I agree with Kevin's look at Stitch... merely for the fact that its AE with a face lift. I took my nephew and niece, 3 and 7, to see the original. They didn't enjoy being frightened, and they found it slightly confusing.
Orbiter doesn't look as good as it used to, it looks like its missing some parts -- obviously, and looks "stripped down". The Small World looks great simply in passing, but the line was 45 minutes when I went a few weekends ago.. and with a heightened time constraint, we chose COP instead. ;-) I remember when Small World broke down twice daily and reeked of mold and mildew.. ew!
The new monologue on the monorail is interesting as well --- including the blurb at the end from Stitch.. and as cute as he is, sometimes its hard to understand what he's saying. Perhaps he should be the one to say "Please stand clear of the doors..."
Plus.. I have to say that I am quite surprised that Kevin seems to be totally oblivious about TDL's version of "Cinderellabration" which in my opinion is more of an event, as opposed to a daily simple show designed to be played 8 times daily. TDL's Cinderellabration is simply a fabulously produced stage show 5 times bigger than the puny version we got at the MK. With much more fanfare, prodution values, special lighting effects and projections and a much much bigger cast of performers. All in all, TDL's show is a totally different experience when compared to what we got at the MK.
KEVIN! You need to watch the video from TDL's show and see what I am talking about.
Cinderellabration @ Tokyo Disneyland is an AMAZING nightime spectacular.Their version utilizes a massive intelligent LED lighting system to immerse the entire hub in an enormous synchronized show of saturated color and sound. In addition large images were projected on the castle (similiar to the snow flakes you see in Florida at X-mas.)
The lighting system they were using is made by Color Kinetics. It's easy to assume that millions more were spent at TDL to make the show "magical".
I just hope when Kevin goes to review Lights Motors Action he does a better job than the crap article Mouseplanet did. They give away surprises and review a show that is not even in its finished form yet.
Anyway, yea. Stitch is a disappointment, which is too bad since I love the character. I would like to see a Timon/Pumba "nighttime safari" dark ride @ Animal Kindgom, a la Mr. Toad or Snow White. There would likely be some odors as part of that also, but boy could it be fun (and educational)!