On the other hand, it is a lot less of an eyesore than the Orange Stinger!
Orange Stinger, encased in that orange peel skin, pretty much obliterated whatever views were available, curtailing the feeling of freedom you usually have on a waveswinger ride. So it was a fail on both reasons to ride.
Mickey's Symphony Strings fixes that problem, at least. I'm okay with a few classic carnival rides in Disney theme parks - the Magic Kingdoms have carousels, after all. But this waveswinger needs to be as gorgeous and as well cared for as the King Arthur carousel in Disneyland. Here's hoping that it will be.
I love this cartoon too! Its a Disney Classic and I could see this being a real fun ride! I loved the Orange Stinger, but this looks even better! I would have liked if they kept part of the peel to create the tornado and have the band members on the inside so you look like you are going to hit Goofy or Clarabell Cow!
I will be there opening day (if it opens on time!)
Joshua and I usually agree on many things and I respect his opinions highly, but I could not disagree with him more.
Its that whole DCA panning that happened when it opened. Maybe I went in there with really low hopes based on everything said on TPI, but I was very impressed and suprised that I enjoyed DCA as much as I did. Orange Stinger is one of them that I liked. I like swing rides and this is much better than any of the others I have been on!
Sorry for it seeming like a rant, but I am very excited for this ride like you wouldn't believe!
I am totally in agreement with Josh on this one. The old, "lipstick on a pig" line comes to mind...
I've always disliked the Disney midway rides, even Dumbo, and felt that they were only put there because they were still uncommon and original at that time. Calling this attraction "The Band Concert," to me, is like painting a new Vekoma boomerang red and yellow and calling it "Avatar - Flight of the Toruk".
I don't mean to sound ungrateful for updated attractions, but come on. As I've said many times, Paradise Pier looked fine. It was the experiences, not aesthetics, that ruined it.
What do you pay for when you visit a Disney park? Customer service? Certainly, but most employees get paid very little, so that can't justify your admission price. Food and souvenirs pay for themselves. What, then? How about engaging, exciting, and educational attractions and surroundings? Bingo, and none of those are present here.
I'm hopping on the Rao wagon. Let's grab some tools and ship these midway rides to the nearest Six Flags, where I enjoy attractions like this because I don't pay Disney prices.
Sorry, Anthony, but I think the Mad Tea Party needs to go along with the rest of those crappy, slow-loading, boring, mall-food-court caliber, spinner rides. The only midway attraction I want to ride at a Disney Park is Toy Story Midway Mania.
The actual admission price for a Six Flags Magic Mountain (e.g.) ticket without any discounts is $54.99, which is the same price as an unlimited season-long Play Pass, complete with four day-trip tickets (for your guests), $300 coupon book, and inclusion of all the Six Flags parks. Alternatively, you can buy an online day pass from their website for $32.99.
Compare that to a 1-day, 1-park, expiring Disney ticket with no discounts: $79.00, with no perks. Want to park hop? $120.00 for 1-day with expiry. Season pass? $619.00.
Let's go even further. If I want to go to a Six Flags, I can take a car, train, or bus to Montreal, which is two hours north of me. Alternatively, I could cross the border into New Jersey in a single day. With Disney, I'm limited to California, Florida, or overseas flights. Plus I'd either have to rent a car or stay at a Disney resort. Already, my costs have increased more than 10-fold.
Do I want to hold it to a higher standard? They demand it with their prices, so no, I won't just "get over it".
Speaking of Islands Of Adventure, they can dump their tea cup ride, too. And for that matter, Dr. Doom's Junkfall and Dr. Seuss' lame (but pretty) carousel can be removed as well. Replace those three attractions with creative, inventive, original, whole-family experiences, and IOA would be the PERFECT park.