Luigi's is closed to be replaced by something else, thus there are two left. I saw people spending a lot more than ten minutes, especially if they had grade school-aged children or younger, because they wanted to meet the Cars characters. We sat on a bench for about 15 minutes waiting for our fast pass return time, and saw plenty of people walking slowly, lingering, enjoying the area. Maybe the most cynical or rushed guests will only be in it for the ride factor, but that is just one type of Disney guest, and perhaps not even the most prevalent. The scores of people sitting on the side of Main Street up to two hours ahead of a parade didn't have a "sit here and stare at a thing" mentality. They were presumably anticipating an entertaining experience. Granted, not everyone is entertained by parades, but that doesn't make them any less entertaining for those who enjoy them. Same with shows, and same with themed areas.Wizzard419 wrote:Two rides? Was Radiator Springs Racers a store?
Rides are pretty critical, shows and parades are dull since it becomes an experience that can be summed up as "sit/stand there and stare at a thing". Immersive lands are neat, for about 10 mins, the customers are not going to live there nor will they be there longer than they have to, so you end up making a space that plays to pretty much no one. If it were about the setting than Colonial Williamsburg would be the greatest park ever.
And for what it's worth, Colonial Williamsburg IS one of the best experiences ever. Granted, its thrill factor is pretty low, but that doesn't make its entertainment value low.
Reality is, not everyone shares the "rides rides rides" mindset, and I argue that as many as 3/4 the people who go to Disney parks are willing to pay the high price of admission because it is more than rides. It's the whole experience.