Here's a list of what I consider to be Theme Violations at Disneyland starting at Main St and going clockwise and my reasons why:
Main St (1900):
Opera House: Lincoln should be put back and more closer to its original form as it was a historical tribute to a great American and Walt Disney's favorite person. The 50'th anniversary film was nice and it had to be put somewhere, but it is now long outdated and doesn't really have much to do with the 1900's theme of Main St.
Period themed shops/attractions being replaced with plush toys. A big loss was the penny arcade many years ago...
Holiday decorations: These have gotten out of hand and have not been themed towards the Main St 1900's style in a LOOONG time. Most notably are the Halloween decor with the plastic happy mickey pumpkins, the decor should be at least an attempt to fit in with 1900's period decorations and I think this would be more appealing, if they want contemporary holiday decor put in the esplanade between parks or DCA.
KEEP STITCH out of the Tiki Room!!! Stich is suppose to be an ALIEN being from an animated film set in the present time HE HAS NO BUSINESS having anything to do with Adventureland AND this is a Walt Legacy attraction, monkey with it at other parks if you want but leave it alone at DL, period.
Tarzan Treehouse: Animated characters have no business in Adventureland, this land was originally based on Walts TV Real Life Adventure series, AND the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse was a Walt Legacy attraction, monkey with it at other parks if you want but leave it alone at DL
More shop period theme violations, we get it, cheap plush toys from china make a big profit, bring back items that are from around the world, hand crafted and from the lands or time periods depicted they the shops used to have many years ago, things people can cherish over times not plastic junk and plushies....
New Orleans Square:
Stop with the Movielisation (the reverse of Novelisation) Sure the Pirates movies are popular and Johnny is cool BUT they are popular now how about in 30 yrs? 10 yrs? 5?? The attraction in its "Classic" form was so good and so popular it is one of the most popular rides if not the most popular since it was built and remained this way for decades spawning these films, to then modify the ride to match movies which will be forgotten in a few years is all kinds of stupid, and whats with the "Captain Jack Sparrow TM" over and over and over ,,,, we get it.... we know his name! AND this is a Walt Legacy attraction, monkey with it at other parks if you want but leave it alone at DL.
Where is a Haunted Mansion store THAT SELLS HAUNTED MANSION STUFF?? NBC is nice but what about HM? NOS used to cool it used to have shops with actual antiques and actual items one would find in New Orleans of the period, including culinary utencils etc for the gourmets, isnt that one things the real New Orleans is known for? ENOUGH with the plushies and junk.
And whats with Mint Julep bar, a classic favorite, its only open on weekends or busy summer days, and where did the mint leaves go? Are they TOO expensive to keep around to bother with?? it was these little touchs that made Disneyland so special and why when you buy a mint julep from the Buffet inside you can apply your AP discount but on the other side of a wood panel you CANNOT..... cheap, cheap....
Blue Bayou: sad , really sad, they took out all the original menu items we all loved ( I asked about this and they said they brought in a top chef who wanted to make the place unique so they threw out the old menu and put in all new stuff no one wants... NICE.... bring back the old BIGGER menu and bring back the Clam Chowder ( I think they already did) and the MINT JULEPS! :-)
Haunted Mansion: THANK GOODNESS FOR EDDIE MURPHY lol they ruined the movie and so the Mansion was spared the fate of Pirates, (tho they did stick in movie props for a few months and thankfully ripped them out again. Ok the Nightmare Before Xmas overlay.. hmm yes I sort of like it BUT it is a theme violation in that is based on Animation and sorta kischy 50's style holiday stop motion animted TV shows which is nice BUT find somewhere else to put it please!.... and I shudder to think what all the romping around changing things each year is doing to the mansions longeity?! AND this is a Walt Legacy attraction (yes I know it opened after his death BUT it was mostly finished and definatley had his stamp on it, monkey with it at other parks if you want but leave it alone at DL
NOS SHOULD have cool, mardi gras, Halloween and Xmas decor BUT it should be in keeping with the N.O. location and time period which I believe is around 1886.
Bear / Critter / whatever it is now Country:
Pooh has got to go!
Its again based on animation (animation should go in FANTASYLAND OR TOONTOWN only) They took a high tech state of the art entertaining show and flushed it down a flume for a cheesy painted plywood dark ride.... Shame!
Thank our lucky stars that they resisited the tempation to make the columbia either a pirate ship or a starship from Treasure Planet or something equally rediculous!
