Wednesday, July 17, 2019

It's Disneyland 64th Anniversary ! A Disneyland Tribute, With Walt Disney Himself !

It's Disneyland 64th Anniversary today and to celebrate the event i have for you a great tribute with the participation of Walt himself, thanks to Jim Korkis, Disney historian and author of the great "The Vault of Walt" books series, who very kindly provided me rare interviews of Walt in which he is talking about Disneyland, with which i added great pictures of Walt in the park.

This first interview of Walt Disney was done by Fletcher Markle on September 25, 1963, for the Canadian Broadcasting Company, “Telescope” television series.

Fletcher: Where did you originally get the first notion for Disneyland?

Walt: Well it came about when my daughters were very young and I…Saturday was always Daddy’s day with the two daughters. So we’d start out and try to go someplace, you know, different things, and I’d take them to the merry-go-round and I took them different places and as I’d sit while they rode the merry-go-round and did all these things…sit on a bench, you know, eating peanuts…I felt that there should be something built…some kind of an amusement enterprise built where the parents and the children could have fun together. So that’s how Disneyland started. Well, it took many years…it was a…o, a period of maybe 15 years developing. I started with many ideas, threw them away, started all over again. And, eventually, it evolved into what you see today at Disneyland. But it all started from a Daddy with two daughters wondering where he could take them where he could have a little fun with them too.

Above, Walt in an Autopia car with his daughter and his grand son. Below, Walt talking with children in Adventureland, near Jungle Cruise.

Fletcher: Who goes to Disneyland? What is the ratio of adults to children as part of the plan of fathers and daughters?

Walt: Oh, it’s four adults to one child. That is we are counting the teenagers as adults. But of course, in the winter time, you can go out there during the week and you won’t see any children. You’ll see all the “oldsters” out there riding all these rides and having fun and everything. Summertime, of course, the average would drop down. But the over all…the year round average…it’s four adults to one child.

Above, a rare picture of Walt on a Disneyland mule, along with two children. Below, Walt in a Main Street car.

Fletcher: What was the initial cost of Disneyland that first saw the light of day?

Walt: Oh, it goes back so far. I had different cost estimates. One time it was three and a half million and then I kept fooling around with it and it got up to seven and half million and I kept fooling around a little more and pretty soon it was twelve and a half and I think when we opened Disneyland it was seventeen million dollars. Today, it’s going on forty-five million dollars.

Above, Walt with the parrots of the Tiki Room.

Fletcher: I understand that the next step beyond the audio-animatronics birds (in the Enchanted Tiki Room) has been to do the same kind of programming with human beings.

Walt: Yes, with human beings. Not going to replace the human being…believe me on that. Just for show purposes, because now you take Disneyland down there. We operate fifteen hours a day. And these shows go on…on the hour. And my Tiki bird show goes on three times an hour and I don’t have to stop for coffee breaks and all that kind of stuff, you see. So that’s the whole idea of it. It’s just another dimension in the animation we have been doing all our life.

Above, Walt looking at a Pirates of Caribbean audio-animatronic, with Imagineer Marc Davis and WDI sculptor Blaine Gibson. Below, Disneyland marquee, circa 1960.

This next interview of Walt was aired on NBC in 1966.

NBC: Walt, why did you pick Anaheim as the site for Disneyland?

Walt: The Disneyland concept kept growing and growing and it finally ended up where I felt I needed two-three hundred acres. So, I wanted it in the Southern California area, there were certain things that I felt that I needed, such as flat land, because I wanted to make my own hills. I didn't want it near the ocean, I wanted it sort of inland, so I had a survey group go out and hunt for areas that might be useful. And they finally came back with several different areas and we settled on Anaheim because the price of the acreage was right. But there was more to it than that. And that is that Anaheim was sort of a growing area. The freeway projection was such that we could see that the freeway would set Anaheim as sort of a hub. Well, that's how we selected Anaheim.

