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Vote of the week: Which film from the Disney Renaissance needs to become a new attraction at Walt Disney World?

By Robert Niles
Published: March 17, 2010 at 2:27 PM
Thanks to TPI reader Tim W for this vote suggestion, which I'm running a couple days early to avoid the onslaught of Best Theme Park Attraction Tournament votes:

Tm writes: "A while back, i posted a discussion about which disney film should be turned into an attraction at Walt Disney World. It was made into a vote of the week and became about the classic Disney movies. Fantasia became the winner of the first poll, followed right behind by Mary Poppins. So in this poll, I'd like to know what you guys think about the films from the Disney Renaissance Era."

Let's hear your thoughts, in the comments.

By the way, I'm testing a new poll tool here today, too. So please let me know if you have any problems with voting, as well. Thanks!

Readers' Opinions

From Amanda Jenkins on March 17, 2010 at 3:12 PM
I will make the same argument that I made before. Hercules could be made into a great attraction, especially if Greece became a new pavillion at Epcot. If not there, I'm sure it could fit into Hollywood Studios without too much trouble. Hercules has such a vivid amount of characters to work with and there is always the great James Woods as Hades. " Whoa, is my hair out?"
From luis gonzalez on March 17, 2010 at 4:23 PM
they should all be put in one ride called
"the not great movie ride"

WORDWORDWORDWORD!!!!!

From Tyler Stover on March 17, 2010 at 4:45 PM
I voted Pocahontas, mainly by process of elimination

Hercules: The obvious place for this would be a Greek pavilion in Epcot, but Epcot's World Showcase is already Euro-heavy. In addition, Epcot seems to emphasize education and original content over blatant Disney movie themes, and that's a nice balance against other Disney parks.

Tarzan: I eliminated this because Tarzan replaced the good Swiss Family in California and I don't want that to happen in Florida. This could however make a decent addition to the Africa section of DAK.

Mulan: Like Hercules, this would fit best in Epcot, but China's pavilion is fine as is. However, the movie could make a good attraction of some sort, so if anyone else has a good idea for making a thematic fit elsewhere at Walt Disney World, I'm all ears.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Obviously a good fit for Epcot's French pavilion, but France's pavilion is already fantastic. I couldn't think of any other good place to put this.

Pocahontas would make a good addition to either Liberty Square or Frontierland in the Magic Kingdom. The story has about equal weighting on the romantic angle that might appeal to girls and action and adventure that might appeal to boys. The same could be said about Tarzan, so that makes it a close second. Ultimately, these movies probably aren't the best example of Disney's Renaissance. Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Lion King are all even better, but they are either already represented at Walt Disney World or will soon be.

From Tim W on March 17, 2010 at 5:07 PM
Do you think they would work better as dark rides, shows, or rides related to the movies? And well i disagree on the whole Epcot thing because im very pro-europe in Epcot as ive previously mentioned. Greece would be a great choice to build in Epcot with Hercules. I'd like to see Mulan and Hunchback in China and France as well. There was a great dark ride run through for pocahontas posted on micechat last week on their roundup. Check it out.
From Phil B. on March 17, 2010 at 7:10 PM
Voted for Hercules, and agree with Amanda. It has the most elements to draw upon for inspiration. All the others mentioned have been implemented into some form of attraction already. The problem with this selection of movies is that they aren't as beloved as the classics are, and in all honesty don't hold a candle to Beast, Mermaid, Aladdin, and Lion King, which are all classics in there own right at this point. Does this mean the infinitely creative and innovative folks over in Glendale couldn't come up with a true winner of an attraction for one of these flicks, of course not. Song of the South is muddled in controversy, and I would challenge many guest under the age of 30 in a Disney park as to whether or not they have even seen this movie. That didn't stand in the way of WDI creating one of Disney's all time greatest attractions, Splash Mountain. So it is possible, so long as you implement the source material into an experience that compliments the theme along with the ride. IMHO, I wouldn't be heart broken if none of these movies ever saw a new attraction based on them. Then again, I would have said the same thing about Song of the South many moons ago. Indeen!
From Joshua Counsil on March 17, 2010 at 7:33 PM
The best movie from the selection is, without a doubt, Hunchback. One of Disney's few adapted scripts that was done properly. O.K., the original novel was significantly different, and much of the theme and purpose was lost, but it's still a fantastic film, grossly underrated by many.

