(OK Scoop!! An essay! And not a quote to be found!! Happy? ) Sorry to be so late to the party, but Ive been a bit busy lately. And then of course there is CNN and MSNBC that uses up the rest of my down time . And to top it off Im going to Disney!! Yep!! Leaving tomorrow morning!! But I feel this issue is very important. Not worldly important. Nothing earth shattering. Certainly nothing compared with Iraq or other such important things. But it is the epitome of the Disney Touch. And it speaks volumes on how badly managed the place really is, by those same people who we have been told GET IT. They evidently dont!!! SO! A new thread. Otherwise only the faithful would read it as its past page five already!!! Anyway, most people on this board know me. Ive been a little out spoken at times and a little more than long-winded almost always. If youve read any of my stuff youll see a theme. It is one of philosophy. I harp on it. I constantly bring it up. I continuously praise it. And I always, always say how absolutely easy it is to run WDW if you just stick with the philosophy. And of course, that means Walts philosophy. Or maybe more simply put what he thought an amusement park should be. And it turns out that it isnt complicated. It turns out that its really, really simple! Instead of making the park in the middle of the real world, like every other amusement park or carnival was, hed create a magical place for it. Someplace where he could control the effects, the sights, the sounds, the feelings and the emotions, every inch of the way. And he did it the only way he knew how. What came natural to him!! What he had done his whole life!! He simply did it as if he were making a movie!! In other words, he put on a "SHOW"!! Thats it folks!! Thats the key!! Thats the answer!! Its the meaning of (Disney) life! Its the gospel of theme parks!! THATS WHY HE CALLED IT A SHOW!!! And he took great care to maintain this SHOW in every way he possibly could. He even dressed the street sweepers in costumes. They were given training in guest interaction!! He took pains to create the berm to shield his SHOW from the outside world. He bought ridiculous amounts of land in Florida to make sure he could control each and every aspect of that SHOW. He carefully crafted the architecture and colors, sights and sounds to fashion the best SHOW possible. I dont know if anyone remembers the finally straw for me. It was the summer of 1998. In fact, it was August 1, 1998. We had just spent a week in WDW and the MK was already closing an hour earlier than it had ever closed since the World began. And then, on that fateful day, they chopped another hour off. Yes sir!! On August the first summer was officially over!! Not according to the thirty odd years of history or even more if you count Disneyland. And not according to calendar. And it certainly wasnt over as far as the resort rates go. No! You were still paying summer rates for the rooms!! But it was over because the VP of the MK said it was over!! And so the evening (I could hardly call it a night) ended with the fireworks. THOUSANDS of people were crowding onto Main Street. We hung back at the Ice Cream Parlor, waiting for the crowd to thin a bit. We saw the vacuums do their obligatory pass cleaning up the litter from the curbs. That has happened ever since the late seventies sometime (a move I did not approve of at the time)! As we were making our way out I found I was shouting to make myself heard. Why? Because there were SEVERAL vacuum cleaners making their way up and down the street, almost as if the really were sweeping the cattle (oops!) I mean people, out of the gate! They had them running from the the time the fireworks ended until at least a half an hour later. Up and down the street!! And it was even worse when you got to the hub!! There were even more!! THAT (coupled with those DAMNED hours) was it!! My back was officially broken! And I started to think then that the people who were running things didnt quite Get It!! It was one of my first complaints on these very boards over two years ago. It was met with the same response as I see today. Isolated incidence!! I was there last Thursday and didnt notice a single vacuum You must be wrong!! Just trying to clean things for the guest!! If you dont like it dont go!! When do you expect them to do it!?!? It doesnt bother me!! Just part of the show, it says, were closed!! If you dont like it, LandBaron, build your own park!! And those answers are wrong any was you slice it. Just plain WRONG!! You dont see them changing the lights on the set of Phantom. You dont see them painting the flats in the background of a movie. And this is just as bad. Remember folks: 1- Safety 2- Courtesy 3- SHOW 4- Efficiency AND IN THAT ORDER!!!! SHOW SHOW SHOW!!!! Fine! You need to run the thing to get up the litter from the curbs? (I dont happen to agree, how did they do it back in 1955? And PLEASE dont give me that its worse now bull!!) But I could MAYBE go along with that!! But then it should stop!! And a guest better not see, hear or smell another vacuum for the rest of the night! And when, finally, the very last guest saunters out of the gate, rev them up and have at it!! But NEVER before!!! Anything short of that is just BAD SHOW!!! Plain and simple! OK! Im done. And Im off to Florida in the morning! Have fun and play nice. Matt, AV, Larry and my frozen friend, among the growing others who I am sorry I did not specifically name!! Defend my position in my absence!! I KNOW you guys GET IT!!