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Lance’s Armchair Imagineer #10 ‘Main Street U.S.A. and Critter Country’

# 10 Critters and Main Street and Critters! 11/01/13

Yours Truly with an old friend on the 10th Birthday of Disneyland (or thereabouts)

Hello everyone! Welcome back to Lance’s Armchair Imagineer! This entry will be a little schizophrenic since we’re covering the two areas of Disneyland we haven’t picked apart yet. Critter Country and Main Street U.S.A. Once we’re done here, we’ve worked our way land-by-land through both California Disney Theme Parks. It’s sort of a wrap of the first wave of these Blogs.

I’m sure we will continue to talk about other aspects of the Resort (Downtown Disney, the Hotels, etc.), but for now, I’m content to let the first 10 speak for themselves. What I’d really like is to start some dialogue with these and talk them out before moving ahead to other things.

Did you know, I wrote the first 11 Blogs before posting the first one?  It’s true. Wanted to give myself a good backlog, lead time, and some handy retro-writing. I also double back and tweak each one over time as new thought occur to me, new attractions are added and new ideas are inspired by YOUR feedback. The Forums on each blog are ‘living entities’. Always being added to….and they are half the experience.

Okay, let’s get started with CRITTER COUNTRY

Formerly Bear Country,  (and often mistakenly called Critter County) this is an attractive rustic cul-de-sac area the other side of The Haunted Mansion. Of course, Fantasyland also has a ‘breaking the berm’ addition in Toontown. Disneyland is outgrowing it’s original parameters. One wonders if the park will eventually expand past Tomorrowland to the East, Fantasyland to the North and Frontierland to the West (appropriately).

Critter Country has a trio of listed attractions:

DAVEY CROCKETT EXPLORER CANOES: This attraction allows groups of guests (with a cast member in front and in back) to paddle long canoes around Tom Sawyer Island. It’s more fun than it sounds!  Just be prepared to be splashed by less competent paddlers. If you go with a large enough group, let them know! If you can fill up two canoes (I think they hold 20 Guests each), they will line you up for a race! I did this once with a group and it was a blast (if exhausting). This is a seasonal attraction, available in the Summer.

THE MANY ADVENTURES OF WINNIE THE POOH

I’m not a fan of this dark ride. I think it’s the weakest in that category for a number of reasons. The neon, black-light colors don’t evoke this gentle pastels of this pre-school property. It’s generally unambitious in execution and to add insult to injury, it replaced a masterpiece, classic (even LegacyDisney Attraction, The Country Bear Jamboree. A Walt-influenced, Marc Davis-designed unique Imagineering experience. As I said a few blogs ago, CBJ can reopen over in the Challenge Trail area of DCA. It will fit well there. The Winnie ride needs a serious re-do. More dimensional environments, a better paint scheme, etc.

As kind of a salt-in-the-wound feature. The three wall-mounted characters from Country Bears are still in the building! This homage to the original attraction just has the effect of making me question the sanity of anyone who would replace CBJ with Winnie. It’s near the end.

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When you see Winnie struggling in honey, look up and back over your shoulder and you’ll see this…

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Your Humble Blogger and his good friend Lisa at a “Twisted Disney” party in the late 80′s. We were ‘Bear Heads’ (Ask your parents). (Yes, I drew those shirt designs after ‘Dead artist, Rick Griffin). Some 20 years later, It was Lisa’s daughter Denim I got hooked on Roller-coasters, starting with Gadget’s, then Big Thunder, then Matterhorn, then Space Mountain. Just call me the Uncle of bad-influence!

SPLASH MOUNTAIN

Let’s end this section on a high note. This Attraction is a definite Headliner (or “E-Ticket” for you longtime Disneyland-goers).

Probably the best ride at Knott’s Berry Farm is the Log ride. It’s a lot of fun with nice theming and a big thrill at the end. A definite childhood favorite of mine. It took a while, but Disneyland finally provided a competitive experience. Splash is a great log flume ride with beautiful theming and the repurposed cast from America Sings. The line on this one is always painfully long when you want to go on it (hot weather), so a Fast Pass is a must. There’s also a Single Rider option. The large drop at the end is Disneyland’s only extreme drop and only really wet ride, so bag those cameras and cellphones, fun lovers.

On a final note: Does it strike anyone else weird that a major attraction is themed after a ‘banned’ Disney feature, Song of the South?

