Well, after a fairly constant stream of articles and threads that have been extreamly saddening, I decided I wanted to do something fun. Most of us here on the WDW board are here because we still love our WDW. We spend our time ranting about maintenance, cleanliness and disco yeti's not to express our dislike for WDW, but mostly because we truly care.....and are upset that the parks are being treated this way. (at least I think.......I may be way off point here, perhaps I'm assuming you feel like I do when in fact your mostly west coasters who come to the WDW boards just to mock me? ) Either way, I thought it would be fun to take this feeling and apply it to todays SamLand article in which he says
"One line of questioning that I like to use during the Curiosity phase is a simple challenge. For a brief moment, they will become the queen or king of the empire that we are planning for and they possess enormous powers and prestige to make things happen. What do you want to happen? It usually gets a chuckle but it also liberates the participant and can release a very constructive dialogue. Then they are back to normal. Poof!"
so, if you have not read the original, please do....http://micechat.com/blogs/samland/3302-if-i-were-king-disneyland.html
and then apply this same idea to the east coast......What would you change and do if you where
KING OF DISNEY WORLD.......
here is my thoughts...........
1. Clean-up: there was once a time when most areas of the parks where clean enough to conduct open heart surgery in. this has shown it can be done, there is absolutely no excuse for it not still to be this way. soooooooo, immediately put a stop to this bunk of ride operators cleaning. Second, letís stop pinching pennies with the night shift. This goes for both minor maintenance and janitorial.
2. Now arriving, tomorrow: I love the people mover. I know, not much to it, but I love the relaxing ride through tomorrowland, especially on a hot day when the lines are a bit big. That being said, do you think it might be time to spruce up the route? Perhaps an animatronics or to (in those windows that currently have static displays) and maybe a refurb that adds some cool kinetics, lighting and effects to the progress city model? Also......no more stich. Bring back Extraterrorestrial. a little to scary? Yes. Perfect? No. Far better than what replaced it? Absolutely don't get me wrong, a new idea completely would also be good, but failing that.......
3. You can drive, you can drive: sorry. I'm gonna get rid of AutoTopia. well....I might be open to an update with cars that more accurately depict the future, but as of right now this has no place in tomorrowland. It's also not unique anymore. Every regional theme park in the world has a driving ride. There is a lot of real estate that could be used for some really cool additions here.
4. If the ride is broke, it's closed. (Youíll note that was a period at the end of that sentence). This seems like it might at least put a fire under some butts to actually fix stuff. this was the way it once was, it's the way it still theoretically is......it needs to be absolute. I understand this will be an issue for the once in a lifetime/yearly visitor.....but I have two thoughts on this: 1. I don't want a once in a lifetime visitor to see something like the current monstrosity that is the finale of Splash Mountain. and 2. this will produce more incentive to ensure things are fixed to ensure minimal down time.
5. Little stuff: this is what really make Disney "magic". Little stuff. Mickey Mouse glitter spread in strollers while youíre on a ride, street vendors coming up and offering a free ice-cream to an obviously saddened child, unadvertised "secrets" like the transportation cards or the recently discontinued tom sawyer paint brushes.....little (and often unexpected) stuff like this are on the grand scale of things very inexpensive. Sure, they add up....but you will not get a better bang for your buck.
1. Just a Spark: Imagination. Complete referb. New ride. (Keep figment involved, throw everything out and start over). And open upstairs with some state of the art cool stuff. Epcot used to be a place of "wow, thatís really cool" technology.........let's bring that back at least a bit.
2. Vroom: I'm waiting to see what the plan is with Test Track. I'm giving them some time to see if the rumors pan out, and what it ends up looking like.
3. E.P.C.O.T.: I also think I'm gonna bring back a tweaked version of the old pavilion logo's (Land, Sea, Imagination, Space, Energy, transportation, and yes bring back life....). I will make it more obvious that these are unique and separate "pavilions".
............Oh, and I'll rename the park EPCOT (all caps).
(I also might re-build the wand, and personally blow it up........well maybe not, but it would feel good.)
1. Muppets: more Muppets! completely redo Muppet vision and expand to a true "Muppet Studio's mini-area.
2. May the force be with you: if there is any franchise we currently have rights to that has any hope of competing with the boy wizard its Star Wars. I know there has been all sorts of back ground wrangling for more Star Wars......this now becomes a priority. There is so much that can be done with this.
3. Great Movies: I think we've all beat this one to the ground. it needs help.
4. Backlot: Iím not sure this will remain. I still have to think some stuff through on this one.
5. I think it goes without saying that the day I take charge the hat leaves it's current location. I'm actually thinking (due to a recent comment I saw) That I'm gonna keep the hat, possibly as a pin store in Downtown Disney. It fits there.
1. Yeti: guess.
2. Dino's: The day I take charge I will also personally drive a bulldozer through Chester and Hesterís. Gone. Completely razed. In its place a much more appropriate land that actually captures the awe and imagination Dino's usually inspire.
3. In a very polite call to Mr. Cameron, I will thank him for his help......and build Beastly Kingdom instead.
soooo, what are your plans?