Saturday, October 24, 2009
Blue Sky Buzz: The Coming Carnage & Chaos...
The rebirth of Disney's second Anaheim gate is a great thing, but much pain has and will be felt before summer 2012...
Anyone who has been in the park lately will obviously have noticed you have to direct yourself through a maze of cavernous walls and alleyways. This is something that visitors to DCA have gotten used to over the past year. It's about to get worse.
Come January, a great deal more construction starts to spread through the areas of the park and anyone coming in will feel as if they're walking through Disneyland while it was being created brick by brick. Growing pains, learning curves. That's what we're having to deal with. The new DCA will be a much more positive experience, but the process getting there is going to be an uncomfortable experience. Like childbirth all over again... with the same kid. Only this time he won't come out so ugly.
Some of the problems you can expect, come the new year are right as you enter the park. Right before you actually. The front entrance starting next year is going to create major problems for those wanting to come and see the new "World of Color" show. This show will be the first example of what DCA will be like over the next decade and it's going to cause a lot of difficulty redirecting guest around it. Not mention when they get past the front entrance.
In January, the entire street in Hollywood Studio Backlot gets torn up and that's going to mean walls that cover almost the entire area from beginning to end. There will only be a sliver to walk through to get to the attractions. If you think going in between all those walls down by the pier, you ain't seen nothing yet. These walls are going up so that construction workers can tear up the concrete street and start laying down tracks for the new red cars. And construction won't end until around the time WOC starts to debut. Once they've built it they're going to have to do testing and evaluation before any of those walls come down. This doesn't even include the walls that go up around Mulholland Madness and the old eatery next door. All of these walls are going to prove a major strain on the bodies that get redirected through them. Comparing it to having a baby is actually very accurate; painful but worth it in the end.
As I mentioned earlier about WOC, it's going to be an amazing show, but a monster for the park to deal with. We're talking around a hundred cast members to control everything and show itself is going to finally create a permanent problem for DCA... crowds. Not that it hasn't had them periodically, but it's never had them on a consistent basis. Come next year, it will be a common site during the week when World of Color is playing to see guest all throughout the park. If you've been to the park recently you've noticed that the water has finally started flowing into the pier again. It won't be completely covered until early November because the crews working on the area want to make sure all the hoses, electronics and such are fine before being submerged.
After technical issues are settled it will go beneath the water never/rarely to be seen by guests again. In late January to early February is when they'll start to have several test for the show. These will be primarily for cast members so that they can gauge how it's working in front of an audience. In late March there will be soft openings for the general public and then come late April it's supposed to premiere for all the Disney world to see. That, my friends, is when we finally see a glimpse of this new park and the beginning of a new Disney Resort. Thankfully. It took about a decade, but we're finally going to get it.
I just wish we didn't have to go through all this discomfort...