Regardless, none of the choices needs an attraction. Keep the attractions original.

From 96.255.62.245 on March 17, 2010 at 7:40 PM
I picked Tarzan because I thought they could do a lot with that theme also. It could involve a ride through the Jungle or something to simulate swinging from tree to tree.
From Scottland Jacobson on March 17, 2010 at 7:49 PM
I thought I'd be in the minority voting for Hercules - but it has the most vibrant content that could make a hilarious dark ride or even something kind of like Spiderman. They did a live muscical version of this movie on the Disney cruise back in 2000 and it was gut-busting hilarious. You could build a zany, hilarious attraction out of it.
From Will Chilcote on March 17, 2010 at 8:55 PM
I think "Tron" would be really cool. The old idea of turning the old People Mover track into a light cycle racetrack would be really cool. Especially with the sequel coming out soon.

I didn't really like any of the movies that you had listed.

From Anthony Murphy on March 17, 2010 at 8:52 PM
I think EPCOT needs Greece and I think WDW needs Herc!

Though Pocahantas would not be bad at Fronterland.

Speaking of that, Pocahantas and her petting zoo are already at DLP

From Mark Migliaccio on March 17, 2010 at 9:53 PM
I'd like to see a pocahontas ride. Not sure what they could do with it though. I would think some kind of water/dark ride at animal kingdom.

And no problems voting in firefox on my android phone.

From Andrew Swanson on March 18, 2010 at 12:57 AM
I voted for Tarzan because I think Tarzan Rocks was one of the best shows ever at a theme park.

One thing that really made it unique was its story was that the cast of Tarzan was on a rock concert tour and happened to stop at DAK. This made it unique to the movie, rather than recycling the same story of the movie. I would love to see this show re-mounted somewhere.

From Terry O'Neal on March 18, 2010 at 4:35 AM
Darkastle through the Halls of Notre Dame.
From on March 18, 2010 at 5:08 AM
I voted for Mulan as I like the concept, and it was fairly true to the original story. Hunchback was a show in Hollywood studios and was one of the best IMO. We would see it every time we were at the park.
From Joshua Counsil on March 18, 2010 at 5:28 AM
Tron???!!!!

LOL

From Anthony Murphy on March 18, 2010 at 7:23 AM
I know there is alot already there, but I think Pixar's The Incredables would make an awesome ride.


Perhaps a Spiderman like attraction?

From Rod Whitenack on March 18, 2010 at 8:59 AM
I want to see everybody write in TRON as their vote until the sequel opens even if it doesn't make any sense to the feedback and isn't even on topic. We want TRON!
From Sylvain Comeau on March 18, 2010 at 9:23 AM
These would be well suited for a live show or 3D attraction, but I can't see them as a ride.
I'll second the motion on the Incredibles, that would be perfect for a ride. But they probably wouldn't go ahead with it unless The Incredibles II got the green light at Pixar.
From Sylvain Comeau on March 18, 2010 at 9:56 AM
Rumor has it that a Tron attraction is coming to Disneyland's Tomorrowland in a few years. It would be an indoor racing game.
From Jack Curley on March 18, 2010 at 10:35 AM
I would have voted for Tarzan, but the thought of hearing that Phil Collins soundtrack on a ride made me change my vote to Hercules.
From Brandon Mendoza on March 18, 2010 at 10:46 AM
I'm not a huge fan of any of the movies listed, but I had to go with Hercules only because of the wide variety of characters and somewhat historical aspect that hasn't really been touched in a Disney theme park. The rest of the films are good, but I don't think they have enough "oomph" to be significant. Mulan would fit in, but beyond Mushu and some of the costume designs, nothing stands out. Hunchback was done in Disneyland, but didn't really stand out either. Tarzan's insignificant at Disneyland, and nothing stands out with Pocahontas either. Hercules is a little over-the-top which would help it stand out.
From Lucas Lee on March 18, 2010 at 3:52 PM
They should have all of them in one. How you ask? Make a Kingdom Hearts ride!!! =)
From Mark Kausch on March 19, 2010 at 12:18 AM
I voted for Mulan because I think that they could do something awesome with the war scene(s). Also, it surprised me in that I never thought I'd actually like a Donny Osmond song.

I also wish that I could see the voing in the polls before/without actually voting.

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