hmm platforms finally submerged. has the world gone mad? whats next? daytime shows? two shows a night because of the end of daylight savings time this sunday? lol. im off today so i have to wait until tomorrow to see it. enjoying WET's 12pm water feature at the san pedro fanfare. havent been here in a while.
Regarding Westcot. The biggest thing that kept this park from completion was all the complaints and threats coming from the surrounding neighbors. They complained about everything even before a shovel had been applied to the ground. They complained about the noise levels of heavy construction, the dust that would be in the air constantly and then they got started on what it would be like with the big gold globe invading their airspace and all the cars, parking problems and noise when it was all done. They held anti-Westcot rallies to which hundred of residents in the area would show up and wave placards around. They protested constantly.
There was a room over in the old Disneyland Hotel area out by the Monorail Station that was a preview center for Westcot with beautiful concept art, models and paintings of what it would look like. It was only open a couple days a week. We went as often as we could to see it and marvel at what they had planned. Every time we went, there were property owners hogging all the room and complaining to the CM's on duty. We would get into huge arguments with these people who finally got their way when it was all said and done.
Then when Fantasmic went in and nightly fireworks every night, and anything else you can think of that made noise, they started complaining all over again threatening law suits and ad nausium. They had to change the speakers angles in Fantasmic. They had to lower the Fireworks. On and on. These are the people who moved into our back yard, not the other way round. They new where they were when the bought homes right across the street from the Park Land (It was the hotel back then but now they are also in back of Mickey and Friends Parking lot) and they keep on complaining about everything even today.
Nothing that Disney can do will satisfy these home owner groups. They did it to themselves. They moved in and now want Disneyland to move out or stop doing anything that disturbs them. That would be everything.
I think the safest way to sum up the Westcot issue is to point out that many factors led to its demise. Local protest, finances in the wake of failing properties elsewhere, unwillingness of local government to invest in surrounding infrastructure, changes in leadership etc. all weighed heavily on the task of creating a new park.
I am curious though, what was the public consensus while DCA was built? I wonder if those people who so vocally tried to stop Westcot wish now they hadn't so that a proper park was built.
Love it Lost boy well said... I have always felt that way people know where they move in to , near airports theme parks etc and yet they complain... They should be happy of the economic impact. the resort has had on the city... Not complaining thanking disney for everything they have done.. Even though california adventure was a half concieved park it still makes a ton of money for the park, downtown disney has been a success and so has the Grand californian
The same people who protested Westcot where out in force all during the construction period for DCA. They just want it all gone. I love the way people behave. They move into a known noise area and then complain as if they had no idea that Disneyland was just beyond that big wooden fence. Same thing with Knotts Berry Farm which as been there longer than Disneyland. People built houses right across the street from Knotts on the back side of the Park. There is no berm around Knotts so you can look right into the backstage area of the Park and see the Park. Yet they complain all the time. And also blocked off any chance for Knotts to expand. It's just all so incredibly stupid on their part.
When were the housing developments around Disneyland built? I assume it was fairly soon after Disneyland was built since commercial developers would have bought up that land once Disneyland was a proven success. And how long have the homeowners lived there? Maybe the entire age of the homes?
So in their defense, back then homeowners really wouldn't have understood the traffic/noise impact that a mega-resort would have 45 years into the future.
Certainly, anyone that has moved into a nearby home in the last 30 years shouldn't be complaining. But the original owners?
Its the right now generation. Effects people cant see don't exist in their minds. Ergo the lack of patience and sacrifice.
So sad, but so true.
Our revels now are ended. These our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits and Are melted into air, into thin air: And, like the baseless fabric of this vision, The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff As dreams are made on, and our little life Is rounded with a sleep. mycroft16 on Twitter
I want a glowstick right now (glowstick carts clog the park)
I want a Churro right now (Churro carts park two side by side everywhere in the park)
I want a Mickey stuffy right now (Generic Merch hits every store shelf),
I want to ride right now (Fastpass makes all the lines longer so people can ride one ride quicker)
I want to sit right now (11 year olds sitting in strollers which clog every throughfare in the park)
I want to see every show right now (Disney is forced to throw an army of CM's at the park so that guests can see fireworks and Fantasmic back to back in a stampede)
This is getting off topic, but there are definitely at least some homeowners who have been around since before fantasmic and before fireworks became a nightly occurrence. Of course, they should understand that they moved in next to a theme park, that would obviously expand over time. With that said, I think Disney has done a very good job compromising, considering how important they are to the local economy.