First of all, I doubt that my comments would induce a riot of any kind. I'm just a lone voice and I speak only for myself (and some hearsay from my wife), not for thousands of park goers like some other posters apparently do. As far as the countless thousands of people that will converge on DCA to see the show in my absence, that's just a given for any new Disney attraction with the right amount of hype and is hardly remarkable. Although, the big test will be whether DCA revenues increase in proportion to the crowds. Personally, I doubt it, but that's a topic for another thread.
As far as being a "troll", over years of lurking and a few months (not days) of being a registered member, I've posted all of 3 times...now 4. I couldn't be that much of a pest. WOC just happens to be the hot topic. A better question might be, why haven't I submitted any other posts? Simply no time and nothing I felt compelled to say that hadn't already been said in a more eloquent fashion. If you haven't noticed, Disney doesn't need another cheerleader on this board.
Besides, I don't think my submissions were entirely negative. My first post was in response to a request for opinions on the biggest mistake made in the development of WOC, or something to that effect. The topic itself was a negative spin on how to improve the show. You need to understand what's broken (and the effect on the customer...which I happen to be) before you can fix it. I just thought it was a little more broken than the other posters. My second submission was in response to being flamed for submitting that opinion. Sounds like a pattern at this site.
My third post was my review and yes, it was negative. An honest and heartfelt negative. After months of enthusiastically following the development of WOC I found it long and tedious and over reliant on projections. Still, everybody should see the show and judge for themselves. Heck, I didn't like it and still saw it multiple times. However, my main objection remains the effect of the presentation on the partially rejuvenated Paradise Pier and what I see as an unnecessarily negative experience for a significant block of park patrons. After all, Fantasmic is similar in scope but it doesn't force closure of any significant attractions.
I'm perplexed that my opinion is in any way controversial. It's actually surprising that more pass holders aren't concerned about Disney restricting their access to a major portion of the park in what many feel to be prime hours during the summer season. In my case, it's a big hit to the return I expected for my entertainment investment and I don't take that lightly. That lack of concern is especially surprising on this site where, after you get past all of the fish jokes, there have always been pages of discussion and occasional whining about all sorts of minutiae, even getting down to the type of light bulbs being used on SSS, complete with close up photos and comparisons to TSMM lighting. I guess that doesn't really make much difference now that SSS doesn't run after dark, huh?
So, if you love WOC as it is, I'm genuinely happy for you.. If you relish getting to the park before 7 a.m. to get a show pass (or buying an overpriced box lunch), standing in a queue for an hour or more to get a good "seat" selection, and then standing shoulder to shoulder with a few thousand others waiting to see 25 minutes of blurry (depending on the weather) mist screen video clips framed by water fountains day after day, then your dreams have come true. Sorry, that just doesn't work for me.
I'd prefer a tight 10-12 minute show, every half hour, focusing on the impressive fountain, fire, fog, laser, sound and lighting technology installed, with minimal use of mist screens (they're unidirectional and I doubt that anybody watching from the MFW area would be interested in watching the backside of water). I'd like a show that allows unfettered access to all of Paradise Pier and can be enjoyed from anywhere around the lagoon, an attraction that complements and enhances Paradise Pier rather than shutting it down.