Readers' Opinions

From 184.61.7.85 on June 27, 2013 at 12:25 PM
For a ride in Brazil, in Epcot. I believe they should create a ride similar to Maelstorm. Altho it would be based in a rainforest setting with more drops and dips then Maelstorm. Just an idea but everyone seems to love Maelstorm, so why not make it similar. Plus it will fit into a smaller area. Just an idea.
From James Koehl on June 27, 2013 at 1:02 PM
I'll vouch for Jeff's phone-catching adventure. He was just about jumping up-and-down when he got off Diamondback, and I heard the guy thank him for catching his phone.
From Robert Niles on June 27, 2013 at 2:01 PM
As much as I loved the Barney show back in the day, it's past the point where it resonates with kids and should be replaced. Same for Woody Woodpecker, and even, perhaps ET (which was a movie I HATED, FWIW). But I have zero interest in The Smurfs. I didn't see the latest reboot movie, though -- did I miss something?
From James Koehl on June 27, 2013 at 2:21 PM
Robert, the only thing you missed by not seeing the Smurf movie is the loss of about 14% of your brain's gray matter. I saw it once with my kids- I'm still in therapy.
From Gabriel Schroll on June 27, 2013 at 2:40 PM
I'm not sure, but I think I'd be pretty disappointed if only the Radiator Springs Racers ride was installed in Hollywood Studios. The ride is not what I love about it at California Adventure, but rather the incredible landscaping/hardscaping. It's such an immersive land, that to do only a small portion really defeats the purpose.

I feel like that's what they're doing at Universal Hollywood by just adding Hogwarts castle, and not the rest of the land. Obviously at both parks, space is limited and at a premium, but I'm not really in love with this latest rumor.

Spend the money to develop parking garages where the Television lot currently is, and reroute the second entrance. A pain yes. But from Google Maps, you can clearly see there is a LOT of space they are not using between Buena Vista Dr and Osceola Parkway.

From Daniel Etcheberry on June 27, 2013 at 3:43 PM
Wow Robert! Why did you hate E.T.? It's one of Spielberg's best movies.

A Brazilian pavilion would be tricky; any show would need topless girls dancing samba. Same goes with a movie. A boat ride through the Amazon would be the best option.

From AJ Hummel on June 27, 2013 at 4:38 PM
I know they've already used it, but Despicable Me seems like it would be a much better theme for USF's kids area than the Smurfs. A lot of people liked the first Despicable Me film, and the second seems to be getting close to the same level of acclaim. On the other hand, I know very few people who cared for the Smurfs, and nobody who is excited about the sequel.

Star Wars Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios? Awesome. Assuming the area contains a unique E-ticket attraction, this would get me to plan a trip to Florida immediately, something even Harry Potter has not been able to do. Cars Land? Thumbs down, as I live next to DCA and don't want one of their two unique E-tickets cloned at another park. This wouldn't convince me to visit Florida at all (for the record, I've never been to Florida and do want to visit, but I'm waiting until the timing is right due to the expense involved).

Finally, I've heard that DCA may be fast-tracking Monstropolis and could have the area done as early as 2015 for the resort's 60th anniversary instead of New Tomorrowland at Disneyland (which would be pushed to around 2017/2018 and include the Tron Lightcycle Coaster, a mini Star Wars Land, and a Marvel E-Ticket attraction replacing Innoventions).

