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  • [Chat] No more hand painted watches on Main Street-Declining by Degrees continues

    Andy reported in his latest Dateline that Disney is discontinuing the hand painted watches at the New Century/Fortuosity shop to expand the push of generic crud that proliferates in the park. One more of the little touches that makes Disneyland and Main Street special has disappeared and the Declining by Degrees is happening whether some want to believe it or not. Discuss please.

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    Re: No more hand painted watches on Main Street-Declining by Degrees continues

    And people thought Queen Med wasn't going to have any power over DL

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      Re: No more hand painted watches on Main Street-Declining by Degrees continues

      Well all they said was they were discontinuing the watch painters, we don't know what will be put in their station. Could be worse they could have removed the entire idea of a small town clock shop. Remember the shops on Main Street have changed a lot over the years, people probably said that the removal of the working pharmacy was the beginning of the end on Main Street or when they took out the book and candle shop. No the Penny Arcade does not count, the recent refurbishment kept the same number of machines. Plus we still have great shops just look at the magic shop if they got an outside party they could take the whole shop and make it even better than even Disney could make it.

      See ya walkin' right down the middle of o'l Main Street USA




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      IGHT CARNEGIE STEEL BUILT THIS PLACE"!!!!!

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        Re: No more hand painted watches on Main Street-Declining by Degrees continues

        After reading Andy's post I was pretty bummed. However if the profit isn't there, why continue to do it? Sure it's a great novelty item and it sure was cool to watch them create those watches, but the bottomline is if the watches aren't turning over as quickly as they used to something needs to change to maximize profit. Sadly, that means putting generic shirts and crappy candy there most times.

        I am sad that is has gone away, and like Andy said in his post it really adds to the experience of Main Street and Disneyland. Ultimately though they are a company and if something doesn't work it needs to be fixed and/or replaced. I just wish they could come up with more creative ways to fix the problems instead of shoving generic merchandise to fill the void.


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          Re: No more hand painted watches on Main Street-Declining by Degrees continues

          This reminds me of the fiasco regarding the magic shop, for its last years generic merchandise took over the shelf's. Maybe if Disney took the "time" (no pun intended) to find an outside company that would like a presence in the park they could hire them to take over Fortuosity, I think Rolex or Timex would be fantastic.

          See ya walkin' right down the middle of o'l Main Street USA




          "THAT'S R
          IGHT CARNEGIE STEEL BUILT THIS PLACE"!!!!!

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            Re: No more hand painted watches on Main Street-Declining by Degrees continues

            A damn shame. Hate to see this place go but if its really losing money then I suppose it has to happen. I'm against keeping up old attractions/shops on life support for nostalgia's sake. If the shop's time is really up then let's let it rest in peace I guess.
            In the quest for quality, I have no problem with the characters footing the bill.

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              Re: No more hand painted watches on Main Street-Declining by Degrees continues

              My fault. I spent too many minutes watching the artists painting the face pics instead of buying stuff. That certainly pissed off Disney management.
              I am old. But still love Disneyland.

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                Re: No more hand painted watches on Main Street-Declining by Degrees continues

                Originally posted by bayouguy View Post
                My fault. I spent too many minutes watching the artists painting the face pics instead of buying stuff. That certainly pissed off Disney management.
                bayouguy, you are the first snowflake to accept responsibility for an avalanche.

                Watches are becoming an anachronism, with more and more people relying on cell phones to monitor time. The exception I suppose would be the Rolex-grade variety that are worn more as "bling". Not that anything on Main Street should be taken out because it is an anachronism .... perhaps that would be a reason to keep it ...
                "She's taking everything. She's taking the house, she's taking the kid, she's taking the dog. IT'S NOT EVEN HER DOG. IT'S MY DOG! SHE'S TAKING . . . MY DOG!"
                - Ron Livingston, "Band of Brothers"

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                  Re: No more hand painted watches on Main Street-Declining by Degrees continues

                  Maybe they could paint iPhone covers. (Not iPhones, of course, as you'll get a new one every 2.8 years.)

                  Good news for all those already with painted watches, though. Nice art investment.

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                    Re: No more hand painted watches on Main Street-Declining by Degrees continues

                    Originally posted by Pinrar View Post
                    A damn shame. Hate to see this place go but if its really losing money then I suppose it has to happen. I'm against keeping up old attractions/shops on life support for nostalgia's sake. If the shop's time is really up then let's let it rest in peace I guess.
                    While I agree with not keeping things for nostalgias sake, I'm against Disney taking things out and replacing it with nothing, or in this case, most likely the same merchandise you can find in just about any other store in the whole resort.

                    Its been said many times on here, not every square inch of the park has to turn a profit. Well, in the mind of the current management, every square inch has to turn a profit or its not worth it. The saddest part of this for me is that the change will never ever be reverted and this area will stay as an area of merchandise for a very long time.

                    ---------- Post added 10-29-2012 at 07:39 PM ----------

                    Makes you wonder what's next go. The Main Street Cinema? the Dapper Dans? The Main Street Vehicles? The Firestation? Walt's Apartment? And that's only Main Street...

