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If You Have A Chance To Ask Disney's Imagineers...

... what question would you ask them?

I have one question that I definitely ask them that is fresh on my mind while I'm on my WDW vacation:

Question: Disney/Imagineers spent a lot of time and effort in themeing everything, down to the utmost detail. What exactly happened with the parking area at Kidani Village? Why is it completely lack of any effort to blend it with the resort, so much so that it looks like a typical, bare parking ramp?

I would LOVE to hear what they have to say about that!

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Along those lines, I would ask why the back of EE looks like this:

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ZapperZ wrote:
... what question would you ask them?

I have one question that I definitely ask them that is fresh on my mind while I'm on my WDW vacation:

Question: Disney/Imagineers spent a lot of time and effort in themeing everything, down to the utmost detail. What exactly happened with the parking area at Kidani Village? Why is it completely lack of any effort to blend it with the resort, so much so that it looks like a typical, bare parking ramp?

I would LOVE to hear what they have to say about that!

Zz.

We have a friend who is an imagineer in master planning so this is something he might know... Will ask next time we see him!

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Wow...only one question? Better make it a good one.

How about knowing what we know now about technology, crowd control, traffic patterns, etc., if you could redesign any one park from scratch, what would you do differently? What would you keep the same?

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alicemouse wrote:
Wow...only one question? Better make it a good one.

How about knowing what we know now about technology, crowd control, traffic patterns, etc., if you could redesign any one park from scratch, what would you do differently? What would you keep the same?

I like that one.

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I would like to ask why does it take so long to build a new ride or themed area when other parks can construct new rides or areas in a fraction of the time that it normally takes for Disney Imagineering.

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I would ask what the biggest road block to taking a project from blue sky to fruition is. I think I know the answer, ok I think i know two answers, but it would be interesting to hear it from them.

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I would like to ask why does it take so long to build a new ride or themed area when other parks can construct new rides or areas in a fraction of the time that it normally takes for Disney Imagineering.

But I think many of us can answer that, can't we?

Unlike other theme parks, Disney just doesn't build rides or areas. They build attractions. And that means that the ride must be part of a story and must fit in to where it is located. This means that the queue line, the surroundings, etc. must be part of the story. Would Universal or 6-Flags go to the extent of the details put in to build EE, for example?

Think about the last time they tried to build something really fast and cheaply - the old California Adventure. Disney fans around the world were aghast that there was very little theming that went on, especially around Paradise Pier.

To me, that is why it takes Disney a long time to build an attraction.

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The Colonel wrote:
Along those lines, I would ask why the back of EE looks like this:

I will probably not ask that, but a slight variation to that. Did they not realize that guests driving in to the DAK parking area would be able to see the unfinished back of EE?

The back of practically all of Disney buildings are "unfinished" if they are not to be seen by guests. So I can understand if EE looks like that. However, the back of EE, at least the top part that is above the tree line, can be seen by guests driving in. So I will certainly be curious if the EE Imagineers (Joe Rohde, are you reading this?) dropped the ball on evaluating to what extent guests can see the structure.

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ZapperZ wrote:

Think about the last time they tried to build something really fast and cheaply - the old California Adventure. Disney fans around the world were aghast that there was very little theming that went on, especially around Paradise Pier.

I respect what you're saying. But let me present the opposite. The 7 Dwarfs Mine Train took over 5 years to make but there has been widespread criticism that the ride is too short. Not to mention that the restraint system has made it impossible for some Pooh-sized or Baloo-sized guests to ride or if they are able to ride it by chance, a very tight and uncomfortable ride with little or no leg room for a good portion of adult riders. Whether management was forced to cave in and build the Mine Train ride to deflect criticism that New Fantasyland was too girly or princess-y or even if the ride was necessary in the first place is up for debate. But it has made New Fantasyland more congested while Epcot and the Studios have been given the cold shoulder in terms of not being given brand new rides.

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Why the empty buildings in EPCOT like The Odyssey, and Wonders of Life pavilion? I understand that the odyssey is used for corporate events, but it seems like such prime real estate. The wonders of life: if they did not want to re-do a life pavillion why not a new theme? Maybe a weather pavilion?

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LabCowboy wrote:
Why the empty buildings in EPCOT like The Odyssey, and Wonders of Life pavilion? I understand that the odyssey is used for corporate events, but it seems like such prime real estate. The wonders of life: if they did not want to re-do a life pavillion why not a new theme? Maybe a weather pavilion?

Actually the Wonders of Life Pavilion is used as the welcome center for Food & Wine Festival in the fall. They also have seminars, cooking demonstrations and wine tastings etc. I think it is used for the same purpose for the Flower & Garden show in the spring. So it does not sit empty year round.

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My wife and I had the opportunity to meet with an Imagineer a few years ago. We did "Dining with an Imagineer". Got to pick his brain for about 2-3 hours in a private room at The Brown Derby. An experience we won't forget.
We also got to talk to several imagineers at the HM, there were cutouts of characters along the queue line and as we walked past, we stopped. As we were looking at them trying to figure out what they were, we were approached by a few imagineers. They told us this was for the future expansion of the HM queue. The cardboard cutouts eventually turned out to be the 5 busts when you first enter the stand-by line. The original concept was to have them talk, but we could barely hear the voices and it was 9:30 in the morning and empty. I think they did a great job with the plaques, and having you figure out who killed who.

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jw24 wrote:

Not to mention that the restraint system has made it impossible for some Pooh-sized or Baloo-sized guests to ride or if they are able to ride it by chance, a very tight and uncomfortable ride with little or no leg room for a good portion of adult riders.

This is the exact reason we won't ride it. I'm more of a tall Pooh-sized person. I did it once and the discomfort it caused wasn't worth the ride. It's hurt the backs of my legs and butt so bad I couldn't wait to get off. Plus my knees, at 5' 8" nearly hit the front of the car. I can't imagine why they wouldn't have considered a plethora of sized riders (or they did and didn't care?!). sad

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