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.
I have the fix to DCA's problems. This one thing will bring in millions per year and guaranteed to bring in new visitors every time. Start selling the pictures they take on Superstar Limo! While I believe that every other ride photo machine is over-hyped and mostly over-priced, this one would be huge! I would certainly fork over $10 to own a picture of me and my friends with the confused look of "what the... is this?" Just an idea. Disney reps, you know how to contact me.
sfmmman2001, KBF is actually 150 acreas, almost 3 times the size of DCA.
And although DCA itself is indeed a disappointment, you gotta admit the new surrounding resort area looks fantastic. Much better than prior to the Disneyland Resort makeover. Just the surrounding Anaheim makeover alone was a HUGE major undertaking. Add the world's largest parking structure, a whole new theme park, entertainment/shopping/dinning area, new hotel, new transportation center, extensive landscaping, complete renovations of 2 large hotels, all this combined together is quite impressive if you think about it. Give DCA some time, once they expand into the Timon parking lot and add more much needed E-ticket attractions, this place will rock.
Zero boy, I don't like DCA and that's my opinion, that's all there is to it. I go every once in a while, and believe me, the park stinks worse than a gym bag full of sweat socks. Being that this is a park that's supposed to be "better than Disneyland," anyone, and I do mean anyone, would and should expect a whole lot. Now, I have asked a lot of people there about it, and many agree. It's not all that great. If the expansion does go through in the next 10 years, and if they add something thats at least worth a fright, then my opinion might change, but right now, that's not EVEN the case.
Draco- I am just talking about the park itself. Knotts does own 160 acres. But the park itself is around 55 acres or so. Also, Disneyland was around 55 acres when it opened. Im just trying to say that size does not matter (talking about theme parks here). :)
California Adventure is by no means a bad park, but one thing that the author of the article wrote is 100% true: the park is cheap. You can tell that they went through a ride catalog and purchased pre-made rides that they could cheaply Disney-fy. Even worse is that they took OLD attractions like Muppetvision (which was a decent attraction when it was first released over 10+ years ago)and tried to pass them off as a NEW attraction. The best things about the park are what Disney does best: original attractions that you can't find everywhere else (Soaring Over California, the hands on animation exhibit, Grizzly Rapids, etc). It's that reason that we can justify spending more money going to a Disney park than say at Knott's or Six Flags... we're getting a rich, unique experience. However, with DCA, we're paying too much money for a carbon-copy, pseduo-Disney experience. I can guarrantee you that this park is going to go through a BIG overhaul in the upcoming years to make it more Disney.