Above, Disneyland Main Street Station in the 1950's, and the parking lot behind where is now Disney California Adventure.

NBC: Do you feel Anaheim has lived up to expectations?

Walt: In every way, the city fathers have been wonderful. They've given us wonderful cooperation right from the start and they are still cooperating.

NBC: What has been your biggest problem?

Walt: Well, I'd say it's been my biggest problem all my life - it's money. It takes a lot of money to make these dreams come true. From the very start it was a problem of getting the money to open Disneyland. About 17 million dollars it took. We had everything mortgaged, including my family. We were able to get it open and for ten or eleven years now we've been pouring more money back in. In other words, like the old farmer, you've got to pour it back into the ground if you want to get it out. That's been my brother's philosophy and mine too.

Above, Walt and WED Imagineer John Hench in front of the Carnation Plaza model. Below, Walt in front of It's a Small World facade during its construction.

NBC: What plans for the future do you have at Disneyland?

Walt: There's a little plaque out there that says, "As long as there is imagination left in the world, Disneyland will never be complete." We have big plans. This year, we finished over $20 million in new things. Next June, I hope, we'll have a new Tomorrowland; and starting from the ground up, building a whole new Tomorrowland. And it's going to run about $20 million bucks.

Above, a view of Disneyland New Tomorrowland in the late 60's.

NBC: What steps have you taken to see that Disneyland will always be good, family entertainment?

Walt: Well, by this time, my staff, my young group of executives are convinced that Walt is right, that quality will win out, and so I think they will stay with this policy because it's proven it's a good business policy. Give the public everything you can give them, keep the place as clean as you can keep it, keep it friendly - I think they're convinced and I think they'll hang on after - as you say, "after Disney."

Above, the very last photo taken of Walt at Disneyland by Renie Bardeau, staged by publicist Charlie Ridgway, showing Walt in the fire engine in front of Sleeping Beauty's castle.

This next interview of Walt was done by Hooper Fowler for LOOK magazine, January 1964.

Fowler: How often do you go to Disneyland now, Mr. Disney?

Walt: Oh, I might average once a month. Most of my interest in Disneyland is planning and improving it, and I do a great deal of that here at the studio. So I only go down to check on things now, to see what ought to be done for the coming year. It’s pretty hard to get around Disneyland when people are there. I mean, they’re friendly, they’re wonderful, and I love to meet them, but I can’t stand still long because I’ll…oh, I don’t mind giving autographs. I think it’s wonderful that they do want your autograph. But when I’m at Disneyland, if I stop to sign one autograph, before I can get that signed, there are some more up there, and it accumulates quite a crowd, and it always makes it awful hard to get away.

So when I go through Disneyland today, I walk fast, and it isn’t much fun. So I go down with my staff when Disneyland is closed, and we go through everything. Or I go down when there is a big crowd, a very big crowd, and I walk very fast and watch every part of it and find out where we need to improve our crowd control conditions to make it easier for people to get around and our shade areas and all the problems that we have in the summer when we have the half million plus people a week.

So, mainly my interest in Disneyland has been building that thing, in keeping it alive and keeping it fresh and keeping it successful by doing these things. So most of my fun comes from that end of it.

Above, Walt watching a DL worker in Main Street. Below, Walt checking on of the Peter Pan's Flight vehicle.

Fowler: Will there ever be another Disneyland?

Walt: I think there will only be one Disneyland as such. Now that doesn’t mean that in some areas we might not develop certain projects that would be compatible to that area, that might very well tie in certain historical themes of the area of things like that and we are considering things of that sort. Most of the people coming to Disneyland, the big percentage is coming west of the Mississippi and more or less the Pacific coast. The great center of the population is east of the Mississippi and it’s possible that we could go to these areas with certain things without in any way depreciating the individuality of Disneyland itself. But there will only be one Disneyland as such. It’s quite a chore to keep Disneyland going. It’s like a big show you’ve got to keep on the road, you know. You’ve got to keep it fresh and new and exciting. And when people come back, you always want to have something new they hadn’t had a chance to see before. And we feel a keen responsibility to the customer there. They aren’t customers, we call them paying guests.

