Yeah, yeah, yeah..."this again". It's a slow day, and it is my mission to scream my nutty head off until all agree with me (or just submit to my Will, which would be preferable to me personally ).
The beautiful Ohio, the ol' Mississippi, the mighty Missouri--these are the waterways that I think of when I am able to cruise the Rivers of America.
Like the wild Frontier of the 1800's, these Rivers were also conquered and pressed into the service of pioneering Americans; showcasing the indomitable spirit of the United States in its Westward Expansion period.
"Here we experience the story of our country's past...
the colorful drama of frontier America in the exciting days of the covered wagon and the stage coach, the advent of the railroad and the romantic riverboat. Frontierland is a tribute to the faith, courage and ingenuity of the pioneers who blazed the trails across America." - Walt Disney
We all appear to be witnessing the erosion of Frontierland and arguably Disneyland's most beautiful feature: the ROA; and yet no one seems aware/concerned about this drastic shift away from Walt Disney's established framework for his 'favorite' Land (Disney even had to fund its completion out of his own pocket).
Pirates and Fantasmic! have done more damage to Frontierland than any amount of neglect it has suffered over its long history, IMO. These two 'enhancements' have diminished the ROA, and perverted its purpose.
As much as I dislike F! itself, I would still support it if it had even a shred of thematic continuity. But it hasn't. I would be interested in hearing your ideas regarding the justification of F! or PLOTSI on the ROA. I just can't find ANY reason in it. As soon as all reason has been abandoned in the theming of Frontierland, there will be no hope for it.
F! fans argue its placement is justified by its popularity. Is this how one constructs a theme park? Why is public popularity and thematic adherence viewed as mutually exclusive concepts? Are we saying there are NO possible Frontierland-themed projects that could possibly generate public appeal?
Theme needs to be taken more seriously IMO, and done right. Doing right is harder than doing what's easy. As anyone who has ever ridden the Mark Twain around the Rivers of America has heard:
"Always do right - it will gratify some people and astonish the rest."