Vote of the Week: What's the best option for a new ride for Epcot?
Written by Robert Niles
With Bryan Wawzenek writing for us this week about all the cool new stuff at Hong Kong Disneyland, a new trackless ride coming to Paris, last year's massive Disneyland Resort expansion, and the continued awesomeness at Tokyo Disney, one can't blame Walt Disney World fans for feeling a bit left out. The New Fantasyland stuff has helped drive attendance and spending, but next to what other Disney resorts are getting, that's like having a meet and greet with Pluto when everyone else is getting a private audience with Mickey and Minnie Mouse. It's nice, but... c'mon.Tweet
It's high time that Disney showed some love to its most popular theme park resort. And love is on the way, with Avatar in the works for 2017 and beyond, and a Star Wars land coming at some point after that. But those will be for Animal Kingdom and Studios. What about Epcot?
Disney doesn't need to create a new attraction from scratch to bring something new to Epcot. The company's got loads of wildly popular rides around the world that it could copy in Florida to provide something new for the park. We've selected four options — from Disney parks in Tokyo, Paris, and Anaheim — that would fit well thematically at Epcot. And to shake up the poll even more, we've added a fifth option, to revive one of Epcot's most beloved past attractions.
Which of these options would you most want to see Disney bring to Epcot as a new attraction? Follow the links for more detail and reader reviews of the rides' current incarnations.
Disneyland's Matterhorn Bobsleds in the Japan pavilion, as Mt. Fuji
This would require lopping off the Matterhorn's distinctive "hook" to create a volcano-like caldera at the top, but that's just a decorative change. The ride would remain the same.
Walt Disney Studios Paris' Ratatouille ride in the France pavilion
Bringing Remi to Walt Disney World would give American Disney fans their first trackless ride from the company.
Tokyo DisneySea's Sindbad's Storybook Voyage in a Persian or Arabian pavilion
No, Sindbad wouldn't fit in the Morocco pavilion. Wrong coast of Africa, wrong sea to sail, and wrong ethnicity. But Disney could bring TDS' Arabian Coast land over as the first new Epcot pavilion since 1988 and have a huge hit.
Yeah, The Land already has Soarin'. But StormRider might be a better thematic fit for the pavilion. And people love watching bad weather.
Rebuild Horizons in the Wonders of Life space
Few former Disney attractions elicit the love that fans continue to have for Horizons. (Follow the link for one item of evidence.) Theme parks always can use high-capacity dark rides, and Horizons was one of the first to offer in-ride interactivity, too. It'd still pack 'em in.
So which of these options would you most want to see added to Epcot? Which ride would most encourage you to visit — and keep revisiting — the park?
Campaign for your favorites in the comments.
One more little pre-holiday piece of news for you: I'm pleased to announce that long-promised Theme Park Insider guidebook to Orlando will publish next week! I'm working on the final touches and expect to have the eBook available on Amazon sometime next week, with the print book available for sale soon after that. So, please, save a space on your Christmas wish list for what will be the best darned guidebook to the Orlando theme parks available anywhere. Or plan to buy a few copies as gifts for the theme park fans (or potential theme park fans) in your life.
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