Vote of the week: Airing of grievances about The American Adventure
The season of Festivus
is upon us, so it's time for the annual Airing of Grievances. I'll be airing more grievances as the month goes on, focusing on problems that theme parks ought to be fixing, but haven't yet. Some of these are simply missed opportunities. Others are actual embarrassments. Let's start today with one of those.
The finale of Epcot's The American Adventure show past its expiration date years ago. Today, it's grown into an embarrassment. Sorry, Disney, but Tiger Woods and Lance Armstrong no longer illustrate America's "golden dreams," as even Disney Legend and Imagineer Marty Sklar pointed out this month during the industry's annual IAAPA conference. Former Imagineer Rick Rothschild agreed, saying at the same event that Golden Dreams is supposed to be updated every 10 years, and this version is going on 12 years now.
Epcot's The American Adventure
Many years ago, when the tanker Exxon Valdez dumped its oil on the Alaskan shore, Disney moved swiftly to cut a reference to the ship from the preshow at the then-Exxon-sponsored Universe of Energy pavilion. Disney's waited too long to respond to the public humiliations of Woods and Armstrong. Disney ought to save itself further embarrassment and close this show - today. Give Eric Jacobsen, the Imagineer charged with overseeing Epcot, the money he needs to pull together a team of film editors to cut a new ending to the montage and install it ASAP - before Christmas vacation starts.
What do you think?
Let's hear your thoughts on "Golden Dreams," in the comments.
I do not feel the ride should be closed for this to happen...my reason is that if this is your only trip for a few years that you would miss such a great experience. The movie shoule have both Armstrong removed. Tiger to me is not that important. What Armstrong did is unexcuseable and he should not be featured for something he did with help from substances. With the technology of today they should be able to edit him out and someone more deserving in in very brief time.
I do think it should be taken care of ASAP, but I don't think it necessitates shutting the whole attraction down. This is something they can't work on fixing while the show still runs and then only shut down for the install.
I voted yes because this is one of my favorite attractions. It would be cool to replace those guys with some of out recent Olympians like Michael Phelps and the 2012 U.S. Women's Gymastics team. The theater could also use some new seats.
Gonna be hard to find the near perfect people needed to make the Golden Dreams sequence as timeless as possible. Maybe best to stick with fictional characters like Mary Poppins or Pollyanna. ;)
This is what happenes when you put the real world into a theme park. Politics, sports, religion, big businesses, all of them have aspects that are smelly and dirty.
I've never seen the show, but if he isn't in it already I think they should add Steve Jobs to the film.
Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson are both promintenty featured in the show and they are far from perfect human beings. That's one of the things that makes us unique as American's, our forgiveness of our heroes shortcomings. What I'm saying is, no matter how much they change the show, there will always be people in it that aren't perfect...that just makes them human...and American. We can remember the great things they accomplished while at the same time keeping in perspective that they have made mistakes.
I'd like to see it updated, but it has definitely been changed more recently than 12 years ago. They added September 11th to it just a few years ago. They also swapped the 1980 Miracle hockey team with one of the gold medal winning Olympic softball teams, which, softball aficionado though I am, seems like a great injustice. The end sequence will never be perfect, but neither will the US.
The new ending will be a tribute to the greatest American of all time, Magic Kingdom Vice President Phil Holmes.
Personal life and professional life should be separated. In that regard, Tiger Woods should stay. Armstrong, on the other hand, did something wrong in his own profession, so his presence is more tricky.
Why all the Disney complaints lately Robert? You seem to be really hard on them these past few months.
I think that images of brave and heroic Americans should be included, such as seal team 6, heroic first responders, and brave, humble and everyday Americans who went to Katrina's and Sandy's aftermaths to just hand out water and do what they could to make our great place whole again.
First, the problem is with the attraction itself featuring current public figures. Walt had the plaque for the original park read that we were leaving the world of today for the world of fantasy, tomorrow and yesterday. The theme parks should aspire to such direction because being in the present is frankly boring (why am I paying all this money to go through the gate to experience what's already outside?) and fraught with quickly changing events, times and mores.
It could be worse, it could always be Barbie again...
As a 'foreigner' I have to say that I loved the show as it is. It's jingoistic for sure, but it was also surprisingly humble in places. What strikes me most of all about it however is that it is patriotic in a way that we in the UK simply aren't. Don't get me wrong - we love our country, but we can never express that love in the way that you can and I find that strangely moving.
I don't think closing the show and having it reopen by the "holidays" is in any way realistic. I voted no.
Armstrong already got caught long ago. Besides, it is just not possible to compete in cycling without dopeing, which is known for a very long time too. Pantani, Ulrich, Riis, all those winners before Armstrong are known dopers too. The mistake is not to exclude Armstrong too late, the mistake was to select him solely based on the perception of a very bad informed public in the first place.
Woods and Armstrong should definitely be omitted. There are no more American heros except for the Avengers.
It seems a bit ridiculous to advocate closing a show because you no longer admire two people who occupy four seconds of the film. Both good and bad things happen in America, as many of the other scenes remind us, so perhaps being uncomfortable over two of the supposed "heroes" is just another reminder of that. Who ever decided that rich guys playing a sport were heroes anyway?
This discussion seems kind of pointless when you consider that there has been technology available to theme parks for years now that would allow Disney to swap out images on the fly in just a few hours. Sure the decision to do something might have to go through some process that takes time, but if someone of authority decided that Lance Armstrong should get dropped (whether that's a temporary thing or permanent), it could be done overnight with no downtime whatsoever.
This seemingly benign question of whether this show should be changed to remove potential embarrassments has opened Pandora's Box.
The rationalizations of Tiger Woods and Lance Armstrong are ridiculous.
The name of Charles Lindbergh has been spelled incorrectly on pre-show sign, right in the where hall Voices of Liberty perform, for years now. Disney knows about it but hasn't bothered to fix it. It's such an embarrassment -- to claim to honor someone but not get their name right, and not have enough pride to fix it.
In answer to Anon Mouse :
"Let he who is without sin...."
Yeah an update would be nice. However, most people whowatch the show are probably more than indifferent even if they recognize people at the end. This, however, never comes close to a need to shut down the attraction.
"As for bringing up Christianity, are they Christians? "
Rob P: Are you for real?
Anon Mouse appears to be the kind of person who just can't help spoiling for a fight.............without any justification. Just for the hell of it ( oops there I go again with religious content ). Bet he's the life and soul any party he goes to.
Right back at you. It is sad you couldn't see your own argument in light of... what you're actually doing!!!
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