https://secure.disney.go.com/disneyl...=ContactUsPageOriginally Posted by Me, in a Message to the Disneyland ResortDear Disneyland,
To get right to the point, I am emailing in response to your recent actions in relation to the Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln attraction on Main Street USA. Or, to be more specific, the lack thereof.
Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, as I'm sure you know, was originally created for the state of Illinois pavilion at the famed 1964/65 World's Fair in New York. In 2001, it was given an overhaul including a new storyline with Matthew Brady and a focus on the Civil War and Gettysburg address. This also included the addition of new headsets that allowed guests to experience the attraction with binaural "three dimensional" sound, both as an addition to the experience and immersion of the attraction and to make it more appealing to a modern audience.
The attraction is historic both in the story it tells and in and of itself, as one of the first Audio Animatronic attractions.
Unfortunately, there have been points where Mr. Lincoln was rumored to be closing in order to be replaced with some other, newer attraction. While this is not necessarily a bad thing I know there are many people including myself who like the Lincoln attraction and would be saddened to see it permanently dropped from the roster of experiences offered at the Disneyland resort.
So it made fans of the attraction, including myself, nervous when it was announced that Lincoln would be removed temporarily, in order to install the "Disneyland, the First 50 Magical Years" exhibit at Disneyland. To this end, posters on Main Street told that Lincoln would be returning at the conclusion of the 50th Anniversary celebration.
It is now 2007, and soon Disneyland will be turning 52 years old. All of the wonderful gold accents, hidden 50s, and photo murals have been removed from the park, as it is now in the midst of the "Year of a Million Dreams".
However, the Steve Martin and Donald Duck film, as well as it's accompanying displays, remain in the Opera House.
The intent of this message is not to demand that Disneyland keep its promise and return Lincoln to the Opera House. However, I as a guest and frequent visitor to the Disneyland resort find it unacceptable that a very clearly outdated attraction remains untouched on Main Street USA. If the film or exhibit must remain, it seems reasonable that they should be updated to remove mentions of Disneyland's 50th Anniversary. If plans are, as they were announced to be, for Lincoln to return, it would be nice for at the very least some announcement to that end. And if Lincoln will not be returning so that Walt Disney Imagineering can bestow upon us some new experience, than so be it. But the "Disneyland the First 50 Magical Years" is an attraction who's time has come and gone.
I am not a political man, and I hate to use a political analogy, but I truly feel that it is time for Disney to announce some sort of "Exit Strategy" for the attraction. It was clearly never intended to remain in the Opera House after the conclusion of the 50th anniversary, and as one of the first things guests see upon entering Disneyland park it is something that should be seen, if at all possible, as a priority so that Disneyland can continue to grow and evolve in the next 50 years and beyond.
EDIT: The reply:
Originally Posted by Disneyland Guest Communications4/20/2007
Dear Mr. #######:
Thank you for your e-mail to the DISNEYLAND® Resort. We appreciate you
taking the time to share your experience with us.
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Received date: 4/19/07