Thanks Al. Your 'insider' info gathering is beyond impressive.
I feel so lucky that I went in a week ago on an AP...I actually felt sorry for the Day crowd that were wandering, looking for things to ride. I would have been angry and demanded 'satisfaction'...I'm sure many did from those I talked to. There were a lot more smiles at DCA for a change.
Subs in 07? SM in July? Tokyo BLY in April? Bizarre closures during fireworks...Honda Robots and Free cars...Disneyland certainly has gone from a grey Pressler weed patch to a dynamic force on the move...
And the news about Space Mountain and Haunted Mansion both sound great.Especially if Matt can pull off a miracle and get Space Mountain open by July.Should help soak up them Summer crowds.
No way would WDI build the new logs so they would take guest down side ways.Plus it would elimanate half of the show scenes for each guest sat in the back.I hope so anyway.Also isn't this now going to help add capacity with 6 riders per log, instead of five per log now?
It looks like a loveseat in the back each of the Splash Mountain logs. Interesting. I'm thinking, though, that if they can manage two seats in the back, why not the whole log two by two? (They're not asking anyone to sit sideways...That would be wrong...)
It sounds like the Monsters Inc refurb of SSL in DCA will be similar to the Gummy Glen refurb of the Motorboat Cruise during the Disney Afternoon promo at Disneyland in '90. Cardboard cutouts. Yikes.
I'm excited to see the change in HM that Al talked about. I hope they pull it off.
I hate the idea of changing the Haunted Mansion. It was fine the way it was before.
If they had kept the park fresh with new attractions they wouldn't have to go around tweaking the originals just to make some AP'ers come a few more times. I'm sure the new effects will be great, but they're completely unnecessary. If it ain't broke don't fix it.
And despite Al's optimism I doubt the Submarine Voyage will ever reopen.
These extended refurbs are very unfortunate, I think someone at Disney needs to create an ExtremeMakeover- Amusement Park Version for ABC to reduce these refurb times from 1 year to 1 month....
In terms of changing shows such as the Haunted House- I say "Go for It!!", people get so hung up with their childhood memories that they forget that Disneyland is an amusement park not a museum to the 50s and 60s.
Disney needs to focus on creating an exciting environment for today's younger audience or risk becoming a relic to the past. If this means updating and in some cases eliminating rides, then that is the sign of progress. But in that progress, they may also hopefully create newer and more exciting flights of imagination as they head into their next 50 years of business.
They probably listened to guest exit survays... hearing they wanted to see something from the "bad" movie in the ride... (like how WDW's POTC is getting a Capt Jack Sparror Animatronic for near the end of the ride... (hopefully in the jail cell....)
Thanks Al for your report, its the main reason Mice Age has been my #1 place to get the real picture ever since it started, I wasn't aware of having to decide where my recent donation went to but either way everyone at Mice Age deserves it so I hope you guys have a plan on priorities of finances.
I'll give up a few thoughts about the latest news of DL, I also do not think the Subs are going to launch soon or at all...what actually needs to be done is to consider how its done at TDS, have a sub in water for show, have the real subs in an area on a ride simulator like Star Tours and use the special water effects at the portholes to simulate the show, just like in Tokyo, granted it would be a major undertaking in the limited space available but seriously I can just imagine the hullabaloo from the handicapped guests that cannot get into a crowded smelly damp underwater compartment for a short ride to stare at upside down algae coated plastic fish..
I also cannot imagine the folks trying to improve Disney not having the same thoughts about this unique ride. To have the subs back its the only way to make it a high capacity fun filled all guests available to board ride...make it a simulator!
If the show building needs to be away from the boarding area its no big deal, its been done at Indy.
Anyhow its good to hear there hasn't been any major damage from all the rains, the weather this last year is definately on the weird side, I get 60 degree days up here in Alaska and its -54 down there!