The past week was spent touring around Central Florida. It has been an amazing experience and I want to thank everybody who came out for one of my talks in support of Walt and the Promise of Progress CityWalt Disney's Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow


While I was in Florida, I took a trip to the Magic Kingdom specifically to pay my last respects to the soon to be removed



interesting shot with the work lights on

I like the Florida version of Snow White. The rooms seemed huge compared to the attraction in Anaheim. In Florida, they had enough room to tell the complete story. The attraction was made for bigger crowds and the three-row ore cars featured seating where the back row was higher than the front row. I do not know if this really mattered, but I always thought it was pretty cool.


Not a long wait, but a great people eater

As my ore car made that final turn toward the exit doors, I tipped my hat toward the ear waving Dopey on the bridge one last time and realized that an era had ended. It is up to Werner Weiss and Yesterland to write a proper obituary. I am grateful that I can still visit Snow White in Disneyland.

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Alas, Snow White's days in Florida are behind her. But what do you smart readers think? Is there a role for the classic Disney stories in the modern parks? Is a Princess meet and greet a suitable replacement for a classic dark ride? Would love to hear your thoughts.


Sam Gennawey is an urban planner, historian, and author.

If you enjoy reading SAMLAND, you'll love his book. Walt and the Promise of Progress City is a detailed look into how Walt Disney envisioned the future of communities. Along the way, we explore many facets of a fascinating man.

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