The Ministry of Information has released this new propaganda video about the expansion now under construction at Hong Kong Disneyland. It’s mostly fluff, but there are some nice peeks at unseen art and models for Mystic Harbor (yay!), Grizzly Trail (meh!) and Toy Story Land (BOO!). Actually, that “meh” for Grizzly Trail is probably unfair on my part; while the rest of the land consists mostly of the “spraying water on people” play areas that I hate so much, the actual Big Grizzly Mountain Coaster itself might prove to be more interesting than originally thought. We know that it’ll incorporate some of the tricks first introduced in Expedition Everest, and that it’ll also feature actual audio-animatronics in the show scenes. The storyboards and models of the bear-based gags on display at the D23 Expo were reminiscent of Marc Davis’s old ursine story sketches, so that’s always a hopeful sign.
I will say one thing to whoever it is at WDI or in Burbank that decided to institute the policy of “fudging” the attraction numbers: STOP. For the love of Walt, please stop. You’re ridiculous. I get it that “attraction” is a nebulous label that doesn’t constrain you like “ride” or “show” would. I get it that a popcorn wagon could be an “attraction” if you decide that you really don’t care how much contempt you show for your guests. But this little scam that you seem intent on perpetrating with the Hong Kong park in particular is becoming a little transparent and threadbare.
When you send your people on camera to make ridiculous claims about attraction counts – even if you counted every shrubbery in the park, I don’t think you’d match that number – you not only strip them of their credibility and make them look ridiculous, but you also further devalue the word of the company that has already been pushed to all-time lows during the Pressler-Rasulo years.
So stop spritzing us with Beverly and telling us it’s rain. If you know it’s not true, and we know it’s not true, then why go to the energy of pushing the lie in the first place? Or is it just a distraction to keep me from spending this entire post whinging and grousing about Toy Story Land? Because if so… well played, sirs.