With the recently-reported rumors about possible new attractions at D.C.A., one can't help but wonder if Disney realizes that it is in the theme-park business, that the company invented the theme park, and that the company's success and a large part of its competitive advantage is based on quality of show.
Storytelling principles like dramatic and thematic unities are integral to Disneyland and to everything Walt Disney did. So, why are the Disney executives of today seemingly abandoning these concepts at every turn?
"Ratatouille" and "The Little Mermaid" will join "Monsters, Inc." and "a bug's land" in transforming D.C.A. into an even bigger monstrosity than the park already is. Putting Winnie the Pooh in Frontierland and Jack Sparrow on Tom Sawyer's Island and Buzz Lightyear toys in Tomorrowland and even Nemo into an ocean of the future is doing the same to Disneyland, itself. Where does it all end?
The creativity associated with the Disney trademark is seemingly not there anymore. Disney's expertise in showmanship also seems to be gone. Jay Rasulo regurgitates the word "immersion" without having a clue as to what said word means.
The dramatic unities of time and place are necessary in order to create a believable literal fiction into which the audience can be immersed. Without those unifying forces, D.C.A. can never be effective.