THC is standing and applauding.
(Pause ... Wipes away a tear)
The stories behind Splash Mountain and Big Thunder is awfully pendatic. How would an schooled engineer not figure out common sense? So Tony Baxter came to the rescue? I'm not knocking Tony. I'm just saying that the engineers must be on the slow side if the story is true. Or perhaps Disney needed someone to increase their budget, otherwise, the rock work for Splash Mountain would come out completely half-baked and Big Thunder Mountain will constantly stall.
BTW, I'm an engineer. I would use a string.
Well, agree to disagree. What was brilliant about the original was that it was such a great ride, with such a clear narrative (at the age if 8 I had no trouble "getting it"). To me, this Imagination pavilion, and the ride especially, was like the landmark homage to the spirit of Walt himself. This is precisely because it was separate from all of the IP that was usually the focus. There was a purity to it. (I get that figment and dreamfinder were essentially new IP, and that they were there partly to sell Kidak film, but still, it was a refreshingly un-cynical thing. Tony's quip about how the suits weren't happy about the dragon to begin with reinforces this). The decline of the pavilion, I would argue, was symptomatic of a triumph of business concerns over the spirit of imagination itself.
Mr. Baxter, if you're reading these comments, I want to thank you for a lifetime of great work. Like all brilliant creative people, I know that you were just doing what had to be done, and doing the best you could. To me your creations are special, and you have brought great joy to me and my family, and have allowed us to share time and fun with one another in a very meaningful way. Thank you for sharing so generously in these interviews. And thank you for sharing so generously in your life's work.