I am unashamedly a diehard Disney theme park fanatic, having visited all of them at least once (Walt Disneyland, Walt Disneyworld, Eurodisney and Disneyland Tokyo). I get totally immersed in the Disney magic just like I was nearly 30 years ago when I went to my first Disney theme park. For me, it’s an irony-free zone.
That said, I have had my own disappointments and gripes with how the parks have evolved. Particularly I have lamented the horrible Hollywood-ization of many of the attractions (i.e. the “Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith” and Michael Jackson’s “Captain EO” 3D show).
Well apparently I’m not alone. “Re-imagineering” is a new blog created by several anonymous employees of the Disney theme parks giving their insider commentary on where Disney has gone wrong. It’s highly addicting for a Disneyland fan and critic alike. They call themselves:
[a] forum for Pixar and Disney professionals passionate about the Disney Theme Parks to catalog past Imagineering missteps and offer tenable practical solutions in hopes that a new wave of creative management at Imagineering can restore some of the wonder and magic that’s been missing from the parks for decades.
It’s apparently very popular with 50-some comments to every post. I’ll certainly keep it high in my bookmark list. (For some reason, they don’t offer an RSS feed, which isn’t very nice.) Surf over to http://imagineerebirth.blogspot.com for all of the Disney love and snarkiness you can handle.