Above, a great aerial view of Disneyland, circa 1960. Below, a beautiful shot of Fantasyland more or less at the same time.

This next interview of Walt was done by journalist Pete Martin for the Saturday Evening Post, Summer 1956.

Pete Martin: Let's talk a little about Disneyland and how it's so different from other amusement parks.

Walt: It really takes a person more than a day to see the park without exhausting themselves. And as I get these new things in, it's going to take more time. It's one of those things that people who come in here for the first time and everything's there and they sort of make a hog of themselves, you see? Well, a lot of people come back the third time and just like to sit and listen to the band, see the horses going around. I like to go down and sit by the river and watch the people.

Above, a picture of the Mark Twain sailing on Frontierland river, in the early days of Disneyland.

Walt: Chewing gum sticks up things so we don't sell it. And peanut shells. We sell the unshelled. But shelled peanuts, they just crumble them and throw them all over the place. And nothing with round sticks. People trip on them. The ice cream bars got flat sticks and I won't sell any of this spun candy because the kids get it and get it all over everything and people get it on their hands.

No liquor, no beer, nothing. Because that brings in a rowdy element. That brings people that we don't want and I feel they don't need it. I feel when I go down to the park I don't need a drink. I work around that place all day and I don't have one. After I come out of a heavy day at the studio sometimes I want a drink to relax.

Above, Walt, relaxing on a bench of Disneyland Town Square.

Walt: When it comes to Disneyland, I feel I've given the public everything I can give them. My daughter, Diane, says that I spend too much time around the house talking about how I can give them more for their money when they come to the park. You've got to build. You've got to keep it clean. You don't want to walk in a dirty toilet. I won't have 'em. My toilets are spic and span. And you know another thing, I have to have police so there's no child molesters there. I've got plainclothesmen. They can leave their kids to run around and I have safety inspectors. It's run in a high class manner and I have a high class clientele. The people who go to the park are from all walks of life but they look like solid Americans. That's pretty high class.

Above, Walt with Richard Nixon and family at the opening of the Disneyland Monorail. Below, Walt with India prime minister Nehru, at the end of the 1950's in a Jungle Cruise boat.

Pete Martin: One of the things we should cover is to knock off that rumor that Disneyland's expensive to come to.

(Even in 1956, Walt was getting complaints about the high cost of getting into Disneyland. An adult ticket cost a dollar--nine cents of which went directly to taxes--and a child admission cost fifty cents. On top of that, people bought individual tickets for rides. Walt introduced the concept of ticket books so you got more rides for the money you spent on the book than if you bought each ride individually.)

Walt: Oh, no. Not at all. That's an old hat thing. You hear it from some people because they don't know what else to say.

By the time this article comes out, I'm raising it to two dollars because I'm adding all these new rides. And to extend my ticket book to take care of the rides, I'm putting this to ten rides for two dollars. Figure it out. It averages twenty cents a ride, doesn't it? It would cost an adult three dollars and a junior two dollars and fifty cents to get in and get ten rides. If they don't want that, they can pay their buck and pay their fifty cents for their kid and they can come in. They can sit on the park benches, take up the space, dirty up my toilets, litter up the street. They can do all of that if they pay their dollar-fifty. They can ride as they want to. They can sit around and hear my band; they can visit my free shows. They can do all that and more for their dollar-fifty.

Above, Walt in the locomotive of the Tomorrowland Viewliner. Below, Walt in a vehicle of the Mine Train through Nature Wonderland attraction.

