Environmental groups not fond of new Disney Springs name

Posted Monday, January 19, 2015 10:07 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Disney's portrayal of its commercial development as an idyllic springs setting strikes springs defenders as another "Flori-duh" moment. Real springs are plagued with pollution and shriveled flows caused by development.

Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.

Monday, January 19, 2015 10:12 AM

I love the comment on the OS site about their disappointment that Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain aren't real mountains.

Monday, January 19, 2015 10:53 AM

There is an epidemic in this country, and it's called People With Far Too Much Free Time.

Monday, January 19, 2015 11:51 AM

I am shocked, shocked to learn there is a fake thing at Walt Disney World.

Monday, January 19, 2015 12:33 PM

I hope that the OS commenters were equally disappointed that Space Mountain is neither a real mountain nor in space.

Monday, January 19, 2015 6:23 PM

Don't they say Space Mountain is the largest mountain in Florida?

There was a Jeopardy question (answer) the other night that went something like: "The state with the least change in elevation: from 0 to 345 feet". And I said "What is Florida, Alex?". I was right for 400 bucks.

I've reached my premium viewing limit with the Sentinel, apparently, so I can't see the article. And I'm not signing up. But who thinks they should be real mountains? A "commentor"? Please say no...

Monday, January 19, 2015 6:40 PM

One of the commentators waxed satirical, "reporting" that the Sierra Club was protesting WDW, as the leader arrived, ready to climb Big Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain and Mt Everest, only to learn they were all fake.

I think my favorite quote from the article would be the one from Bob Knight, the director of the Florida Springs Institute: "Disney Springs is clearly a marketing endeavor." It's an astounding grasp of the obvious that that man has....

No one tell him those meandering streams all over WDW are actually part of the resort's water management system.

Monday, January 19, 2015 7:05 PM

I'm still furious that I exited Mission to Mars only to learn I was still on earth...

Monday, January 19, 2015 7:15 PM

Worse, it's now a Stitch-themed attraction.

Last edited by Jeff, Monday, January 19, 2015 7:15 PM
Monday, January 19, 2015 7:38 PM

I can relate. I once took a trip to Alaska from Sandusky...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 1:49 AM

Vater said:

There is an epidemic in this country, and it's called People With Far Too Much Free Time.

You mean like people who read and post on a site dedicated to roller coasters? :)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 11:26 AM

FWIW - the highest elevation in FL south of the panhandle is one "Mt. Trashmore" in Coconut Creek, at 225 feet. Given the NIMBY complaints about odors in the surrounding vicinity, I doubt an entertainment complex will be built on it anytime soon....

So we'd better get used to the "fake" Disney mountains... ;~P

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 8:29 AM

In fact, if you were to look at the back of Expedition Everest (a fake Disney mountain, duh) from a bird's eye view, you can see the warehouse-like building they disguise as a mountain.

See what I mean?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 8:53 AM

How dare you post that picture. Everything I know is a lie!!

The magic is gone from Disney for me now.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 9:07 AM

Next you'll tell me Mickey ISN'T the illegitimate love-child of Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 9:51 AM

I had a walk-down on Everest with the lights on. That sure gives you a different perspective of the ride.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 12:37 PM

Like a big 'ole pole barn.

You don't have to have to do the birds eye view to see the back of that building, you can see it from the parking lot. We were shocked, and my whole day was ruined...

Thursday, January 22, 2015 9:05 AM

Jeff said:

I had a walk-down on Everest with the lights on. That sure gives you a different perspective of the ride.

Very much so. I got to go through the year it opened with a couple technicians from Vekoma that I worked with before during one of my trips down. Just happened to literally run into them on the midway and they invited us in.

Still love Space Mountain when the lights are on better though.

Last edited by Red Garter Rob, Thursday, January 22, 2015 9:05 AM

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