So, I’m a fan of the Land of Disney…well, obviously, or I wouldn’t be posting here. Upon my visit there in 2006, I began following new developments and rides of the park so I wouldn’t be behind when I visit again. What I have learned over these 2 years might surprise you: Disneyland is getting worse.
Alright, before you freak out, let me explain myself. I bet that FNSV is fun and that TSM will be fun, but what happened to the creativity and imagination the park used to be known for in Walt’s day. I’m not saying I don’t like newer rides like Soarin’ or Buzz Lightyear, but they lack originality.
Soarin’ was a creation that Florida had, so they brought a copy of it here for DCA because it fit the theme. As for Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters, this ride was based on the TV series based of off Toy Story. To top that off, the ride had limited 3D targets. Most were painted on walls or were 2D cutouts.
Now, I’m going to begin by going into detail about Disneyland. If you’ve ever read anything about the history of Disneyland, you’d know he took risks. If the idea didn’t work, then it would be back to the drawing board. Today, if something doesn’t work, the Disney Corporation MAKES it work, even if that means wasting money that could go towards a great ride. Also, Walt used to build rides that were based on nothing but imagination. Today, Disney will not create anymore rides that aren’t based off of a feature film. This kills originality, point blank.
Recently, IASW went into rehab. While I agree it needed a lot of work done, it doesn’t need what is rumored. Why add Disney characters? I mean, I saw the characters in the Hong Kong version of the ride, and they looked good, but why spend unnecessary money on a small addition that won’t bring new money in? Same goes for the America scene. Why replace a scene and make new stuff for it. We’re in America. We know what it’s like…
Going to DCA, TSM will be opening soon. I saw the video of the ride from WDW, and I’m not as impressed as I thought I would be. I mean, it’ll be fun, but it’s not original. 3D screens is all they could do? Why not add scenery, or disguise the screens so they blended in more. I’m unimpressed, and the DCA version is worse since it’s theme clashes with the idea of a Victorian Pier.
When did the Imagineers turn into Imaginenots? It’s all about what’s cheapest and not what’s best for the guest. Disney plays it too safe these days, and Walt is probably turning in his grave as we speak!
EDIT: Sorry for the Soarin' comments. I was wrong. I really should've checked and made sure on that one.