Seriously, I think our Tom Sawyer will not be leaving Disney World's since it is in Frotierland and Pirates is nowhere near Frontier land in plotline. Though not my favorite attraction, it is one that allows you to run around a bit and burn some energy!
So I think Tom Sawyer Island will be safe in Disney World.
Also Disneyland is not as big or a powerhouse like Disney World is! They have been shaky for awhile. THis also brings up the question of what Tom Sawyer has to do with New Orleans Place (well, maybe the setting, but not really). Its a better fit in Frotieer Land. It is also sad that nobody knows these books anymore!
But I digress.
I sure hope if they do P2.0, they keep SOME of TSI.
Keith Rayment, England
Would be nice a 'course if'n they could make the caves a bit more fun & creepier while they're at it too, and if'n they had a place to get some decent vittles and maybe sell a coon-skin hat or a model raft kit. Oh! And s'pose there was a "tall tale hour" delivered by a man who looked a lot like Mr. Twain himself! (Twice a day perhaps - I hear it works for that Belle character). Then kids would 'preciate his stories on a whole new level.
And pirates? Well, there's a place for them too, but it 'aint near TSI. And tell you the truth, much as I was weaned on the salt water of Pirates, I s'pect I'd get mighty tired of it a'fore long if'n I had to have a 360 of it everywhere I turned.
So, thanks for bearin' with this ol' gal and for listen'n to my o'pinion. Mind what I say now and read to your youngins every night - young or not so young - and shut off that confounded television once in a while. You'll be su'prised at how much everyone'll learn.Ya'll come back now, y'hear?
And Scott, I'm sure they can do that. I mean, TSI isn't terribly small. I remember it being actually quite big. (Then again, I was 9 last time I did it).
This sounds like "old hat" Disney. This sounds like "Eisner-era" Disney--I thought we were on a course for new and better things?!
On the Pixar/Disney Re-Imagineering blog there's a post about the old bandstand in Tomorrowland and how Rolly Crump's classic planter sculpture will soon be reinstalled where Club Buzz has stood since 1998.
To me, that's just another sign of the times. In the past year, Iger has made a number of business decisions that have not only reflected smart business thinking on his part but also recognize the tradition of Disney. I was (and still am) convinced that the combined force of Iger and Lasseter was going to bring Disney back from the brink.
But now this?! This isn't the first time classic Disney has met its end at the hand of flashy Disney--remember when The Golden Horseshoe closed its doors at Disney World and was replaced with a Woody's Round-up type show--and how that quickly degraded into a character meet'n'greet?
Disney shouldn't even consider a second pirates attraction in their parks and I'll tell you why: the PotC rehab has been a success. The attraction is now able to appeal both to current Disney fans as well as the traditionalists. Plus, the effort (and money) is clearly evident in the refurbishment. And the whole thing was done with class: class that the company lacked a couple years ago.
So what purpose does a second attraction serve save to milk dry a successful franchise quicker? How many people do you know who complained that Dead Man's Chest wasn't nearly as good as The Black Pearl--and how many blamed it on movie length--or the way the film ended, setting up for the third film? Already people are becoming disenchancted by the Pirates franchise and years from now, kids will look upon PotC just as kids currently look upon Tom Sawyer.
This is where honest-to-God, true blue Imagineering comes in--this is where Disney has a chance to save the island: instead of closing it down and letting it rot, start drawing up some plans to turn the island into an even MORE fanciful playground--and if you need ANY kind of inspiration, just look at Camp Jurassic at Universal's Islands of Adventure. For six years, Universal was doing Disney better than Disney was doing Disney. Here's an opportunity for Disney to show they still got it. Don't turn Tom Sawyer into Pirates 2.0. Turn Tom Sawyer into Tom Sawyer 2.0! And if the problem lies in children not knowing who Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn are, that's something that could be fixed by airing Twain-inspired films on The Disney Channel or ABC--or reprinting or even reimgining Tom Sawyer storybooks through Disney's publishing company.
Sheesh... this is Imagineering, not brain surgery.
Wouldn't you think that would be the MAIN reason for a P2.0? I mean, if it's such a huge hit, they would think that with another pirates ride, it will be an even BIGGER hit.
I'm sure that's what is going through their minds. The reason I think they shouldn't do P2.0 is because of TSI. Keep it. It just needs a little work. With some refirbishment, I'm sure it will be better than ever.
If they do build a P2.0, please please please keep some of TSI.
That being said, I love TSI as well. The cave & the bridge are great, but when you've done them as many times as I have, it gets boring and it isn't in the best of shape. It needs to be refurb'd. AND redoing it, giving it a little media attention, WILL make kids/adults interested in the story again. (which I loved as a kid)