..and yes, while many of you find the article a joke...and I agree to an extent, the fact is the writer does have a good knowledge of things that make up the parks' different attributes. He does comments on things that are tried and true about the different resorts. Personally, I would have like to see a comparison on more important things, such as ...the cleanest resort/park, the one park with the best CM staff, the park in which you get he best value for your money, best food, best merchandise, ..etc etc
I am not sure but I think you may be getting the two articles confused.
There is a series of articles which i wrote for Miceage.com comparing all the different parks. This series does in fact address all of the things you mentioned, specificaly things like the cleanest park, best CMs and so forth are in the "intangibles" catagory and throughpout the series are talked about in detail. Tokyo Disney by way of illustration has the cleanest parks I have ever seen and likely the best CMs as well. You also mention best food which is an entire catagory in and of itself in my series. The dining catagory accounts for both the themed environment as well as the quality of the food. While I focus mainly on the theme the quality of the food very much played a role in the evaluation.
So that is MY series.
There was a link posted to a very short list of theme parks that were ranked with no real evaluation. it is THAT list in which inaccuracies such as Magic Mountain being a part of Walt Disney World were pointed out. I took great care in researching my series and I have personaly visited every park on numerous trips. I believe I was as fair and impartial as I possibly could be.
I hope you take the time to read the series and that you enjoy it.
Kudos for the series, Ted. It was a daunting task, and it was handled very well. The boxing competition lingo really lent some flair to the proceedings. And although competition was the format, I really appreciated the comprehensive round-up of all the Disney Parks that was, perhaps, the true purpose of the series.
In the end, I'm glad the "championship" went to Disneyland. It may be lacking in one area or another when compared to various other Disney parks (especially TDS), but it's got the history, charm and (even post-Presslerized) overwhelming quantity of attractions that are unparalled in the theme park universe.
Thanks for the nice comments, I am glad you enjoyed the work!
Yes, it's funny, Disneyland can be picked apart because it is too small or too old or whatever people will say. but when you look at the over all big picture it really covers everything thaty makes a great theme park PLUS has the history and charm that no other park can boast. A great example of how this helps a park is if you look at Disneyland Paris. Now Disneyland Paris is arguably the prettiest Disney park, especialy of the Magic Kingdoms. It is very well designed and obviously has a great theme and so forth. And yet as wonderful as it is it almost feels TOO planned out. It is hard to verbalize but it can tend to feel very pre fabricated, which of course it is but you don't want to feel that. Disneyland, because of it's age and small size just feels more organic, as if it evolved this way, not like it was part of some master plan. The end result is that there is a natural comfortable feel to the park that really comes through, and adds a lot. Plus the great mix of attractions both classic and new and Disneyland starts to pull away from the pack as the best individual park.
Ted, excellent job. Ever thought of comparing the 4 different resorts as a whole? That would be very interesting :)
That may be an interesting next series....
Ted, I thought all three articles were great. I've never been to most of those parks, so this was a great opportunity to get a flavor for each. Your knowledge is awesome. Thanks for letting me travel through your words. (b)
Thanks Peter... I'm glad you enjoyed it!
Sorry guys, but I have to tell you something: Nemo will have a huge spinning roller coaster part. This does not mean that it will be a spinning wild mouse. It will not be a carnival ride. It will be built especially for Disney. But there will definitivaly be a roller coaster part. In interviews in french newspapers, imaginieers are even comparing Nemo to Big Thunder Mountain (not that it will be the same coaster, but that it will be a family coaster). So, here is the article:
La Dernière Heure 08/04/2005 - Édition: E 1 NAMUR-LUX. Référence: 2005040805301e1nlldh
Rubrique: CULTURE Page 53 - FR
Titre: Les futures attractions sont en chantier
Jusqu'en 2008,on aura droit à une grosse nouveautétous les ans
MARNE-LA-VALLÉE L'époque où il fallait attendre plusieurs années pour que Mickey inaugure une nouvelle attraction semble révolue. Le lancement du Space Mountain 2 ne constitue que la première étape d'un plan de redressement sur quatre ans. Désormais, grâce à un apport d'argent frais de 240 millions d'euros, que nous vous avions détaillé en janvier dernier, le parc va ouvrir une grosse nouveauté tous les ans jusqu'en 2008. Ainsi, juste en face du Space Mountain, les travaux battent leur plein dans l'ancien bâtiment du Visionarium. C'est là qu'ouvrira au printemps 2006 Buzz l'éclair, une attraction interactive où les visiteurs, armés de pistolets laser, devront aider le héros de Toy Story à combattre l'ignoble empereur Zorg. «L'attraction existe déjà aux Etats-Unis», explique Peter McGrath, directeur artistique des imaginieurs de Disneyland Paris, l'équipe chargée de concevoir les attractions. «On aura la meme version, mais légèrement plus longue.»
Ensuite, c'est le second parc, les Walt Disney Studios, qui bénéficiera d'un agrandissement plus que nécessaire. En 2007, on découvrira Toon Studios, un espace dédié aux personnages de dessins animés. « Toon Studios comprendra deux attractions, l'une inspirée de Cars, le prochain dessin animé Disney/Pixar, qui sortira en salles en 2006, et l'autre tirée du Monde de Nemo. Il s'agira d'un mélange d'attraction classique et de montagnes russes, genre Big Thunder Mountain. Certaines parties se feront lentement et d'autres seront plus rapides avec des descentes. Les wagons auront la forme de la tortue du dessin animé et tourneront sur eux-memes. On est aussi en train de créer de nouveaux effets spéciaux pour donner l'impression d'etre réellement sous l'eau tout en restant sec.»
Enfin, en 2008, les Walt Disney Studios accueilleront la fameuse Tour de la terreur. Là, il s'agit d'un classique des parcs Disney aux Etats-Unis: un hotel hanté que les visiteurs découvrent à bord d'un ascenseur, lorsque soudain les câbles lâchent. L'attraction n'ouvre que dans trois ans, mais les travaux ont déjà commencé. «On construit un véritable immeuble de 13 étages!» Bref, de quoi donner envie de revenir tous les ans à Disneyland Paris.
«Ouvrir de nouvelles attractions est la seule manière d'augmenter notre fréquentation. D'ailleurs, on réfléchit déjà à ce qu'on fera après 2008»
© La Dernière Heure 2005
So, the sentence means: It will be a mix of dark ride and roller coaster like Big Thunder Mountain, some parts will be slow and other faster with drops. The cars will looks like the turtles from the cartoon and they will be able to spin.
Sorry I post my reply on the wrong topic