Although I will admit I actually don't mind the "under new management" show.
I thought the new Tiki was funny maybe the first time I saw it - i.e. when those birds' movies were newer. What year did Aladdin come out anyway?
Now, I always hate the "tease" when the birds break into the Tiki original theme only to be stopped by the new management.
I distinctly remember as a child being a real brat complaining about having to see a show rather than more riding more rides. Then, the show started, and each progressive set of animatronics came to life. That wonder and amazement shut this brat up!!!
Also my thoughts and prayers to the families of not only Fort Hood, but today's shooting in Orlando.
...my then three year old son, almost asleep, smiling, sitting on his Daddy's shoulders. Waiting for the bus in front of Disneyland at closing.
And singing, "Tiki, tiki, tiki, tiki room..."
As for the statement that Expedition Everest's Yeti animatronic is somehow less important to the overall ride experience just because WDI is too lazy/cheap/foolish/short-sighted to properly fix the thing, I have to disagree. The lunging Yeti is to Everest what frosting is to cake, or what a big toe is to a foot: one is insufficient without the other. You simply cannot produce an astonishing exclamation without the use of an exclamation point! The Yeti's final lunge as your car passes just out of its reach was Everest's exclamation point and the ride is somehow diminished without that moment. I guarantee you Mr. Joe Rohde, distended earlobes and all, is horrified at the current state of his baby.
Sorry to bloviate on just one point in your article, but I refuse to let Disney off the hook for the current state of the Yeti. Once you have experienced Expedition Everest with an A-Mode lunging Yeti, all other modes of operation (B-Mode, Show-Mode, and/or Dance Club Mode) just aren't good enough. In fact, they are (as Rob P wrote in another thread) abominable. ;)
I've been on Everest each of the last two years - Yeti has been frozen each time I've seen it.
I likewise agree with the the thumbs up to Carousel of Progress. One thing - Will they just redo that last room? - pretty please!!! Geez, the clothes alone in that scene appear a decade or so past...