Yours truly had the pleasure of visiting DLRP in late august to check out their version of the night time show "Wishes" and check what's going on at the park. After recent visits by several other fans, I was looking forward the most to alledged improvements in maintenance and the like.
While I was glad to see very healthy crowds packing DLP and WDSP, and some improvement being made to some areas of the park (like refurbishments in progress at BTMRR and the DLHotel for example), the fact remains that DLP is a long long long way from being concidered "acceptable" in the cleanliness and maintenance category.
As you will see on this pictorial... some areas of the park are great, while others are simply NOT. I have stated before that DLP has the gift of being the most beautiful and dirtiest DL park on Earth. Hard to imagine both night and day extremes can be found in one package, but DLP excels on this.. and that is not a good compliment. I am beginning to believe this park will never see the glory days again... the damage done by years of neglect and poor maintenance practices seem to get worst and worst, which means, it will be more costly to fix it in the long run.. Guests don't help either as they mercilessly trash this park, and some CMs seem to be there to goof off rather than work. But I am documenting examples of this on my photos..
Finally, the main reason for my visit was to check out "Wishes", a show that was boo-ed off the schedule last year after a disastrous debut run. I was not expecting much but guess what... TDLFAN was pleasantly surprised. True, the show suffers from a lack of pyro magic, and more so because of the restrictions imposed on DLP to keep these to a minimun height and noise standard. Yet, DLP's Wishes does something the much heralded MK version does not: uses laser and photographic animation to enhance the experience. While the MK's Wishes has extraordinary pyro and minimalistic (if not outdated) castle projections, DLP's Wishes delivers an added layer of fun that elevates the show to a higher degree of quality. Many will continue to argue the show is bad because of the low level pyro and such. We all are entitled to opinions. However, I thouroughly enjoyed this presentation for what it is: a moving tribute to Disney's films with added pixie dust to enhance it. Not a total waste of my time and the crowd watching must have felt the same way as the final applause was quite enthusiastic from the crowd. I rate DLP's Wishes 3 1/2 stars out of 5*****.
Here are the photos of the carnage.