Yesterday while at City Hall, we had a plaid manager (not normal CM) CONFIRM 100% that the Disney Gallery was being converted over to a Cinderella Suite for Year of a Million Dreams until at the very least the end of the year.
We cannot allow this to happen. We need to do at least two things:
1. Everytime you go to the park stop by city hall both on the way in and on the way out and ask for a complaint form to fill out. Fill out one of these at least twice a day with each visit.
2. Ed Grier appears to only care about good press for the park and nothing else. Maybe some bad press over this will stop it? I'm sure Al will post something after his 4th of July break, but we need more than that. The LA Times article on Pirate's Lair changed Disney's plans a bit, maybe if we can get the LA Times to print an article on how Disney is destroying another Walt Disney original in Disneyland it'll help them stop their plans for the Cinderella Suite.
This is by far the worst idea to hit Disneyland since the “ride it until it fails” maintenance policy that lead to the Big Thunder Mountain and Columbia accidents in 2003. The Disney Gallery was originally built by Walt as his Royal Suite in New Orleans Square. The reason why there are so many power outlets in the rooms there is because Walt was planning on using it as an apartment and Lillian had a habit of moving furniture around. He installed so many outlets so that no matter where she moved his reading table, he’d be able to plug in his reading lamp.
The Balcony, which Disneyland uses for premium seating for Fantasmic!, was placed where it is so Walt and Roy could have optimal viewing over the Rivers of America. If you sit up there and look out, you can see how perfect the view is. Walt and Roy’s initials are even right there in the iron grating of the Balcony.
Transforming the Disney Gallery into a hotel room to satisfy the horribly unexciting Year of a Million Dreams “promotion” is an insult to the Disney name. It completely tosses away any of the respect and reverence the park tried to show to its legacy during the 50th Anniversary celebration during 2005 and 2006, and instead just looks to be a desperate attempt to get the attention of the press while ignoring the history that lies in every corner of the park.
Every single Annual Passholder now has a duty to go directly to City Hall and make it be known that the Gallery is not to be touched.