What if I told you that, for the next 10 years, there would be NO new attractions at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. No A, B, C, or E ticket rides or attractions. Some new parades and live entertainment, yes, but NO $100 million + new experiences. No new lands. No removal of Mickey’s Toontown Fair. No Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. No new character Meet-and-Greets. No Pixie Hollow.
How would you feel? Would you want to go back anytime soon? Thank about it for a minute, before you keep reading.
Now, what if I told you that INSTEAD of new attractions, that WDW Magic Kingdom would be systematically upgraded over the next 10 years. The money would go to:
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh would be converted to the more elaborate Pooh’s Huney Hunt, using TDL technology.
- Mickey's Philharmagic upgraded to a digital projection system
- Revive the daily Merlin's King of the Realm/Sword in the Stone ceremony
- Replace the red cement on Main Street with real bricks.
- All of the Main Street buildings would receive a fresh coat of paint, yearly.
- The Magic Shop would be brought back to the Magic Kingdom (could even use Houdini’s, like they now do in Anaheim DL).
- Nickelodeons would be brought back to Main Street, taking over the Main Street Cinema (which is now just another store for Miley Cyrus CDs and overpriced books/prints).
- Convert all Main Street lights to more energy efficient, longer lasting LEDs
- Tomorrowland would be completely refurbished, and a unified theme would be established.
- The Carousel of Progress would receive an updated show/storyline, with new animatronics.
- Indy Speedway would be converted to electric cars, such as at HKDL, and the grand stand/queue would be renovated.
- Keep the Tomorrowland Terrace/Noodle station OPEN, not just for busy days and special high-priced events
- Add the Anaheim style Buzz Lighyear blasters to the WDW version of the ride; and upgrade the chase tunnel video screen (which goes ALL the way back to the 1970s If You Had Wings!) to a digital projection system
- The Tiki Room would be converted back to original show, with upgraded animatronics.
- Steel drum bands would again play in Adventureland
- The Adventureland Veranda Restaurant would re-open, to provide additional meal options. A more affordable meet-and-greet could be place here, QUITE easily. Safari Mickey, Aladdin characters, Lion King characters, etc.
- Jungle Cruise upgrade, fire/wire effects, piranha attack, etc.
- The Country Bear Jamboree would re-introduce its yearly Holiday overlay.
- Bring back a SHOW to the Diamond Horseshoe Saloon (let's at LEAST get an eat coast version of Billy Hill and the Hillbillies!)
- Outside vending/food carts would be cut back.
- Merchandise would again be specific to each land, not a generic “Disney Store” selection everywhere you went.
- The Mark 6 monorails would be upgraded one at a time in “retro” fashion, similar to Anaheim DL, but with more cars and new air conditioning units.
- Monorail pylons would be pressure washed to remove the years of grime and grease.
- More character topiaries at the TTTC and MK
- All visible rooftops would be cleaned/refurbished.
- Less emphasis on "Convert your kid into a princess/pirate/cartoon/water buffalo etc. for only $89.99!" type boutiques
- Nightmare Before Christmas overlay would FINALLY be included at the WDW Haunted Mansion
- Open up the bottle neck/narrow street passage from Fantasyland at the Columbia Harbour House.
- on, and on, and on, and on…….
Would the trade-off be worth it to you?
The real question here is: do you NEED a new E-ticket every few years, to keep the park fresh, at the expense of regular upkeep? Or can you heavily invest in existing infrastructure, and keep people coming back? $100+ million for a new ride/attraction, or take ALL OF THE MONEY and spread it everywhere around the park.