By Emilee Maciel
Western Sun executive editor
Today’s youth are vibrant, fast-paced, and technological. Most of the cheap-thrills used to amuse their parents, don’t have the same effect on this new generation. Now teens are used to texting, constantly on their iPhones, wearing slightly ridiculous clothing, listening to dubstep, and attending raves.
Raves have been around for decades, gaining popularity in the early 1990’s with the “Club Kids,” but got a little lost after the 2000’s and highly controversial after a fatality at one of the biggest raves, the Electric Daisy Carnival, back in 2010. Now they’ve made a comeback, one stronger than ever, walking hand-in-hand with today’s newest musical genre dubstep.
To keep up and stay current with young age groups, Disney has opened a new dance party event, held nightly over the summer, in Disney’s California Adventure. Entitled, “Mad T Party,” visitors are welcomed by an “Alice in Wonderland” themed party, complete with a live DJ, performing acts, and band.
“Mad T Party” is just a continuation from previous efforts like “Glow Fest” and “ElecTRONica” but seems to appeal to more people due to its rave-like atmosphere. Is Disney hopping onto the rave-craze bus?
Ricky Brigante, writer for “Inside the Magic” a news website for both Disney parks, quoted Robin Trowbridge the entertainment show director for “Mad T Party” explaining the reason why the previous dance parties were replaced. Trowbridge said, “You know, we always want to offer something new, something fun. It seemed like a good time to do it.”
Who knows what the next-big-thing that teens will like, but whatever it is, I’m sure Disney will there to make it their own.