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Topic: Walk Around the World to end???!!!!

Sun 8/30/2009 8:53a
I just read a thread on that said something about Walk Around the World bricks being removed!!!!!!!! Anyone here know anything about this??? I'm not happy about this!!! We bought these and now they're just going to take them up? I know the agreement said their not our property but still.....
Sun 8/30/2009 9:03a
I don't know the specifics of the contracts, but I believe the ones in DL (similar to the Leave a Legacy pictures in Epcot) have to be there for 10 years. After that time is up, they are allowed to do whatever they want with them. I'm sure plenty of them are near their 10 year limit, but I would have to guess that there are also a lot more that were installed much more recently. I guess Disney could pay a breach of contract fine, but that seems like a lot of work for the number of bricks they have.

Personally, I kind of like the bricks. They add a lot of little details that are special to people, without getting in the way of anything else. I do think it's a little strange how they just go on forever with no interruptions, but it's not too bad. If they are just replacing the bricks with newer ones (so they can make money on the same spot again), I hope that they use some other surface to break up the big spaces, like they have at DL. It makes it a little more managable to look at the whole thing at once, and it also helps find individual bricks. That being said, I wouldn't be too upset if they got rid of them, as there just seems to be a ton of them, so it's a little strange to first time visitors.
Sun 8/30/2009 10:38a
I have to find the paperwork but yes I believe it was 10 years. I really like them though and believe they add a personal touch to the entrance.
Surprised they will not offer a 'renewal' at x $ ...seems like a missed opportuity
Sun 8/30/2009 10:41a
Just like the Epcot Graveyard, the bricks remind me of Disney's unchecked greed, so I'll be happy to see the tacky things disappear.
Sun 8/30/2009 11:24a
Would much rather see them rip out the Graveyard at EPCOT myself...
Sun 8/30/2009 1:00p
<<so I'll be happy to see the tacky things disappear>>

I don't see how they can be tacky. Well, maybe a little sticky if gum chewers have been messy.
Why would they even waste the money to remove the bricks,,, unless they have another money maker in mind???

I'm sure/hope they can find better things to spend money on than removing bricks.
Sun 8/30/2009 1:15p
The program started in 1994 and it seems the last bricks were sold in 2000. So the last bricks purchased are coming to the end of their 10 year contract. One thing Disney may be looking at is upkeep. Some of the bricks are unreadable because of heavy traffic and because each brick is individually laid they have to be looked at for uneven bricks that could cause a trip hazard. Disney may think that it would be easier to pave those areas.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out and see if Disney allows people to reclaim their bricks to take them home if they remove them.
Sun 8/30/2009 2:54p
Why do I get the feeling that Disney is going to pull all these bricks up, and then offer something very similar again in about 5 or 10 years??
Sun 8/30/2009 4:08p
I like the brick entrance. I think it is a nice touch and looks alot better than paving.
Sun 8/30/2009 5:23p
We bought a brick early on. It was near the central circle, but was moved after a couple of years.

It was fun to visit the brick on each vacation and the kids would bring sidewalk chalk and color it.

They're in their late 20's now and would be disappointed, but it's certainly not the end of the world. We got our money's worth of fun out of it.

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