Apologies if this has come up before, but I've never seen it, so...
I was looking at Main Street photos today, and it got me thinking. Most of us know that when this area was built, it was inspired by, and made to reflect, the town that Walt Disney grew up in. In essence, it reflected the childhood of his generation, and I believe Walt said as much, in advertising the place - fond memories for grandparents, and a chance for children to see the world an older generation grew up in.
It occurred to me that now, half a century later, that generation has passed on, and Main Street USA no longer represents our parents or grandparents' childhood, but an old-timey, once-upon-a-time-in-America feel that's not really nostalgic so much as dreamily historical.
My question, then, is this: how would you feel about, for instance, a Main Street USA that was set in the 1950s? I'm not asking, 'should it be replaced' per se, but if it were to exist, would it have a different 'feel' or effect for you? Do you think it should ever be updated, if Disneyland were to be open fifty years from now?
I don't really have a firm opinion myself - I love Main Street the way it is and there is something really special and fun about Turn of the Century history - it was a good time. On the other hand, I'm not sure if it really was the intent of Main Street to become as detached from the modern world kids live in as the wild west of Frontierland.
It struck me as an interesting thought, and one I'd never thought of before. Do you have any opinion?