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  • Meville
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    Some of the replys that suggest banning newborns, kicking kids out at dark and banning strollers are ridiculous.
    Q: What would Disney parks be without children?
    A: Empty.

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  • sediment
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    Originally posted by tikicub View Post
    I'd abolish the AP program.
    That's all that's needed on the first day. The rest of what you wrote would come naturally.

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  • longears
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    Combine DCA and DL into one big park with a single admission fee.

    Move the meet and greets to Downtown Disney, keep the free roaming characters in the park.

    Add more sit down resturants to Downtown, attempt to get a better mix of causal and upscale. (loved the idea of the Alton Brown resturant, I imagined it sort of like the Prime Time dinner in Florida with a tome of TV sets where clips of his shows would run, explaining different aspect of the meals available)

    Create and enforce a code of acceptable behaiviour in the the park (I've notice it isn't just kids who don't know how to behave in public anymore).

    Not allow outside strollers in (I would lower the rental fee, and allow them to be reserved in advance, but all strollers in the park would be provided by the park), and allow strollers to be left in designated area only while on rides.

    That's all for now.

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  • Bob Weaver
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    Originally posted by leopardchucks View Post
    To keep the ball of Disneyland rolling, there would need to be special attention payed to the business specifics. If Disneyland reinstated a bunch of defunct rides, the profitablity of the park would drop drastically. Nobody wants to see something old.
    That would be fine if the new attractions were as good as, or better than, the old ones they replaced. However, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was a big drop in quality from the Mine Train thru Nature's Wonderland. Star Tours was a big drop in quality from Adventure thru Inner Space. I'm in favor of replacing something old and dumb (i.e., Motor Boat Cruise) with something new and better (Boatopia) but against replacing an attraction with an inferior one. Frontierland and Tomorrowland were once vibrant and immersive places, both are now almost dead zones.

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  • Mr Wiggins
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    Originally posted by wweecwdude View Post
    Toontown: Get rid of the whole dang thing

    Frontierland: Get rid of BTMRR and put Escape from Bald Mountain,
    Make Animals realistic on Tom Sawyer's Island, BHATH get a new place

    Adventureland: Instead of Jungle Cruise put a Jungle Book Ride

    Critter Country: Get rid of Pooh, add Lilo and Stitch Ride

    ...

    Make DCA AND DL the same park


    I see Jay Rasulo's sock puppet is trolling again... )


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  • DaHatTrick
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    Main Street: leave as is

    Tomorrowland: Add the people mover, get rid of innoventions and add Mission:Space, Space Mountain would be Mission:2 from DLRP
    Update Matterhorn like Expedition Everest but keep the name and trains
    Get Rid of Nemo ride and put a drive a boat ride

    Fantasyland: GET RID OF PIXIE HOLLOW! GET RID OF STORYBOOKLAND!!!!!!!! Update Peter Pan, Get rid of Snow White and put Country Bears,


    Toontown: Get rid of the whole dang thing

    Frontierland: Get rid of BTMRR and put Escape from Bald Mountain,
    Make Animals realistic on Tom Sawyer's Island, BHATH get a new place

    New Orleans Sqaure: Is awesome

    Adventureland: Instead of Jungle Cruise put a Jungle Book Ride

    Critter Country: Get rid of Pooh, add Lilo and Stitch Ride



    DCA

    Hollywood Pictures Backlot: Add Mickey's Philharmagic where Who wants to be a millionaire used to be housed, Update Muppets

    Bugsland: Add Rock n Roller Coaster where the whole land is, Make part of HPBL

    leave rest as is


    BAN NEWBORNS

    Make DCA AND DL the same park

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  • kaykay07
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    2 words.... FREE CHURROS!!!!!

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  • Pretzel
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    Originally posted by tikicub View Post
    Re-opening Carnation Plaza with music and dancing.
    It still is, Saturday nights from 7 pm until 10:30 pm or so. But it would be nice if this were on more nights, like Fridays and Sundays as well.

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  • bee1000
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    Get rid of Pixie Hollow and anything with Tinkerbell on it, except for the Peter Pan ride.

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  • JIrish780
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    Based on and heavily embellished from the conversation I had with my best friend in the Disney fandom last night (who shall remain nameless unless she desires otherwise), here's my take on what I'd do, as a park outsider who has yet to step in it even once.

    First and foremost, I'd gather up a team of park patrons, food critics and people with experience in the food business and have them review every restaurant, fast food stand and snack cart in both parks. No dish would remain unsampled, no churro untasted, no Dole Whip unturned. I'd gather their reccomendations and apply every one I can without driving prices drastically higher. And whatever doesn't need touching, won't be touched.

    And while on the subject of food, I'd try to lure Alton Brown to open a "Good Eats Eatery" or something like that in Downtown Disney.

