Frogs in a boiling pot do not feel the difference between 78 and 79 degrees. It all feels nice and warm to them.
More of Walt's Park cast assunder--to the delight of many....
The old railing makes sense because of this location's proximity to the entrance of Frontierland. These railings are a combination of what you might find in 1910 small town America, and a more rustic old-western frontier setting.
On the other hand the newer design makes the area at least to me look more like an entrance to a park in a 1910 small American town. So in that regard it could be considered an extension of Main Street sandwiched in between the entrance to Frontierland and the castle.
:ot:It's amazing to know which great musicians performed on that little stage. I might have the wrong theatre in making this comparison, but it's that little non-descript stage that rivals the great stages like Carnegie Hall. It is truly amazing!
I had a chuckle during the Princess and the Frog Show that is on the Mark Twain. At one point they start singing about Louis Armstrong. It is amazing knowing that he actually performed on that boat!
I think it looks very nice.
The list of famous bands that played there is impressive:
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I know it's off-topic, but this photo shows Duke Ellington and Count Basie sitting at a piano in Disneyland (1964):
I think it looks a lot better. Maybe it doesn't look as much like the country, but this area isn't supposed to be the country. The rock pillars, new slats, and intricate railing makes the area look more inviting and also acts as a weinie. It invites guests to take a closer look at the bridge. I think it is a nice improvement and also applaud Disney for taking the time and money into fixing something that is very easily overlooked.
Comparing the side-by-side pics I find the right more inviting. The other one may be more like the original but to me it looks cheap and unfinished. I prefer the upgrade.
My brother is actually playing in the carnation cafe soon for x-mas handbells at his school. =D
I find this thread very entertaining to read. :)
The new bridge looks nice.
...For a modern-day housing tract, apartment complex, community park, or shopping center.
While I do agree the bridge needed an overhaul, I think that Disney went a bit too far with it, just in a nostalgic sense.
It's been there since the dawn of Disneyland, I don't think so dramatic a change was necessary.
First of all thank you for putting the before and after pictures up so we can get a good visual on the changes!
Personally, I think I'm in the same category as DIP. Visually I actually like both of them, ascetically they both look nice in their own way. What makes me sad is that they felt they had to totally change something that had been there, or had been there in the same form from almost day one. From a historic standpoint, I like the original. Yes yes I know Disneyland is not a museum and progress much happen, but its still sad to see history removed.
I agree with you, when i first saw it something looked odd but then i realized how well it fit with the rest of the carnation plaza area. the rockpillars fit the surrounding walls and it really creates a nice elegant entrance into the area. The lush landscape around it really compliments it well. I do think that it might have worked better if it was a little lower and the fencing had a bit more detail but for some reason i think they change dit because of safety. I have seen more and more children leaning thru the old fencing to look down into the water