I normally do not write too many posts like this, at least not too recently, but I do feel that I have to vent on something now.
I am becoming increasingly frustrated with people - on several of the main message boards across the internet- coming to such definitive conclusions on whether or not
an attraction or entertainment offering is ultimately and definitively "successful" or "unsuccessful", and particularly attractions and entertainment that are only within their first few months of actual operation. For the most part, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage comes to mind.
It is one thing to speak for yourself and yourself only- whether you like it or not.
The issue I have is with folks speaking as if they represent the whole of the general public and know exactly what the public feels and thinks. This goes for speaking for the whole "Disney fan community" as well.
There has not been any definitive statements from any of the Disney "insiders" across the net on whether or not Disney itself sees the Subs as "successful" or not, from what I know. There has been no word or remark from Disney themselves either.
Do I find, in my opinion, that it tends to be the ones who are very attached to the past and the original submarine voyage (along with Disneyland circa the 50s & the 60s) who are very critical? Sure, and I completely understand (and you might be surprised, I am one of them).
But, when certain people speak as if they are the "final word", as if they are speaking for all of "us", that is when I have an issue. And I have seen it a lot lately.
No doubt about it that the submarine attraction does not have a high capacity, and regardless the attraction is going to have somewhat of a lengthy queue time.
But who is to say that an average of a 90 to 120 minute wait is "not good" and a sign of failure? Who is the final word? Who holds the "play-book" on final judgment?
Who, or what, truly defines "success"?
I believe Disney would be more worried, as would we, if the attraction had no one waiting to experience it all!
I also believe that it's not practical to try to judge an attractions true and long-term success for its own sake and for the sake of the park as a whole within only its first few months of operation. It makes much more sense, to me, to try to look at this situation from a larger perspective of a year, if not longer, down the line.
I do also wonder if we are considering the actual logistics of the attraction and thinking practically in terms of what makes this attraction unique and different to operate, and the effect it has on the park as a whole, when making "success" remarks.
In the end, I am sick to death of people speaking for me, or the whole general public.
It is not sensible or realistic, and I find it increasingly difficult to take those people seriously in message board discussions, and take their future remarks on boards seriously.
I, in no way, wish to control what people think. I, in no way, want to force my personal opinions on others.
What I do hope, and wish, is that we could all try to see the "bigger picture" more often, and more clearly...in more ways than one.
I think we all forget that far too much...and sometimes, it worries me.
No doubt Disney is aware of our boards, and they do read them. And no doubt many within probably do not have high opinions of us or what we think. I do feel that if we could try to approach our criticisms in a more realistic and mature manner, collectively, then Disney might actually look at us differently, and consider our opinions and thoughts on matters in a different, if even slightly more positive and pragmatic, light.
Ok, now rip me apart.