The Demise of DinoLand U.S.A.?

Well, I know one thing for sure.  When it comes to DinoLand U.S.A., we do not want to “Leave it Alone”!  In fact, like the WDW Main Street Podcast crew, almost 40% of us want to “Eliminate” it entirely!

In total, over 90% of our respondents want to, at the very least, “Rehabilitate” this themed land.  A bit of a stunning result, this fact will disappoint some.  Notably, those that posted comments such as …

‘It’s fine.  Leave it alone!’  Or, ‘My kids love The Boneyard and Primeval Whirl.  When they were younger, they also liked TriceraTop Spin.’  And, ‘Leave it be for the kids!’  Finally, ‘We love DinoLand!  Yes, it is tacky, but The Boneyard and TriceraTop Spin are perfect for little kids and Primeval Whirl is a family favorite.’

Of course, there was this counterpoint … ‘To everyone saying to leave it because their kids love it, do you think kids wouldn’t love something well themed?  Storybook Circus in Fantasyland is really well done, and, I assume, beloved by small children.’  An honest question, I would say.

Other Dino fans quoted the land’s backstory … ‘I didn’t like it until I read the backstory. Now, I think it’s cute. I’d be sad to see it go away!’ And, ‘If they made the backstory more obvious, I can see how it would be more appealing.’

What is that backstory, you ask?  Check out this link.  It’s an interesting read!

In spite of this tale, however, much of your feedback took a different tone …

‘Eliminate. Unless they could rehabilitate it into something less nightmarishly garish and tacky.’

‘Eliminate.  Do something with Tarzan, Up, Dalmations, or Pocahontas.’

‘Eliminate!  The least Disney part of any Disney Park.  Don’t hate it, but it just seems so out of place with the vibe of Disney and specifically the Animal Kingdom.’

‘I’ve always thought they should have an Australia section in the Animal Kingdom.  Think of all the unique animals they have there.  DinoLand should go.  It doesn’t really fit in.’

‘I’ll be honest … I really despise this area.  I was just forced to be in it yesterday.  It is just not Disney to me.  I’m OK with kiddy rides, but the theming is awful.’

‘Eliminate.  Too much space for cheap rides.  I know they are supposed to be cheap.  I know the story.  I just think it could be better used.’

‘I feel like it doesn’t fit in with the rest of the park.  The whole Dino area, including Dinosaur, seems old and out-dated.’

‘I don’t make the connection.  It’s like an old-school carnival.  Maybe keep Dinosaur but not that whole area.’

‘Lose the old-school carnival theme, and make it more of a serious dinosaur exhibit area.’

‘It’s cute, but I never thought it fit at WDW.  It’s like a carnival.  Walt hated carnivals.  He wanted his parks to be the opposite of carnivals.’

‘Get rid of it.  Why would any of this be sacred … given Disney’s penchant for doing away with beloved rides.’

‘Eliminate.  As a first timer, I was stunned to see carny rides at Walt Disney World.  I didn’t pay a ton of cash for my son to play in a carnival.  He can do that at any of the carnivals over the summer … here at home!’

Well, there you have it, folks.  Once again, you have spoken.  Eliminate or rehabilitate … it really doesn’t matter.  In its current form, DinoLand U.S.A. doesn’t pass your approval.  What replaces it? Only time will tell!  Hey!  It’s gotta be next on Disney’s hit list, no?

Rehabilitate? Or, Eliminate? – DinoLand U.S.A.

Home to a cast of attractions such as DINOSAUR, Finding Nemo: The Musical, Primeval Whirl, and TriceraTop Spin, rumors of DinoLand U.S.A.’s demise pop up all of the time (it seems).

What do you think, folks?  If it were gone, would you miss this themed land?  Better yet, let’s get creative!  Allow me to resurrect a popular All in WDW feature – Rehabilitate? Or, Eliminate?!

What’s this all about you ask?  Well, open up your imaginations, because it goes something like …

Welcome to the The Walt Disney Company!  I hope you’re enjoying your “career” in Disney’s design and development division – Walt Disney Imagineering!

As you know, WDI is responsible for the creation and construction of Disney theme parks worldwide, and we need your help!  Tap into your creativity.  Imagine that you’re an … Imagineer!  Yes!  In fact, in today’s case, you’re a “re-imagineer”!

DinoLand U.S.A.!  Should we rehabilitate?  Leave the theme alone, but give it a bit of a facelift, maybe?  Should we eliminate?  Replace it with new themes and attractions altogether?  Or, should we simply leave it completely alone?

Your task, today, is a two-part job.  First, what’s your vote?  Second, if you want to rehabilitate, what do you suggest we do?  If you want to eliminate, what should take its place?  What’s your “Project Plan”?

