“Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as long as there is imagination left in the world.” – Walt Disney
Who doesn’t get excited when something new is coming? But change is hard to accept when there are decisions concerning our favorite attraction or land at a Disney park. We fret about the worst case scenario, often deciding that we aren’t going to like the changes before they happen.
There are major changes occurring at both California and Florida parks. Soon, both will have a “Star Wars Land,” in addition to Walt Disney World’s “Avatar Land.”
We would be remiss to not include ourselves with those saying that we wish there was another way to bring in Star Wars Land without ripping out our beloved Big Thunder Ranch. This was an area that was kind of a “best kept secret” in Disneyland. One could escape the crowds here, and especially on a hot summer day, there was usually a cool breeze blowing through the trees that filled this area.
The petting zoo at the ranch was a good place for little ones to get up close and personal with the animals, and there was an all-you-can-eat family style barbecue restaurant that served some really delicious food.
With the construction, a long forgotten part of an extinct attraction, the Fantasy Land terminal for the Disneyland Skyway met its final demise in late May, 2016.
As changes go, one we wish wouldn’t happen at the Disneyland Resort (although not directly related to Star Wars Land) is the replacing of “Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” with the “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion” stage show. Genie’s jokes were always fresh and funny and we would see the show just to hear the latest. (Case in point in fretting about change – we have heard the new Frozen show is really good and worth seeing).
While Walt Disney World has the advantage of open spaces in which to expand, there is still some ripping and replacing going on. Star Wars Land will be going into Disney Hollywood Studios and Avatar Land in Animal Kingdom. We are not as familiar with Walt Disney World compared to Disneyland, so we can’t say we would really notice the changes. We didn’t have our first trip to Florida until May, 2014, so the attractions we experienced were all new to us – therefore our frame of reference is that first trip and not 1971.
We are not ones to go along with change-for-change sake, but sometimes things need to be changed in order to bring in new technology, ideas and brighten up the place. If it all stayed the same, even the most die-hard fan would eventually become bored and none of us would want that.