1) FremantleMedia (the company behind all the IDOL shows) foot the bill for upgrading the building used to stage the attraction. So for Disney this addition it is a huge win. They get the benefit of something new that is currently riding an unfathomable wave of popularity, and when the franchise dies in a few years, Disney will be in possession of a completely renovated and updated building which they can turn around and use for a better attraction.
2) Since AI is still fairly popular, I can expect it to pull quite a few people away from the good attractions leaving shorter lines for me.
I would rather ride the defunct Superstar Limo attraction 100 times in a row than participate in the American Idol Experience.
So, no. In fact, I won't even bother going.
And, I'm not surprised they've hired singers to sing in case there aren't enough people.
Anyway, I can't do it due to my part time Disney Store job.
I have no problem with Disney milking AI for every ounce of cash they can get, I just don't plan on going anywhere near the "attraction", and I cannot wait until that building is used for something that feels more...well..Disney-like.
And the "gong" has to have a big picture of Simon Cowell's smarmy face on it...however, if you did that, people might just periodically hit the gong out of spite! Personally, I wouldn't be able to stop hitting it! ;)
I know the business side of the whole thing, and trust me, the show ain't about music.
And while I liked it I can't not see anyone going to AIE why waste time at a Theme Park to get put down because you can't sing
Besides what would you win if you could A Season Pass? maybe oh that's great if your from out of state
But to be honest it's not a show about music, it's a show about entertainment. I think the winners have been entertainers and the runner ups that have gone on to do well have better "musical" talents. Although I do think Carrie Underwood is amazing and I don't even like country.
We all know this attraction was built to entertain the 12-16 year old female demographic. Bring in the teens and sell merchandise. It probably is a really good marketing move while the pan is still hot for AI. Love it or hate it.
And Joseph, the prize you win is a "Dream Ticket" to get to the front of the line at an actual American Idol audition of your choice, which is a sensible prize, and if youre a good singer, a coveted one...the "ultimate fast pass" as they call it in the show