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Topic: Bad Show at DCA

Fri 9/16/2011 1:17p
There is never, ever and excuse for "Bad Show" at a Disney Park. Unfortunately I found great examples just walking into DCA a few weeks ago. Here are some pictures and my thoughts that go with them.
Fri 9/16/2011 1:43p

Don't know that I'd call construction fences and sites "bad show." They've been a part of the Disneyland landscape since, well, 1955. In the first ten years, I don't think there was a day that went by that something, somewhere, wasn't under construction. Walt even had a parking lot flyer made up one year:

The overlays on Hollywood Boulevard do look bad in the light of day. No argument there.

But that "Off the Page" sign has been there since DCA opened. The whole graphics and signage package for HB is not so much an example of bad show, as misguided design sensibility. You see, it's very tongue-in-cheek and hip and edgy and... never mind.
Dr Hans Reinhardt
Fri 9/16/2011 2:23p
Doug, the parking lot flyer is awesome, and shows just how long Disney has been using any opportunity as a marketing opportunity. The main difference between then and now is that the tone was far more genuine and "real" than the corporate sanctioned pixie dust filled language that they use today.

Regarding the Off the Page signage... I don't know if I agree with it being hip and edgy as much as it being within the context of modern Hollywood retail signage. The display looks pretty much like something you'd see today tacked on the facade of a early 20th Century LA building. I'm guessing that it won't be around for too much longer, at least I hope so. I think a bigger misguided design in that area is the facade of the SSL/Monsters Inc building. It simply does not fit the context at all.
Fri 9/16/2011 4:07p
The Site of construction has only ever bothered me for one reason- it gets me excited about a new attraction that I may not get to see for a wry kong time ( eg Little Mermaid) but it doesn't make my trip less magical..

As for the ' Off the Page' sign.. Well that's one of my favorite in park stores, I spent a lot of money in there last year and I really like that sign! I've taken loads of pictures of in the past. It never occurred to me it slightly clashes with the building from the outside. It alwaysatches the window display, the Dumbo design on the concrete in front of it and the fact it's an exit from the anatipm building..
Fri 9/16/2011 4:16p
I think they should just close DCA until they're finished with construction!

"I think a bigger misguided design in that area is the facade of the SSL/Monsters Inc building. It simply does not fit the context at all."

Yeah. Pretty awful. I like the ride, but the façade is horrible.
Fri 9/16/2011 4:23p
And just what do you expect DL to do about the construction walls while there's construction going on?

Here's an idea: wait until all the construction walls are down before going back. That way you won't have to subject yourself to such an atrocious site. :)

Seriously though, get over it. If the rides are up and running, I'm sure you can get over the fact that there's some construction going on.
Liberty Belle
Fri 9/16/2011 4:37p
I don't have a problem with construction walls at all - much better than having nothing new being built!
Fri 9/16/2011 4:57p
And he's even posted this same message at MiceChat. DisneybyMark, you're taking this way too seriously.
Fri 9/16/2011 5:28p
Re: Off the Page

You don't know from beautiful GENUINE VINTAGE architecture being mercilessly hacked up with "edgy" bovine scat, until you've made the mistake of staying in the Chicago Loop "W" Hotel.

I did that once, my first trip to Chicago, because neither I nor my travel agent had ever heard of the chain, neither of us knew the lay of the land in Chicago, and it happened to have vacancy, and to "look good on paper."

When I returned from that vacation, I (1) gave her a copy of a downtown Chicago transit map, on which I'd plotted the locations of every hotel in the AAA TourBook, (2) told her that if she ever had to book me into an accommodation with a 1-letter name, she should put me in the "Y" instead of the "W," and (3) vowed that so long as the "W" chain remained in existence, I would never again knowingly or willingly stay (or even eat) at any Starwood property.

Compared with the vandalism-by-owner I saw at the Chicago Loop "W," I find the signage at "Off the Page" to be a thing of beauty.
Fri 9/16/2011 8:30p
The W chain is tragically hip. I've stayed in the New York City Union Square W too many times. There is LIVE GRASS growing in the lobby.


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