Originally Posted by Uncle Bob
Obviously these are the two differing opinions on what an iconic theme park "monument" should be. This beacon is the anchor to the entire park, so it has to give off the right emotion that the park is trying to portray.
Originally Posted by MarkTwain
- Some would say: A dominant ride/attraction needs to fill the spot. After all, it needs to be standout-ish to be the wienie at the end of the street, right? It needs to bring in thousands of guests with a state-of-the-art attraction. This would be the anchor to the park because of its seniority, in an attraction perspective.
- And others would say: An iconic monument of a park doesn't need to be a stand out attraction. In fact, it won't work. It would lose it's "majestic" and "classic" quality, if you install a big, expensive E-Ticket. Walt knew this best when he made Sleeping Beauty Castle. It anchors the emotion of Disneyland in a humble, child-like manor.
I would tend to agree with the latter. But at one point, I was the one in favor of installing dark rides. I wanted a "Great Movie Ride" attraction in the emotional essence of Pirates and Haunted Mansion (Not those themes, but classic-ness). But it just can't be so. Disney hasn't been able to recreate a ride like this since then. I hope they will be able to eventually, but it's too chancy to install one...correctly.
And a theater idea like this works with the park. It may not bring in hordes of crowds, but it's right. It would be that unspoken "anchor" to the very "Disney lacking" park. And most importantly it's humble. I can't stress how important that is. Sleeping Beauty Castle isn't spectacular. It isn't flashy. It isn't in your face. It's just right. It's charming, to quote Tony Baxter. And I believe "charm" is what makes Disneyland work the best.
A theater showcasing the brilliant work of the brilliant man that we celebrate every time we visit Disneyland... could anchor Disney's California Adventure.
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6g5PUIJJSwk]YouTube - 1949 - Goofy Gymnastics[/ame]
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEaW0NX7rvc]YouTube - Silly Symphony - Flowers and Trees[/ame]
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4xE8wwigWM&feature=related]YouTube - Disney's (1933) The Pied Piper[/ame]
If there was a full-size theater showing these non-stop... That's what I'd be doing all day.