As a resident Disney-lover at the Straight and a frequent Disney parks visitor, you could say that I’m biased when it comes to anything related to the house of mouse (this article was written on a desk filled with Minnie Mouse mugs, a Toy Story 3 photo book, and other Disney-themed memorabilia).
When word started to spread about a Disney-inspired brunch coming to Vancouver, friends and colleagues naturally made sure to put it on my radar.
But the event sounds like a tacky rendition of actual Disneyland dining experiences, and I’m not intrigued in the slightest sense.
The Magical Brunch’s Vancouver edition takes place at the Fairmont Vancouver (900 West Georgia Street) on September 7, promising a “boozy sing-a-long party” for all those who can afford to shell out a pretty penny for tickets ($75-$80 per person, plus taxes and fees).
According to its listing on Eventbrite, the two morning sessions will be family-friendly, complete with an afternoon tea menu (think tea sandwiches, scones, and tea). Its evening soiree will only be open to guests 19 and older, and will feature cocktails and canapés.
Besides food and drink, the ticket price also includes themed entertainment, but the details stop there.
Will the relatively obscure organizers simply put a Disney Spotify playlist on loop as musical entertainment? Will they play low quality YouTube videos of Disney karaoke songs on a screen projector? Will they have staff wearing knock-off Disney princess costumes walk around and take selfies with guests? Maybe.
Am I being too loyal to authentic Disney experiences? Probably.
But if I have to pay $80 (don’t forget about those pesky taxes and fees), I’d expect to be transported to the happiest place on earth, or at least a simplified version of it.
The Magical Brunch may turn out to be an amazing event, and my cynicism will probably keep me from taking part in a really fun costume party.
I’m just not interested in drinking champagne next to an Alice in Wonderland-meets-Queen Elsa hybrid.