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    Re: PHOTO UPDATE 4/27: A taste of Disney's 2007 California Food & Wine Weekends, +MOR

    Quote Originally Posted by PragmaticIdealist View Post
    I'd like to see some of the festival made a permanent part of Bountiful Valley.

    The winery, especially, needs more activities and educational seminars that can make it into more of an attraction.
    Didn't they try to do this though, with the Seasons of the Vine and the informational signage throughout the Winery area? The Mission Tortilla Facorty and the Bakery Tour are also part of that edutainment portion of DCA that didn't work.

    Perhaps the problem was is that originally the edutainment wasn't executed well enough. If it was re-Imagineered to something like a permanent selection of Food and Wine festival offerings, custom-built permanent pavillions for these types of offerings, then maybe it would work. I can definately see a stronger wine theme being successful, offering wine tasting after watching a re-worked Seasons of the Vine film.

    Its also difficult to do things like this when the park has no real direction. It's a mess, how do cheap thrill rides and edutainment attractions work together? They don't, really. If the thrill rides were a form of edutainment as well, as they are at Epcot, then perhaps DCA could find its niche as per the Epcot model, but as it stands, DCA is too scattered and schizophrenic to really have a well-defined target audience.

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    Re: PHOTO UPDATE 4/27: A taste of Disney's 2007 California Food & Wine Weekends, +MOR

    Quote Originally Posted by MasterGracey View Post
    ...as it stands, DCA is too scattered and schizophrenic to really have a well-defined target audience.
    Nothing like DCA to break up a DL-esque family. First the teenagers run off to ToT or Paradise Pier. Then HSM rolls by and the preteen crowd is transfixed. Along the way the adults lose their toddlers to Playhouse Disney and their kindergarteners to Flik's Fun fair, leaving them free to taste samples of wine at the Winery!

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    Re: PHOTO UPDATE 4/27: A taste of Disney's 2007 California Food & Wine Weekends, +MOR

    Quote Originally Posted by MasterGracey View Post
    Didn't they try to do this though, with the Seasons of the Vine and the informational signage throughout the Winery area? The Mission Tortilla Facorty and the Bakery Tour are also part of that edutainment portion of DCA that didn't work.

    Perhaps the problem was is that originally the edutainment wasn't executed well enough. If it was re-Imagineered to something like a permanent selection of Food and Wine festival offerings, custom-built permanent pavillions for these types of offerings, then maybe it would work. I can definately see a stronger wine theme being successful, offering wine tasting after watching a re-worked Seasons of the Vine film.

    Its also difficult to do things like this when the park has no real direction. It's a mess, how do cheap thrill rides and edutainment attractions work together? They don't, really. If the thrill rides were a form of edutainment as well, as they are at Epcot, then perhaps DCA could find its niche as per the Epcot model, but as it stands, DCA is too scattered and schizophrenic to really have a well-defined target audience.
    D.C.A. can, and probably should, have a mix of offerings. The park works best when it is a museum of living facts about California, as well as a community center where Californians can be at home and can host their guests.

    There are really all sorts of ways to stuff the park with more content, and the Food & Wine Weekends show how much more interesting D.C.A. can be with some of these extras. There really is no reason that much of the festival cannot be made permanent.

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    Re: PHOTO UPDATE 4/27: A taste of Disney's 2007 California Food & Wine Weekends, +MOR

    Quote Originally Posted by PragmaticIdealist View Post
    D.C.A. can, and probably should, have a mix of offerings. The park works best when it is a museum of living facts about California, as well as a community center where Californians can be at home and can host their guests.

    There are really all sorts of ways to stuff the park with more content, and the Food & Wine Weekends show how much more interesting D.C.A. can be with some of these extras. There really is no reason that much of the festival cannot be made permanent.
    I get what you mean. Offerings like Disney's California Food & Wine Weekends is probably one of the most themeatically-appropriate additions to DCA since its opening and it would be nice to have more permanent offerings at DCA similar to those offered during Food & Wine.

    However, I think until DCA figures out what it wants to be, making these types of things permanet offerings (not just part of a special event) may end up failing. If DCA takes an Epcot-approach to the California theme, giving us education while being entertained then it would be a good idea to add permanent Food & Wine offerings. Otherwise, if DCA is going to continue to have meaningless Pixar-inspired and off-theme thrill ride additions thrown at it, then I don't think throwing in some edutainment outside of this special event atmosphere would necessarily work.

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