This area also features a fantastic candy store where you can watch them make the treats, the inevitable retail outlet, and a Dedicated Pooh Character Signing Area.

The Hungry Bear Restaurant is to the right of Winnie. It’s a burger place with a, ‘eh’ menu similar to DCA’s Taste Pilot’s Grill. (It’s a short walk to the many superior eateries in New Orleans Square and Frontierland.) It’s worth noting that the lower deck is something of an oasis. Quiet, cool, and calm, with a very nice view of The Rivers of America. The kids can also feed the ducks here. It’s a nice little hideaway with a convenient bathroom.

Okay, time to double back to New Orleans Square for a fun Train ride around the Park to Main Street Station. Walt was well-known for his love of Trains. In fact, the VERY first notions of Disneyland started with a Train idea of some sort. The trains have four great Attraction Posters…and I had to post them all…

Many Trains have come and gone over the years in the park and we still have four routes. (Casey Jr., Big Thunder, and Monorail are the others) This is the most traditional and also provides the most comprehensive “Circle Tour of the Magic Kingdom”. I like to use the Train as a ‘shortcut’ when the park gets really crowded or to negotiate around parade crowds. I feel compelled to note that DCA is trainless, and so, not what Walt would have done…and there definitely needs to be some sort of transport between the front gate and the  distant boardwalk.  But, let’s get back to the land in question…

For those who don’t know, there is a special car named The Lilly Belle (after Walt’s wife Lillian). Sometimes, this enclosed car is attached to one of the trains. Club 33 Guests (see Blog #3) can gain admittance by asking…and so can the lucky and well-timed Park Guest if you ask politely at the Main Street Station early in the day. The car is a gorgeously-appointed luxury coach with gold-plated lamps, plush chairs, velvet curtains, etc. A Conductor will accompany you on your loop around the park with an interesting historical talk about Walt’s relationship with Trains, Train history at Disneyland, and other general park subjects. I’ve done this twice and it was fascinating and different each time. My all-time Favorite Cast-Member gave me the tour once and it was heaven on wheels. Make sure to get your punched Ticket from the Station Conductor. It’s a souvenir you can’t buy. (Ala the Steamboat Pilot Certificate).

Here’s mine. Notice the tiny Train punch?

Lilly Belle Ticket

Your Faithful Blogger in The Lilly Belle with The fabulous Cast Member and dear friend Roberta. Best. Tour. Ever.

Like Club 33, this car was meant as Walt’s Invitation-only hideaway. Sadly, smoking murdered him before enjoying either.

Lastly about the Train….you know about Grand Canyon / Primeval World, yes?  Many don’t. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, just ride the Train from Tomorrowland to Main Street Station and it will blow your little mind. Those ‘Real’ Grand Canyon animals are actually taxidermy purchases, not the result of Imagineering. Creepy?  My Note here…replace those poor critters with some animating AA Figures ala Big Thunder Mountain.

Disembarking at Main Street Station

MAIN STREET U.S.A. is a beautiful transition from the real world into the fantasy that is The Magic Kingdom. This isn’t about Attractions, it is about atmosphere and shops and eateries, with a few exceptions. I don’t have any comments about the stores. There’s something for everyone. They change over time, but the overall experience remains the same. For inexpensive souvenirs, I like the Silhouette portraits. I have two on my wall. One at 6 1/2 Years old and another at 49.

6 1-2 Meets 49 sized

Main Street is also a great nexus of services. ATM, restrooms, lockers, etc. Let’s look at a few non-shops, starting with the very first thing on the right side as you cross under the Train Station.

THE DISNEY GALLERY: An absolute Must-Do. This beautiful gallery features rotating subject matter, relating to all the Disney Parks not just Disneyland. There is always a fantastic collection of artwork, models blueprints and misc. items. Previous subjects have included: Trains, Boats, Castles, and artist Mary Blair. Additionally, you can order high quality on-demand prints of the key artwork on display with size, surface, and framing options. I got a few of the Mary Blair prints myself (of her Tomorrowland Murals) and they are gorgeous.

Connected to the Gallery is GREAT MOMENTS WITH MR. LINCOLN

This venerable attraction features the first sophisticated Audio-Animatronic figure of the 16th President. Decades-old, it’s still pretty darn lifelike and inspiring. The entire production is very well put together and the lobby of the theater “The Opera House” is a great little museum in itself.

