Published: October 18, 2012 at 10:31 PMToady, eh? Freudian slip?
Published: October 19, 2012 at 1:50 AMAre they trying to increase capacity for November and December, if their expecting a tsunami of crowds with the combination of the holidays and the new Fantasyland opening?
Published: October 19, 2012 at 3:47 AMGotta admit, I don't even remember "Devilish Mary". I've only seen the show at Disneyland and, not to beat a dead, uh, bear, I really miss it. Especially with the temps we've have. ;-)
Published: October 19, 2012 at 4:03 AMI'm not overly impressed by this move by Disney to shorten the show. Although I am delighted to see that they've invested in a nice refurb programme.
Published: October 19, 2012 at 3:58 AMYour Kidding me? Does anyone know whats going on at WDW? They trimmed shows over the years at all the parks. So at this point why bother to even go to them?
Published: October 19, 2012 at 4:45 AMI never really liked Devilish Mary ti begin with (or most of the show for that matter), so does this mean I can survive longer?
Published: October 19, 2012 at 9:09 AMCould be worse. They could make another movie.
In my handful of visits to MK, I never wanted to see the show..it held no appeal for me whatsoever. I remember, on my first visit in the mid-1970's, my Mom went to see it by herself, while my Dad took me and my sister and brother on Haunted Mansion.
Published: October 19, 2012 at 9:38 AMTo me, trimming the show a bit is ok, they did it to Tiki Room too...it probably gives almost the same experience, but just tightening it up a bit.
Published: October 19, 2012 at 9:55 AMThe Country Bears just need to go for good. When MK put in Pooh, they should have kept Toad and kicked out the bears. Toad with the dual track was an amazing ride. The Bears are such a tired, dated show, it's time for a new animatronic ride or attraction.
Published: October 19, 2012 at 10:08 AMThis show is probably seen, mostly, by returning guests, the biggest demografic. To shorten the show will give them more time to shop and eat.
Published: October 19, 2012 at 12:23 PMNo matter. I think it is aimed at children, most of which will be seeing it for the first time.
Published: October 19, 2012 at 4:53 PMCake decorators! I love the fact that the show has a fresh coat of paint, but why not add some new songs instead of just cutting some out. Maybe introduce a new character or two to make it really feel fresh. By the way, how about upgrading the actual animatronics under all of that new fur and clothing you're bragging about imagineers. The ones in the show now, move like they're underwater and don't match the frenetic feeling of some of the songs. It's yesterdays tech. I guess next gen-tech initiative is code for interactive queues, fancy meet and greets, glowing ear hats and Super Duper X-Fast Pass to the tenth power tech. Get some AA's in there that really move, add some characters and a few new songs and then you've piqued my interest. Whatever happened to Walt's concept of plussing?
Published: October 19, 2012 at 7:23 PMI think this show suffered from a few issues that this editing cleared up. First, the reference material, country and western music from the 50's and 60's, is a bit far removed from today's mainstream culture. Second, the pacing was slow and stilted. I never felt like the timing was right on the banter between characters. And finally, the effects had lagged behind where other attractions received updates. Aside from clearer audio and smoother mechanics, the show never got any more engaging than the day it opened.
While I definitely have a penchant for nostalgia,I think this may have been a wise move. Like a previous poster wrote, other attractions have gone under the knife in similar ways and come out that much better. I think that this is in fact a clear example of Disney's work ethic:
"Whenever I go on a ride, I'm always thinking of what's wrong with the thing and how it can be improved." - Walt Disney