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Theme Park Apprentice Challenge 5: Design a 3D attraction

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Published: May 17, 2010 at 9:00 PM

The fifth challenge in the Theme Park Apprentice Game was to draft a concept for a 3D show to replace Captain EO once it finishes its run, which it will begin at Epcot this summer after kicking out Honey I Shrunk the Audience.

Your candidates:

  • Nick Markham's Avatar: Battle for Pandora
  • Anthony Murphy's Iron Man
  • Dan Babbitt's The Avenger Initiative
  • Amanda Jenkins' How To Be A Hero: Starring Goofy
  • Wok Creative's WALL-E Operation Re-Colonization

Readers' Opinions

From Anthony Murphy on May 17, 2010 at 9:35 PM
I am interested to see how this one will turn out!
From Brandon Mendoza on May 17, 2010 at 10:30 PM
Anything with "How to..." with Goofy is awesome in my book!
From Michael Owen on May 18, 2010 at 3:16 AM
Went with Wall-E purely because I think it's about time there was a Wall-E attraction somewhere and Future World is a great fit.
From Mark Migliaccio on May 18, 2010 at 6:42 AM
I love Amanda's idea.
From Anthony Murphy on May 18, 2010 at 8:13 AM
Looks like Dan and Mine are the least popular. Interesting since they are from Marvel!
From Adam Nodjomian on May 18, 2010 at 3:37 PM
Amanda's was by far the best, very orginal, very entertaining. I laughed out loud while reading it to myself! Message to Imagineers: MAKE THIS ATTRACTION!
From Tim W on May 18, 2010 at 3:41 PM
Looks like Amanda took a sudden leap to the lead above Nick. And looks like a substantial amount of votes this week!!
From on May 18, 2010 at 4:19 PM
The Walle show was great. But Avatar is not Disney and I do not see it ever being Disney, simply becaue it would cost too much to aquire for too little return. The Marvel shows we good ideas but they did not get me really interested. The Goofy was the winner to me. It was close between Walle and Goofy but the show descriptions made me a real Goofy fan.
From Amanda Jenkins on May 18, 2010 at 6:52 PM
Thanks guys! I am ready to see anything take the place of HISTA. I loved the Marvel and Wall-E ideas. I haven't seen Avatar yet, so I'm not sure what to think about it taking its place. I know, I know...I am probably the only person on the planet who hasn't seen it :)
From Nick Markham on May 18, 2010 at 7:54 PM
^You definitely are probably the only person who hasn't seen it! :D
Go! Run! See it now before you miss out on what is one of the greatest films of all-time.
From Tim W on May 18, 2010 at 8:02 PM
Makes two of us who haven't seen it!
From Brandon Mendoza on May 18, 2010 at 9:31 PM
I'd say watch Avatar in the theaters if you can. It just doesn't have the same effect at home unless you have a giant TV/ projector and a great sound system.

As for Marvel stuff, I'm a fan of the characters, but I don't like the idea of attractions in Disney Parks. I'd prefer to leave them at Universal as there's something kinda creepy to me about the characters in real life... mainly because they're based on realistic looking characters in costumes. But that's just me... and I'm not sure Marvel fits in Disney parks.

But I'd think that Wall-E would be great as well as an attraction. But to be honest, as much as I love Pixar, I feel a little over saturated with the Pixar attractions. I think it would be almost refreshing to see Goofy or Donald or Mickey in an actual attraction beyond parades.

From Joshua Counsil on May 19, 2010 at 8:45 PM
Amanda's takes the cake, hands-down.

I'm still bitter I got fired so early on, though I admit my idea wasn't great. This game couldn't have come at a worse time - college exams and course wraps-up. I've been pulling 17-hour workdays, so the creative juices aren't flowing very well. Ironically, I'm studying fluid dynamics...

I hope this game gets hosted again at another time. Given a regular work week, I'd love to create some sketches for future ideas. Really helps to convey your thoughts. Also, it would be great if we could do a team battle, with each team member bringing a different expertise to the table.

Team Leader
Public Relations Manager
Engineer and/or Technician
Creative Consultant and/or Storyboard Editor

Problems could be posed and each part of the design process would have to be addressed. While I like many of the ideas in this Apprentice game, some of them are infeasible or, at the very least, don't explain how certain challenges would be overcome. It would be great to address a problem dead-on as a team, from start to finish. By working out the foreseeable problems, you may cause some people to say, "I never thought of doing it like that."

From on May 20, 2010 at 12:58 PM
i havent seen avatar yet either. is it as good as everyone says?

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