Above guests heads as they enter Town Square via the entry tunnels beneath the Disneyland railroad are simple bronze plaques.
The message is a simple one, and one that execs within the Walt Disney Company have likely not read in quite some time.
"Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy."
How do characters who reside in contemporary settings such as Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and Stitch deviate from and contradict the themes of the Worlds in which they are placed?
How can Frontierland remain an idealized past with the infiltration of a contemporary cowboy toy? How can Tomorrowland remain a vista into Tomorrow with characters from a long time ago in from a galaxy far, far away? How can a space alien who crash-landed in present-day Hawaii be a resident of the World of Tomorrow? How can characters like these be introduced to the theme park setting without disrupting themes? Can they exist, or must they remain only in their films?
The magic of Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom lies in its ability to transport guests into different worlds; the worlds of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy.
If the Walt Disney Company, its executives and Imagineering team continue to force-theme attractions into the parks, the delicate magic that Walt Disney and his team of WED Imagineers created is at risk to become nothing more than a memory that resides in our own personal world of yesterday.
Somebody at the Walt Disney Company must read those simple words again, and understand their meaning. Only then will the magic of Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom once again shine like never before.