Another member brought up an interesting point that I wished to discuss in more detail. The simple comment was that Pixar as Disney but most Disney fans aren't accepting of Pixar in a Disney theme park. When I thought about it, it's really strange. For the majority of Disney's existence the dominant entertainment was hand drawn animation. While Disneyland was not specifically filled with Disney characters, they were included within it's berm. Various animated characters came to call the park home. Toy Story forever changed how we look at animation. From that point on the animation gradually changed from hand drawn, to computers. Computer based animation became more advanced, producing higher quality stories and characters. Disney partnered with Pixar, and as a result Disney's hand drawn animation began to suffer. Eventually, after a series of strained relationships Disney outright bought Pixar. The thought that "if you can't beat them join them".
All of this has an interesting effect on the parks. Disney now has decided to shed a lot of it's older hand drawn characters in favor of the new cutting edge Pixar ones. Many see these new characters as Pixar invading the parks... specifically invading Disneyland which had been home to traditional characters for generations. The term "Pixarland" always comes up. There is a new hand drawn movie about to be released but aside from that the tradition of hand drawn animation has died a slow death in the halls of Disney. I am curious if Disney fans will ever accept the new CGI characters? specifically because that seems to be the only thing new Disney has to offer.
They have an extensive vault of unused characters. Some are wll known others are more obscure. The Little Mermaid comes to mind as WDI has pulled out all stops in hopes of it saving DCA. But Little Mermaid is one attraction... Pixar has been added to the majority of the recent ones. The problem with a vault full of characters is that if you don't use them then future generations forget about them. To an older generation, seeing a classic character is like stepping back into childhood. To a new generation an older character simply sparks the question "Who's that?"
So I'm wondering what others think. I wonder if Disney fans will ever accept Pixar? I wonder if they will accept the shift that has taken place towards CGI? or if individuals will continue to long for a return to hand drawn animation?