Boston paper profiles Disney's California Adventure

Posted Thursday, September 6, 2001 4:38 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Here's a spot of press on Disney's California Adventure we're not used to seeing: An actual description of some of the attractions and events at the park. While the author does mention the problems with attendance and the "formula," you can learn all about a Q&A session with cast members of ABC's Port Charles.

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Thursday, September 6, 2001 7:24 AM
I completely agree with the reporter, but in more harsh words. California Adventure stinks! I don't like it at all, in exception for California Screamin' (which isn't all that good anyway), and the Maliboomer (which is a reverse spin off of Supreme Scream at Knott's). The park was small, and you could basically do everything in a matter of 5 hours. That isn't a lot. Another thing about that park is that, being that it's new, why aren't many people flocking to it? Hmmm... I wonder. The price slash I was told was only for the summer anyway, so that stinks too. All in all, I don't like it and would give it a 4 on a scale of 0 to 10. I also heard a rumor somewhere that DCA might close, too, if it doesn't pull in more people to the park. Can someone tell me if that's true please?
Thursday, September 6, 2001 7:25 AM
A good report, although I have never been there from what I've read  It sound about right.I hope Disney can make the right adjustments to fine tune this new theme park, and increase attendance.
Thursday, September 6, 2001 7:27 AM

Couldn't figure out how to use the Fast Pass system? How hard is it?
I guess, just cause it has Disney in the name doesnt mean it will be successful.
Go Full Force
Thursday, September 6, 2001 7:39 AM
This was truly a horrible review of the park. Gauging from comments made about ABC television and the "disney-fied" effect on the state's historical sections like Cannery Row, it is obvious that this reporter never intended to like the park, rather he used his visit as a means of futhering his negative opinions about the Walt Disney Company. Alluding to rumors about Bountiful Valley Farm changing shows that the reporter probably read Mouseplanet before he left, setting the stage for his negative opinion of the park. Also, how could a journalist, a supposedly educated and fact finding position, not figure out how to use Fastpass? The answer is he didn't want to. It wouldn't further his argument. He couldn't describe how wonderful Soarin' is or how butter-smoothe Screamin' is, or how GRR is probably one of the two best raft rides ever, so he sank his teeth into the obvious and never let go. The park has a long way to go, but it *is* an all-day park and there is plenty to see and do.  Go an find out for yourself.
Thursday, September 6, 2001 8:40 AM
I agree with "thedude". This article has nothing positive to say about anything. This is exactly the kind of Trip Report I don't like reading on Coasterbuzz. Jeff, why would you post such an article? Do we really need another negative article by some ************ journalist trying to prove how hip he or she is? The only positive thing was that the article sent me to the dictionary a few times.

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Thursday, September 6, 2001 8:51 AM
Jeff's avatar Get off my case... I didn't write it. I think many of the stories we link to are ridiculous, but that's not my place to decide that. It's one thing to post a story and editorialize it as I often do, but to not post it at all would be wrong. That's why I post injury/death stories regardless of how much they piss me off. We censor noise here, not opinions.

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Thursday, September 6, 2001 9:59 AM
Thank you Jeff I was about to say something too.  Intamin fan,  I know you are on coasterbuzz all the time and i know your post was in all good,  but think about it if we take away all the bad news or the reporters talking trash news we might sometimes have no news.  I understand why your upset but no one tells you you have to read anything you dont want to.  I was upset about the reveiw he gave it to but thats just his opinion that hes paid to have.  I can almost garuntee that if he went to the park on his own time he would smile and enjoy his day. 
Thursday, September 6, 2001 10:09 AM
Well, I'm not here to bash on Disney, but the park really isn't all that great.  It does have some good rides, but there really *isn't* enough for an entire day.  Enough for more than five hours maybe, but not an entire day. 

Like I said, I'm not Anti-Disney or anything, I went to Disneyland on a monthly basis growing up as a kid, but they really do need to get their act together and either lower ticket prices more, or add some new attractions in some kind of timely fashion.  I'm sure Disney will get it right with time, but until then, I'm not going back. 

Maybe Disney should just combine Disneyland and DCA to make one big park....... (LOL!) Yeah Right!

Thursday, September 6, 2001 10:36 AM
Yes, I should've picked the g-rated smart aleck instead. My mistake. I'm sorry to have offended everyone. I just find it amazing that you type the word "crap" on this site, and not ***. What's the difference?

I was dissapointed that the article didn't match the headline. I expected the article to give me an in depth report on DCA, including their rides.

