Friday, February 24, 2006
Those Were the Good Ol' Days
Main Street U.S.A. used to be a place where you could believe for a moment that Norman Rockwell's America truly did exist, a fanciful evocation, a sense memory if you will, of a kinder gentler turn of the century America.
On the surface it's all still there, but creep inside any of those charming buildings and you might think you've stepped into a Disney Store circa 1985.
It's as if Park Management figured Grandpa was dead and nobody would ever know the difference. Moving as much Pooh Plush as possible? Now that's an idea!
Where's that recreation of an old fashioned Pharmacy? Where's that great wood paneled Bank? Where's the Barber Shop? The Haberdashery? Those intricate elaborate window displays begging for a child's face print on the glass?
Who knew that Great Grandma could pick up a Mickey Tee at the local Nickelodeon?
To think there was a time when you could actually find women's lingerie, fine art and specialty automotive wares on Main Street. Today it's all tee-shirts, keychains and stuffed fuzzies as far as the eye can see. Step inside the Silent Movie Theater in Walt Disney World's Main Street and instead of a Buster Keaton flick you'll find a shelf full-up of Pocahontas swag and yet another cash register.
It's time for Disney guests to rediscover a little more of the theme in theme parks. If they are going to pick up a keepsake while visiting the Magic Kingdom let it not only be something they can't find anywhere else but make sure it's unique to the area they're visiting.
A Disney Princess outfit on sale in Frontierland?