Either this is something I completely fabricated in my head, or there is some truth to it. When the Disney Animation studio was churning out their big hits during what is now called the Disney Renaissance (Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Lion King, etc. For some reason, Rescuers Down Under always gets left off this list) were the parks at their worst condition? I mean, as big and popular as those films were, they got very little recognition in the parks, save for some thrown-together stage shows. In Disneyland, I can see this as either the dreaded Pressler/Harris era, or they were focusing on the Indiana Jones ride, and later the planning stages for the parking lot expansion.
It seems we are only just now utilizing these gems of cinema with the Little Mermaid rides here and in WDW, and the Beauty and the Beast areas in the new Fantasyland expansion over there. Lion King used to have its own show at the Magic Kingdom, but that doesn't exist anymore, and Animal Kingdom has its leftover parade floats dressed up as a Lion King show. What are your thoughts on this?