Published: August 17, 2009 at 8:50 AM
Mr. Niles asks: "So, what do you wish your favorite park would build for next year?"
I considered the question from the context of what attraction would improve a park's guest experience, rather than picking an attraction I would like to ride.
My favorite park is the Magic Kingdom. The attraction they should add is a playground/sprayground. Two weekends in a row, we walked around the Magic Kingdom in the Florida sun. To call it HOT would be an understatement. In Fantasyland (where shade is a rare commodity, the pavement was like a griddle at McDonalds.
I've posted it before (and more extensively than this time) shut down the Grand Prix raceway, and build an enormous playground/sprayground. Theme it as the enchanted forest. Throw a re-creation of the seven dwarfs cottage. Install both wet and dry play areas with trees and canopied play areas.
Parents could cut their kids loose -- you don't have to stand in line to step under a bucket drop o run through a pop fountain. It also serves the purpose of getting guests off the streets (reducing the intensity of crowds).
If Disney did it right and made it a beautiful sprawling attraction, families would be so happy and the publicity would be so positive they could possibly sneat a beer stand in under the radar ;o)