In a thread and in a private message, Mr. Scoop has asked me to provide specific examples of what I would do to turn WDW around if I was suddenly appointed Grand Gumbah. And specifics, not just the give em quality line of my other postings. I hope our kind moderators will give me a little leeway and verge from the traditional news and rumors. I generally hate these make-believe games, but I think its only fair to give others the chance to play Statler and Waldorf. And since I was the one that first mentioned cold hard business I think its only right that I play by my own rules. Its much too easy to suggest pouring in $300 million to build Beastly Kingdom. Besides, thats not very practical at the moment. So Ive written down a group of ideas that taken together I think would fulfill Mr. Scoops criteria from his message. Unfortunately a few ideas have turned out to be a rather long post. Rather than publish it all at once, Ive decided to drop them out a few at a time for people to comment on and bash as they choose. If no one cares, Ill stop. So here are my first suggestions for gang to pick apart and the one that most directly addresses the Character Show and nighttime test runs issue: Weenies arent just for the parks. This whole topic started because of the proposed Character Show as a way to keep people in the Magic Kingdom longer. The closing-time spectacular (or weenie) is a good concept thats proven successful at Epcot and the Disney/MGM Studios. And adding one to the Magic Kingdom seems like a no-brainer. But this is not the time to be no-brained. Nothing screams value to a guest like free does. So how about a new fireworks show in the middle of the Seven Seas Lagoon? It serves the same purpose as a closing show at the Magic Kingdom (people will stick around in the park waiting for the show), but this one has other benefits. First of course is that it suddenly becomes an instant perk for guests at the Disney resorts. Gee fireworks from your hotel without having to squint into the distance. Disney already charges extra for fireworks view rooms so its a proven draw. And since its a new venue, it would be great opportunity to try new effects and new shells. Something low level over water but still with tremendous sightlines from 360 degrees will produce a show thats completely different than the traditional castle show. And the scale will make it very different than Epcots show. The second key element of value is something thats unique and different. Sure, Sea World can shoot up the same shells as Disney does but can they do this? Next, its FREE and people will always love that. No having to go to the Magic Kingdom but just think about how many of those people will choose to eat at a resort restaurant or shop in a resort shop. And gee, if theyre going all the way to the north end of the property they might as well stop in at the MK anyway. Why do you think casinos in Vegas plop volcanoes and fountains and pirate ships out in front? And just think about all those other revenue possibilities that go along with a free show. Dont you think a picnic dinner on that grassy area besides the docks would be a fun way to wait for the fireworks? A centralized show is also a great way to get across the idea of Walt Disney World as a resort. Too often it feels that WDW is no longer a coherent whole, just four parks, a cluster of hotels and a few other tourist attractions all competing for a guests attention and wallet. A key way to increase the average guests perception of value to make WDW seem larger than its parts. A show thats property-wide instead of tied to a single park will help to reinforce the entire resort. And no, this one show in and of itself will not cause anyone to sudden decide to visit WDW. That problem will need to be tackled from many different directions. P.S. if fireworks wont work then just put in some other stunning show. And without actors youd be amazed about how cheap these things are to produce.