“What up, Y’all?”: Abraham Lincoln 1863

I will admit, this is also the best place in the park for an emergency nap, should you need one. This attraction was very close to Walt’s heart and I’m glad it’s still there for that reason. This was one of the 4 Attractions created for The World’s Fair before being integrated into the Park.

MAIN STREET CINEMA

Is basically a round theater with no seats and small screens circling you. Each screen is continually showing vintage B & W Disney shorts from the 20’s and 30’s. I find the whole thing overwhelming and tedious. Is there anyone who enjoys this? It’s empty whenever I’ve peeked in. I’m sure a better use can be made with this space. Perhaps turn it into an actual screening room and run older Disney shorts continually in a more traditional setting.

A few other Main Street items of Note. City Hall hands out Birthday, 1st Visit, Anniversary and other celebratory buttons as well as providing vital customer relation services and answers to any question you may have. The Firehouse provides some fun photo opportunities. You know about the lamp in the window above? Sure you do. At the end of every afternoon, there is a very Patriotic and impressive Flag Retreat Ceremony. Catch that at least once. I made a point of seeing it on Memorial Day and it was something special.

MAIN STREET VEHICLES

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These are are fun to try a time or two. The drivers are very glib and entertaining with patter worthy of The Jungle Cruise.

This is a great place to mention Parades and Fireworks since Main Street from the Square to the Hub is the best place to enjoy these events. These two shows change now and then, but they are always beautiful and detailed. As I write this, The SoundSational Parade is working Disneyland and Pixar Pals Parade is over in DCA. Both well-worth catching.

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The Fireworks show in Disneyland is always spectacular. I love the technological update, allowing Tinkerbell and Dumbo to actually maneuver through the air. In spite of my ‘Pixar in DCA’ attitude (see the first Blog), I’d love to see Buzz Lightyear or Wall-E zipping about up there too…and so would you.

How could I have notes about either elaborate, first class (and very costly) ‘free’ entertainments? I do not. But I have a little advice: Pick your spot about an hour ahead to get a good, unobstructed view. After the Fireworks, there is a mass exodus from the Park. Either get ahead of that mess if you’re leaving or get out of the way and avoid Main Street for a while.

Parade time and Fireworks lead to lower lines elsewhere. Take advantage. Both events clog up the center of the Park. Sometimes it’s faster to take The Train from one side to the other.

And with that, we have Main Street U.S.A. A very dense, useful, and picturesque area of The Magic Kingdom.

As we wrap up this tenth Armchair Imagineer, I’d like to thank you all for Reading and Imagining. May all your Dreams Come True (Disney and Otherwise)

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See you soon!

Lance

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Posters from the past….

Adding insult to injury, losing the exceptional Country Bears was like losing three Legacy attractions. This show had no less than three versions which could be swapped out seasonally. The basic show, a Summer Holiday Version, and a special Christmas version. ALL are greatly missed. F*ck Winnie the Pooh!

8 Responses to “Lance’s Armchair Imagineer #10 ‘Main Street U.S.A. and Critter Country’”

  • Robert Rose says:

    Good wrap-up as usual. Some thoughts:

    While I personally agree with you regarding the Country Bears, and don’t know anyone who didn’t think Winnie the Pooh (the ride) was a disappointment, I also recall how sparsely attended the attraction was in its latter days. While I remember that it was pretty big stuff when it rolled out, it just didn’t have staying power here. (I have heard it still pulls in big crowds in Orlando; I suspect a mix of the fact that WDW gets a higher proportion of tourists as compared to locals, and perhaps just a cultural difference between the deep south and the west coast.) I miss it myself, but almost no one else I know does. I’m not surprised it went, but it could have been replaced with something better.

    I love Splash Mountain; I’ve always liked flume rides, and it puts the others I’ve been on to shame in most respects. I agree its odd that they themed a major attraction around a film many of the riders never have seen or, apparently, will ever see – at the same time, it’s nice that they found a way to enshrine its music and animated characters while filtering out the more controversial aspects. Biggest problem with the ride? What an incredibly dull queue area! It’s not just a long wait, it’s a boring one, particularly when contrasted with the other e-tickets added in the same era (Star Tours, Indiana Jones — even the Rocket Rods had those marvelous retro-future cartoons). I’m not sure what they could do with the area, but they ought to be able to come up with something more than a few placards with Uncle Remus quotes they can’t even attribute.

