I don't want to make anyone mad but whenever I cook up a little rant on an old ride or something, I feel the urge to post it. Please don't get mad.
Everyone thinks Rocket Jets should go back up to the platform. I do NOT totally agree, but I do NOT disagree really either.
I just wonder: How many adults, without kids, besides nostalgia hounds (like people here - NO OFFENSE!), are really going to bother riding it? I can understand: awesome view, sense of motion, more exciting than your average spinner, but still - it's a children's ride.
The Observatron is very, very ugly. I do not like it at all. It looks so awful compared to the rather pristine Rocket Jets. I just think that people miss having something not ugly up there rather than missing the actual ride (which, despite the high-up thrill, is still kiddie).
I think the platform would look totally fine with some sort of white, futuristic pylon like Space Mountain's. It would look totally clean, and add a focal point.
The thing about kinetics in the distance makes sense, but it's a bit outdated. Most people come to Disneyland rushing to a ride. I don't think they really care if something is moving in the back or not. They'll run to the ride, period, and they really don't care.
The general public probably doesn't care that the Observatron is functionless and a piece of junk. They will rush to whatever ride they want without worrying "why isn't that moving?".
I am not attacking anyone here. I think Astro Orbiter looks nice but is awful because it adds alot of congestion. Still, that thought is a bit overrused. Seriously. The entrance is more clogged than before, but it's not *THAT* bad.
All in all, I think that if the Rocket Jets don't go back up, and the Orbiter remains at the entrance, simply widening the paths a bit at the entrance will solve the problem.
I'm sorry if I made anyone mad with this thread. I had to let it out. :)