Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Decade Of Adventure...
Can you believe it's been a decade since the debut of Eisner's Folly? We're in the middle of a massive construction project that I've called an Extreme Expansion since it was first rumored about a few years ago.
But what we have now is the evidence of that progress. Walls, walls and more walls. Walls all over the park and it still pulls in a great deal of guest. In fact, it pulls in about 20%-25% more guests than it did this time last year. Mostly because of World of Color, but also because over the last few years attractions like Midway Mania have helped out helping to define this park as a Disney park. Something that couldn't be said of this place when it opened back in 2001.
There will a celebration this year, but nothing on a grand scale, and certainly not as big as the one for the opening of this park back a decade ago. Although there is far more to celebrate today than back then. Families and fans coming through the turnstiles after next summer will get a much more accurate feeling that they're in a Disney park than those that entered on that first day back at the beginning of the new century. It won't be finished, to paraphrase Walt, DCA will never be finished, but it'll always be growing and improving. But those young tykes walking through Buena Vista Street to Cars Land and the slowly, evolving Victorianization of Paradise Pier to see The Little Mermaid won't realize what a different park it is they're stepping in.
That's a good thing. We don't need anymore bad memories. Let those be ground up like the bathroom tiles that adorned the former front entrance. There is a bright future ahead for this park and the entire Disneyland Resort. This doesn't even include all the news that will hit next year about the original Disneyland, the Downtown Disney shopping district or the Disney hotels. Finally, the Disneyland resort will be a Resort. A decade ago, that was mainly in name only, but as of 2012 it will be. And the future additions to the resort will only solidify that. Again, a bright future.
One filled with praise and promise and prospect for a better tomorrow. Happy Birthday, Disney(-'s) California Adventure, I hardly knew you...