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The return of
Main Street U.S.A.
I don't want the public to see the world they live in while they're in the park. I want them to feel they're in another world.
- Walt Disney
One of the saddest things to see is the deterioation of Main Street - Pressler always likes to make excuses that "the place is 45 years old" but it never used to look as run down as it does now. Basically they have stopped painting above the first floor, or anywhere else where you may need to look up. As I understand it, they've pretty much not done any major upkeep work on Main Street since before the 40th anniversary.
Below is the woodwork at the main entrance of the Emporium.
A little further down Main Street, above the watch shop, shows you how all the woodwork is peeling and cracked.
The picture below is the area between Carnation Cafe and Blue Ribbon Bakery.
Below you can see the detailing peeling at the Penny Arcade entrance.
Basically anything that is not seen directly is not painted - as if people wouldn't notice. While taking these shots several visitors walked up to me and without any prompting lamented how shabby the street was looking.
The other area they are saving money on, and it shows, is the lack of upkeep for the signage, and in making new signs for the attractions. Below you can see the Crystal Arts sign hasn't been painted in years...
...and the new temporary sign announcing the limited hours Mr. Lincoln is open is a real eyesore with its mis-matched Velcro stick-ons.
On the NEXT PAGE let's take a look at Haunted Mansion decay.
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