'Guns' have become the new 'four-letter word' at DL over the last decade or so. Apparently distancing weapons from the idea of 'family entertainment' is looked at as a safe marketing strategy, and they are probably right; but it is much less entertaining, IMO. The attempts at authenticity (and the trappings associated with its presentation) are watered-down shadows of their former selves, IMO.
Just a few cases to explore:
First, Fort Wilderness. Before the subsequent closing, the rifles in the fort turrets were taken out. Guest's complaints and incidents involving serious to mild injuries were used in order to justify the removal of the rifles. IMO it was a poor decision, and just one more step in the creative castration of DL as a whole.
Second, the POTC 'flintlock' souvenirs. The predominate 'flintlock' sold at the Parks nowadays is an obnoxious green or orange day-glo work-of-the-Devil that makes electronic sounds, accompanied by an LED 'light show' upon 'firing'. These toy guns, IMO by specific design, bear NO resemblance to authentic flintlocks, or the past souvenir flintlocks for sale in the Park which did (again by specific design) resemble the pirate pistols, even being made of wood and metal with working locks and triggers. By the 'cartoonification' of these 'flintlocks', do we possibly see a more concerted effort to 'sugar-coat' elements that have no need of it?
Finally, and in my mind most interesting, is one of the few remaining hold-outs of this anti-gun campaign: The World Famous Jungle Cruise. The nickel-plated Smith and Wesson .38 specials carried by each boat have an integral part of the 'show', but, IMO, are losing their importance in the attraction, save for the use as a signalling device to the dock in case of trouble.
Saving us all from attacking hippos, The skippers have fought off the beasts for 40 years, but no longer. No, the only thing getting shot in the WFJC are the branches above the hippo pool. Apparently, even the artificial animatronic hippos are endangered, and require 'preservation'. I suppose the old vicious hippos have been replaced, too--their gentler, kinder cousins now merely require 'discouragement'. Like most things at DL, even the hippos have been tamed into sheepish submission.
The weapons themselves, IMO on the JC boats are treated with disrespect. I have been on many cruises where the revolver is just laying there, out of its holster--an unsafe practice (unstowed firearms) aboard ship. The sidearms, IMO, should be on the skips, not the boats. It would add to the authenticity, and possibly a little drama, as the brave skip slaps leather and outdraws death itself, turning back the rampaging hippos threat (or nowadays, the threat of overhanging foilage) with hot lead (or blanks).
Guns can take lives or save them in the real world. But in DL, where they do no harm, is it necessary to eliminate their presence? If not, why not? If so, why?