Theme Park Apprentice 2 Challenge 10: Fantasyland Coaster
This week, our final three apprentice created a new coaster for the Fantasyland expansion at Walt Disney World. Please check their ideas out
I'd LOVE to go on the Cave of Wonders coaster! I wish Aladdin got more attention in the parks!
Great ideas, once again, everyone. Some things that stand out to me:
James while interesting the storyline and themeing you used would be very out of place in the magic kingdom. The idea of an attraction being an attraction and being aware of it's place and surroundings is called post modernism and in my opinion has no place in a Disney park. The only example I can think of is the tiki room under new management which offers a few winks at it being an attraction. Much to the chagrin of certain fans. Your attraction on the other hand is built on this principle. The idea that the ride was built to be a ride because the ducks were bored with other rides in their "park" besides being a terrible excuse for a ride also destroys the immersiveness of the magic kindom. In no other attraction will you find this kind of self awareness. Also an unthemed coaster (or a coaster themed to a coaster) has no place in fantasyland or even the magc kingdom for that matter. That kind of thing is found at six flags not Disney.
I described it to Pterdon Flyers because it was the same kind of general technology. Cave of Wonders will be more thrilling than that.
Anthony, I actually saw it as more of a Harry Potter Forbidden Journey ride, but the Peter Pan comparison is just as valid.
I LOVE the Aladdin cave of wonders coaster!!! I also think that a coaster based on Mr Toad's Wild Ride would be great, but possible only for those of who are nostalgic for the original. Most kids don't even know who Mr. Toad is!
My 2 cents:
Mike, thanks for your response to Anonymous. I have just one thing to add. Anonymous, you don't think that a coaster belongs in Fantasyland, or in Magic Kingdom at all. Our assignment was to design a roller coaster for Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom. Why did you complain that I did that when that is what I was supposed to do? Boy, people say that I take this too seriously! It's supposed to be fun for all, contestants and readers.
Without a doubt I would chose Dan's attraction! Being a CM who has worked in the MK his ride best fits into WALT's dream of the MK theme park. Some of the other attractions described do not fit into the area of Fantasyland and would need to be placed in other areas. The Derby attraction sounds great and would best fit ToonTown without a doubt while the other one would fit into adventureland. Dan's sticks to the concept of FantasyLand!
With Toontown soon to be removed from Magic Kingdom, where are the original Disney characters supposed to call home? It seems strange to me that the only place that really seems appropriate for an attraction featuring some of them to be is at DHS, which is a very nice park, but it is NOT what most people think when they think of the Disney family. There has been so much talk about the new Fantasyland having no place for boys that I thought putting in an attraction designed by and for boys would be a welcome addition. Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Donald Duck....all soon to be homeless. How sad. Will the Disney Imagineers put some cardboard boxes for them under the bridge to Cinderella's Castle? ;+)
And for James Rao- I put that comment about the Jungle Cruise into my proposal specially for you! I thought for sure that would buy...er, win me your vote!
It almost worked, James, but I had to weigh your Jungle Cruise comment against Anthony's promise to remove that crappy Aladdin spinner. I had to go with Anthony on this one, but just by the slightest nudge. ;)
Did it really come down to 1 vote?
Just reopened poll. I knew it would close out at about 11 tonight and didn't want it left at a tie! It will close tomorrow at 12 noon ET manually.
As I look at this vote, for the second time this morning, I am disgusted! It seems we have another little rat playing games with the vote. When I last checked at 11 o clock last night, Anthony and Dan were tied. So I reopened the poll, hoping to break that tie, but knowing it would be extremely close. However, When I woke up, it seemed there was over 50 votes placed. And then in the past half hour, nearly another 50 placed, with the majority going in favor of Dan's attraction. I'm not going to play the blame game on Dan, because I do not believe him to be the type of person who would try to fix this competition. I believe, that this is some annonymous person who is being a bit of a jack a** right now. I will continue to try and solve this problem and eliminate people like this person who has more than likely casted over 100 votes in a manner of short time. The part that gets me the most is that its a game, the apprentices do not win 1 million dollars, nor do they have their ideas submitted to a theme park company. It is only for fun, but it still should be fair.
Perhaps the problem is that Dan is just so well liked and it isn't his fault.
I have without a doub that Dan did not intend for this to happen. He still did have a great idea, but I am reporting that I saw his score go up nearly 5 percent in the matter of an hour. Obviously, there was a number of people voting for him at once, multiple times, which I don't want happening. Gaining nearly 100 votes in an hour is absurd, and automatically signifies that something fishy is going on.
Wow, I posted a comment and it didn't even show up! His idea was spot on and I told many people to vote for him as well! His concept was Pure Disney! As a WDW CM I know what would work and what might not! Congrats Dan on a job well done!
I have no doubt that nobody involved in this competition was responsible for the voting fiasco. I am sure that if anyone here knew who it was that they would turn them in. I know we all want to win, but I also am convinced that we all want to win fair and square. I think Tim's answer to the final vote is fair, but I'm still a little concerned about two things 1)what's to keep the "rat" from still screwing up the public vote, even if it is only one vote, and 2) there is an even number of voters. What if there is a tie for first place (3-3-2 or 4-4-0)? As close as the voting has been (before the "rat" appeared) I can see that happening.
Okay... here is my take on this fiasco.
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