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Old 02-06-2009, 07:09 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by Amy&Dan View Post
It amazes me each time I see that mess when I stay at Pop. This is the kind of thing Walt Disney would have never allowed! The fact you can see that section from parts of Pop Century and the road is just amazing. I mean they have vast underground networks at the parks for the cm's to get around so that you don't see employees coming in and out of work, yet they have this whole abandoned section of a resort that looks like it got hit by a nuclear bomb. I just dont' get it.
That's an exaggeration.

Magic Kingdom is the only park with a network of Utilidors, and although they are impressive, I woudn't call them "vast".

Walt certainly didn't like the idea of things that spoiled the suspension of disbelief in the parks, but he wasn't totally rabid about it. He developed that feeling after DLR was built, by spending time in the park and observing how seeing CMs in costumes from other lands looked out of place walking through the park to and from their work areas, and he developed his aesthetic sense after seeing unsightly billboards and hotels spring up just off-site, within view of some parts of the park.

I think if Walt were still alive and running the company, he'd probably just have the maintenance people take care of the landscaping at Legendary Years and maybe cover the facades with painted plywood to give the unfinished buildings a more cheerful appearance.

Personally, I don't think the Legendary Years looks all that bad. The landscaping is in need of care, and the buildings are unfinished, but I don't think it looks like it was "hit by a nuclear bomb" or that it detracts significantly from the experience of staying at Pop Century.
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