    The Railroad is a classic, of course. The taxidermy in the Grand Canyon diorama doesn’t bother me in itself, but the fact that the figures aren’t animated does seem rather un-Disney. You think they have some of the old critters from the Mine Train gathering dust in a warehouse they could re-purpose….? One thing I do find mildly disappointing about the current railroad was the addition of the Toontown station. While it makes great sense from the transportation standpoint, the long haul that used to exist between the Frontierland and Tomorrowland stations used to be the section of the ride that was the most relaxing and,well, not sure how to put it – the place to enjoy the actual train part of the ride. Now it seems (except for the Grand Canyon/Primeval World section, which is deliberately taken at low speed) that the train never really gets started before it has to stop.

    Question for debate: does the Primeval World section need revamping, in today’s post-”Jurassic Park” era, to update the dinosaurs, or should we leave the classic look? I’ll take either side of that one….

    Not a lot one can say about Main Street. Always sad to see some shops go (the Carnation cafe was always one of my favorite places to eat) but others come along and as you say, there’s always something. The only reason I’m not sure I’d want the cinema to go is the feeling that it would be replaced with another shop, rather than any kind of entertainment – but yeah, it wouldn’t be much of a loss. And I do have to visit Mr Lincoln at least every couple of years.

  • Lance says:

    Robert. Thanks for kicking this one off with so many great comments. Let’s tackle them in turn:

    I think you’re exactly right about the demise of Country Bear Jamboree. It was doubtless a very expensive attraction to maintain. If an attraction’s turnstyle isn’t spun enough, it’s days are numbered. I think it didn’t help that it was tucked away in a remote corner of the park and there was no Splash Mountain to bring people into that corner. You make a great point (great, because it has occurred to me too ; ) ) that Florida’s does better because it is actually set in The South. Closer to Nashville than ours.

    Remember that the attraction was developed for Walt’s proposed Mineral King Resort and it probably would have only needed a few daily performances to fill it up.

    Also, to be fair, they did try a few different versions before giving up. I think it would do better in today’s Disneyland with better marketing. As I’ve said a few times, I’d bring it back over in DCA instead of that pre-school playground Challenge Trail.

    I don’t know what you’d do with the Splash Mountain queue, but since the long wait is inevitable, they should do something to help pass the time. At least it has an imagineered environment unlike, say, Toy Story Midway Mania or Peter Pan, which have very tedious lines.

    I don’t know if the old Mine Train critters would hold up under scrutiny. Better to make new AA figures for the Grand Canyon….and I am absolutely for upgrading the Dinosaurs. We’re better at it now. Keep the same story and basic designs (some of those are Marc Davis gags!), but the technology is much better now as seen in Florida’s Dinosaur! attraction.

    I think the last bunch of Main Street changes have sucked much of the Americana charm away in the name of moving Guests through….the General Store and Ice Cream Shop feel like The Mall to me now. No more green glass elephants or checkerboards on cracker barrels. Now, unless I want Ice Cream or Starbuck’s…no need to poke my head in to check the ambiance. Sad indeed.

    Thanks again for writing!

  • Wendy says:

    Another informative read and I enjoyed all the Disneyland posters. I shall now try to make sense of my notes.

    One thing about Critter Country that has always bothered me is that it is a dead end, or cul-de-sac as you call it. My wish would be to find a way to add another land that would connect Critter Country with maybe Toontown. Oh wait, there’s a small problem of little to no real estate available.

    I, too, miss the Country Bear Jamboree and was pretty upset they took it out. The Winnie the Pooh attraction is definitely geared to children and to me the only highlight is seeing Max, Melvin and Buff. Don’t think much could make this anything but what it is, a quick bob-along ride with little or no wait lines. Funny story, when I brought my mother to Disneyland for her first visit in December 2006, it was a warm, crowded Saturday and all attractions had long lines. She said “I don’t see why you love this place so much.” The line for WtP was pretty short and about halfway through where we see the Heffalumps & Woozles, she fell in love with Disneyland. I guess to each his own. She has since been 16 times and has an Annual Pass. I was more than happy to share my love of Disneyland with her.

    I do like your idea about placing the CBJ in DCA. I think it would work in nicely being near Grizzly River Run. Maybe a new Bear Country? ;-)

    Splash Mountain is always fun. I have been known to ride it more than once late at night, but have never wore a poncho. Why bother riding it if you don’t want to get wet? Not sure what can be done about the queue, so I have no comment to add. The last few times I have been on it, a lot of the AA figures no longer are working. Bad form, Disney.

