When I would finally get the chance to be with my best friends and take a road-trip to California to go to Disney Land, and now that the time to take that trip has come and gone I would like to talk about my most important journey.
Writing about John Hench's book , as I did in a recent , revived my interest in the Disney theme parks. In late January, when a business trip took me to Orlando, I seized the opportunity to pay my first visit to the Magic Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World since 1974. (It had been fifteen years since I last visited Disneyland, its near-identical twin in California.) The day was cloudy, with light rain in the afternoon, and even though it was a Saturday, the crowds were smallat least by what I took to be normal standards. I shudder to think what the park is like when the huge parking lots are almost full, instead of almost empty.
If you can ignore the crass commercialism, something I've alreadytalked about in my essay , Disneyland,as can be expected, was a lot of fun. However, it is nowhere as coolas in Florida. Therides are pretty much the same, though my perception was that therides in Disney World were sometimes bigger/longer. The one exceptionfor this is the Adventure ride for which I don't believe there is aequivalent in Walt Disney World. In general, I enjoyed the ridesabout compared to rides like Space Mountain.
Last night was the first performance of Swanlights at The Melbourne Festival. Boy George guest appeared and will do the same tonight. Antony's exhibition Paradise is now open at the Melbourne Festival Arts Center. Paradise will be on display until Saturday October 27th. For more details plase click . This coming Tuesday, TURNING will have it's Australian premier at The Australian Center for the Moving Image as part of the Melbourne Festival. The screening will be followed with a Q&A. More details . In addition, Lynette Wallworth's film Coral: Rekindling Venue will be screened at the Melbourne Planetarium as part of the Melbourne Festival on Monday October 15th. For more information please see .
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The department-store-window analogy suggested itself to me again during the "Snow White" and "Peter Pan" rides. Both rides are really a series of tableaux, and they would make the most sense if spectators could linger over them, absorbing the story from placards or recorded narration. I remember seeing just such a retelling of a non-Disney version of "Sleeping Beauty" in Saks Fifth Avenue's windows during the 2002 Christmas season in New York. Needless to say, the long lines waiting for Walt Disney World's rides make any such leisurely approach inconceivable.
Audio-Animatronic attractions are complex and challenging, but theyand by extension theme parks themselvesare a dead end for anyone whose ambitions are more than entrepreneurial. I think Walt Disney accepted that reality toward the end of his life, when he began turning away from the theme parks and devoting most of his attention to EPCOT and CalArts and other heavyweight projects.
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I skipped some of the other Audio-Animatronic attractions, like "It's a Small World" and the Hall of Presidentsmy researcher's monomania extends only so farbut I did drop in to the revamped Enchanted Tiki Room. Two newer Disney birds, Iago from and Zazu from , have joined the parrots that have staffed this show for forty years. The Iago robot dominated the show, loudly and coarsely, robbing the Tiki Room of whatever campy charm it may once have had. His abrasive and very "Hollywoodish" manner may be a forecast of what lies ahead for the Disney parks; certainly the same reliance on bombast was evident in a raucous costumed-character show at Cinderella's castle.