Leave your comments on this post, on Facebook, or on Twitter, my friends!  This is what we do.  It’s Imagineering.  It’s “Re-Imagineering”!  We need your help!  Now, get to work!

Pirates of the Caribbean’s New Auction Scene … What’s Your Opinion? [Poll]

Have you seen it?  The Pirates of the Caribbean’s new auction scene is now “on line”.  Courtesy of a post presented by WDWMagic.com, check the new scene out on YouTube at their link …

The new auction scene in Pirates of the Caribbean!

As reported by WDWMagic, “The pirate auctioneer now oversees a sale of the townspeople’s most prized possessions and goods.  In this scene, the familiar redhead figure has switched sides to become a pirate named Redd, who’s just pillaged the town’s rum supply and has something to say about it.”

What are your thoughts, my friends?  Are you glad that Disney updated this scene?  Do you like the result that they have presented?  Would you like to have seen something else … something better?

Leave your comments on Facebook and on Twitter.  Plus, VOTE your mind in the poll below!  Its another mini-refurbishment from our friends at Walt Disney Imagineering, folks.  Did they hit a ‘home run’?  Or, did they deliver a ‘dud’?

Monday Menu Mania! [Poll]

Good morning, folks!  Let’s jump into a little bit of Disney Dining, shall we?  Where, oh where, should we eat today?  Hmm.  Let’s let the boys over at the WDW Main Street Podcast give us a “jump start”!

That’s right!  Join John and Doug as they pull up a couple of stools at the Main Street Pub and discuss John’s upcoming trip to Walt Disney World!  Both Doug and I have trips on the near horizon, as well, by the way.

Episode 432 – John’s Menu Mania!

Anyway, they cover the menus from the three restaurants at which John has reservations this time around – The Hollywood Brown Derby, Cítricos, and Yachtsman Steakhouse!  What a delectable trio!

So, join them for appetizers, devour some entrees, and dine on desserts.  It’s a super-delicious episode, folks, so grab a knife and fork, sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

Afterwards, please let us know … at which of these three would you prefer to dine and why?  Use the poll below and leave us comments on Facebook or Twitter with your opinions!

The Results are Final! The Fate of the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover Has Been Decided!

Wow!  The votes and comments don’t lie.  Quoting one reader, “Do not touch the PeopleMover!  Or, I’m not coming back … ever!”

Or another, “I think this would be the final straw for me.  If they got rid of PeopleMover, I would have to say goodbye to WDW.”

And, yet, another, “If they remove the PeopleMover, I will officially give up my Annual Pass and buy a Sea World Annual Pass instead!”

I have to tell you, I’ve never seen such a lopsided poll.  Over 98% of you want the TTA to survive long into the future.  68% of you support “Leave it Alone”.  Meaning, most of you feel that not even the smallest refurb is needed!

Take my advice, Disney, you better heed these results and listen to these voices.  I read every comment posted on social media.  The fans are fiercely passionate and even addressed you directly.  Look …

“If they get rid of it, I may have to give up on Disney.  The PeopleMover was the model of the transportation Walt had planned for EPCOT.  That was the very type of transportation he had in mind.  Don’t get rid of it Bob Iger!”

In addition, over the past few days, we saw multiple versions of the cry, “Bring it back to Disneyland!”  Their version was closed in 1995.  The Disney-verse is still a bit bitter, it seems.  I told you, Disney.  Better listen up!  Here’s more …

“Eliminate?!  Who dares speak such blasphemy?!”  Or, “Keep it!  It’s an icon.  We need some nostalgia.”  And, “Leave it alone!  It’s a piece of classic WDW.”

There’s a lot more, my friends, trust me … “Leave it.  Not everything needs to be modernized or improved.  Some things are best left original and iconic.”

“There are some things that just need to be left alone.  This is one!”  Plus, “Nobody better touch my PeopleMover!”

Of course, you also provided some constructive ideas for improvement of the attraction, as well.  Some really good elements of an overall rehabilitation “Project Plan”, I’d say.  Like …

“Personally, I wouldn’t mind a bit more decor being added to the inside of the tunnels.”  And, “Maybe add some pizzazz for what you see when you travel through the indoor parts.”

From a functionality standpoint, we saw this sentiment several times … “I love it.  But, it is inaccessible for our family member who uses a wheelchair.  I would hope any refurb would address that issue.”

In the end, my friends, I think it’s fair to say that you have made your opinions and feelings very clear to Disney, the Disney-verse, myself, and anyone else.  In fact, we’ll let this reader sum it up …

“TTA is one of the most underrated Disney attractions.  It gives you time to relax and provides you with a chance to see around Tomorrowland as well as glimpse views of the Castle … with your feet up.  Take it out at your peril Disney”!