While I have thoughts on this ride (M&MRR ought to be compared to Frozen, GMR ought to be compared to RotR, M&MRR and GMR should NOT be compared to each other), the thing I most want to talk about is Chuuby.
What a disgusting merchandise grab. One of the key aspects in Disney storytelling is that each character serves the plot in a key moment, or else they get cut. Pocahontas originally had several more animal friends, but they were cut because they were not necessary. Olaf justifies his existence by reminding Anna and Elsa how close they once were, as a manifestation of their love. Madame Leota performs the seance necessary for us to see the spirits throughout the remainder of the attraction. Chuuby... does nothing. The squid is more interesting, more funny, and serves a pseudo-purpose of at least offering a laugh.
In my mind, I see a celebration in 25 years of Chuuby as an “original character”, where he will be released in blind pin bags mixed in with Figment, the Tiki Birds, and R-5. Already there are cross-body bags celebrating this character... and frankly I find it disgusting.
It’s a gross grab at repeating the Orange Bird sensation with exactly NONE of the nostalgia and none of the history, lore, or even IMHO iconic design.
Is my head up my you-know-where, or does anybody actually care anything about the Times Square costume style ripoff of Orange Bird?