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Is Change at Disney Always a Move Forward?

Editor: I would like to welcome a new guest author today, Alison.

There is a lot of change happening in the Disney Parks right now. On a trip to California Adventure earlier this month I could not believe how much disruption the construction work was causing. Even though the changes will bring improvements that are long overdue, I felt sad for anyone who was visiting the park for a one time trip of a lifetime. They would not have been expecting to be greeted with the sights and sounds of so much construction work.

But change to the park is necessary. Just as a new Star Tours and the expansion of Fantasyland were needed.

As Walt Disney himself said:

“Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world”.

But change can be unsettling. We all get attached to what is familiar. I started thinking about which attractions I would be most upset to see altered in any way. Here are some that I hope don’t change for a long time to come. No version 2.0.

Peter Pan’s Flight

One of my personal favorites. There have been some changes along the way but the ride really remains true to its original self. Perhaps the only change that would be welcome is some pixie dust to make the line shorter. Oh, and a Fast Pass for the Disneyland ride. Please.

Test Track

A thrill ride for those of us who are too scared to truly like really scary rides!

Yes it breaks down a lot (usually when I am just about to get in the car) but this is one of the best Disney rides. Even the child swap waiting area is entertaining – it is amazing how much time you can spend letting your toddler pretend to drive a brand new car.

Illuminations: Reflections of Earth

When asked which of the Disney attractions is a definite must see this is always at the top of my list. Fireworks, music, pyrotechnics, this one has the lot. Always the perfect end to an Epcot day this is one of the best shows Disney has ever produced.

Every time I watch Illuminations though it reminds me too of a very much missed Epcot parade – Tapestry of Nations. Now if we were on the topic of attractions to be brought back that would be number one on the list……..


This is certainly not the most technically advanced, nor is it the most thrilling ride, but there is something appealing about this dark ride in the Norway Pavilion in Epcot World Showcase. Of course most people skip the movie at the end, but the ride is well worth experiencing.

It’s A Small World

We all know that we will never get that song out of our head but we still love this magical boat ride. Yes it did make my list but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t one of my all time favorites.

It did get a make over a couple of years ago when popular characters such as Nemo, Stitch and Ariel were included for the first time. Not everyone was happy with the new look including Kevin Blair, the son of the original designer Mary Blair. Mr Blair described the changes as “a gross desecration of the ride’s original theme.”

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That Disney attractions inspire such strong emotions is an indication of just how successful the Imagineers are at capturing our enthusiasm. No one finds it easy to say goodbye to an old friend. That Last Trip To Endor was a difficult one for me. Yes I know it was dated and I had been there so many times, but it was sad to go on the final flight.

Sometimes we must make way for the new imagination in the world. But I hope that some things stay just the way they are.

Alison Meacham has visited Disney World and Disneyland so many times that her children think it is normal to see Mickey Mouse at breakfast. She is a little obsessed with Disney and is the writer of the EverythingMouse blog