Friday, February 17, 2006
A very limp weenie...
An entire website could be created dedicated solely to the giant misstep that is Disneyland's 'New' Tomorrowland but for now let's just talk about one of the many elements that make it a mess.
Walt often talked about the 'weenie' at the end of a road to draw you into an environment; the castle at the end of Main Street, the Riverboat in the distance as you enter Frontierland and, until recently, the Rocket Jets swirling high in the air at the far end of Tomorrowland.
Though similar to the Dumbo's Flight attraction in Fantasyland, the Rocket Jets were several stories up in the air and, once onboard, the experience was wonderfully unnerving as you spun high above Tomorrowland.
For no apparent reason the current powers that be lowered the rockets off their perch and slapped the contraption on terra firma right in front of the entrance to Tomorrowland. Gone is the vista. Gone is the clean open space. Gone is the thrill of spiraling over the rooftops of Tomorrowland. Gone is the gleeming white rocket spire far in the distance that drew you into Tomorrowland. Now the ride is the exact same experience as Dumbo's Flight with the added benefit of being in one of the worst places imaginable for a ride of this sort.
As if the line waiting to ride the wimpy new Rocket Jets didn't crimp the flow into Tomorrowland enough, designers also crowded the entrance alongside the ride with several large 'future-rocks' that have the added benefit of blocking whatever remaining vista was left of what was once an awesome peek into a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow.
It's time to put the put the Rocket Jets back where they belong.