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  1. prberk

    News Disney Riviera Resort announced

    I can agree on Aulani. But I was really only thinking about WDW hotels. But Aulani does give hope that the company can still do an immersive theme to another place and time if they really want to.... which is the point, really, of my post. The distinctive that used to mark a WDW or Disney...
  2. prberk

    News Disney Riviera Resort announced

    Agree completely. There was someone recently who quoted one of my posts (in which I had bemoaned the current trend of Disney hotels being essentially new Marriotts with little to no real theming) and they essentially said that Disney hotels were not always "themed to the hilt," and I was just...
  3. prberk

    New enhancements coming to WDW's Haunted Mansion for the 50th anniversary?

    I know that WDW Magic participants shouls "know" things like this, but tell me who Constance is and how she relates to the beating heart woman. I only remember the beating heart woman. (Don't hit me!)
  4. prberk

    Rumor Country Bear Jamboree to be Replaced by Toy Story Show?

    Awesome. And if the rumors were true at all and Disney considered our opinions, I want to sincerely thank them.
  5. prberk

    Rumor Country Bear Jamboree to be Replaced by Toy Story Show?

    The only thing I would add to your thoughts is that sometimes they have tried and succeeded (to various degrees) in emulating the kind of creativity and timelessness that Walt usually sought in attractions -- and that is when they have been most successful. Not "copying Walt" but emulating his...
  6. prberk

    Busch Gardens VA / Been? Haven't? Post Here :)

    Yep, and there are combo passes. Colonial Williamsburg is a must-do for students, I think, also. See craftsmen making the real thing: shoes, horseshoes, cotton weaving, etc.; but also see what real colonial architecture looks and FEELS slide. No vinyl siding here. Yorktown (where the...
  7. prberk

    Rumor Country Bear Jamboree to be Replaced by Toy Story Show?

    By the way, it might be worth noting that the soundtrack album (which you have to buy complete to get the show track) comes with a bunch of classic fiddle tunes (like "Bile 'em Cabbage Down") and other music that was background music for Frontierland for so long. Some may still be used to day...
  8. prberk

    Rumor Country Bear Jamboree to be Replaced by Toy Story Show?

    One thing we could all do to support it (and reminisce at the same time) is to buy the original (and I mean ORIGINAL) soundtrack. I know it is available for $6.99 on iTunes, and I am sure it is on other sites. I can tell you that just listening to Pete Renoudet, the Stoneman family (central to...
  9. prberk

    Rumor Country Bear Jamboree to be Replaced by Toy Story Show?

    To be honest I think one of the things that helped Walt to be so successful is that he was not "corporate" any more than he had to be. After the Oswald debacle, he was more or less always in charge. He had failures (and is quoted as saying everyone needs a good failure early in life, to teach...
  10. prberk

    Rumor Country Bear Jamboree to be Replaced by Toy Story Show?

    The "Hoop-De-Doo Revue" is more or less a dinner show in the same style. And, of course, it is also threatened by unnecessary encroachment from the "nature-inspired" concrete monstrosity being built behind it.
  11. prberk

    Rumor Country Bear Jamboree to be Replaced by Toy Story Show?

    Cannot agree with you more. Both of those songs were real songs, and "Ole Slew Foot" is a classic that was often sung as an all-sing by jug bands and musicians in a guitar pull. But especially the whooping and hollering ("Hey gang, hit it!") was fitting of the vaudeville/medicine show that...
  12. prberk

    Rumor Country Bear Jamboree to be Replaced by Toy Story Show?

    These three shows are not just nuggets of the past that have connections to Walt himself (yes, including CBJ when it was posed for the Mountain King resort), but they are all three greatly well-done shows that give us a glimpse (on purpose) to another time and/or place. They are costume dramas...
  13. prberk

    News Coronado Springs Expansion - Gran Destino Tower

    I don't think you understand what I meant. You are free to like what you like, as is anyone; but the point I was making was that whether or not something reminds me of something in my personal life does not address whether or not it fits the theme, which in this case was old Mexico and...
  14. prberk

    News Disney Riviera Resort announced

    But it looks like a generic hotel at Virginia Beach, seen from Rudee Inlet. For comparison, here is the real thing: (look it up) So, we now have the authenticity of the Riviera, by way of Virginia Beach... or any other beach vacation town in the United States.
  15. prberk

    News Coronado Springs Expansion - Gran Destino Tower

    It's not about your favorite color scheme or your boyfriend's house. It's about the "Coronado" theme -- an adventure lies ahead like exploring old Mexico. It was never about 1997 any more than Indiana Jones/"Raiders of the Lost Ark" is about 1980. Indiana Jones was about the swashbuckling...
  16. prberk

    News Disney Riviera Resort announced

    Absolutely a large concrete Marriott, just like we have been expecting. I just don't understand why Disney is "Disneyfying" their signature deluxe theme resorts while also building these nondescript, concrete Hilton/Marriott type hotels on the same property. Walt Disney World is quickly...
  17. prberk

    Rumor Country Bear Jamboree to be Replaced by Toy Story Show?

    They should get the people who made the "O Mickey, Where Art Thou" CD, which was full of the best Nashville had to offer at the time, and similar folks to re-do the show. They would know how to keep the Western/medicine show revue theme while re-rerecording it in excellent audio. And upgrade...
  18. prberk

    Rumor Country Bear Jamboree to be Replaced by Toy Story Show?

    @MansionButler84, most of the songs in the show were actual songs before Disney used them, including the first one you mentioned. It was sung by Tommy Collins. Others were original or actual folk tunes of the time the show is supposed to represent. Frontierland is supposed to represent the...
  19. prberk

    Rumor Country Bear Jamboree to be Replaced by Toy Story Show?

    The show actually was well-researched when it was made. It was originally intended for the Mountain King resort that never got built. But along the way the show writers wrote a show that really captured the legitimate feel of the types of vaudeville and medicine shows prominent in the 1800s...
  20. prberk

    News Mizner's Lounge to be expanded at Disney's Grand Floridan Resort into a Beauty and the Beast inspired lounge

    Sorry, I did not get that. (The limits of text strike again.) Glad to hear. I do find it funny that they are "Disneyfying" all of the original, otherwise beautifully-themed deluxe resorts while building completely boring concrete monstrosities elsewhere on the property that might as well be...
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