Published: October 20, 2008 at 10:42 PM
The proposed Monsters Inc mega-attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida will definitely be a contender...but honestly, dissing Everest as a simple mine train-type ride? What are you smokin? ....the entire Everest section of Animal Kingdom is a marvel of theming ingenuity...I was just there two weeks ago, and I couldn't stop gaping in awe at the immense mountain, the kick-butt thrill-ride within, and the unequalled theme and immersive atmosphere. Disney spared no expense, and it shows. Everest towers over the competition.
I'll agree with you that those attractions you listed are great accomplishments -- Spiderman, to this day, is in a league all its own. HOWEVER, you fell off the crazy wagon by comparing Soarin' to Back to the Future...they're only slightly similar....whereas Back to the Future gave riders an adrenaline burst and a headache, Soarin' pumps up the thrill and awe without the pain. It's a true masterpiece -- and yet so simple.
You may not be a Midway Mania fan, but the hours-long lines beg to differ. It's proven to be one of Disney's most popular attractions in a decade. The approval numbers are THROUGH THE ROOF. And if it's an improvement on Buzz Lightyear, then GOOD! MEN IN BLACK is just a derivative of Buzz too, but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable (I'd argue that Buzz is "infinitely" better than MIB).
IOA's Harry Potter addition and the new Transformers addition are spectacular announcements (have you seen the size of the Harry Potter building??? HUGE!). I don't know why an accomplishment over at Universal automatically means a misfire at Disney. That's nuts! I LOVE IT when either of the parks moves the ball forward. I can't wait to see universal Orlando finally use all their land...(too bad they sold 10,000 acres to the county).
DCA is going to raise the bar again when it completes its Cars Land -- something John Lasseter is personally overseeing. CAN'T WAIT. All this is good news...
Too bad Time Warner -- the largest media and entertainment company in the world -- doesn't have the stomach for a theme park.
And what about Dubai's new DreamWorks theme park. Amazing! Can't wait to see what they "Dream" up.