    I’ve only done the canoes a few times recently, but enjoy it. I was aware that cast members held races before park opening, but did not know about the guests being able to race. Might have to try that if I can find a group large enough!

    The first time I rode in the Lilly Belle it was July and the Circle Tour was not very comfortable. There is no air conditioning and very little ventilation. The cast member spent more time visiting with the guests closer to the front and had very little to say. Luckily, the second time was much better. It was in December and we had a very knowledgeable cast member – Vern – who gave us a very complete history and answered our questions. I consider him a dear friend to this day and he can sometimes be found driving one of the many Main Street Vehicles, if not working on the trains.

    There is another great experience that you didn’t mention regarding the trains – the tender ride. I have experienced it a couple of times and have learned more about trains and how they function. It is limited to one or two passengers who sit on a bench right behind the Engineer and Fireman up front of the train. Only certain trains out of the five have this bench, so you might have to wait to ride this. The Engineer and Fireman are usually happy to explain all the gauges and levers and even show you the “fire in the hole”. A great experience for any train enthusiast.

    I agree that the taxidermied animals are very outdated and wouldn’t mind if they were replaced with some AA figures. Taxidermy was pretty big back in the day, but not so much now. I do love the music and hope it does not get replaced. Sometimes I wish the train would slow down when it gets to the Primevel World, there is too much to see. Love the huge snails. And what’s up with the clicking noises of the dinosaurs?

    On my last trip, one of the things I wanted to do for the first time was have my silhouette done. Sadly, that did not happen but will try again in December.

    The upstairs seating on the Omnibus is a great place to capture some great photo shots of the castle and Main Street.

    I enjoyed having breakfast outside at Carnation Cafe and having Oscar come by for a hug and photo. Always makes my trip special to see him.

    I am looking forward to next Month’s Holiday Overlay blog. I look forward to Haunted Mansion Holiday every year.

  • lance says:

    Hey Wendy! Welcome Back! Your insight is always appreciated.

    Your park knowledge and enthusiasm may outstrip my own. Let’s get to it…

    I think that if Disneyland really wanted to, they could repurpose the land on the North, West or East Side. It would be tricky…but no more so when they redid the South and South West to create Downtown Disney and DCA. I agree that the Critter Country remoteness is a Thing. (same for Paradise Pier across the way). Walt built everything on a handy Hub system. Over time, park expansion (something I am all for) warped that footprint. A necessary evil to get more stuff. Though I think the basic layout of DCA is problematic and needs a transport between Hollywood and the Pier.

    Good for your mom..but, at the very least, Winnie needs to be upgraded to the quality of the superior Florida version. It’s one of the few attractions I am never compelled to go on, line or not.

    Of course, Splash would be perfect at the end of the day if you were staying nearby and went from ride to hotel room to dry off. Or the Grizzly River Run if one were lucky enough to stay at The Grand Californian.

    Figure out the Canoe capacity, double that and they will give you your race…..I think they hold 20 people each? I bet you know.

    I forgot the Tender Ride (good catch). I’ve been meaning to try that and keep forgetting.

    I don’t think the soundtrack in the Grand Canyon is on anyone’s radar to change. I believe I mentioned the time when the music and narration was off due to a brief malfunction and you could really hear the delightful ambient sounds. It was amazing!

    As I may have mentioned, next month’s Holiday Blog will probably be the last of this series (maybe I’ll do a special now and then or tweak the extant blogs as things get changed). I still have to make a December trip to see the new Holiday stuff on Small World and Jungle Cruise…as well as a more through examination of the new Mansion Overlay features. I only saw 3 out of the 13 new things (and they were great). I’m sure there’s a good checklist somewhere!

    Thanks for writing!

  • Lisa says:

    I am honored to be included. I still have the shirt!
    You trekked to Bear Country/Criiter Country, but didnt mention the snoring bear that I always stop to listen to. Is his sign still posted?
    Did you realize that one of the DL Train posters on this blog is actually a HONG KONG poster?

  • lance says:

    Hey Lisa.

    Yes, your pal Rufus is still snoring away. I’m not sure if this blog is meant to be 100% comprehensive. I catch most things (forgetting a few, because the parks are so dense)…but i always appreciate when readers catch a few things I missed, accidentally or not!

