I won't be going anytime soon, but I hate Star Wars. I did enjoy Star Tours in its original incarnation, but a revamp holds limited appeal for me. Little Mermaid is my 2nd favorite modern traditionally animated Disney film, and I like ocean themed stuff. Ariel gets my vote.
That being said, I voted SW not because of it being a revamp, but because Disney has always maintained minimal thrill rides in comparison to their armada of omnimover/tracked darkrides... another "ride in moving seat - look at animated dolls" type ride just doesn't get me excited. Had they brought some kind of groundbreaking new tech or experience to TLM, then maybe... but from what I have heard, its pretty much just another cookie-cutter dark ride based on an OLD Disney film.
It at least feels like they are injecting some innovation into SW (digital 3D, non-linear ride experiences).
I voted for Little Mermaid, but I feel like Star Tours will win due to America's obsession with technology. I prefer the music and vivid imagery of the Little Mermaid despite being a huge Star Wars Geek. I knock off a few more points for being associated with the painful "movies" called Episode I-III.
While I can see that some people would call Little Mermaid "just another dark ride", that's like calling Splash Mountain "just another Flume Ride". Every attraction is based on something including innovative ones like Soarin, or Tower of Terror.
The Little Mermaid is an entirely new ride (and a princess to boot!), so I see it having a bigger impact than a new version of an old ride.
The Little Mermaid, while it is a big, luxurious dark ride, is really just a people-eater that doesn't really provide anything beyond a synopsis of the well-known movie. To the best of my knowledge, there isn't anything about it that is truly innovative.
As much as I love The Little Mermaid, and I do, I have to give the very clear advantage to Star Tours.
My understanding is that the joint project between Disneyland and WDW imagineering is that this Little Mermaid ride is different from the previous project at Tokyo Disneyland.
Does anyone know about this?