It’s been less than 24 hours since Disney-ABC dropped the bombshell….the dreaded news that this year’s Super Soap Weekend – Nov. 15 and 16 – will be the last for the super popular event held annually at Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World.
Yeah, you heard me right.
Disney-ABC is doing away with THE most popular event in the history of the free world.
Okay, maybe I’m being a tad bit dramatic, but, hey, we’re talking about soap fans here and they live for drama.
A press release issued Tuesday by Disney/ABC delivered the blow to millions of soap fans, while trying to put a positive spin on it.
In the press release, Brian Frons, president of Daytime Disney/ABC Television Group, announces a 2009 Soap Nation Tour in lieu of Super Soap because “Our fans have told us that they want us in their neighborhoods so we are traveling our daytime talent to better serve them.”
Ummmm. I’m not sure what fans Mr. Frons has talked to, but it’s certainly not any of the tens of thousands who attend the event each year.
“The 2009 tour will be a collection of coast-to-coast fan-based events that will ignite our ‘Soap Nation,’” Frons said.
The release cites a “Rock the Soap” cruise out of Los Angeles; the annual Broadway Cares event in NYC and the CMA’s music festival.
Here’s the thing.
The soap cruise is pretty expensive for the general soap fan and doesn’t appeal to a broad audience, particularly if you don’t like cruises.
The Broadway Cares event is a one-night musical event featuring soap stars, but it’s not at all interactive in terms of meeting the stars one-on-one.
And regarding the CMA music festival, that only appeals to a niche group of country music/soap fans.
I tell ya, soap fans are not happy about this and are not taking the news sitting down.
Reactions have been fast and furious and fans are mobilizing to try and save future SSW’s.
There’s already an online petition addressed to Frons and the ABC Teleivision Group with 220-plus names the last time I looked and the list was growing by the minute. It’s called the “Please Don’t Scrub Super Soap Weekend” petition.
Click here to read and/or sign the petition.
“Uprise and Uproar” were the words used by Jo Ann, host of Stardish Radio, about the reaction of soap fans to the disturbing news.
Jo Ann hosted her Tuesday show about SSW and I participated in the discussion. You can listen below.

Jo Ann on Stardish, which is part of BlogTalkRadio, has interviewed many soap stars and other celebrities and all of her back interviews can be heard on the Stardish website.
And I haven’t even gotten started on my feelings on the attending stars for this year’s event.
I’ll have to save that for another day.
The full list of 2008 attending soap stars was also released on SoapNet.com Tuesday and that sort of got lost in the shuffle, considering the future demise of the event.

6 Responses to “This Year’s Super Soap Weekend Will Be The Last”

  1. derEveddy
    08:05, 12.12.2008

    Hi!
    My name is Jessika!

  2. Is there a chance that there will be a super soap weekend
    in 2009? KC

  3. Hi Kellie,
    It doesn’t look like, at this point, there will be an SSW ’09.
    ABC/Disney announced SSW’s cancellation last year, saying ’08 would be the last one.
    I wouldn’t rule it out somewhere in the future…but don’t think it’s happening this year.
    ABC is doing this “Soap Nation” tour, which includes this “Rock the Soap” cruise that was supposed to be in place of SSW and they already scheduled another cruise for April 2010.
    They’re also take soap stars on the road visiting cities around the USA during this “Soap Nation” tour.
    The Soap Nation thing doesn’t work for me because they don’t come anywhere near South Florida…

  4. This SOAP Nation tour seems to be the opposite of what it was meant to be. They said it was supposed to help soap fans not spend so much money as they did at ssw. Well so far I have not been able to do one event since ssw because they are too far away, and ten times the expense of ssw. They have gone to nyc, nashville, fla, and california. None of those places are near enough for me to not spend lots of money. I really hope they bring back ssw in the future. Who can afford the ridiculous cruise line prices in this economy? Disney was affordable, safe, fun, and memorable!

  5. my daughter and i have been going to super soap weekend for 3 years we loved it and looked foward to it all year i hope they bring is back it’s a great bonding experience for the two of us and disney is a fantastic place to have it everyone loves it please bring it back

  6. my daughter and i have been going to super soap weekend for 3 years we loved it and looked foward to it all year i hope they bring is back it’s a great bonding experience for the two of us and disney is a fantastic place to have it everyone loves it please bring it back