Walt: You can't go in a state park without paying that. See, you've got to pay something. You pay so much a head or so much a car to go in a state park. We even have to pay government tax on admission. So it's really ninety-one cents to get in. Now that's what it amounts to. You can't go to the circus for that. I tell you the complaint about the prices are malicious. Los Angeles is made up of a lot of different characters. How do I know they might not be more interested in some other thing like Marineland? Or some other type of amusement that is competitive. We are competitive, too. Who knows? But there's no foundation for some of these complaints about price. When people make that remark to me, it just sounds to me like they heard it somewhere and they don't know what else to say. How can they compare Disneyland prices with anything else because there is nothing else like it.

Well, you take you children to Disneyland and for a dollar and a half they get in and spend a whole darn 13 hours if they want to. Now, if you want to go in and buy them expensive toys or you want to buy them bathing suits or your wife happened to go along and sees a wonderful woolen skirt that costs $30. Well, people come out and spend all that money. But they don't think twice of going down to Bullocks Wilshire and spending that much on a skirt. If you go into a Broadway Department Store, you can go in and spend $25 or $30. I'm not insisting people buy things but I want to give them the opportunity.

Above and below, Walt with audio-animatronics of the Jungle Cruise.

Walt : So I have to keep improving on ideas. On the jungle ride, I want to get more animation in the animals. I want to really fix it. My monkeys have gone to pot. And I want new monkeys. I'm going to take them out Monday because I'd rather not have them in there looking like that.

Above, probably the most famous picture of Walt at Disneyland. Walt is entering Fantasyland walking through Sleeping Beauty Castle - and not exiting to Central Plaza as sometime it is thought. The picture was shot by Renie Bardeau the same photographer who shot Walt's final photo at Disneyland that you've seen at the end of the part one article yesterday.

Again, Happy 64th Anniversary Disneyland! All my thanks to Jim Korkis for these great interviews, and don't miss Jim Korkis fantastic books series "The Vault of Walt", all volumes are available on Amazon HERE, in which Jim weaves timeless tales and fascinating secrets about the "lost" world of Disney thanks to over thirty years of his personal interviews with Disney animators, Imagineers and associates as well as long forgotten documents and many years of research. Each volume has around 200 pages, price starts at $14.95, and they're all a must-have for Disney fans!

Pictures: copyright Disney, National Geographic

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

What Happens When You're Riding Galaxy's Edge Millenium Falcon Smuggler's Run Without Touching ANY CONTROLS ?

The first ride to open in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run, puts you in the cockpit of the most famous hunk of junk in the galaxy. It's a fully-interactive motion simulator which puts you and a group of five people on a smuggling mission with Han Solo's infamous ship. But some have been wondering, what happens if you don't do anything? What happens if the pilots don't steer the ship? What happens if the gunners don't fire at the incoming tie fighters and obstacles? What happens if the engineers don't fix the damage? What happens if you don't pull the lever to jump to hyperspace? Answer: NOTHING, the ride is pre-programmed to do it all by itself!

The folks of Ordinary Adventures attempted to conduct an experiment to find out, and filmed the whole thing. Watch the video below and see what happens.

So, they knew that there was no game over state for the ride, that you couldn't crash the Falcon or die, but they were surprised to learn how much Smugglers Run is actually pre-programmed and apparently it doesn't really matter that much what you do or not. Sure, you'll hit fewer things if you pilot well, take on less damage and earn more credits, but not much else changes.

Is it a disappointment? Well, yes and no. Yes, because riders want to have the illusion that THEY really pilot the Millenium Falcon and make sure that it is their push on the light-speed button that is responsible of entering into hyperspace. And no, because in fact, even if a big part of the ride is programmed you still really pilot the Falcon, fire the guns, enter in light-speed mode when you decide it ( as long as you don't wait too long to push the button ), etc...  So, yes, what you will do will definitely have an effect on the ride - hey, you can have the Falcon hitting anything you want if you steer the ship insanely!

