Agreed.I've been watching the new Secrets of Disneyland DVD set for the past week, and I liked Tony Baxter's comment regarding how if they took something out, their goal was to replace it with something better. It's really hard to see how they are going to do that in this situation. The gallery was one of my favorite places to hang out. Now it's gone, remodeled so that a select few can enjoy it instead. As for the staircase, I really felt that it added to the look of the front of the building. How they can justify ripping it out is beyond me. I guess we'll just have to wait and see. Maybe they'll surprise us with something that looks better.
In the mean time, I think the whole idea sucks.