I'd rather have a bandaid I think than completely get rid of the Great Movie Ride Chinese Theater motif
I've also heard rumors that the hat was only a "temporary" fix until they could come up with a better solution. "Temporary" being a very relative term here. :)
I too remember MGM when it first opened and still refer to it as MGM. I really really really hate that hat! Reading the explanation of why they needed a new icon I still believe Disney could have come up with something better. At least they could have created something less obtrusive and more stylistically in tune with the park. It looks to me like they just plunked in down, wiped their hands and walked away. Ok, that's my two cents and I'll just remember to breathe now. Haha...
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_qqA2FMhXpw.../potmk0004.jpgRemember the House of Magic?
Shopping in the Magic Kingdom used to be a unique experience. There used to be themed shops that sold items which were exclusive to WDW. The House of Magic was one of those places. It sold tricks, and jokes, and other cool things. They now sell t-shirts and stuffed animals in that space...just like the kind you can get in the mall near your house. Merchandising is also subject to minusing.
Yeh... I remember these days... before they really made the emporium take up almost all of the one side of Main Street... now it's like going to the World of Disney at the DDM... i think it's ridiculous...
And that laps right into DownTown Disney :mickeykid
The original Disney Village MarketPlace had wonderful, original shops.
It was quaint and relaxing. A gourmet shop where you could grab wine and cheese and plop on the grass under a tree. Calming rustic brown decor outside all the shops. A place to get away from the hype.
I borrowed these from Big Brian NC. I've got to learn how to scan my old photographs!
The empress Lilly, before they sold off Walt's Wife's name sake for $$.
Even with what is left, you get this:http://www.mouseplanet.info/gallery/...danderline.jpg
If you are interested in what Downtown Disney used to be read this excellent article by Foxxfur:Passport to Dreams Old & New: WDW Village