Now, why did they programmed the ride so it works by itself if no one does anything? Well, first, chances are low that riders don't do anything when they'll get into the cockpit - after all that's what the ride is all about: having the illusion that you pilot the Millenium Falcon, so you're not going to wait in line hours just to don't do anything once you're at last inside the cockpit, right? Now, they could have programmed the ride so it stops if no one is doing anything, but they didn't do it. Personally i think that in this case riders should have a warning of Hondo Ohnaka - who assist riders all along the ride - with his voice saying that "if you don't control the ship it will have to go back to Batuu", etc... and after a few seconds, then the ride would stop. At least there will be a logic. But, again, as i've said, 99% of riders will do the job they're supposed to do, whether they are pilot, gunners or engineers, so no one will experiment disappointment or, if can say, will see the trick.

Sony Announces High-Resolution Alpha 7R IV Camera with World’s First 61 MP Back-Illuminated Full-Frame Sensor

We all take plenty of pictures when we go to the parks, don't we? And of course we want them to be as good and as sharp as possible, right? Well, for those of you who are photographers enthusiasts, as they say, Sony did a major announcement today as it announced the High-Resolution Alpha 7R IV camera with the world’s first 61.0 MP back-illuminated full-frame image sensor AND up to 240.8 million pixels in Pixel Shift Multi Shooting mode that composites up to 16 full-resolution images!

Here is more features of this stunning new camera which will be released this September with a price tag of $3500:

World’s first 35mm full-frame 61.0 MP back-illuminated Exmor R™ CMOS image sensor with latest-generation BIONZ X™ image processor

• 15-stop dynamic range at low sensitivities, resulting in smooth natural gradations ranging from deep shadows to highlights

• High-speed continuous shooting at up to 10 fps with full AF / AE tracking for approx. 7 seconds  in full-frame mode with an increased buffer memory, and approximately three times more in APS-C mode

• 567 focal-plane phase-detection AF points covering 74% of image area and 425 contrast AF points

• Debut of Real-time Eye AF for movie recording and advanced Real-time Tracking plus Real-time Eye AF for still image recording

• Features an APS-C crop mode delivering stunning high resolution of 26.2MPii

• 5.76 million dot UXGA (Ultra-XGA) OLED Tru-Finder™ electric viewfinder with outstanding detail, brightness and contrast

• Upgraded connectivity and operability including high-speed Wi-Fi support, wireless PC remote connectivity, FTP wireless transfer, faster data transfer via USB and more

• Professional 4K movie recording functionality including full pixel readout with no pixel binning in Super 35mm mode, S-Log3, HDR workflow support

• Multi Interface Shoe with digital audio interface deliver the high-quality sound recording with new Sony’s microphones and XLR adaptor

• Additional enhancements to the body design include an improved grip and button for improvised control with compact, lightweight body

You can read the product page HERE , learn more with the videos below and watch more videos HERE.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Disney Announces That Disney Skyliner Gondolas Will Start on September 29

Disney announced today that Disney Skyliner gondolas will start on September 29! The dawn of a new era in Disney transportation is right around the corner! On September 29, Disney Skyliner gondolas will take flight and officially begin transporting guests around Walt Disney World Resort. Incidentally, September 29 being the date of my birthday, i take this as a good omen!

Want to see the gondolas in action? Disney released the vidoe below to annpunce the start of operations!

Pictures and video: copyright Disney

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Rumor: Tesla in Discussions With Disney To Sponsor Electric Cars for WDW Tomorrowland Speedway

The week starts with a great rumor as Tesla is reportedly in discussions with Disney to sponsor and make for WDW Tomorrowland Speedway electric cars in a new partnership with Disney to promote electric transportation.!

According to a report from Just Disney: "Sources inside the company are giving us whispers of Elon Musk meeting with top execs on how Tesla would truly put visitors behind the wheel of all electric vehicles. Tesla would sponsor the speedway and surrounding stadium and give guests the true vision of “driving in the future". The gasoline powered go-karts would be replaced with all electric versions with child friendly driving opportunities still available. We’re hearing that the vehicles are going to have a Tesla emblem on the front of each vehicle."

