Vote of the week: Which classic attraction should Disney change next?
Disney's tinkered with many of its classic attractions over the past decade. This month, Disney debuted its new version of It's a Small World
at Disneyland, but in recent years Disney's also tweaked Pirates of the Caribbean, added a pirate overlay to Disneyland's Tom Sawyer Island, and rebuilt that park's Space Mountain. Disney also added holiday overlays for Small World and Haunted Mansion in California, as well.
Of course, sometimes the changes don't go over so well. Witness the new Tiki room at Walt Disney World or the ho-hum Tarzan's Treehouse in Anaheim.
Which classic Disney attraction would you like to see refreshed next? That's the question for this week's vote. I selected as candidates classic Disneyland attractions that appear at more than one other Disney theme park and that haven't been changed significantly in years, but that I felt could be tweaked without fundamentally altering the attraction. Let's face it: There's not much else that can be done with the likes of basic flat rides such as Dumbo or the Mad Tea Party.
Tell us in the comments what, specifically, you'd like to see done to the attraction you selected. But be realistic, please. Replacing Thunder with a B&M Flying Coaster isn't an option here. ;-)
A lot depends upon which park is involved. Peter Pan in WDW could benefit from the type of upgrades, fiber optics and such that DL got in 1983. I voted JC, but that is specific to WDW's, which seems much more static than DL's, which appears to be plussed more often. Actually, should have said Star Tours. I'm not particularly a Star Wars fan, yet this is still perhaps the finest simulator ride I've experienced. This explains why whether or not a ride is based on a film doesn't concern me; attractions and films are two different beasts. But, back on point, ST needs a new film. And if the rumours of a 3D presentation and a retractable roof with an I-Max dome above prove true, I would be quite excited to give it a go.
I actually think three of them should be updated.
The Snow White at WDW really needs updating. I went on it the other day. Sort of surprised Disney let it go as long as they have.
I guess I've haven't really liked the Autopia/Tomorrowland Speedway since I was little. I guess once you can drive a car, driving a lawnmower on a track doesn't seem too fun. Also, this is a ride that you can ride in just about every theme park in Amrerica.
IMHO the Tomorrowland Speedway needs a dramtic facelift or removed altogether. Without a doubt this attraction should evolve into a Cars theme. The revamp would be a costly one and maybe too much for the final product.
I've never been big on change with the classics, but Star Tours definitely needs some help. It got my vote all the way without any pause for thought. Peter Pan and Snow White are great for the little ones. Big Thunder is perfect the way it is. But Star Tours (sigh) needs all the help it can get. And I am a huge HUGE Star Wars fan and thus hate to say anything negative about what George Lucas has his hand in.
Would have said Star Tours this could def do with some updating including a total replacement of the simulator. The queing area is cool though. I actually went for the Speedway this either needs removing altogether or updating with cars that actually move faster than you can walk and themeing maybe as Cars.Could be replaced by a WALL.E ride as its in Tommorrow Land.
I voted for Star Tours since, as long as the idea hasn't been canned, they did announce they would be doing a Star Tours II, which would be in 3D and revolve around the pod racer scene from Episode I and I agree with this
The whole of Tomorrow land need bringing into the 21st century, but worst of all is Autopia/Tomorrowland Speedway.
Well, the question asked about "tweaking," not "overhaul," so I voted for Snow White. It's already a great, classic dark ride but it needs an ending (specifically for the DL version).
I voted for the Indy speedway. That ride is in pretty bad shape, goes slow, and takes up too much space. I might be in favor of just tearing it out.
W McDougal wins comment of the day, so far, for the first suggestion that made me laugh out loud. Can't ever see Disney doing that (maybe Universal would), but I would love, love, love to go on the "Heart of Darkness" Jungle Cruise sometime.
I guess I understand why Star Tours is leading this vote as it is the one attraction that could be vastly improved with a pretty straight-forward overhaul. But I enjoy the attraction as is, and don't mind that it is a bit out of date.
ABSOLUTELY, NO QUESTION ABOUT IT, WITHOUT A DOUBT, PERIOD, END OF STORY:
Some really valid comments here, so I hope Disney are listening. Good point regarding Peter Pan, it's good, but they could do so much more with the ride and people would queue around the block, (OK they already do, but you know what I mean.). But yes, I voted for Tomorrowland Speedway Cars.
Of course almost everyone votes for Star Tours as all of the othr rides are great, but Star Tours is still in the 80's version of Star Wars. Still a great ride though!
Robert, since we're spending more time in Epcot these days, I'd like them to "update" Journey to Imagination -- and this time, put it back like it was, please! Figment AND the Dreamfinder, with the old music and soundtrack, along with all the visuals.
Agreed Larry! I miss the original Figment ride
It's gotta be Peter Pan. Tink is one of the most popular Disney characters right now. If the boost the existing attraction, it will have a notable impact on attendance.
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