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!

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”!

Opinion: Should We Be Picking On Tomorrowland?

Hey, folks!  Did you tackle yesterday’s re-imagineering challenge?  No?  Well, join in on all of the fun.  It’s a bit of a controversial one.  Please stop back at …

Rehabilitate? Or, Eliminate? – Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover!

I’ll cover the results tomorrow.  In the meantime, I took a quick look back at some rehabilitation history.  My friends, I think I have been unwittingly picking on Tomorrowland!

Including this week’s TTA effort, over the years, we’ve completed ten Re-Imagineering “projects”.  Ten.  Of those ten, three of them involved Tomorrowland attractions!

Back in 2015, we dealt with Stitch’s Great Escape in decisive fashion.  Nearly 75% of you declared that the lovable(?) alien’s ride must be eliminated!  Only 6% of you suggested it be left completely alone.

To all appearances, Disney took our advice to heart as Stitch has reportedly closed – as of January 6th – to make way for a new, yet-to-be-announced, attraction.

Then, just last month, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin fell into our “gun sights”.  We surely love that little astronaut.  Only 11% of you declared for elimination.  However, the majority (over 65%) cried “rehabilitate”!

At first, I wasn’t quite sure why I chose two Tomorrowland rides in back-to-back months.  It was quite subconscious, I can assure you.  But, then, I started thinking about the land’s attractions.

  • Astro Orbiter
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Space Mountain
  • Stitch’s Great Escape!
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
  • Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

Depending on how you look at their various versions, five of these eight have existed in some form (or name) for over forty years!  Forty!  Oh, yes, I know that they’re all considered to be iconic.  But, come on!

Look, I understand that Carousel has to stay.  It is Walt, after all.  Yesterday’s voting demonstrated that you clearly love TTA.  In spite of unsubstantiated rumors of its demise, Space Mountain is an icon.  How can we deny that?

UNSUBSTANTIATED Rumor Reaction: Space Mountain!

Having said all of that, will Tron Lightcycle Power Run (if that’s what it’ll be called) be enough to rescue Tomorrowland from “Yesteryear”?  That’s my question, I guess.

Disney is rehabilitating, what seems like, every acre of Walt Disney World these days.  Should we be picking on Tomorrowland?  In my opinion, I think we should.  It’s long in the tooth.  Why shouldn’t we “target” it?  I bet that Disney already is.

What do you think, everyone?  Is Tron the end of Tomorrowland’s transformation?  Will there be much more to come?  Will some of these iconic attractions be rehabilitated or replaced?  Leave your comments on this post, on Facebook, or on Twitter!

Rehabilitate? Or, Eliminate? – Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover!

Before we jump into this provocative topic, let me ask … did you take a shot at Tuesday’s trivia “challenge”?  No?  Then, by all means, please stop back!  It’s a quick “quiz”, my friends.  Only four questions!

One warning, though … jump back before you scan past the picture below.  If you don’t, you’ll see the “beans” spilled all over the page!  Find that little “test” at …

Transport Yourself into TTA Trivia Tuesday!

So, when it comes to the answers, everyone, here they are!  Let’s take a few minutes to reveal some fun facts about the Magic Kingdom’s iconic PeopleMover!

First up, this beloved attraction was originally called the WEDWay PeopleMover!  I had said, “Let’s start with an easy one, shall we?”  This question lived up to that billing, as I fooled next to no one!  Good work!

The next question proved to be a bit tougher, however.  A lot of you responded that the TTA started its “cruise” on Magic Kingdom’s Opening Day.  In actual fact, it kicked off operations on July 1, 1975!

Having said that, you did very well on Question #3.  From a sponsorship standpoint, the ride is currently presented by Alamo!  Did you know that it was originally sponsored by the Edison Electric Institute?  Huh?  What was/is that?

Finally, I asked you how long this beloved journey through the land of tomorrow lasts.  The most-popular answer was 10 minutes and 3 seconds, and that was absolutely correct!  Wow!  Great job!

The last time that the TTA took an extended “time-out” for a refurb was in the Summer of 2009.  It was lined up with the most-recent major overhaul of Space Mountain.

That doesn’t seem like all that long ago, now does it?  Nevertheless, you have to admit … the “sky train” does have somewhat of a dated “1970s” feel to it.  It leads me to ask …

Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover!  Should we rehabilitate?  Leave the ride and theme alone, but give it yet another facelift, maybe?  Should we eliminate?  Replace the TTA with a new attraction 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?  In other words, what’s your “Project Plan”?

Leave your comments on this post, on Facebook, on Twitter, or on Reddit!  This is our “take” on Imagineering, folks.  It’s “Re-Imagineering”!  What say you?  Get to work!