Cars Land is all about celebrating Route 66 and experiencing something that is so American and yet still exotic. On another note, look how many people love Nascar and racing and going fast. None of those have narratives but are still thrilling nonetheless.
On a last note, racing is a conflict. Granted, nothing is at stake. But the reality is when someone goes on a ride, they always know that nothing is ever really at stake. People ride Transformers to see them in action, to experience motion and stunning visuals. Who they are fighting and what they are fighting are not of consequence to most people.
It's kind of like why so many people love Main Street. It's engorssing, detialed, a tangible experience. But there is no conflict, so do that make it any less valid in the escapism of the theme park world?
The conflicts in the Cars movies are internal conflicts involving self exploration and growth. Anyone who has seen the movie has seen that conflict and knows that everyone in Radiator Springs is in a happy place. The idea is to visit that happy place. Any other conflict forced into the ride would have seem forced, out of nowhere and tacky. It doesn't need an external conflict.
The downside of constantly using the idea of something going wrong is perhaps getting a little redundant. With so many rides, it's become predictable.
Could it be that all this just shows that humans need conflict in our lives to remain satisfied and feel like we have purpose...wait a minute that's way too deep for a theme park discussion haha
For Disney, nothing goes wrong on Radiator Springs Racers while our flight on Star Tours is interrupted when we must safely escort a Rebel Spy. For Universal, *spoilers ahead*, our minion training on Despicable Me is cut short when we need to help Agnes get Gru's present back while on Transformers, Decepticons arrive to the headquarters to take the Allspark.
Overall, I believe with Disney, either something's already wrong or it isn't. Take the Tower of Terror for example. Walking towards it, you just have an eerie feeling that something's not right about this hotel. On board, nothing actually GOES wrong, it just is wrong and you're a part of it. Likewise, nothing goes wrong on Soarin because there's just no reason to.
On a more political note, where's Robert's usual 4th of July post? ;)
AND I love the comparison of Transformers and RSR on that tweet!
I actually feel sorry for people that HAVE to have conflict in their lives to feel "alive" but I won't get into the psychological reasoning for that. True, it's too deep of a discussion for here.