In order to re-establish my faith that Disneyland is still the ultimate theme park (in spite of the recent thematic erosion occurring inside the berm), a comparative studies project was created, and a research site was chosen because of its recent thematic changes, its proximity, and ease of study.
After assembling and outfitting my research team, we pushed-off towards “Six Flags Discovery Kingdom” in Vallejo, CA (from this point forward to be referred to as “DK” for convenience sake) to hopefully prove, conclusively, Disneyland’s (hereafter referred to as “DL”) superiority as ‘theme park’, and the importance of coherent theming, in order to maintain said superiority.
MRS. SWAB---Attractions Research
FO’C’S’LE SWAB---Thematic Studies Lead
All empirical data is to be presented here in a “points” form. For the ease of comparison, all pertinent information will be expressed by an awarding of “points”, in different entertainment areas of both parks.
Our Study Begins:
DK’s trams are a bit woeful. +1 point DL
…and they are “sponsored”. +1 point DL
Exploring alternative routes to the Park, we came across an Enjoyable Walk Path. Not as enjoyable as one may expect. +1 point DL
Once inside DK, we find a Central Hub, and several themed areas radiating outward. The Central Hub is a thematic free-for-all where we find live camels, dolphins, souvenir shops, funnel cake, midway-style gaming, DC Comic-book characters, and Warner Brothers cartoon stars. The themed areas are: AIR, SEA, LAND. Since DK is also an Animal and Aquatic Park, these themed areas are provided for ease in locating which animal you wish to see. It, however, is NO help in determining the location of specific attractions one may wish to ride.
Inside the Park Gates we find a camel. I like camels. +1 point DK
I also like Foghorn Leghorn, and Marvin the Martian. +1 point DK
However, because of the inclusion of such confusing, conflicting elements, DL’s entrance area, with a more organized theme, shows itself to be superior. +2 points DL
The Funnel Cake at DK is superior to DL. +1 point DK
The above photos represent the entire, and only parade at DK. +2 points
Dolphins are creepy. + 1 point DL
No live penguins at DL. +2 points DK
The ‘Sacred Elephant Bathing Pool’ much more realistic. +1 point DK
However, the Flying elephant ride left much to be desired, comparatively speaking. +1 point DL
The infestation of ‘piratical’ theming where it doesn’t belong (in this case, a Raptor/Exotic Bird Show) earns both Parks -1 point DL, DK
The conclusion of this study, and the results will be shortly forthcoming...