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    Lightbulb "Plussing" the parking structure, making a great first impression.

    As most everyone can agree the parking structure is very "Un-Disney" in the show and presentation. The parking structure is the first thing that many visitors to Disneyland first see. It is very bland and poor show in my opinion. Of course with a parking structure there is only so much you can do to "plus" it. But lets put our minds together and think about the "little" things that can be added to the structure (low level music, murals, Disney attraction posters etc) that will give visitors to Disneyland a great first impression of the day ahead.
    I know we can do better with the current "vibe" of the parking structure and I don't think it takes much to make that happen.
    Calling all arm chair Imagineers and MiceChatters your mission if you choose to accept it is how you would "plus" the Parking Structure and make the visitors first impression to Disneyland a very special one as opposed to "just another parking garage that could be any mall USA"

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    Re: "Plussing" the parking structure, making a great first impression.

    I think it looks fine the way it is. You park your car and leave.

    As long as there is good security and lighting at night, I'm happy... I'd rather they add things to the park instead of spending money on making the parking area pretty. I just get annoyed at how many guests throw all of their trash on the ground next to their car before leaving. UGH! Wonder if that's how they live at their house- when dinner is done do they just throw it on the ground? Of course not, but when it's not "their house", who cares.

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    Re: "Plussing" the parking structure, making a great first impression.

    It's a parking lot.
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    Re: "Plussing" the parking structure, making a great first impression.

    It's part of the Outer Lobby.

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    Re: "Plussing" the parking structure, making a great first impression.

    Quote Originally Posted by PragmaticIdealist View Post
    It's part of the Outer Lobby.
    Great point! That's the imagineering way of looking at things. It's all connected. The show begins the moment you pull into Disney property.
    What message are you conveying? how are you conveying it? What can you do to make the guest experience better? How can we "plus" the show? What little things can be added that do not necessarily take lots of money but enhance the atmosphere.

    True it is just another parking garage, in the "real" world.
    But some would say Disneyland is just "another amusement park" which we know is not the case. As pragmatic says the parking structure is part of the "outer Lobby" of the Disneyland property. How can we spruce up the lobby?

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    Re: "Plussing" the parking structure, making a great first impression.

    The structure itself is fine...its a place to park and even has restrooms. The biggest issues are the need for additional elevators, a better queue for the tran and a paseo for better access to the walkpath if you dont want to take the tram.

    Now personally I would prefer a people mover in leiu of the tram...but thats just me.

    So I guess what I am saying is the need to improve the experience of getting to the park from the structure, but probably not the structure itself. Although it woudl be nice to see the character for each level there to greet guests as they arrive.

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    Re: "Plussing" the parking structure, making a great first impression.

    I think they could paint some of the white handrails and barricades that are rusted. They also need someone cleaning out the trash cans much more often.

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    Re: "Plussing" the parking structure, making a great first impression.

    It's a parking structure. Why does it have to be all Disney-fied? Just more money spent and like someone else said...you park your car and leave.

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    Re: "Plussing" the parking structure, making a great first impression.

    As long as it's clean I'm fine with how it is now. It's stocked with defibulators, we're all good.

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    Re: "Plussing" the parking structure, making a great first impression.

    Quote Originally Posted by aashee View Post
    As long as it's clean I'm fine with how it is now. It's stocked with defibulators, we're all good.
    But are there attendants at ALL defibulators if they are needed?

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    Re: "Plussing" the parking structure, making a great first impression.

    Uhh, lets see...

    I go to Disneyland...

    Easy access escalators? Check!
    Easy access, large elevators? Check!
    Fast in and Fast out? Check!
    Restrooms? Check!
    AEDs? Check!
    Themed levels to make it easy to remember where I am? Check!


    I go to my local mall...

    Easy access escalators? Nope, just stairs.
    Easy access, large elevators? Nope, just one small elevator.
    Fast in and Fast out? Nope, there is parking on the ramp between levels and everyone needs THAT space.
    Restrooms? Nope, go back inside for those.
    AEDs? Nope, inside for that as well.
    Themed levels to make it easy to remember where I am? Nope.

    That seems Disney-fied enough for me. True, it would be nice to have small restrooms on each level "just in case", but the big one down at the bottom does nicely. And it would be nice to have more elevators and a slightly more organized tram boarding area, but those to me are minor details. And I don't plan on ever needing the elevators. When I do have a kid some day, god knows I would bring the Monster Truck wannabe strollers so I can just fold it up and take it down the escalator.

    Its a parking structure. It does its job. And it does it rather well. That is good for me.

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    Re: "Plussing" the parking structure, making a great first impression.

    Look at it this way, the more plain the parking garage is, the more magical Disneyland seems when you get there.
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    Re: "Plussing" the parking structure, making a great first impression.

    I never knew about the restrooms. Just about the bushes along the wall.

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    Re: "Plussing" the parking structure, making a great first impression.

    Quote Originally Posted by I Heart Disneyland View Post
    It's a parking structure. Why does it have to be all Disney-fied? Just more money spent and like someone else said...you park your car and leave.
    I disagree, the magic starts the moment Mickey starts taking your money at the parking garage!

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    Re: "Plussing" the parking structure, making a great first impression.

    As far as I'm concerned, the parking structure does make a great first impression....it's extremely organized, it has easy access in and especially out, it's easy to remember where your car is through character/color identification, it has escalators at each level, and it has a nice, large, clean bathroom.

    The only plussing I would want to see is more trashcans, and maybe an additional elevator. Otherwise, I would much rather see them spend the money on the park as opposed to a parking structure that is already more than most parking structures.

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