They should just move it to Hollywoodland or BVS. Maybe use the space where dancin with disney is now for a more theme appropriate show, or they could put it somewhat near ToT for a small show and theme it around the tip top club
FF looks really nice. For some reason it looks bigger than I expected. I think it would be cool if they had non official disney princesses/heroines in the area as well like Megra, Kida, maybe even Esmerelda
Dancing in DTD is a survival at best. Occaisionally a dance floor which is way smaller than the old CPG, smokers, extreme crowding (which isn't fair to the normal DTD patrons), increased crime, no where to really sit, very weather sensitive not to mention moving from place to place each week like transients.
How many kids are wide awake on Saturday night at 8pm? The floor is still there. Stage is still there. Wouldn't hurt anyone and the dancers, onlookers and others at the old CPG on Saturday nights were usually full if not packed. and yes, multi-generational. Many professional dancers (non-disney) went there for fun. Guess we'll have to wait and see.
DTD just doesn't cut it though Michael and Olivia are truly amazing in keeping the tradition going while in exile!
I hope they bring the dancing back because...well why not but I dislike soo much that people think that swing dancing was really "that" big of an event because it was not...it was a fun small little unique thing the park had, I understand why people want it but this new subland makes more sense because
1) they can make money
2) make a permanent place for the princesses ]
3) use the land to it's fullest and have it crowded day and night
^how about wall to wall creeps? ;)
I get people want open and somewhat "dead" area's but if you want that go to Critter Country or DCA....I'm not saying every inch needs to be used but when you have area's like the Autopia area for example taking up what could be a new area with new rides instead of what it is now....heck I even see Toontown as a "dead" area compared to what it could be if they made it as Fantasyland expansion
Please correct me if I am wrong but I am sure it has been at least 30 years since any "big names" like Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Lionel Hampton and others have performed at the Plaza Gardens.
Maybe the change is not for the better as you say but those days were just never coming back.
None of those children were professional dancers; those were all students at dance recitals doing their best. I'm not going to mock them or criticize them. The point is that they weren't professional entertainment, they weren't expected to be, and it wasn't fair to them OR to the park guests to expect them to be (how many of us would have liked our school plays to be judged on the same level as a Broadway show??). Disney perhaps was not the perfect venue for them because the only ones watching were their parents and friends.
Putting professional Disney entertainment in this space is a massive improvement, IMHO. The Beauty and the Beast and Rapunzel films CAN appeal to all ages and both genders, and hearing that Disney is bringing back something as simple as storytelling - and the art of pantomime - makes me very happy.
As to the swing dancing, I know it's very disappointing that it's gone, and yes, Disney should have been straight about it. However, perhaps there's a way to convince them to bring it back to DCA (the PERFECT place for it, as mentioned, might be Paradise Gardens) or make a better space for it in DTD. I would think DTD might be better for some people because it doesn't require park admission.
As to Fantasy Faire itself, IMHO this space is beautiful. Simply beautiful. I have zero interest in meeting the princesses but I am very interested in wandering around the Faire, because it's so gorgeous, so detailed and so DISNEY. Haven't many here been upset or disappointed that Disney has skimped on previous attractions? They didn't skimp here, it shows, and I hope people will give it a chance.
So at the risk of sounding like an eternal optimist - why not enjoy what is there, rather than getting upset or irritated that it's not situated where one would have preferred it to be?
To me, it's a lot like the thread on the Jolly Holiday Bakery - there are all sorts of divergent opinions on the wherefores and hows of the JHH, and nobody's ever going to force an agreement, but the bottom line is that it's a richly detailed place with decent (sometimes, LOL) food. It's there now. Would one rather continue to grumble that it's there, or go in and enjoy what Disney has created?