On today's show, Mike and Mark talk about rides that need updating or replacing, or should be changed back to what they were before an update or replacement.
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Mike and Mark talk about rides that need updating or replacing, or should be changed back to what they were before an update or replacement.
Discussion started with the Tiki Room, which was updated from Tropical Serenade to Enchanted Tiki Room - Under New Management, and has now been changed back and renamed Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room.
Discussing the change of the open Adventureland Plaza to the Magic Carpets of Aladdin reminded Mark about the third story that he ever wrote for MousePlanet, which talked about how the Carpets destroyed the area's continuity of theme.
Discussion worked its way around from Adventureland to Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland, Mickey's Toontown Fair, and Tomorrowland. There was mostly agreement, but some interesting disagreements.
Mark also remembered the Sah Wat Dee-Krap sign (hello in Thai) that used to be at the exit to "it's a small world".
For more information about the old 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea attraction, check out this wonderful tribute site.
Mark discussed his article from 2003 about the last-ever public show of ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter.
More information is available about If You Had Wings at Mike Lee's amazing Widen Your World site.
Let us know which attractions should be updated, replaced, or changed back!
The show was running very long, so we skipped the Magical Moment and Listener Feedback that we originally had scheduled for this week.
The MouseAdventure Zone, September 24 & 25 at Disneyland, sold out in a matter of hours a couple of weeks ago. However, registration for MouseAdventure World Explorers III is still open. That game will take place November 12 at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Mark will be there to help run that game. Come see how well you know the Studios, and test your wits against our puzzle masters!
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