Tom Sawyer Island, ok river pirates I can see but that is not what we got is it, (they call it that but we all know better)
Bring back Mike Fink Keel boats ( it really really isnt too hard to train your CM's to make sure they fill the bottom seats BEFORE loading the top ones, it is kinda basic elementary school physics and common sense to know how to keep a boat from capsizing!!
Fantasmic: It was a nice show, WAS, till they cut out alot of it and its got old, it never really belonged here, it is mostly based on ANIMATION AGAIN, it belonged in Fantasyland (yes I know it wouldnt fit there), not to mention the construction of the stage on the island and the big lighting towers really messes up the period thememing.
And it really messes up Frontierland.....
I know that the old west and the frontier was a little boring by 21st century standards BUT SO WHAT its history and it was important to Walt and it should be important to all of us.
This is one land that they just have to "bite the bullet" so to speak and accept that is to be a historical themed area and leave it at that.
GET RID of all the little electric lighting on trim of the buildings they didnt have electricity in the old west for cripes sake!
Im sorry coaster fans but BTMRR dosent belong there a roller coastr just really doesnt have any business here if you really think about... try it and you'll see... it should be like it was originally intended by Walt... Yes I know westerns and Davey Crocket were huget back then and are not now but hey so what its still history and we should have a place for it in our lives and Walt knew that. Bring back the mine train ride, yes update it with new tech but it was a ride for the whole family and really recreated what the old west might feel like.
Bring back mule rides and the stage coach rides yes I know they are dusty and stinky BUT THATS WHAT THE OLD WEST WAS LIKE DUSTY AND VERY STINKY. Its called Authenticity people.....
Fantasyland is totally fine JUST DONT MESS WITH IT..
Its a small world, ... well it was but it is now getting ALLOT SMALLER (minded), we dont need a red white and blue flag waving scene with disney CARTOON characters in it so that at the exit we have to go thru a STORE that sells plushies of them MADE IN CHINA...... Btw there was a reason for the exterior as wall as the last scene being all white, it represents all the colors of light (the rainbow) combined together, remember that when you go and paint it again next time...
Toontown: its not original and outside the berm so I dont care about it and can ignore it like everyone else ... :-)
Tho I dont like the cartoony train station it should go back to something more befiiting a steam era train.
The area between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland or Limboland as I like to call it :-) which includes the Matterhorn and the motor boat cruise. The Matterhorn is fine or was at least more authentic with the OLD cars the new ones make it sort of blecchhhh and think of all the fond and special memories teens have of sitting in or having sat on your lap your teenage crush... ah yes the memories..... oops..
I liked the motor boat cruise it made no sense at all, it was slow and it was boring and dammit we need that too even at Disneyland! lol jeez you need a nice break once in a while then you can go back and get in that rediculous 2hr line for a 5 min ride.....
We all know that the Disney co gave up threw up its arms in the air and said we just cant do it we cant have a future world that is always the future, (what they really meant was we are TOO DARN CHEAP and uninmaginative to think of anything....so lets play it safe and go back and make it a retro past version of the future from years long ago.... Sheer Madness if you ask me....
Face for Tomorrowland to be what it is supposed to be you HAVE TO ACCEPT THE FACT that you are going to have to update it every 10 yrs or so, take it as fact that the other land dont need a overhaul often BUT this land does, and people there have always been futurists and artists with visions of the future they could have drawn upon.
Ok the juicy stuff...
The subs: glad their back but what the heck does an animated cartoon movie that takes PLACE in the present have to do with TOMORROWLAND??? uh huh.... nothing!
Buzz: Buzz was from AN ANIMATED CARTOON SET IN THE PRESENT and about a toy character WHAT IN THE NAME SPACE MADNESS DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH TOMORROWLAND??? NOTHING.
People mover.... what people mover? exactly, Walt built Disneyland in 364 days ... and ..... it ....... takes.........how ...............long............................for .............................. Disney co..................................to think of and build one ride?????..... snore sorry I feel asleep...
oh dont get me even started on the MARK VII monorails, I just hope no one dies from heat stroke before they come up with a cooling solution that actually WORKS AND MAKES SENSE and has the safety and comfort of their cherished guests in mind!
I dont really want to talk about the rest of tomorrowland I am already too upset about it to go on.....
the Bottom line and the lesson for the day boys and girls is:
CARTOON CHARACTERS FROM THE WRONG TIME PERIODS DO NOT REPEAT DO NOT BELONG IN THEMED AREAS, NEVER, EVER, PERIOD, END OF THREAD.