[QUOTE=RowdyRAider;1130479]I hope my opinion is not considered “one-sided” or “biased” since I work there every day. I give honest reviews whenever new attractions open, and I’m not changing it now. THAT SAID…I think it’s one of the most amazing feats we’ve accomplished at our parks in recent memory.
New Fantasyland is about as close as making the Disney fantasy into a reality that will ever be reached. When you walk through Belle’s village, it really FEELS like you’re there. The architecture is unbelievable. Gaston is just randomly walking around like he owns the town. The tavern looks exactly like it does in the film, and the treats they serve there are INCREDIBLE.
Enchanted Tales, or ETWB as we call it, takes the magic into the next level. I’m sorry, but walking through a magic mirror that “transports” you into Beast’s castle is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. Madame Wardrobe and Lumiere are nothing short of incredible. So realistic and lifelike the way they talk and interact.
Under the Sea, while not really anything new as far as a ride goes, does have one of the most amazing queue lines as far as interactivity and realism goes. When I see grown women my age who grew up with Ariel as their favorite princess break down and cry tears of joy and happiness when they get to the area under the castle and also meet Ariel in her Grotto, that tells me we did something right.
The Storybook Circus may resemble Toontown in every way but name, but the atmosphere is even lighter, and again, makes the fantasy even more real.
Finally, Be Our Guests, or BOG. I myself cried the very first night we opened and as soon as Beast made his way onto the floor of HIS castle. People were standing, applauding, cheering, crying. There was Beast, at HIS castle, welcoming HIS guests. And not just the first night. I see this EVERY night. Powerful. Not to mention to say “I ate at the Beasts castle” truly demands bragging rights.
I know New Fantasyland doesn’t seem as big as the models, posters and other blueprints made it out to be. I’m sure once the coaster is complete, and New Fantasyland is truly finished, it will fix that issue. But I see it for the beauty it has brought. For the 10s of thousands who have already ventured through, all smiles, and the 10s of thousands of guests letters that have come through our mailbox, nearly ALL of them stating how happy they were with the expansion.
I hate to disagree with several of your comments, but New Fantasyland is NOT ok…It is absolutely wonderful. :biggrin:[/QUOTE]
Matt, I have always respected you and your opinion. That’s exactly why I said, to be fair, I will reserve my true opinion until I am there in the day light and can really explore it. Going at night took something away maybe? You passion and love for that place is apparent in every word you wrote. I will give it a much deeper look in May. Maybe I will run into you!