Thursday, September 6, 2001 10:57 AM
Who cares? This is just one persons view of California Adventure, you can like it or dislike it, means nothing to me, all I care about is that I like it. :)
Thursday, September 6, 2001 12:27 PM
I've never been there and dont intend to after this Article. 55acres? HA!
"Past this point of no return your only choice is freeze or burn." -Merlin
Thursday, September 6, 2001 1:10 PM
Hey Knotts Berry Farm is 55 acres. Whats your point?
Thursday, September 6, 2001 1:25 PM
I am going to go out on a limb here and say I enjoyed California Adventure, a lot!  I made a huge mistake of reading Mouseplanet's constant bickering about how this is un-Disney and how that is un-Disney.  Those complaints combined with the over-reported lack of attractions and return visit opportunities are what kept me away from this park until last week.  Once I visited the park, I realized that it was intended to be un-Disney.  Just like ABC, Miramax, and everything else Disney owns, it has a different theme and a different audience.  Granted, this park is small and there are fewer attractions than what they put into DisneySea and even the parks in Orlando, but it is a nice park and a hell of a lot more cleaner and themed than any Six Flags property I have been to.  We should be happy with what we have instead of nothing at all.  In ten years, DCA will be a huge attraction.  Like Disneyland at opening, just give it time.  And about shutting it down?  I seriously doubt that will happen any time in the next 100 years or so.  They will work on it until it is right.  Down with MousePlanet, Keep on rolling Coasterbuzz!
Thursday, September 6, 2001 1:53 PM
janfrederick's avatar This guy's a spoiled brat! Waaaa! I think DCA is fun, albeit small. And Bountiful Farm is pretty cool. It just needs a bit of expansion.

Still think they should combine the two parks. A friend at work gave me is package tickets and P and me were able to take in both parks on the same day. That was something!

Thursday, September 6, 2001 2:17 PM
Shut DCA down!
Thursday, September 6, 2001 2:43 PM
I'm with Adam on this one, at least in part. The signature rides at the park are great--Soarin' Over California was my favorite ride during my SoCal trip--but the park does need some work. It's a better experience than some other parks I've been too, but it's un-Disney in more ways than just a lack of dark rides. It doesn't have the detail and creative theming that define Disney parks. Now, if it had lots of thrilling rides and interesting attractions, then I wouldn't be complaining, but California Screamin' and Soarin' Over California were the only rides that I really enjoyed. I was disappointed with Grizzly River. Drops aren't what make that type of ride good, the water curtains and waterfalls and rapids are. But instead Disney put in two mid-sized drops left it at that. Also, the theming on that ride, while good, was sub-par for Disney.

Anyway, getting back on track, I think that DCA does need some fixing, but Disney will probably attend to that within the next few years. SFMM Lover, I really don't understand why you think the park is so bad. I don't think there's any park in the world that I would actually want to be shut down.

Thursday, September 6, 2001 3:02 PM
hmmm....unfortunately, I don't see Diseny "fixing" that park anytime soon. They're VERY slow at adding anything to their parks.  Anything added is a big deal for disney.  Look at the fuss they made when they opened Aladdin's Magic Carpets in Orlando.
Thursday, September 6, 2001 3:42 PM
He didn't mention one thing about Sorin Over Califronia! He didn't even ride It's Tough to Be a Bug or Califronia Screamin, The Sun Weel, Maliboomer, Orange Stinger, and Glden Zepher he didn't even talk about almost all of the rides! Califronia Screamin didn't have an hour wait over my 3 day trip the ride had 4 and 5 train operation with the fastest dispathes you will find and it never exceeded 30 minutes. Even with a full queue!
Thursday, September 6, 2001 4:12 PM
I love the fact that all the suits at Disney relate the low attendance to "inclement weather and a sagging economy".  They never point to the fact that the park doesn't have much to do, and what is there isn't worth the price paid for admission.  California Screamin and Soarin Over California are the only two rides worth anything at the park.  The Animation building is a notable, but once you've walked through it, it's lost it's luster imo.  I also find it funny that even though Japan's economy is worse than ours, their park, Tokyo Disneyland, is enjoying record attendance and their newest park Tokyo DisneySeas is selling out like hotcakes.  Funny isn't it?  Seems to prove that if you give the consumer something of value, they will come, and come out in full force.  Granted, a lot of resort parks like WDW, Universal Orlando are suffering in the current economy.  I just feel that if Disney had thought about more about quality attractions and less about that darn mall next door, maybe they wouldn't be having these problems.  Disneyland doesn't seem to be suffering too much from poor attendance.  Makes you wonder. 
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