It was reported this week that Disneyland is planning to officially re-open on July 17th, four months after they closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Coronavirus or not, Disneyland’s got to open the gates and start overcharging guests, because it sounds like it’s about to take a $100 million hit. If sources that spoke to The Sun are telling the truth, then Beyoncé is very close to signing a $100 million contract with Disney.
Beyoncé has already done work with Disney. She voiced Nala in the 2019 live-action remake of The Lion King, as well as writing and recording songs for the soundtrack. She also dressed up as Alice from Alice in Wonderland for the Disney portrait series back in the early 2000s. And let us never forget her incredible backup vocals on the theme song for Disney’s The Proud Family. But The Sun is saying that she’s in talks to become a major brand partner. A source says:
“Beyoncé has become a major player for Disney and is the perfect fit for their brand. She’s worked on a number of projects for them, and now they’re keen to secure her for more projects. Disney have put forward a deal worth around £80 million (or nearly $101 million), which will secure Beyoncé for three major projects, including the Black Panther sequel.”
Beyoncé is rumored to be featured on the soundtrack for Black Panther II, which is scheduled for release on May 6, 2022. Sources say that the two other major projects would most likely be film projects. But, there is also allegedly talk that her Disney deal would include narrating documentaries for Disney Plus. Just like Meghan Markle before her, who narrated the Disney Plus documentary Elephant.
Sources add that nothing is final and no contracts have been signed yet. Things are still in the “in talks” phase, but Beyoncé might have dropped a little hint about her relationship with Disney during ABC’s April broadcast of The Disney Family Singalong TV show. So when Beyoncé surprised everyone by showing up to sing “When You Wish Upon A Star,” said she was very proud to be part of the “Disney family.” That might have been a clue. Or, more likely, it might have just been Beyoncé reading the copy provided to her by a Disney production intern.
Obviously Beyoncé’s deal will involves movies and soundtracks, but what if Disney got creative? What if part of her deal included the option for a Disney World ride. I know some people hate the Carousel of Progress. Imagine if they completely gutted it and created an animatronic carousel ride called The BEYONCÉ Experience, showcasing Beyoncé’s rise to fame. I would legitimately love to see it. One, because I can’t afford tickets to a Beyoncé concert. And two, because how great would it be to see a robot Beyoncé blow out a spark plug in response to another robot claiming to be the second lead vocalist.