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Written by Cory Disbrow. Posted in Dateline Disney World, Disney Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World

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Published on August 09, 2013 at 1:00 am with 23 Comments

About Cory Disbrow

Cory likes Walt Disney World so much, he recently packed his bags and moved to Orlando. Cory is a photographer and writes MiceChat's Dateline Disney World columns every Friday.

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  • MikeBlakesley

    I have to agree with the two posts above. Disney has seriously mis-spent money in the last few years — first on the overdone/underwhelming New Fantasyland at MK (which I love for the scenery, but it’s not exciting enough), and then on the problematic MyMagic+ program. The whole Fastpass+ thing seems to be getting more and more ridiculous, what with it being added to rides that usually don’t have more than a 20-minute wait anyway. They’re just trying to “spread” the crowds out to the less-popular rides, rather than having everybody funnel right to the most popular ones.

    They seem to be putting more of their major development money at WDW into hotel rooms and restaurants, rather than on attractions that will “wow” the guests. They’re betting that even if people come to Florida for Universal, they’ll still want to spend time at Disney.

    I like the overall atmosphere of the Studios park, especially the two main avenues; but the overall “feel” of the park is all over the map, what with the big stage in front of the hat (neither of which looks good in my opinion), the bottleneck that is Pixar Place, the poor planning of Midway Mania (hour-plus waits even on slow-ish days), the list goes on.

    I love the Osbourne Lights, but I hate that they ruin the looks of that whole area during the 3 months of “non holiday” time that they are up (not to mention during the daytime of the actual holiday period). Blankets of lights over those beautiful buildings are NOT attractive in daylight, nor are the skeletons of the above-building light elements.

    Bottom line, this is a park that desperately needs some love, even in its best rides: The Rock’n'Roller Coaster needs some serious updating (the pre-show is tired, tired tired! and how about some new soundtracks?) and even the Tower of Terror drop sequence hasn’t been re-configured in what, about seven years?

  • tntraveler

    Do people actually go to American Idol? I have never paid any attention to the line area.

  • Orlando71

    CaptainAction, you are right about Universal providing more for their guests. And you are right that Disney spent 8 billion for marvel and star wars but dont want to build new rides. But they are going to use those two properties(and avatar) to build new attractions in the future. At least we know they are building star wars and avatar attractions. They are just taking a long time. But i would rather them take longer and have a lot of detail than be bad. I mean look at Transformer’s show building compared to the Undersea ride. i hope Disney steps up their game, and i see your points. But in the end, the theme park guests really are the winners.