There are many out there who believe Disneyland is nothing more than a bunch of randomly put together lands and attractions with no theme or cohesion. When put up against any other Disney park, this is a strange concept as every other Disney park, whether it be Disney California Adventure, Tokyo DisneySEA, or Epcot, they all have a theme. So why wouldn’t Disneyland, the one that started it all have a cohesive theme to the park? Well, it does. Besides just being a collection of Walt’s interests, Disneyland is also a celebration of Americana which can be best viewed through its eight lands.
Robert Niles’s article, “Why do Disneyland fans complain so much?” has recently been spread around a lot of Disney fan communities. In the article, Niles writes that [hardcore] Disney fans hate seeing the parks change and then goes on to question why these fans continue to go to Disneyland if it angers so much. Another thing Niles discusses is that the changes has no effect on Disney so they don’t care about fan opinion. The author also tells these fans to just go to Universal Studios if these changes upset them so much. This is all complete nonsense.
Just last week, a MiceAge article was released discussing many behind-the-scenes things about Disney as the average MiceAge article does. In this article, the author discusses a series of plans for Star Wars Land. The author goes into details about the Stormtrooper Battle Escape attraction (code name Alcatraz), as well as the Millennium Falcon attraction (Big Bird), and the overall tone of the land. It should be noted that, while the site has a good track record, these are all currently rumors and have not been confirmed by anyone working for Disney publicly. Although these are rumors, however, that will not stop me from giving my commentary on them.
Ever since the announcement of Cars Land on October 17th, 2007, it has been widely speculated and debated on countless Disney forum sites across the internet that Disney has abandoned the California part of Disney California Adventure. This belief has only been reinforced by the removal of such attractions as Superstar Limo, Golden Dreams, and Soarin’ over California as well as changes made to the lands like the removal of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bountiful Valley Farm. Despite these changes, however, Disney has not abandoned the California theme but rather loosened it. Today I’m going to explain why and hopefully end this debate once and for all.