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I was thinking the same thing about spending time in the park watching a movie. I have a feeling that most of the people that would sit and watch an entire feature would most likely have an AP and be a local. I live out of the area and time in the park is precious to me. I wouldn't necessarily sit through a whole movie but I might want to see whats being shown on the big screen cause you don't see Disney that big everyday especially located on main street USA. This is also an option for those people that are waiting for their groups to get off rides or in the case of RSR a consistent two hour queue. But IMHO it'd take away from the time in the park. I'm not making new memories by sitting there and watching a movie I've seen before.
It seems that many people think they are one of few who love Lincoln and want it to stay... well your wrong. There is a lot of people who love it and like others it's still amazing to me. Truthfully what else would they put in there... a store, movie theater... the main street expansion idea sounds nice but that is not coming anytime soon. Keep it :beg:
Mr. Lincoln needs to stay and, contrary to incorrect information printed earlier in this thread, it has the most advanced Audio-Animatronic human face in the park. New tech.
Mr. Lincoln, The Tiki Room, the Main Street Cinema still showing movies: these are just some of things that still make this "Walt's park" and differentiate from almost every other Magic Kingdom style park anywhere else.
To capture a wider audience, they may just do a seasonal overlay in the fall, "Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln: Vampire Hunter."
What makes me curious is why TDA feels that they "need" to draw more people into the Lincoln theater. Sure, it may not be the busiest of attractions, and I'm sure they don't like to see attractions go unnoticed or unattended. But what is the benefit of showing an occasional movie in there? If it's to help shuffle the park's traffic, then that's one thing. But otherwise, why?
Either way, I don't think Mr. Lincoln will be going anywhere. It's only been back for a few years, and I can't imagine that it takes a lot of money to maintain or operate it. They already lower the film screen for portions of the show. If they show movies in there, all it means is that the screen will be lowered and they'll project films on it. In and of itself, that's probably not very expensive for them to do either.
Someone said that people don't go to Disneyland for history lessons. That may be so, but much of the park is built upon history; be it the history of the frontier, New Orleans, the jungles, or Disneyland itself as a 57 year old park. If people aren't going to the park for the reasons they did in the '50s or '60s, then you can put part of the blame on societal changes. After all, Disney is a company and the park needs to evolve to make money. However, Disney itself is also partly responsible for this. Rather than tying their new movies into franchises and trying to make rides that offer more of a thrill factor than anything else, they could have been investing at least some of their newer attractions into original, intelligent concepts that actually require you to use your brain without the necessary force-feeding.
I was asking that question myself, why would they want people in the theater (DON'T KILL ME I LOVE THE SHOW AND ALL OTHER DISNEY AMERICAN HISTORY SHOWS)!!! Its a relatively small show with just a single (abeit cutting edge animatronic) and a movie screen. This situation harkens back to the removal of Center St. in WDW's Main Street why does some thing have to be an absolute draw?
See ya walkin' right down the middle of o'l Main Street USA
I love the Lincoln show! It might be Disney's best and most cutting edge AA right now! The show is just epic, it really feels like Lincoln himself is there. You just don't get that feeling anywhere else. I'll be deeply sadden if it get replaced by a movie screen. Yeah I don't go there frequently like I do for Space Mountain but the show is still something special. Not every attraction has to be full for pete's sakes.
I believe they show movies in the theater already for special events. I would think they will follow this format. If they can run Lincoln in the day time and something else at night I would be ok with it. I have always felt they should show the animated classics in the park but just show them weekly and change them out starting with Snow White and work up to Tangled and then start over again.
Al's note clearly said this will be an AP only thing, and only on select nights during the fall. Now, while I'm the first one to agree that Disney looks for any excuse to pull something unpopular in favor of a brand push, I don't think they're getting ready to gut the building just yet. ;)
As always, if you're really worried, vote w/ your wallet. Get your arse in there and see Lincoln. Often.
when I read the title of the thread I thought they were going to recreate the original Fantasyland Theater. I remember going there to watch the movies and cartoons when our tickets ran out. it was also a good place to go and rest out of the heat.
when they have cast member shows at the theater, do they allow food and drinks?
I think Lincoln is a great show and attend regularly, hope it never goes away, but there's nothing wrong with some Walt Disney classics screening in the theatre certain evenings, a practice that has a long history in the Opera House, from cast members to movie clubs. That said, here are the shows I'd like most to see screened on the big screen at the moment (film prints preferably):
Song of the South
The Parent Trap
The Three Lives of Thomasina
Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow
Babes in Toyland
The Prince and the Pauper (live-action)
Escapade in Florence
Sammy, the Way-Out Seal
Moseby's Marauders (Willie and the Yank)
Ichabod and Mr. Toad
That Darn Cat!
The Sign of Zorro
Third Man on the Mountain
Darby O'Gill and the Little People
Swiss Family Robinson
a Ludwig VonDrake "Wonderful World of Color" Marathon