If the rumor is true, which i hope, this is an extremely smart move from Elon Musk, he couldn't have a best promo for his cars, not only for now but also for the future when kids who will drive the cars now at WDW will grow up. Not to mention that electric cars will be much better for kids than to drive a gas-powered car along WDW Tomorrowland Speedway scenic track. Also, the cars will be quieter too in addition to the zero emission or smell, and will make for a much better experience for the kids.

According to an Elektrek article: "Over the last few years, Tesla has been working with Radio Flyer to make toy versions of the Model S for kids", and in both cases the good idea "is to get the kids into electric cars when they’re young, a great way to convert kids into Tesla fans and EV enthusiasts at a young age and make electric powertrains the norm for them."  And let's not forget we're in Tomorowland so electric vehicles are definitely better in every way for the Tomorrowland Speedway ride.

Here is a video of the electric car for kids done by Radio Flyer in collaboration with Tesla. The ones for Tomorrowland Speedway will not of course look the same and will be bigger, if the deal happen, something we will know most probably at D23 Expo next month.

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Videos: Top 10 Disney's Hollywood Studios and Great Movie Ride Secrets

Take a look behind the scenes at the Disney's Hollywood Studios and the now extinct Great Movie Ride with these two videos of TPMvids, sharing the best history & facts about Disney MGM Studios. From Disney rides like Tower of Terror and Muppet Vision 3-D to extinct attractions like the Streets of America and the Backlot Tour, to the largest hidden Mickey at Walt Disney World!

Vidos: copyright TPMvids

Top picture: copyright WDW Magic

Friday, July 12, 2019

Ending July 23: The Red Car Trolley News Boys Show at Disney's California Adventure

Bad news as the Red Car Trolley News Boys street show at Disney's California Adventure will end soon, on July 23, it was confirmed by Disney to Mice Age who posted this:

"When Marvel construction required us to close the Red Car Trolley, we sought out a way to continue offering an adapted entertainment show for our Guests. However, as construction continues, and based on current viewership trends and the needs of the business, we have decided to close the show at this time.

Without the trolley, the show just didn’t offer the same value to guests."

Hmmm, sure without the trolley the show don't offer the same value, and i understand that works on the Marvel land can be a problem, but wasn't there really any way to keep the trolley, even with the Marvel land construction? It's a bit hard to swallow... It's a cool street show that had a lot of fans which will now leave Disney's California Adventure . If there is a logic in what Disney say the show should be back once the new land will be finished but i wouldn't put all my bets on it.

So, for fans of the Red Car Trolley News Boys show and for those of you who've never seen it, here is a great video of the show filmed by Mouse Steps in 2015 and it was the full, updated show which included a new song ( If you can dream it, you can do it ), Mickey Mouse with the stunning animated head and even a quick cameo by Minnie Mouse in her new dress!

Picture and video: copyright Mouse Steps

Thursday, July 11, 2019

BREAKING: Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Rise of the Resistance Opening Date Announced, Opening First at WDW DHS on December 5, then at Disneyland on January 17 !

Disney Parks at last announced today the opening date of Star Wars Galaxy's Edge "Rise of the Resistance" E-Ticket ride, and the ride will open first on December 5 at WDW Disney's Hollywood Studios Galaxy's Edge - Dec 5 is Walt Disney’s birthday - "a way to honor the ultimate storyteller by introducing the most immersive and advanced attraction ever imagined in a Disney Park".

As soon as work is completed at Walt Disney World, Imagineers will head back to California to complete their mission at Disneyland Resort where Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will open on Friday, January 17, 2020.

"When it opens, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will blur the lines between fantasy and reality and will put guests in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance. Guests will be recruited to join Rey and General Organa at a secret base. Along the way, they will be captured by a First Order Star Destroyer. With the help of some heroes of the Resistance, they break out and must escape the Star Destroyer, protect the secret base, and stay one step ahead of Kylo Ren. "

So, now you have it, those of you who were waiting for Rise of the Resistance opening to come to visit Star Wars Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland or WDW know exactly when to come!