    Next, I'd turn my attention to PFF. The Princesses-Only theme would be gone, the pavilion completely rehashed into a mostly outdoors venue, and the whole thing would be renamed Fantasyland Faire. The gift shop would remain the prime spot for Princess stuff, yes, but some boys costumes would be added into the mix if they're not already there. A wider range of characters would be there for meet & greets, and who is there and who is roaming around would not only depend on the day, but also the time of day.

    Staying in Fantasyland, I'd replace Woody & Jess in IASW with kids in the style of the rides traditional animatronics wearing those costumes. At least that way it's not "oh, look, malformed toys"; instead it's "oh, look, kids dressed as characters." I figure ripping out all the changes would cost more than it's worth, so instead I'd merely address my biggest problem with them and call it a day with that ride... at least until the next holiday season comes around and it's time to re-think that overlay.

    Over in Adventureland, I'd bring back the Tahitian Terrace, and I'd basically tell the skippers at the Jungle Cruise that "the shackles may not be off on the jokes, but we are removing your handcuffs." Every day I could I'd be on that ride expecting to hear something new from each skip. So long as I hear one joke I hadn't heard before, I'd be happy, even if it falls flat.

    Heading to Tomorrowland, I read a planetarium idea here on this forum, and I absolutely love it. I wonder about the cost, though, so instead I'd ask the Imagineers to take that idea and work out something that would have that kind of atmosphere but at a more reasonable budget, and one that could have shows easily interchanged at only the cost of filming and programming the show. It would go right where HISTA is, and the provess would begin right after the new Star Tours is put in.

    In Frontierland, Billy Hill and the Hillbillies would get a new home somewhere for as long as they remain popular. A new Diamond Horseshoe Revue, with a couple old routines and a host of new ones, would be brought in.

    Critter Country will see a new Pooh ride after the work on the Planetarium-esque project is done. Not the Honey Hunt, something completely new and exclusive to Anaheim, though the trackless system would almost definately be used.

    New Orleans Square... not touching it unless someone came to me with a brilliant idea, except for restoring the spiel in the Mansion. And I'd save Toontown for later, once other projects are taken care of.

    Over on Main Street, character merchendise would be cut down, and some more one of a kind stuff would be added, probably from outside vendors with crew held to Cast Member standards. And I'd allow any characters, regardless of their background, to pop up there and encounter each other as they please. After all, people of all walks of life come down Main Street to enter the parks, why not reinforce that idea with the characters?

    Speaking of the characters, some folks we haven't seen in a long while will be coming back. Prince Phillip will return to Aurora's side on a regular basis, Wendy will be back full time, Jack Sparrow will roam NOS once more, Esmerelda would be spending time with the Main Street Marching Band, and Bobble would join Pixie Hollow. Furthermore, the likes of the March Hare, the Genie, Mushu, Rafiki, Suzy & Perla, the Tick-Tock Croc, Marie from the Aristocats, Scrooge McDuck, Mr. Toad, Little Bo Peep and the Robin Hood cast (including Maid Marian) would all be put into the rotation either more heavily or even only on random occasions. Costumes would be updated or even created as needed. Most importantly, Captain Hook and Geppetto would become face characters.

    Over at DCA... well, there's enough already going on over there that I'd be hesitant to pile more on right away. My ideal Phase 2, though, would involve something old (a new Country Bear theatre), something new (Iron Man: the Ride), something borrowed (the Great Muppet Movie ride), something blue (and other colors; revamped animatronics in Monsters Inc). Iron Man would be the opening salvo of a new land in DCA, focused on not just Marvel's characters, but the Incredibles, Darkwing Duck, Gargoyles, Kim Possible and other animated and illustrated action/adventure franchises.

    There you have it. I'm sure it's not even close to what most here would do, but it would be a product I'd believe in, and that's the most important thing.

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  • animagusurreal
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    Originally posted by tikicub View Post
    Children between the ages of 2-18 would be allowed in the park from 10am-8pm only.
    I woulda been furious at that one when I was a kid. I've been a natural born night owl since infancy, have seldom seen the park before noon and always stay until closing (and almost always go on night when it's open 'til Midnight). Nighttime is the best time to be at the park! I was also a very well-behaved kid .

    Also, I find the kid-restriction rules slightly ironic for someone who has "cub" in there name (a cub being an animal version of a kid ).

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  • disneyfann121
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    I would invest in a lot of very good knee pads...then start begging the head office for more funding!!

