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Disneyland/World and Universal parks discussion thread (where the magic never ends... until a ride you loved is knocked down and replaced with something lame)

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27 minutes ago, Graeme said:

 

I’m curious as to what it was about Epcot that made it such a hit. How old are your kids?

 

Its fascinating to me how people’s opinions of the various parks at WDW can be so different. 

 

 

 

10 + 12. 

Test Track, Soarin', and Mission Space were huge hits. The Frozen ride was a hit with my daughter too. We enjoyed a bunch of rides elsewhere, but Magic Kingdom in particular was just too busy to navigate. We lost half a day of Animal Kingdom because of rain unfortunately, but the Pandora Avatar ride was incredible. 

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Even in the late 80s/early 90s when I was going regularly Magic Kingdom was a two-day park really. 

 

Frozen is interesting. Not a big fan of the film, and I loved the original ride (Maelstrom), but it's one of the older rides that I am more forgiving of seeing re-themed. I loved the troll/folklore aspect of the original, and it's a shame the Frozen re-skin does away with the hole in the rocks that let you see outside before you drop, but the end of the ride when you passed oil rigs and stuff wasn't especially engaging (particularly at a time where education in UK schools was getting wise to teaching kids about holes in the ozone and oil spills...etc. That's also kind of why I don't mind Universe of Energy going too much since, while I loved the dinosaurs and the music of the original pre-Ellen version, I never liked the hand of Exxon being all over it as the sponsor). 

 

Test Track I've never been on. It looks rather good from what I have seen, in it's current mk2 version at least, but the way it goes outside seems shortsighted to me since if it rains it's another ride that has to shut down (so surely at least once a day, most days in Florida summers?). It's very, VERY hard for me to forgive them replacing World of Motion for that ride though as that was a masterpiece, and one I think could have been brought up to modern standards and expectations.

 

Which version of Mission Space did you all do? I'd be anxious about doing the Orange Mission. I don't have a history of motion sickness but from things I have heard and read about that one over the years I don't feel I'd want to risk it. I am completely bitter about them smashing down Horizons to make way for this one though, and will take that anger to my grave. :) I do wonder how much life Mission: Space has in it once Smuggler's Run opens over at the Studios. Likewise I wonder how much bringing Tron over from Shanghai to Magic Kingdom will affect the popularity of Test Track (and Tron does launch you outside of course, but you're covered by a canopy unlike Test Track). 

 

It will be interesting to hear more about the EPCOT renovations at D23. So far all we know about are the landscaping plans for Future World and the park entrance. They've yet to confirm the rumoured refurb for Spaceship Earth, and to say whether anything is going to happen over at the Seas and Imagination pavilions (and while all contemporary versions of Journey into Imagination have clearly been utter dogshit, I have zero confidence in them every bringing it back to a more technically modern interpretation of the version I remember. Chapek seems desperate to stuff familiar IP in there). 

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8 hours ago, dogbert said:

 

10 + 12. 

Test Track, Soarin', and Mission Space were huge hits. The Frozen ride was a hit with my daughter too. We enjoyed a bunch of rides elsewhere, but Magic Kingdom in particular was just too busy to navigate. We lost half a day of Animal Kingdom because of rain unfortunately, but the Pandora Avatar ride was incredible. 

 

That’s interesting. I like those rides, but they’re not enough for me to fall in love with the park. It’s nice to know that Epcot can appeal to kids that age (and will do so even more with Ratatouille, Guardians and whatever else they do there). 

 

That’s unfortunate about the rain at Animal Kingdom. The same thing happened to me the last time I was there. At the time it seemed like we had done most of what we wanted to do and it was best to leave, but in hindsight I felt cheated.

 

I love just wandering and exploring that park. It feels like you can just stumble on a path at anytime that will take you some place you’ve never been. I know many people view it as a half day park, simply because there aren’t many rides, but for me it is just as much about the experience of being there. 

