I made a thread about this when I joined MiceChat but now that I know people here more I figured I'd do it again.
I do not want to seem like I am attacking any one person in this thread. I'm not. I know merlin jones, a user here, created the essay, and I want to say right now: I AM NOT PERSONALLY ATTACKING HIM.
I still feel I can critcize the essay, if it's OK.
I hope I get all my thoughts into this thread. It's been building up for awhile.
Let me try to start.
-Biggest problem with the essay is that it cries for things of the past. OK, I know there are some pretty big attraction "holes" in Tomorrowland, but maybe we don't have to just take the old ride back. Maybe we can do better. It's ironic especially because this is TOMORROWLand.
-TL1967 might have had its strong points (kinetics, more attractions) but there were weaknesses. It was pretty sterile looking, and basically totally white, which is not particularly warm and inviting. The "weenie" concept (Rocket Jets) makes sense, but the ride isn't in motion as much as the essay suggests. It loads slowly. TL67, besides being sterile, was almost entirely concrete and nothing else. It just looked kind of drab. I'm not saying the ugly brown TL98 looked better, really, but it did manage to give it a less sterile feel.
-The essay, and much of the rest of the site, is awfully one sided. "Eisner's TL98. Eisner did this. Eisner did that." Geez, he's not Satan.
-The author suggests that the "Peoplemover, Rocket Jets and Skyway create a sense of movement, fun and wonder." Hmm...movement, yeah. Fun, probably. Wonder? Maybe in the 1970's, but after that, none of those three attractions were awe-inspiring.
-Plaza Inn blocking its view really has nothing to do with Tomorrowland.
The essay isn't bad, and it's certainly right on in some parts. However...well, read my criticism.
Glad I let that out.