Picture: copyright Disney

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Breaking: Disneyland Paris Emporium Barber Shop Will Be Re-Located Inside Liberty Arcade Diorama

We stay at Disneyland Paris today, and this time it's unfortunately for bad news. Daniel Delcourt from DLP Operations announced recently at the InsideEars event that the Barber Shop currently located in the Emporium - with an entrance on Flower Street - will be relocated inside Liberty Arcade - picture above by Nicolas Bailly. And i'm sorry to say that fears of DLP fans that they'll put the Barber shop where the Statue of Liberty Diorama currently is were justified, as it is exactly what they are going to do.

OutsideEars posted the blueprints - you'll see them below - showing that the Barber shop will indeed be rebuilt there, which is a big mistake in my opinion ( and even more when you'll learn why they do this ) as the whole Liberty Arcade is originally a tribute to the Statue of Liberty and its design, construction, etc, with in the center of the Arcade this Statue of Liberty Diorama. In two words, it was not only a great theming idea, it was also full of meaning. 

Now, apparently DLP will keep the main scene of the Diorama, and i'm not sure if they'll keep also the Mannequins watching the inauguration - i wouldn't bet on it - or only the Inauguration diorama scene in front of them - picture below shot by Photos Magiques

But, wait, what a scene of the Statue of Liberty Inauguration would do in a Barber shop?!? I know they're keeping it because, hey, we're in Liberty Arcade and the scene is nice so it'll make a nice backdrop ( and probably also to avoid fans uproar ) but, isn't anyone at DLP  thinking if it has any meaning? The question of meaning is more important than it seems because this is THE main problem of the world we live in ( and not only at DLP ). When there is no meaning then things don't have any sense anymore, and contrary to what you may think, Imagineers always design a park or a land with this question of meaning always in their minds. 

So, gone the meaning, and unfortunately the beautiful and gorgeously designed entrance of the Statue of Liberty Diorama - picture below - will also be gone, completely, the mural and red curtains and flag - as the blueprints show there will be instead the windows and entrance door of the Barber shop. That's truly a big loss of theming, i can tell you.

With a bit of luck they may keep the others murals on the left and right that you can see on the pictures below shot like the pics above by Maureen from Hello Disneyland - see more pictures of the Statue of Liberty Diorama in her article HERE. 

The Barber shop might get a bit more visibility because being located in the center of Liberty Arcade guests will see it from Main Street, but ONLY when the doors between the Arcade and Flower street will be open ( and they're often closed in winter because of cold temperatures ).

Now, about the blueprints posted by OutsideEars, here they are, and they're quite explicit. On the first one below you can see both the current location of the Barber shop and its future one, where the Statue of Liberty Diorama currently is.

The next blueprint shows the Barber shop entrance. As you see the great Statue of Liberty mural at the entrance of the diorama will disappear.

The next blueprint shows the inside of the shop and you can see - where is written "zone decor" - that the diorama itself will be kept. With or without the mannequins is another question.

And of course the question is: why do they do this, why do they move the Barber shop, and partly destroy this charming Statue of Liberty Diorama. Well, as explained by Daniel Delcourt, it's done to increase the shopping area of the Emporium, meaning that instead of the current beautifully themed Barber shop, you'll have more shelves with plushs, clothes, etc, any kind of merch you can think of. In two words, this is all done to make more money, period. And we're not even talking about getting back 20 or 30 square meters for the Emporium but roughly only 8 or 9 square meters, which for the most will be square meters on which the guests will walk, as they'll put shelves only on the walls. I can understand that they took their calculators and realized they would make more money by selling merchandise than the revenues made out of the Barber shop, but frankly, all this mess only for 8 miserable square meters?!? Honestly, it's not even stupid, it's ridiculous.

Below, a video showing the Statue of Liberty Diorama - yes, it's a bit dark and it's normal.

Pictures: copyright Nicolas Bailly, Photos Magiques, Hello Disneyland, Disney