    I didn’t realize that was a Hong Kong Poster (good catch) but I love the Attraction Posters, wherever they’re from and will share them here if they work with the text. The Book of those posters is a real treasure.

    Come back any time!

  • Daria says:

    I have never been a Critter Country fan (and only slightly because of the “Song Of The South” theme). There has never been much over there that would make me venture beyond The Haunted Mansion, so they rarely get any of my business. I tried the Winnie The Pooh attraction and found it uncomfortable and of little interest to anyone beyond the age of five. I’m not a big fan of sloshing about in wet clothing, so I’ve ridden Splash Mountain once and once only. Frankly, the only reason I used to wander around that area is because a friend declared that there is a Cajun-style crawfish shack set up along an area walkway each summer. I have, as yet, never found it and now consider it to be one of those ‘Disneyland (sub) Urban Legends.’

    Now Main Street is another story. Every time I set foot on Main St., I suddenly become Hayley Mills, resplendent in yellow and singing “Flitterin’” from “Summer Magic”—and, if you pay attention, you will most likely hear that tune at some point while visiting this recreation of an 1890s shopping area. (Other background music comes from the “Hello, Dolly!” soundtrack and there are even a few secular religious hymns to be heard). Walt Disney may have initially been inspired by his hometown of Marceline, Missouri, but many of the building designs we’ve become used to actually came from photos and prints of the Victorian era buildings of Fort Collins, Colorado. Over the years, Main Street has remained quaint and charming, but each remodel and ‘re-imagined’ makeover has stripped it of what made it magical when I was a little girl. The Main Street Magic Shop used to be the home of ambitious young slight-of-hand practitioners like Steve Martin who engaged guests. The Carefree Corner served up the best coffee in the Park, delicious pastries and candies AND was a fun place to sit, relax and play checkers. The Main St. Cinema was originally just that–an old time theater that ran early black and white “Mickey Mouse” short subjects end on end, all day. The lovely “Mary Poppins” themed Carnation Gardens: gone. The Candle Shop: gone. The Wurlitzer Music Hall: gone. The Hallmark shop: gone. The Sunkist Citrus House: gone. (Frankly, the whole place has gone downhill for me ever since the corporate sponsorships ended). It’s something that I experienced for so many years that it’s not just a memory but a ‘feeling’–and much of it is now gone. Even The Emporium no longer sells the vintage dolls and toys that made the store feel like a turn-of-the-last-century shop. (Shoppe, maybe)? I type this as I gaze at the 24 inch vintage Shirley Temple doll I once bought at The Emporium; it’s sad that my little niece won’t be able to have a similar experience there.

    I’m grateful for all the years that I was able to roam Main Street and fall in love with it again and again. In my mind’s eye, I think of sitting on that cold sidewalk with my sis and my friends, noshing on hotdogs, dill pickles and Cherry Coca Colas, waiting for the Main Street Electrical Parade and waving to Peter Pan (a classmate from Cal. State Long Beach). Imagine knowing Peter Pan…

  • lance says:

    Hey Daria,

    Great to have you back! The Critter area of the park just ain’t the same to me without CBJ. That being said, I think Splash Mountain is a major attraction and cornerstone of the Park. Tony Baxter, justifiably calls it one of the things he’s most proud of. A friend of mine had a ‘save’ idea for Song of the South which would basically retool and re-voice a lot of the film, adding some modern components and modern perspective to it. Not entirely sure how I feel about that since it could lead to re-voicing the crows in Dumbo and beyond. Being myself, I just don’t have the perspective to judge the offensive level of this stuff…all I can say is in context, they were certainly not intended in a mean-spirited way. I’m not really offering a solution or opinion here.

    But wasn’t it a weird impulse to base a major ride on a ‘banned’ movie in the first place?

    Well, I enjoy it on a hot day…especially if there’s a way to change afterwards….and the America Sings characters fit better here than in Tomorrowland….being critters and all. It’s a really fun, beautiful ride.

    Pooh is definitely a pre-school thing…but I feel that way about the films, books, etc. I had outgrown it before I ever even saw it.

    Your ‘Main Street Then and Now’ section made me a little sad to read because I agree completely….it does keep getting chipped away at with every renovation….including the last one which turned a country store into a Starbucks and the Ice Cream Parlor into a switchback queue sans Green Glass elephant. (my nostalgic eyes narrow at this).

    Thanks as always, D. You definitely give me stuff to think about.

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