Oh I know the reason was money. I know they also used the excuse of guest safety. I agree with you. I would be happy with some lights or decorations in that area. Anything, something would be better than nothing. I still remember the wonderful ceremony they had lighting the tree. Why not put the tree in a larger area and invite the crowd to participate in the lighting. I loved when they had the cast members from all the countries around the tree. That was so Disney for me. I guess that is what I miss more than anything. The magical touch they brought to the holidays. Now it is like they just slapped up the decorations because they had to.