The 'mercy seat' according to Judeo-Christian text, was the ark of the covenant's 'lid'. It was constructed of 'solid' gold and was the same dimensions as the ark itself. On top of this lid were sculpted two kneeling cherubim (angels) facing one another with wings stretched out in front of them, forming a protective shelter for the 'mercy seat'. This 'mercy seat' was the earthly habitation of Yahweh--this small space was man's only direct physical connection to his Creator, and where He could be communed with by the High Priest.
Extending that principle to a subject without divine implications, where is DL's 'mercy seat' for you? Do you feel a connection to the creative force (or forces) behind DL more in one spot than another?
On a related note, should DL strive to preserve the attractions that had Walt Disney's 'personal touch' for future generations to enjoy and appreciate, or has it 'outgrown' the intent of its creator?
If nostalgia is one of DL's strongest allies, then is unfettered re-invention a smart business move? Will DL have any 'Walt', 'Marc', 'Yale', 'Rolly', or 'X' visible in twenty years? How about 'Mary Blair'? No 'Shermans'? No 'Roger'? Will 'Ward Kimball' just be one of the DLRR locomotives?
Recently, additions to classic attractions have become popular. If one views these attractions as merely vehicles for entertainment purposes only, changes are welcome. Those who see certain attractions as acheivements to be preserved, view needless 'additions' as intrusions--like altering historical records to make them more 'lively' and 'contemporary'.
How do you feel? Are there attractions that are 'sacred'--acting as 'mercy seats', allowing us all a chance to 'commune' with some of the original creative spirit responsible for the creation of 'the magic'? If so, what are they, and why? If not, why not?