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Just ran cross this interesting post today on Mouseplanet.com. Seems that while the suits have been fixating on Pixar, their true lack of understanding and appreciation of the characters that built their company has been increasingly apparent at Disneyland.

I haven’t been to Disneyland in years. Strange to say that. (I just marked my third anniversary of moving to Northern California, and am still in denial.) But it seems that Disneyland truly is a house of cards. Just as one area gets fixed, another falls apart, all due to years of neglect.

But the state of Toontown appears to be truly tragic.

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Ted’s Chatterbox » Blog Archive » Of Mice, Pixar, Jobs, & Men…er Children Expounded Thusly:

[…] I was tottling along the web today in hopes of churning up an interesting wave, and lo..if I did not behold a…trickle of a stream.  It seems that the world is focusing on Steve Jobs and his illustrious “takeover,” if you will, of Disney and the soon to come Mouse fights over ego and animation.  While all this is going on I rode my trickle over to Mouseplanet.com thanks to a little link from John over at The Wren, and was shocked to see the state of disrepair that has become of Disney Land. […]

Thursday, January 26th, 2006 • 12:22pm • Permalink • This is a Pingback

Ted.K Expounded Thusly:

Interesting read, I do however think that all the turmoil over jobs being on the job will help out Disney Land in the long run. I have made a mental note to self to return here often, and have even posted a direct link on my Blog…nice work. 🙂

Ted.K
http://www.joffs.com

Thursday, January 26th, 2006 • 12:24pm • Permalink

Steve Expounded Thusly:

Interesting. I wondered what happened to the Jolly Trolley. And when I was there with my friends’ kids this summer, I wondered what the empty space in back was (the article says it was Chip & Dale’s Acorn Crawl). And while I haven’t been in Donald’s boat in a while, I’m very sad to see they took out all the stuff that made it fun. I had a lot of fun playing on that net! Bummer.

I have been bemoaning Disneyland’s lack of upkeep for a long time now. The biggest icon of the deterioration for me was the Indiana Jones ride, one of the most impressive technical achievements in a ride ever. And tons of fun, to boot. THANKFULLY, most of the ride has been fixed. Even the fire pot timed to the music was back two of the last three times I rode the ride. And no longer does the FastPass re-jiggering of the Indy line cut out the entire story created for the ride. Though it was probably done for safety reasons, the line is now halted in the movie room so we can all see how it is one uses a seatbelt. The slide projector is gone, sadly, but at least you get to watch one of the clever newsreels that set the tome for the ride. I could talk about Indy ride problems and fixes for years, but you get the idea.

Though Disneyland looks amazing following the major re-painting for the 50th, it still needs to be treated to a fixing of the details.

As for the Jobs thing here at Disney, there’s an awesome article today at Business Week: Steve Jobs’s Magic Kingdom. Definitely worth a read. I am very excited about this whole deal and can’t wait to see what happens.

Finally, thanks for linking, Ted! I’ll be off to your site for a look-see right after lunch.

Thursday, January 26th, 2006 • 12:54pm • Permalink

Steve Expounded Thusly:

Oh, yes, and regarding your title, John, you’re absolutely right. Why $7.4 billion is considered an investment in this case where several million to fix up the parks and keep them in good shape is not is one of those stupid business realities that I simply can not understand. However, this is why I’m also glad John Lasseter will be a consultant for Imagineering. If there’s a well-known and passionate voice for keeping the parks running properly, maybe it’ll happen.

I have been told that once a ride is installed and there’s the training and break-in period, responsibility for the ride is handed over to the parks. So I don’t know how much pull Imagineering has with failing attractions.

Thursday, January 26th, 2006 • 1:08pm • Permalink

The Wren Forum » More Time-Wasting Links Expounded Thusly:

[…] Okay, if you’ve gone this far, you may as well read this great article about Steve Jobs and Disney. I posted it in a comment yesterday, but it’s good enough to exhume for display here. […]

Friday, January 27th, 2006 • 12:02pm • Permalink • This is a Pingback

 

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