More interactive? More dramatic? Clearly you've never operated a steam locomotive.
Trains are what led Walt to create the Park--they were Disney's true passion. As Tech notes, Walt kept striped railroad overalls in his firehouse apartment. These were once on display at Retlaw in the Valley. I assume they will be once again displayed in the Walt Disney Family Museum.
Next would be the Mark Twain. Ward Kimball noted that Walt considered the trains and the steamboat the "seventh and the eight wonders of the world." Perhaps there's a reason the trains were the very first attraction completed and operable?
Walt Disney LIVED and BREATHED railroading, from being regaled by his Uncle Mike Martin, an Engineer on the Santa Fe, with railroad stories as a child, to sneaking into the cab of a steam locomotive while the crew was off eating and blasting the whistle on a dare. Then came his job as a news butcher on the Missouri Pacific. Climbing over the tender coal load of a moving train to bribe the engine crew so that they would teach him how to operate the behemoths. He was crazy about railroading, and even penned a magazine article for Railroad magazine shortly before he died about that passion.
Sure, he probably liked all the attractions at the park for differing reasons. But there was only one or two attractions that he personally owned (through Retlaw, his own personal company)--and the trains were one of them. When he was in the Park after some stressful periods in his life, he didn't drive the fire engine or ride the carousel--he climbed into the cab of one of his steam engines, blasted that whistle, yanked that throttle and headed out, living his dream. If you were old enough to visit the Park between 1955 and 1966, there is a chance that if you rode the train, Walt Disney was your engineer.
Sure, a carousel--or rather, the emotional distance between parent and daughters that the carousel represented--may have ignited the spark of an idea with Walt. But the fact is, Disneyland was built so that Walt Disney could live out his passion in life, and be an engineer.
You're right, I've never operated a steam locomotive.
But I think the JC is more interactive than DLRR.
Originally Posted by Olympicnut
This is like those threads where you guess what Walt would think about such and such. Unless it's written down somewhere, we will never ever know what his favorite ride was.
(psst, but I do really know, I just don't want to boisterous about it)
"We believed in our idea - a family park where parents and children could have fun- together."
Yes, this is true. Not that me saying that makes your statement any more true - I'm just agreeing with you.
Marc Davis is the one credited with the change. His touches can be seen in a variety of Attractions. Basically '63 was when they started a series of massive rehabs and additions that included many of the "classic" scenes we love today (Elephant Pool, Gorilla Camp, New Veldt, Trapped Safari). It was also the unveiling of the new script which was centered on corny jokes instead of dry facts. If you talk to the Skips they were cracking jokes starting around 58 (rough year given, evidently 55 and 56 were very strict, some loosening in 57 but 58 was the common year cited)... but I doubt anyone would crack unapproved jokes (only one specific joke was approved in the whole 55 spiel) with Walt in the boat.
I am told he liked to relax, both the J.C. and Twain relaxed him in part because of just being out on the water. Oddly there was no mention of Storybook. I really would have thought he would like Storybook because of the detailed models... which again is a reference to his passion for model trains.
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