Wow, I am surprised so many people were opposed to the design, overall colors, installations, and graphics used for the YoaMD celebration. To be completely honest I found the more whimsical theme of this celebration refreshing after the heavier regal imagery of the 50th Celebration. It’s a stark constrast between the two and in my opinion all the colors, designs, and fluff of the current was appropriate for fanfare celebrating “dreams.”
I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about the basis of this celebration being “random” prize giveaways and after now completing a trip to WDW and DL during YoAMD I will say this is the only part of it I feel kinda stunk. In my opinion, if we were REALLY going to celebrate dreams Disney should have offered unique experiences for EVERYONE, attainable not only by random selection, but perhaps by choice too. For example, giving guests the opportunity to take a small gourmet cooking class in EPCOT, letting kids SIGN UP to be in a sectioned off part of a Disney parade, or even offering a small tour to shadow an animal caretaker in AK for those who may dream of being an entamologist or a zoologist one day; I could go on forever.
I think there were BIG opportunities here to make the focus of “dreams” a more tangiable & uniquely focused experience than just passing out Fast Passes to lines of people. Yes, those things were fabulous BUT, especially in Disneyland, I noticed these types of “dreams” would more frustrate the 1000 families waiting 2 hours to get on Indiana Jones who would then see the one family with it around their necks. I heard one girl, around age 8-9 I’d guess, say to her Mom; “but Mom, I want that dream too and we are here… why can’t we have that dream.” I didn’t really hear what Mom’s answer was but I guess the only explanation would really be that’s “it’s completely random, everyone has a chance, and you just have to get lucky.” Is that what dreams are really about though? I personally think that Disney using the theme to attract visitors in hopes that one of these extravagent “dreams” may be granted to them is a little sensationalist BUT obviously they have provided SOME opportunities; like children learning to be a Princess & some Pirate tutorial stuff.
Anyway, I just really believe that there were huge opportunities here for Disney to make this celebration a lot more meaningful and tangiable than random prize giveaways but I’m a ninny so I am sure everyone else is just taking it for what it is.
Otherwise, when I was in DL two weeks ago I hardly saw ANY YoaMD decor, just merchandise and a few light fixtures, etc. WDW defiantely has more fanfare going on for it. So maybe the rumor was already ringing true. It was basically turned into Nemoland, I probably wouldn’t have really noticed the YoaMD going on in either park if I didn’t already know about it previously.