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  • Garfieldo
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    If I were president of Disneyland, I would push for quality over marketability. Simple, no?
    Originally posted by tikicub View Post
    I'd abolish the AP program.
    I'd give each land unique merchandise; and all clothing would come in realistic sizes.
    Each land would have unique CM costumes.
    I'd make DCA "California Land" and make it part of DL, without a separate admission.
    I'd put a dress and behavioral code in place for the Blue Bayou.
    Children between the ages of 2-18 would be allowed in the park from 10am-8pm only. There are lots of well-behaved kids and teenagers that don't mind staying awake for long periods of time, you know. If they can't handle being there for that long (or if the park can't handle them) then it's the parents fault for keeping them there.
    Strollers would be forbidden. I know they annoy people, but forbidding them sounds a bit overboard.
    Wheelchairs available to those with disabled license plates or notarized doctor's notes only.
    Guests in wheelchairs must wait at the exit of an attraction (in DL, or wherever the disabled queue is for each attraction) until the rest of their party (sans one attendant, who may remain with the guest) has made it completely through the queue, at which point the disabled guest may board.
    Attendants posted at the beginning of every queue. No one may "join" their party in the queue, you must go in as a group. If you decide to exit a queue for any reason, you must go back to the end of the queue. Line-jumpers are ejected from the park.
    Imagineers given control of creative decisions, not non-creative execs.
    Restaurants given individual themes and sufficient staff and food choices.
    Innoventions removed and replaced with an actual attraction.
    Autopia chopped into a manageable size and the land regained there used to make additional Fantasylandand Tomorrowland attractions. I think Fantasyland is fine as it is. Tomorrowland's the one the needs improving!
    Astro Orbitor returned to crown atop Tomorrowland.
    Plush confined to one display in one store in each land.
    Fantasyland Skyway area turned into upscale, reservation-only cafe for couples; no children allowed. Whatever happened to it being a family park? How about they just have waiters ask parents to take rude/noisy kids outside?
    Tahitian Terrace re-opened.
    Pin shops confined to one shop in Frontierland.
    Actual attractions added to Frontierland, utilizing the banks of the ROA, the old Festival of Fools arena, the petting zoo, and the PFF area.
    Ending of Big Thunder Mountain changed to not be utterly lame.
    Re-opening Carnation Plaza with music and dancing.
    Removal (and destruction) of all ODV carts. Popcorn and Churro carts spared.
    HISTA removed;area returned to outdoor amphitheatre. (Surely there's a better use for that space.)
    Cast salaries raised to an appropriate, living wage.
    Things I disagree with are underlined; my comments are in bold.


    Originally posted by Telpeurion View Post
    Bedknobs and Broomsticks: The Ride? Come on, that movie is a flop, and rightly so. (Though I have soft spot for Portebello Road) People will get Step in the Right Direction mixed up with Its a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow.
    I like that movie... But as much as I hate to admit it, I agree that it just wouldn't translate well into ride form, and demolishing Snow White and Pinocchio rides for it would be a huge mistake.
    Last edited by Garfieldo; 10-06-2009, 01:21 AM.

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  • Coheteboy
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    I'd just try to be more like Walt and be honest about what I do and why I'm doing it. I'd want to bring it back down to the basics, the essence, and the wonder that disneyland is and has meant to so many people.

    I think the first step is to simply get down there to the parks and inspire the cast members so that they fully believe and understand that what they're doing is great and a true honor. At TDA, I'd build a team of people that not only are great at what they do, but most importantly understand Disneyland completely - people who used to be CM's themselves.

    From there, I think the changes for good will handle themselves. Ideas can get you only so far if you don't have the right people to carry them out.

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  • leopardchucks
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    First, I would look at the bottom line....Ya know, the 'numbers'.

    Disneyland is a business. Some things work (Pirates) and some things don't (Nature train).

    To keep the ball of Disneyland rolling, there would need to be special attention payed to the business specifics. It would involve turning off your 'nostalgia-goggles' and looking at the park objectively. It's definitely a hard task for Disneyfiles such as ourselves.

    If Disneyland reinstated a bunch of defunct rides, the profitablity of the park would drop drastically. Nobody wants to see something old. They want new...or old with a 'new' twist. There would be no extra money (or enthusiasm) to make the additions you want so much. Keeping the boat afloat is THE MOST IMPORTANT aspect. The rest is icing.

    Outlawing strollers?! Good luck with that. :thumbdown That's the correct way to alienate your audience and lose a steady source of revenue. Only a person with poor business sense would make a rule like that.

    Keeping your company out of the red, and striving to make all customers comfortable will make you a hit with investors. And the funds from those investors will allow you to build new and amazing things.

    Just my REALISTIC 2 cents worth...

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  • Sosai X
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    Being president of the Disneyland Resort isn't an honorable or even desirable position anymore. It's just a place where Disney sticks someone they want to forget about. It's a job for knackered war horses and lame ducks with a few years left on their employment contracts. The past three Disneyland presidents left for more lucrative positions, Ed Grier is no different.

    You might think of the office of President of Disneyland as an oubliette. What is that, exactly, you wonder?