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                      Re: No more hand painted watches on Main Street-Declining by Degrees continues

                      Painted watches? I've been going to Disneyland all year (and for 40+ years before that) and really have no idea what this is about. Am I missing some sort of marketing, or is there none and that's why nobody's buying?

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                        Re: No more hand painted watches on Main Street-Declining by Degrees continues

                        Originally posted by bigcatrik View Post
                        Painted watches? I've been going to Disneyland all year (and for 40+ years before that) and really have no idea what this is about. Am I missing some sort of marketing, or is there none and that's why nobody's buying?
                        You've never been in the Watch shop and seen the artist at the desk?

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                          Re: No more hand painted watches on Main Street-Declining by Degrees continues

                          Would be cool if they bring it back for a limited time. Maybe one week a year, let people order the watches.
                          "What single word is the name of a magazine, a cereal, a board game, and a never-ending series of soul-crushing disappointments which slowly leech away your hope and idealism until you are nothing more than a bitter husk of a man?"

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                            Re: No more hand painted watches on Main Street-Declining by Degrees continues

                            I hope they still do Silhouettes...
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                              Re: No more hand painted watches on Main Street-Declining by Degrees continues

                              Originally posted by sediment View Post
                              Maybe they could paint iPhone covers. (Not iPhones, of course, as you'll get a new one every 2.8 years.)

                              Good news for all those already with painted watches, though. Nice art investment.
                              I got one my first time there. Really sad to see it go...
                              For the love of Disney....:yea:

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                                Re: No more hand painted watches on Main Street-Declining by Degrees continues

                                Originally posted by Crazybirdman View Post
                                Would be cool if they bring it back for a limited time. Maybe one week a year, let people order the watches.
                                Get them while they last. Even with the artists gone, there still is left over artwork they produced over the years that isn't sold yet, and there are still watch parts to assemble. So, for the present you can still get an Artist Watch. You just can't pick a design and have the artist make it for you anymore. But you can still pick from the leftovers.
                                It is now a truly limited time only setup.
                                "If we cut the budget are you going to be the one standing at the exit explaining to guests why the ride they just rode is a piece of crap?" - - John Lasseter

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                                  Re: No more hand painted watches on Main Street-Declining by Degrees continues

                                  Originally posted by ssaamm View Post
                                  While I agree with not keeping things for nostalgias sake, I'm against Disney taking things out and replacing it with nothing, or in this case, most likely the same merchandise you can find in just about any other store in the whole resort.

                                  Its been said many times on here, not every square inch of the park has to turn a profit. Well, in the mind of the current management, every square inch has to turn a profit or its not worth it. The saddest part of this for me is that the change will never ever be reverted and this area will stay as an area of merchandise for a very long time.

                                  ---------- Post added 10-29-2012 at 07:39 PM ----------

                                  Makes you wonder what's next go. The Main Street Cinema? the Dapper Dans? The Main Street Vehicles? The Firestation? Walt's Apartment? And that's only Main Street...

                                  Well we don't know how much disney is losing by keeping the watches. For all we know, disney could be losing tons of cash on the operation. I'm sure tons of things today don't generate a profit at the park but if something is hemorrhaging money left and right well...you can't blame them for putting an end to it. And like someone else said, watches are rapidly declining in demand.

                                  I like the idea of having it open for limited times. That might make the watches more exclusive, coveted, and special.
                                  In the quest for quality, I have no problem with the characters footing the bill.

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                                    Re: No more hand painted watches on Main Street-Declining by Degrees continues

                                    Originally posted by Prof. Emelius View Post
                                    I hope they still do Silhouettes...
                                    Maybe next on the cutting block????

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                                      Re: No more hand painted watches on Main Street-Declining by Degrees continues

                                      Originally posted by explodingboy View Post
                                      After reading Andy's post I was pretty bummed. However if the profit isn't there, why continue to do it? Sure it's a great novelty item and it sure was cool to watch them create those watches, but the bottomline is if the watches aren't turning over as quickly as they used to something needs to change to maximize profit.
                                      For the same reason they have shows and theme, because it's part of the park experience. Where else can you see this? To be honest, I'm not completely bummed about this, but it's part of the continuing trend of getting rid of unique shopping experiences at the park and (most likely) replacing them with just more generic park stuff. There are MORE than enough places to get Disney merchandise both inside and outside of the park, why not hold on to some of the great treasures and experiences that made the park more interesting than a trip to the disney store?

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                                        Re: No more hand painted watches on Main Street-Declining by Degrees continues

                                        Originally posted by Pirate Lover 68 View Post
                                        For the same reason they have shows and theme, because it's part of the park experience. Where else can you see this? To be honest, I'm not completely bummed about this, but it's part of the continuing trend of getting rid of unique shopping experiences at the park and (most likely) replacing them with just more generic park stuff. There are MORE than enough places to get Disney merchandise both inside and outside of the park, why not hold on to some of the great treasures and experiences that made the park more interesting than a trip to the disney store?
                                        I agree with you. I was just stating that I am sure there was a financial reason behind it, and I can see why something like this would need to be let go from a business standpoint. Like I said in my original post, I just wish they could come up with something else creative to do with the spot as opposed to the impending doom of generic merchandise.


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