Mickey's Silly Symphony Swings approaches completion at Disney's California Adventure
Disney's posted a video of Mickey Mouse being installed atop the Mickey's Silly Symphony Swings
at Disney's California Adventure.
Mickey's Silly Symphony Swings is the old Orange Stinger waveswinger ride, rethemed to match Paradise Pier's new look and feel... and to add Mickey. The ride is themed to the 1935 animated short The Band Concert, where Mickey tries to conduct an orchestra playing Rossini, only to have Donald Duck hijack the performance. Oh, what the heck, thanks to the magic of YouTube, here it is (you clearly can see the inspiration for the swing ride at the end):
Mickey's Silly Symphony Swings opens May 29.
I like Waveswingers, but I like them at Herschend and Busch parks, not Disney parks where I expect something a little more
I see two reasons to ride a waveswinger: 1) You're a thrill ride newbie and the swooping "flight" provides a nice introduction to theme park thrills; 2) The views.
I dunno... To me, it feels like the equivalent of spraying air freshener in a dirty outhouse.
As mentioned on the Mummy discussion board, I just think that some rides just do not rub us the right way.
It's just a swing ride with Mickey. I liked the Orange Stinger so i'm cool with this ride. The ride will look nicer and takes away the giant peeled orange which felt well out of place. I still won't wait more than 10-15 minutes for this but it's nice Disney is spending some time and money to fix this up, I guess Mulholland Madness is the next one to go under the knife.
Robert has a good point that Disney has successfully worked basic carnival rides into the parks. In addition to the carousel, see also the Tea Cups. Then there are some not quite as good applications, like Dinoland at Animal Kingdom and the Orange Stinger and Sun Wheel at DCA. I think good theming and general design can make the difference. Either that or we just whitewash anything classic Disney parks in our minds.
I think all the midway rides and carnival spinners (yes, Dumbo, too) at Disney parks should be moved to the nearest Six Flags, asap. I loathe them, and expect so much more from the creative geniuses at Walt Disney Imagineering.
What about the Mad Tea Party?
What about Mad Tea Party, Anthony? One of my all-time favorite animated scenes, like The Band Concert, undermined with a terrible attraction. The theme doesn't even fit - at what point in Disney's Alice in Wonderland does Alice spin crazily in a teacup?
Josh, you are spot on: from Disney we expect (nay, demand) fun, immersive, original, whole-family attractions and experiences, not carnival rides.
What do you pay for when you go to Islands of Adventure (Storm Force, Caro-Seuss-el, One Fish…)? Or Six Flags? Because the price of the theme park tickets are pretty close. So which theme parks are allowed to have simple rides? It would be different if Disney ONLY offered midway type rides. They are offering a full gamut of experiences, simple to complex, A ticket to E ticket. When an artist makes an album, they usually have more than 1 type of song, otherwise it would be pretty boring. They offer variety. And if you don’t like the whole album, buy the songs you like. If you don’t like the midway rides, skip ‘em. But why should you rob those that like them of that experience just b/c you want to hold Disney to a “higher standard” than other theme parks. Get over it. The midway rides are largely confined to “kiddie areas”… and the 2 Disney parks that skew to older audiences (Epcot and Hollywood Studios) don’t have those rides.
What do I expect from IOA? Spiderman, Hulk, Popeye & Bluto, Dudley Do-Right, Cat in the Hat, Jurassic Park, and now, Harry Potter.
Disney should build whole-family attractions and experiences... not kiddie rides. The reason I like Disney so much is because most all of their good attractions are designed for the whole family to enjoy TOGETHER. A Dumbo spinner is fine for a three year old, but Daddy says, "BOOOOO!" Take that same three-year-old on Peter Pan, and now both child and father are happy.
Not sure why Disney is making such a big deal over this re-themed oldie. It might be nice to swing out over the lagoon but this is still the same ride that many other parks (and carnivals) have had for decades. To see the film playing in The Blue Sky Cellar at DCA and seeing all the imagineers so breathlessly describing this would make you think that this is some state-of-the-art, one of a kind, Disney exclusive. All I see is a new paint job and a better queue area. True, this WAS needed but it's not the next big thing like they are making it out to be.
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