 

That park does need some more places to escape the rain though (ironically we ducked into the Bugs Life show just as it started raining, only to be ushered back out into the rain because the theatre was leaking). 

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8 hours ago, Angry the Clown said:

It will be interesting to hear more about the EPCOT renovations at D23.

 

I also wonder if there are going to be any announcements for Galaxy’s Edge there, and more than just a Rise of the Resistance preview. Something to let us know if they’re still working on the droids, and if there will be more entertainment, shows, characters, interactions and just some more life. 

 

A lot of that was promised, and it would be nice to know if it was cut, or if it was just delayed. 

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At the very least I think they will confirm the sit down restaurant.

 

I agree on the other stuff. There’s been some talk that Florida GE is due to have a visual effect of ships flying overhead, presumably drone based technology, and that for some reason this wasn’t possible in Disneyland.

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On 7/19/2019 at 2:02 PM, Angry the Clown said:

Which version of Mission Space did you all do? I'd be anxious about doing the Orange Mission. I don't have a history of motion sickness but from things I have heard and read about that one over the years I don't feel I'd want to risk it.

 

The only trick with that ride is keep focusing straight ahead.  Look out the side, and it's much more likely that you'll get sick.  The illusion in that ride is pretty cool.

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5 hours ago, ChrisBardon said:

 

The only trick with that ride is keep focusing straight ahead.  Look out the side, and it's much more likely that you'll get sick.  The illusion in that ride is pretty cool.

 

Interestingly, I remember after it opened and people were vomiting, some actual astronauts recommended eating a banana before you ride, which they said helps.

 

Again though, even a good experience on Mission Space will never cure my bitterness for it replacing Horizons. 😀

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13 hours ago, ChrisBardon said:

 

The only trick with that ride is keep focusing straight ahead.  Look out the side, and it's much more likely that you'll get sick.  The illusion in that ride is pretty cool.

The illusion is pretty cool, but I always feel pretty gross when I get off it. Next time I go I’d probably stick to the green mission. 

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I’m gonna guess that the restaurant won’t spin people around in a centrifuge. 

 

Hopefully it won’t be because of the food. 

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I love Yoshi so that makes me happy. Not sure it’s a good idea for the ride to go outside though, at least in Florida, as it’ll mean shutdowns in the rain. Good luck telling me to abandon the queue for a Yoshi ride, Universal.

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Tower of Terror in Paris is due to get some permanent new effects and storyline tweaks in late September. 

 

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The ride will now feature new stories, complete with updated sound and visual effects, all-new drop sequences, and “an iconic character already present in the attraction,” according to Disney.

 

With these new additions and an “even more immersive story,” the park hopes to attract longtime fans to rediscover their favorite attraction as well as a new generation of guests.

 

“At Disneyland Paris, we regularly want to reinvent the guest experience to continue to surprise them and bring them new thrills and emotions,” said Bjorn Heerwagen, show design & production director for Walt Disney Imagineering. “We look forward to unveiling the new drop sequences and effects at the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, which will create memorable and terrifying memories for guests of the Hollywood Tower Hotel.”

 

https://d.adroll.com/consent/write?_l=en&_c=1&_v=4&_e=bounced_consent&_d=https%3A%2F%2Fattractionsmagazine.com%2Ftower-of-terror-updates-disneyland-paris%2F&_s=f2d581f5167c6cb513ab280812e70b07&_b=626d9f6089ce68&_a=L442OGJPNFBODKPLVHOMHV

 

 

It's interesting as I had wondered about the long-term fate of the ride in Paris as it sits in front of what will eventually be the Marvel-land, so my assumption was that it might have ended up with the Guardians re-skin since the Paris Tower of Terror is a clone of the California version. Glad to hear it doesn't appear to be going away anytime soon.

 

I wonder if any of these additions will make it over to Florida (the ride celebrates its 25th anniversary this week with no changes, but perhaps for the WDW 50th?).

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