A 1995 ride over FantasyLand on the Skyway shows no boats in the water. No 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. No happy landlubbers lining up for a fantastic submarine ride with Captain Nemo.
In 1995 the waiting area and boat staging area were still there, giving fans hope that it might come back. But now all that is gone. The waiting area has turned into a character greeting spot. Once again, rumors abound, this time about a thrill ride being put there. By many fans definitions, 20k was a thrill ride, but Disney's definition is more toward the high speed climb, drop and roll rides.
Is there a loss of vision here? While Disney now says it wants to compete with other parks, is it forgeting it earned its reputation and popularity by being unique and not just another amusement park?
The loss of an underwater ride has dulled Disney's uniqueness and has cast 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea into the realm of nostalgia. Disney says that most Walt Disney World visitors have never been there before and won't understand nostalgia. I respectfully remind you that most of Disney/MGM Studios is about nostalgia. It has its place. As Captain Nemo said, steady as she goes and keep your eyes and mind alert.
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