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  1. DDLand

    News Expect closure of Hong Kong Disneyland and Shanghai Disneyland to impact Walt Disney World

    No, it is not. What if the Amazon Marketplace had a bad quarter? Could you imagine Bezos going “crap let’s slowdown all Amazon Web Services servers to cut cost!” All AWS’s customers would be like “why do we have to put up with this garbage?” They would quickly look for alternatives and jump...
  2. DDLand

    News PHOTOS - Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom to receive enhancements this summer

    But why? Only toddlers and kids really enjoy the castle. The castle is for the kids! They like gold! It’s not a real castle- if you wanted a real castle you could go to Europe like adults do. Everyone knows it’s fake so they might as well load the castle up with more gold. You should see Hong...
  3. DDLand

    News PHOTOS - Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom to receive enhancements this summer

    Yes! Cinderella Castle needed a freshening up! I hope Disney does this castle next, it’s starting to look a little dated in my eyes: Definitely could use more gold! That would only happen if Disney let the gold paint fade. When has Disney ever deferred regular maintenance? 🤣
  4. DDLand

    News Expect closure of Hong Kong Disneyland and Shanghai Disneyland to impact Walt Disney World

    Dang, if this is true I’m both surprised but also not surprised. Replacing a nifty E-Ticket with Mission: Breakout! is both totally dumb yet totally Chapek. That leaves an interesting question though. As I understand it, the Hong Kong investment called for: 1) Moana stage show 2) Ant Man rebuild...
  5. DDLand

    Disneyland's Rise Of The Resistance - Reviews, Criticism, Deep Thoughts

    To the contrary on the Hollywood Tower Hotel. I would describe the Tower of Terror as hauntingly beautiful. The experience is absolutely nothing like that of a Star Destroyer. Why does someone go on Haunted Mansion or Pirates for the 50th time? It’s because it makes them feel something. Rise’s...
  6. DDLand

    Disneyland's Rise Of The Resistance - Reviews, Criticism, Deep Thoughts

    Yes! Now you understand (hyperbole notwithstanding)! My primary issues can be summarized by these questions: 1) Theme park environments, with few exceptions, tend to be interesting and exciting. Was it a good idea to build an attraction that specifically has a boring and understated setting...
  7. DDLand

    Disneyland's Rise Of The Resistance - Reviews, Criticism, Deep Thoughts

    I hope you don’t confuse our discussion with toxicity. Settings are by definition settings. Different settings can evoke different emotions and tell, but they are still settings. You are pointing to how well they executed the story they were telling. Look at my review, I totally agree. I’m...
  8. DDLand

    Disneyland's Rise Of The Resistance - Reviews, Criticism, Deep Thoughts

    Edit: I forgot to reply to @George Lucas on a Bench . Disney doesn’t understand that the Star Wars environments mostly stink. What makes Star Wars successful is the characters. Stormtroopers don’t make a good story. Great characters interacting with Stormtroopers make great stories. Thus, the...
  9. DDLand

    Disneyland's Rise Of The Resistance - Reviews, Criticism, Deep Thoughts

    I haven’t been on the Disneyland version, but I understand they’re identical. I wrote a review on the Hollywood Studios section, which I’ll repost here. To be blunt, I am absolutely not surprised that some of the Disneyland gang is weirded out by this attraction. This attraction lacks the...
  10. DDLand

    News Main Street Fire

    We’re good. https://abc7.com/5909647/
  11. DDLand

    News Expect closure of Hong Kong Disneyland and Shanghai Disneyland to impact Walt Disney World

    Nah, it’s going to hurt profits. Think fixed costs. Disney will still have to support its employees and provide benefits. The two resorts have approaching 20,000 cast members (10,000+ SD and 7,500+ HK). The assets will continue to depreciate without any revenue offsets. The resorts can’t be left...
  12. DDLand

    Rumor New Monorails Coming Soon?

    I’ve got to disagree. The Monorails start and end the day. They represent first impressions and final thoughts. It would be like if you went out on a date and the car was nasty and broke down on the way over. The mini-golf could be fun, but breaking down again on the way home in the nasty car...
  13. DDLand

    Rumor New Monorails Coming Soon?

    Thoughts from my last visit... The monorail’s problems are much bigger than poor maintenance. The general layout of the monorails were designed in the 1960s*. Since the 1960s, Americans have become fatter and utilize wheelchairs, scooters, and strollers to a greater degree. This results in...
  14. DDLand

    News Disney Has Purchased Approximately 235 Acres of Land

    I was at the Magic Kingdom Jan 2nd. It was busy as I expected. I had a Space Mountain FP and it took 40 minutes to make it onto the attraction. The poor standby line ballooned to 180 minutes. While that was bad, what really dismayed me was finding out they weren’t running Space Mountain at full...
  15. DDLand

    Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

    What a fascinating attraction. It was at times spectacular and amazing. It’s easily one of the most impressive attractions Walt Disney Imagineering has ever created. Bob Chapek described it as the most “ambitious” attraction ever crafted for a Disney Park. I would be inclined to agree. What this...
  16. DDLand

    News Disney Has Purchased Approximately 235 Acres of Land

    The worries about attendance increasing drastically due to new attractions at Magic Kingdom are unfounded. People have tried to link Magic Kingdom’s 2010s growth with New Fantasyland. The two are largely unconnected. My hypothesis is that Magic Kingdom would have grown pretty much the same...
  17. DDLand

    News Disney Has Purchased Approximately 235 Acres of Land

    Everyone is taking this with a healthy grain of salt. I am surprised that Walt Disney World’s biggest geographic expansion hasn’t been mentioned. Just south of this new parcel, Disney has created a massive 270 acre new solar farm. While Galaxy’s Edge and Pandora are more exciting, the solar farm...
  18. DDLand

    "Laborland" - Orlando Sentinel announces column to expose working conditions of Orlando attractions

    Does anyone else think Zootopia would work great at Disney’s Animal Kingdom?
  19. DDLand

    I hear the Rise of the Resistance opening ceremony is going to be pretty interesting.

    That was remarkably bad. I’m sure the X-Wings would have been cooler in person. The story was unnecessary and cringe inducing. Dang, that was bad. His prepared remarks were very pointed. He paraded out the recent win Disney logged with the Mandalorian. He emphasized again and again that the...
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