Vote of the week: Would you try out for Disney's American Idol Experience?
Let's talk about The American Idol Experience
. The show officially debuted at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World earlier this month, though it has been in soft opening since last month.
Never before in theme parks, that I can recall at least, has a show been so dependent upon audience participation. Theme parks, especially Universal, for years have been using audience volunteers. But they've typically been glorified props, brought on stage to follow specific instructions, doing little, if anything, of their own initiative.
American Idol uses park visitors very differently. Here, the visitors are not props; they are the show. If Disney doesn't get some good singers to volunteer, the show fails. (A fact that's prompted rumors that Disney's hired cast ringers to fill out shows where too few competent singers step up.)
Would you step up for American Idol? That's our vote of the week:
Tell us your thoughts about the show, in the comments.
actaully i remember paramount carowinds,when i was a child, had a karokee stage and performance thing.
I would love to! Just for the "experience"...however, I cannot even audition because I'm a Cast Member :(
There are only two good things about the American Idol Experience at DHS:
I will be avoiding the American Idol experience and will be going to other attractions in the park. I have never watched an episode of American Idol and could care less about it.
I was at the Studios on Tuesday and I chickened out of the try outs. I know I can sing but i'd rather just keep it to my church's audience, i dont do well in front of an audience thats too big. I get way too nautious. Maybe next month when I go back i'll work up the courage to try out and i'll definetely keep you guys posted if i do on how my experience went.
I can't sing, so I will definitely avoid trying out for AIE. Nonetheless, I can't support anything related to this show that robs me of so much time with my wife (since she can't get enough of it). It's bad enough that the show seems like it is on every night of the week, but now it has to invade my vacation as well? My touring plan will go well around this attraction.
I have lost so much in my life due to this show -- my wife, my teenage daughter,
I agree with some of the comments above in that the best thing coming out of the American Idol Experience is that this show will take away people from the better attractions at the park. Like the Who Wants to be a Millionaire attraction previously at DCA and DHS and the Fear Factor show in USH, attractions based on television shows don't last very long and get old very quickly. After this show loses its luster after this year or next, hopefully Disney can come up with a better use for this now renovated building.
Unlike a lot of the people that go to try out for American Idol, I know I can't sing. People say I can, but screw 'em, I've watched enough AI to know that people take that stuff to heart and go make a complete and total fool of themselves.
I'm surprised at all the negativity towards AIE..but whether or not you like the show, you have to admit it is a huge move for Disney to have an attraction based on THE most popular "thing" in pop culture over the last 7 years, and there are tens of millions who watch the show and will either want to audition or at least feel what its like to be at an American Idol show, since I hear and can see that the stage is recreated extremely well...I am one of those people
I agree with James. My little sister will enjoy trying out for the show. However, to me, this is another flash in the pan attraction like "Millionaire". The actual show has been slowly losing its' popularity and is down some 13% in the ratings from previous seasons. It will suck-up some of the crowds and, hopefully, make the line for Midway Mania bearable. Then, in five years, we will get a better attraction using the new building.
I can't stand American Idol. As a musician, I think that this show represents everything that's wrong with the industry. It's nothing but a big machine that produces a pop star with a life span of about 15 minutes...which is long enough for Simon Cowell, the maestro of the whole thing, to make his money off of them with a crap management contract and a crap recording deal. The contestants are overexposed and undertalented, the voting is rigged, and notice how the few who have had talent have been voted off every year, only to sign multimillion dollar recording contracts. The show is a complete farce, a fad that's gone horribly wrong and lasted way too long. The day that this show finally ends for good should be celebrated as a national holiday for years to come.
Sometimes, American Idol winners do have 15 minute life spans like Taylor Hicks or Fantasia or Rueben Studdard, but AI winners have been quite successful too...Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood have had a quite a lot more than 15 minutes of fame...they are 2 of the biggest artists in the industry..and Jordin Sparks and David Cook are heading towards that kind of sustained stardom....and look how the show has propelled the amazing careers of non-winners such as Chris Daughtry, Katherine McPhee, and Jennifer Hudson...so don't knock the show just because you dont like it...it accomplishes its goal more often than not, and draws outrageous ratings year after year...and who knows, the next Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson could have launched their singing careers at Hollywood Studios
If you want to clear the room, then I will sing!
American Idol is just a flashy, less funny version of the
Coming in 2010... the "Gong Show Experience" at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Now *that's* an idea I can support! (FYI: I have not yet decided if I'm being sarcastic. I might really like this idea.)
Even at almost 80 years old, you've gotta get Chuck Barris to emcee....if the CIA will let him, that is!
spoken like a true superfan...
I don't watch it now -- why would I waste time watching it live in a park I paid big bucks to enter?
"If someone talked me into it" meaning "if someone got me drunk enough".
I think someone said this is the same place they had Who Wants To Be A Millionarie SP? I went into that show while It was Who Wants To Be A Millionarie
American Idol is for the most part a "Hate it" or "Love it" show. It drives me nuts but I have come to enjoy it now and then only because of the rediculous nature of it. It provides some pretty good laughs.
Yes, the show was geared toward the tween crowd, as DHS has been somewhat dubbed the tween park of WDW...between AIE and High School Musical 3 and Star Tours, even Beauty and the Beast and Voyage of the Little Mermaid to some extent, there is definatley a lot apppealing to the 10-16 year old crowd...which is why I wouldnt be surprised to see Rockin Rollercoaster starring the Jonas Brothers soon lol
It might be worth checking out...once. But mostly, I agree with the poster who said that it will hopefully draw people away from the real cool stuff in the park, like Toy Story Mania, TOT, etc.
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