I was never a big fan of the Paradise Pier section of DCA, it seemed to me to be the most unphotogenic part of that park and didn't offer anything that you couldn't get outside of the Disneyland Resort.
Before the refurbishment, it looked like a big Mickey was just plastered on the roller coaster to make it "Disney" only in name. (Err, will plastering a big Mickey on the Ferris wheel make it more magical somehow? It is nice being up in the air, but IMHO the skyway ride was much better than the ferris wheel could ever be. . . )
Now, with the Games of the Board Walk it seems like history is repeating itself, you have basically games that you could find at any county fair with a Gooofy or something plastered on them. I am a little offended that classic favorites of mine are being "used" in such a way rather than being given a "home" like in Toontown.
I also don't like, was surprised, to hear that Disney is charging $2.50 a game to play??? Like the price of DCA tickets aren't already over priced. Sure, I get it that they need to cover the price of prizes, but I think these games sort of encourage gambling in little kids, many of whom will beg their parents for dozens of tickets not to be able to win anything!
It would be so much better if the cost of playing was included with the admission and there weren't prizes, such rides that use this strategy such as Buzz Lightyear Astroblasters are fun, even though you don't win anything. Disney could easily make much more if they put a "plush" shop next to these games, where those who want to walk around with a giant pluto can do it.
The nice thing about Disneyland, is that once you are inside you are "free" to enjoy any ride, the old ticket system was done away with for many good reasons, and the park is more enjoyable because of it. Sure the shooting gallery charged, but it wasn't gambling as far as I know you couldn't "win" anything.
While the attractions on the Board Walk offer the chance to "Play to your Heart's Delight", it seems pretty expensive to pay for admission and then to pay for these games.
If Disney let people play these games for free and just to win points, I think it would make sure that everyone had a good experience, personally I always hated these games at county fairs as I wasted money, never won, and realized it was gambling and that the games were rigged. Fortunately, these booths don't look to expensive, although new, and perhaps they could tear them down in the future to put something better.
If I paid 25 dollars to play at these games for an hour, there is a good chance I would feel cheated, NOT the impression that Disney should be giving to guests who actually do spend the money to visit DCA. . .
While the world of color looks great, I wish Disney would use their audioanamatronic skill to build something on the level of a Country Bears or America Sings, which would be even more fantastic with new technology. . . It would be easy to do this with Toy Story characters, Nemo Characters or even Cars characters, a sort of show where you perhaps go into a big "Garage" and the Cars characters put on a show or something with special effects. While some guests may want to spend 25 dollars playing carnival games for a couple hours to win a generic plastic fish, I am not one of them!