can I Do? – Diane Guerrero & Stephanie Beatriz

TikTok user @helenjp1313 (Helen Jane) expresses frustration that the only Encanto representation is a meet-and greet with Mirabel at Disneyland Park that didn’t start until March of 2022, five months after the film’s November 2021 release.

Buzz Lightyear at Disneyland
Credit: Disney

Lightyear‘s galactic hero, Buzz Lightyear, appeared at Disneyland Park the day of the film’s release, on June 17.

“Yes, he’s only at Disneyland, but his costume is quite elaborate,” Helen said, “So they had to spend some time and money on it. But they keep dragging their feet with any sort of Encanto entertainment except for Mirabel meeting at Disneyland Park.”

“If Walt Disney World is where all the tried and true stuff is, they have no faith in Encanto,” Helen continued. “This means Disney is like, ‘Mm, I don’t know if Encanto is good enough to be at Walt Disney World. If this is actually the case, I want to smack someone even more.”

Mirabel meeting guests at Disney california adventure
Credit: Disney Parks Blog

In addition to Lightyear, Helen compared the popularity of Frozen (2013) and its immediate presence in the Disney Parks to the similarly popular Encanto. She wrote:

The problem is this movie rival’s Frozen’s popularity and Disney worked HARD to jam Frozen into any place it could fit in the park. Encanto is getting NOTHING except one face character at Disneyland. (Supposedly there are some things in the works, but the difference between how Frozen and Encanto have been treated is GLARING) 

On Wednesday, Walt Disney World announced that Encanto‘s Mirabel will appear in the Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade at Walt Disney World Resort on June 26. No meet-and-greet has been announced at this time.

More on Lightyear

Chris Evans as Lightyear
Credit: Pixar Animation Studios

Lightyear, directed by Angus MacLane, premiered in theaters on June 17 to mixed reviews and a $51 million opening weekend at the box office. From Disney:

From Disney and Pixar comes an animated sci-fi action-adventure — the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear (voice of Chris Evans), the hero who inspired the toy. “Lightyear” follows the legendary space ranger on an intergalactic adventure alongside ambitious recruits, Izzy, Mo and Darby, and his robot companion Sox. As this motley crew embark on their toughest mission yet, they must learn to work as a team to escape the evil Zurg and his dutiful robot army who are never far behind.

Would you like to see more Lightyear and Encanto at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort? Let us know in the comments. 

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