    An oubliette (from the French oubliette - literally "forgotten place") was a form of dungeon which was accessible only from a hatch in a high ceiling. The word comes from the same root as the French oublier, "to forget," as it was used for those prisoners the captors wished to forget.
    Last edited by Sosai X; 10-06-2009, 12:03 AM.

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  • Radiobarry
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    Originally posted by Mr Wiggins View Post
    President of Disneyland? Hell, I want this guy running WDC!

    :clap: :bow:


    Tikicub...the Anti-Pressler!

    The heck with WDC...what about the country? Wonder what his plans are in 2012...

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  • Mr Wiggins
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    Originally posted by tikicub View Post
    I'd abolish the AP program.
    I'd give each land unique merchandise; and all clothing would come in realistic sizes.
    Each land would have unique CM costumes.
    I'd make DCA "California Land" and make it part of DL, without a separate admission.
    I'd put a dress and behavioral code in place for the Blue Bayou.
    Children between the ages of 2-18 would be allowed in the park from 10am-8pm only.
    Strollers would be forbidden.
    Wheelchairs available to those with disabled license plates or notarized doctor's notes only.
    Guests in wheelchairs must wait at the exit of an attraction (in DL, or wherever the disabled queue is for each attraction) until the rest of their party (sans one attendant, who may remain with the guest) has made it completely through the queue, at which point the disabled guest may board.
    Attendants posted at the beginning of every queue. No one may "join" their party in the queue, you must go in as a group. If you decide to exit a queue for any reason, you must go back to the end of the queue. Line-jumpers are ejected from the park.
    Imagineers given control of creative decisions, not non-creative execs.
    Restaurants given individual themes and sufficient staff and food choices.
    Innoventions removed and replaced with an actual attraction.
    Autopia chopped into a manageable size and the land regained there used to make additional Fantasyland and Tomorrowland attractions.
    Astro Orbitor returned to crown atop Tomorrowland.
    Plush confined to one display in one store in each land.
    Fantasyland Skyway area turned into upscale, reservation-only cafe for couples; no children allowed.
    Tahitian Terrace re-opened.
    Pin shops confined to one shop in Frontierland.
    Actual attractions added to Frontierland, utilizing the banks of the ROA, the old Festival of Fools arena, the petting zoo, and the PFF area.
    Ending of Big Thunder Mountain changed to not be utterly lame.
    Re-opening Carnation Plaza with music and dancing.
    Removal (and destruction) of all ODV carts. Popcorn and Churro carts spared.
    HISTA removed; area returned to outdoor amphitheatre.
    Cast salaries raised to an appropriate, living wage.
    President of Disneyland? Hell, I want this guy running WDC!

    :clap: :bow:


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  • sleepyjeff
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    A B C D E


    Yeah!

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  • tikicub
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    I'd abolish the AP program.
    I'd give each land unique merchandise; and all clothing would come in realistic sizes.
    Each land would have unique CM costumes.
    I'd make DCA "California Land" and make it part of DL, without a separate admission.
    I'd put a dress and behavioral code in place for the Blue Bayou.
    Children between the ages of 2-18 would be allowed in the park from 10am-8pm only.
    Strollers would be forbidden.
    Wheelchairs available to those with disabled license plates or notarized doctor's notes only.
    Guests in wheelchairs must wait at the exit of an attraction (in DL, or wherever the disabled queue is for each attraction) until the rest of their party (sans one attendant, who may remain with the guest) has made it completely through the queue, at which point the disabled guest may board.
    Attendants posted at the beginning of every queue. No one may "join" their party in the queue, you must go in as a group. If you decide to exit a queue for any reason, you must go back to the end of the queue. Line-jumpers are ejected from the park.
    Imagineers given control of creative decisions, not non-creative execs.
    Restaurants given individual themes and sufficient staff and food choices.
    Innoventions removed and replaced with an actual attraction.
    Autopia chopped into a manageable size and the land regained there used to make additional Fantasyland and Tomorrowland attractions.
    Astro Orbitor returned to crown atop Tomorrowland.
    Plush confined to one display in one store in each land.
    Fantasyland Skyway area turned into upscale, reservation-only cafe for couples; no children allowed.
    Tahitian Terrace re-opened.
    Pin shops confined to one shop in Frontierland.
    Actual attractions added to Frontierland, utilizing the banks of the ROA, the old Festival of Fools arena, the petting zoo, and the PFF area.
    Ending of Big Thunder Mountain changed to not be utterly lame.
    Re-opening Carnation Plaza with music and dancing.
    Removal (and destruction) of all ODV carts. Popcorn and Churro carts spared.
    HISTA removed; area returned to outdoor amphitheatre.
    Cast salaries raised to an appropriate, living wage.

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