It doesn’t need to look like it is floating. Examples of much more elegant pedestals have been provided. This is sitting on a giant box that has no relation to the actual prop. The top plate is wider than the cockpit. A small city park next to a highway shouldn’t have a more elegant design than a half billion dollar ride.I think it all boils to expectation that Disney being Disney would make this thing appear to float and not sit on a stand, especially given the concept art. It seems like this would be one of those challenges that given the time and money could have been done. Although perhaps having already spent $450m on this thing the money just wasn't there to do it. Yet it then begs the question, isn't the reason it cost $450 because of things like floating ships?!?