Whether or not you think it's art, Disneyland is the product of many skilled artists who pour their souls into what goes inside.
To watch an attraction go through the planning stages is sheer beauty, from artwork to models to actual construction, there is so much design and detail put into everything.
Then an attraction runs its course, and all of the beautiful sets, the designs, and the ornate details are unceremoniously destroyed. Ripped apart. Smashed. Broken. Tossed into a heap bound for a landfill. Only a few pieces are saved.
All this artistry, all of this passion, is left in the garbage truck. The Eye of Adventure Thru Inner Space, the entire interiors of all the pre-1983 Fantasyland dark rides, the models, the scenery, everything.
Harriet Burns' model of the Carousel of Progress was quickly trashed after the attraction was created, and on film she spoke of how she wished she could have kept it. Every piece of it was painstakingly labored over to ensure the most stunning detail.
Now, why does Disneyland have to so brutally destroy it's creations? Obviously the attraction has to go, but why not save the pieces and sell them? Why not give them to someone who treasures their legacy? Why must they be sent to the Garbage. Every Atommobile used in Adventure thru Inner Space ended up in a landfill in Mexico, and yet the PeopleMover vehicles were sold to the Public.
20,000 Leagues under the Sea at Walt Disney World had all of it's figures Smashed, many of which could have been saved.
Is Disney being selfish, quoting the old, "If I can't have it, no one can?" Why are some things destroyed when they can be saved and either stored or sold? The artist who made the Sunshine Plaza fountain I heard, went so far as to ask for it back, but likely it too will simply be destroyed.
Man these are a lot of rhetorical questions. Let's face it, since opening day, destruction and Disney have been married together. It's a shame that some things are just thrown away.