Pragmatic, I'm especially disapointed in you for having a different opinion. Tsk, tsk, tsk!Hmmm...your idea of 50% and mine vary widely. The Grand Canyon still is a great piece of classic diorama building.
BLEEEECH! Dead animals that died at least 40 years ago.
And you might want to check the definition of "flora." The Adventurland segment of the ride is anything but "devoid" of that particular ingredient.
You see tree trunks and a bunch of brush. It could / should be filled with orchids, and tropical irises and bamboo and flowering bushes.
And contrary to Pragmatic's analysis of this section, someone isn't quite "paying attention." The WDW steam engines were not a "Disney railroad that used to haul sugarcane." The four WDW steam engines hauled hemp.
Let the lashings begin, I admit, I was way off there.
And there is a very specific reason the Tokyo trains traverse the route they do--and it has nothing to do with "appropriateness."
OK Let's hear it, this will probably be interesting and informative.
If you two don't think that being able to see the steam trains glide through a section of Deepest Darkest Africa while your guide shoots at hippos is a recipe for disastrous storytelling, then I guess you don't get it.
Actually, Pragmatic and I both conceived of a way that from it's vantage point the trains might be able to peek in and see the tops of boats and some monkeys in the rocks while the JC passengers only see what's in front of them. (They'd be down lower...)
(Pragmatic, I'm especially disappointed that you don't see this--especially since you've been such an advocate for seamless storytelling).