Readers' Opinions

From Andrew Swanson on December 14, 2011 at 4:21 PM
Do Anaheim and Orlando intentionally not publicly advertise the name of Rivers of America for some specific reason? Or is it unintentional and just another example of how TDL operates with a higher level of detail and guest service than its American counterparts?
From Skipper Adam on December 14, 2011 at 4:32 PM
It's new, but MK has a duel purpose meet and greet space/ Rivers of America sign by the Little Mississippi. Donald wearing a coon skin cap is seen there. Only Disneyland is left without a sign for it.
From Brandon Mendoza on December 14, 2011 at 4:41 PM
Oddly enough, my favorite part of this section of the tour was the popcorn! I've heard wonderful things and can only imagine. Too bad we can't ship this stuff to us here!
From Robert Niles on December 14, 2011 at 4:52 PM
Hadn't seen that before, Skipper. Thanks for the update!
From James Rao on December 14, 2011 at 5:14 PM
Gotta agree with Brandon, those popcorn options (and the corresponding duck joke) were the focus of my attention. Anyone know why Disney won't bring those flavors to our home parks?
From Stevo B on December 14, 2011 at 5:22 PM
I'm in with exporting the popcorn. Could be a nice add to EPCOT and/or California Adventure.
From Robert Niles on December 14, 2011 at 6:15 PM
Tokyo Disney is raking it in with the popcorn. Throughout the parks, I saw people wearing souvenir popcorn buckets on lanyards, around their necks. Each bucket held about the same amount as a box, but a refill cost 500 yen, as opposed to the 300 yen for the box. Each stand had its own bucket design, usually featuring some character, and the buckets sold for 2,100 yen - 3,200 yen with the strap. That's 40 bucks!
From Joe Brown on December 15, 2011 at 8:31 AM
When did the Fort close at WDW? We were there last November and it was open. We went up and fired shots at BTM for fun.
From Anon Mouse on December 15, 2011 at 8:51 AM
Disneyland/WDW believe in maximum profits through simplicity of the menu items. That's why you see less variety and more standardization. There's a decrease in inventory and less training of CMs. More profits from less customer service via quicker turnaround/faster transactions. See, its all in the math except that more people are keeping them money in their wallets like myself.

I usually don't eat popcorn. I quite enjoy a caramel version, but they are much too sweet to eat regularly. A salted version with garlic or onion might get me to buy one.

From Brandon Mendoza on December 15, 2011 at 9:10 AM
I would definitely spend more money at the parks if they included options like the popcorn stuff! I'm not asking for a menu like at Burger King or McDonald's (I'm actually more of an In & Out guy... simplicity and freshness!), but regular buttered popcorn? Give us something that we can't get outside of the parks!

I will say that Disney does give us the best Churros in So Cal. I can't say I've been able to find anything close at any hole in the wall Mexican restaurant, sit down, or chain restaurant! Heck, not even in from a grocery store!

Oh and I'm definitely jealous of how an AWESOME map is just given out! Great find Robert! Definitely frame that thing!

From Ricardo K on December 15, 2011 at 9:22 AM
I knew I should have tried the curry popcorn when I went there!! I didn't because I spotted them right after I had lunch... Oh well, next time...

Loving the articles on TDL! Keep them coming!

From David Sutter on December 15, 2011 at 11:18 AM
Rober, Fantastic reporting. Once quick question. It appears that its a largwe island then the US counterparts? Or am i wrong here?
From Robert Niles on December 15, 2011 at 1:12 PM
I think the Florida TSI is larger, and certainly so if you count the large non-public areas on that island. The Tokyo island seemed about the same size as Disneyland's to me, but with the open fort and Indian village.
From Nancy Mast on December 17, 2011 at 12:04 AM
The ducks were flavoring themselves!?! Brilliant. Simply brilliant! :)
From Marc Ricketts on December 17, 2011 at 11:43 AM
Fort and rifle were definitely there in MK last summer. I just looked at a pic of my hand firing a rifle. I don't really feel any loss that there's no sign identifying the ROA. It's labeled on my wall map, not really a big secret.