A couple of tweets that just kicked me in the gut:
The MK #HubTrees in 1990. They made the castle taller by making it appear farther away. Trees were removed in 2003. pic.twitter.com/F37lszuiPw— Carousel of Progress (@CarouslOProgrss) January 24, 2015
The MK #HubTrees in 1990. They made the castle taller by making it appear farther away. Trees were removed in 2003. pic.twitter.com/F37lszuiPw
The MK in 2014....a vast concrete jungle. #HubTrees pic.twitter.com/MN9AwcE8NM— Carousel of Progress (@CarouslOProgrss) January 24, 2015
The MK in 2014....a vast concrete jungle. #HubTrees pic.twitter.com/MN9AwcE8NM
What do you think?
Yes, a vast concrete jungle, indeed. Not to mention, they're filling in part of the river/moat to make parades and fireworks viewing easier, and at EPCOT, they're removing a bit of greenery from Norway for the Meet & Greet.
Don't miss out on an opportunity to make your parks less green, Disney! We wouldn't want that!
Such a shame.
I understand this is the inevitable outcome of the decision to make the castle into a performance platform, instead of leaving it just to be, well, a castle. With the fireworks now incorporating the castle and all the projection shows, Disney needs space to accommodate the crowds who want to see these shows, and it must make that space free of visual obstacles blocking the show. Therefore, bye, bye trees.
That said, I'm not on board with making the space around the castle look so desolate for the entire operational day just to accommodate two or three 10-15 minutes shows in the evening.
Disney's been spending millions on MyMagic+, in part to better distribute its crowds throughout its parks. Trying to draw everyone into the hub several times a night for these shows seems to run counter to that. I wonder if the Magic Kingdom experience might not be more "magical" if the fireworks became a show in the sky that looked the same from all around the park again. And if the castle projection show became a thing that happened on every hour or half-hour, to accommodate viewers throughout the evening instead of drawing huge crowds for just a couple show per night. That way, we might have a delightfully landscaped castle hub once again.
Oh, wow..... Talk about taking away from the magic. One of my favorite things at MK, a simple thing, was the twinkling fairy lights they used to put in those trees around the castle. Felt like a real enchanted forest..... Clearing it all away to make room to view an over-the-top light show is just sad. Sometimes it's the small things that make the biggest memories....
I'm not getting too bothered yet. Disney is good at bringing in fully grown trees and planting them overnight. Waiting to see the hub after all the walls are gone and landscaping is complete seems prudent.
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