Start Your Mornings Right! Get a Dose of “Must Do Disney”!

C’mon … admit it.  You’re just like us.  The first thing you do when you walk into your Disney resort room – your “new home”, as it were – is click on the TV just so you can watch WDW’s latest presentation of “Must Do Disney”!

I mentioned this little tidbit on the most-recent episode of the WDW Main Street Podcast, but Josh and Jenna of Resort TV1 have us covered when it comes to this precious dose of Disney.

Are you craving a taste of “home”?  Do you miss hearing Stacey’s enthusiastic description of WDW’s best attractions?  Wait no more!  Sit back, relax, click the video below, and enjoy!

Episode 500(!!!) – Our Sunday News!

Yes, folks, it is a very big day in the WDW Main Street Pub!  It’s the show’s 500th anniversary!  That’s right … 500!

Before we jump into the episode, let’s all give a shout out to Doug Davis.  He’s been surrounded by a cast of characters over the years – myself included.  Having said that, he’s been on the mic week in and week out to deliver 500 exciting shows.  Great job, Doug!

So, what was on the Pub’s tap this week?  Well, there was quite a bit of reminiscing … that’s for sure!  Plus, we even had a few listeners call in to shower adoration and congratulations on the team!

Then, eventually, Doug, John, and I chatted about the Garden Rocks Concert Series at Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival as well as all of this week’s news from around Walt Disney World.  Catch the action at …

Episode 500(!!!) – Our Sunday News!

Episode 499 – Our Sunday News!

Good Monday, folks!  If you haven’t done so already, please stop by yesterday’s post in order to take part in another riveting exercise of “Rehabilitate or Eliminate”!  What should we do with the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith?  You tell us!

Afterwards, pull up your pub stools with John and Doug as they discuss all of the latest news from around Walt Disney World!

John gives us details on the training he’s getting for his new job over at Festival of the Lion King.  Can he sing the score by heart?  Hey, he also jumps into another one of his his normal rants – on the NFL!

Catch that action and so much more, fans!  Grab yourself a cold one, sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!  Oh, one last thing!  Remember to stop back next week — for our 500th anniversary episode!

Episode 499 – Our Sunday News!

Step into the pub, folks, and grab a stool!  It’s another exciting episode of the WDW Main Street Podcast!

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!