I laid my hands on a timetable.
This is the timetable for us poor plebs, telling us when we can and when we cannot enter our own village.
Disney are going to shut the entire village for a total of seven days next month. We will graciously be allowed enter but must be out again before seven in the morning. A fat lot of fucking use that is as all the shops won’t have opened. We will however be allowed back in after ten in the evening which is nice of them.
Rather strangely, Doc shall remain open for the period despite his entrance almost being part of City Hall, or Princess Castle or whatever the fuck it is. I suppose they can’t order a doctor to close in the current climate, but they just prevent anyone from entering. He’ll have to be in his surgery before seven and won’t be allowed out again for fifteen hours, waiting for patients who can’t turn up. I hope he has a good stock of books. Maybe if I have a dire medical emergency I can always dress up as one of the Seven Dwarves [Sneezy?] and sneak in?
The local Gardaí will be out in force to enforce as it were. This in itself is a bit of a tourist attraction as normally we don’t see a uniform from one end of the year to the other. It would nearly be worth while to nip down to photograph them as a memento of the time we had Law and Order.
One little thing struck me about this whole circus though.
The weather in this country is what might be termed fickle. Some might even say unpredictable [certainly the weather forecasters invariably get it wrong]. For example it’s quite nice out there today with blue skies and fluffy white clouds. Yesterday we had hail storms and thunder. This time tomorrow we’ll be having gales with storm force gusts and Friday is going to be a total washout. Batten down the hatches and man the boats.
So what are Disney going to do about our inclement climate? If it’s pissing rain [or even snowing – stranger things have happened hereabouts] what are they going to do in their closed down village? Hold umbrellas over the actors? Rewrite the whole film to make the gale force winds part of the plot? Shut down the village for a further week or two in the hopes of better weather?
They really have no choice but to film on their chosen dates.
I can only assume that Disney have signed a contract with God to guarantee fine weather.