From James Trexen on June 27, 2013 at 4:52 PM
If Disney adds a new Monsters ride, would it constitute a Monstropolis land or something similar to the Springfield/World Expo confusion that exists at USF?
From Robert Niles on June 27, 2013 at 5:07 PM
Daniel, I hated the idea that people working for NASA would be gun-toting bad guys. It just seemed like a cheap, lazy excuse for creating a villain and put me off for the rest of the movie. Throw in the Reese's Pieces crap (the first widely publicized example of product placement in the movies), and I came away thinking the whole picture was just one cynical exercise.
From Mark Fairleigh on June 28, 2013 at 6:17 AM
I would much rather see India then Brazil...imagine a small-scale replica of the Taj Mahal...the exotic scent of Indian spices...aaaah. The interesting thing with Brazil is themeing...do you celebrate Rio or the Amazon? A mix of both? Do you make the bold move of putting in a small-scale replica of Cristos Redentor, easily the most iconic structure in the country...really can't see that getting past the board, but it is an image that most automatically associate with Brazil? A Rio Carnival show would definitely be a major draw...though I'm sure Disney would tone down by showing less if you get my drift.
From Joe Brown on June 28, 2013 at 6:28 AM
Brazil ride - trackless dark ride where you encounter and try to avoid large, loud Brazillian tour groups while at a major theme park. IT could be a major thrill. You start off at your value resort and are awakened by the sounds of a large number of teens running and chanting through the resort. The car takes you to the park where you must weave in and out of several groups of kids wearing their matching shirts. The car speeds up to Toy Story Mania. You're getting fast passes!!! What's this? There's a chapereone feeding 60 plus cards into the fast past machine. Next scene is parade. Your car settles into a nice spot for viewing until it's suddenly jarred by a tour group trying to move you out of your spot. On to the fireworks. You start out with a great view until a group of 80 crams in front of you. The chanting starts and you can't hear the music. Back to your resort where you find the quick service area is overrun, the condiments are empty, and the tables are all a mess. More chanting. Fade to black.
From Mark Fairleigh on June 28, 2013 at 6:54 AM
HA!! Joe, you are so dead-on, my friend. That would be the most terrifying...and infuriating...ride in all of Orlando :D
From Rodrigo Alcobia on June 28, 2013 at 8:06 AM
I´m a brazilian. Read all the coments about Brazilian pavillions. Could agreed with some, and laughed with others (specially about the Tour group ride).
But saying about the pavillion, it will be dificult to determine what it could be - specially that we are a country with continental dimensions (like USA), and with a wide variety of history.
Probably it would be something about Amazon rainforest (I now live at Amazonas state, and it is completely different from what people expect to be), soccer or Carnival. I would prefer to be like a show inspired in Carnival festivities, or about some cultural traditions that we have.
And The decoration of the pavillion would it be at city of Rio (but if you have opportunity, you try to come to Brasil and see in person - forget the social problems tat we have, but really worth it. I have many foreign friends who have returned many times.
From 96.255.242.192 on June 28, 2013 at 9:25 AM
I too would rather see something else - India would be very cool. I also cannot see any other ride other than an Amazon boat ride type.

Regardless, I look forward to the caipirinhas!

From Johnathan Ramey on June 28, 2013 at 6:19 PM
There is no way in the world the Great Movie Ride will be coming down for star wars (this is coming from a huge fan of both)

The Great Movie Ride is in need of a HUGE overhaul...but to take it out would be like ripping the heart mickey mouse and showing it to him as he dies a slow and painful death.

American Idol will only last so long...same goes with Doc Jones Epic stunts of the 80s.

From 85.150.173.168 on June 29, 2013 at 9:04 AM
"Sounds Dangerous would become new and much improved Jedi Academy show more integrated with theater style special effects"
I would love to see to get that property get a new life. In a small park as DHS the closing of an attraction not being replaced is beyond me.
Now for the Jedi Academy, yes it's cute and all but I hope the theatre will get an live action show with amazing effects and stunts. In the downtime this can handle the Jedi Academy thing nicely.
For the great movie ride, as long as they keep the exterior it's fine by me. I love movies but the way they are represented over there are so 80's and boring. It needs a mayor update or something new.
From Robert Niles on June 29, 2013 at 4:03 PM
If you change the exterior of the Great Movie Ride, wouldn't that necessitate changing the entire Hollywood Boulevard to Star Wars to create a consistent visual upon entering the park? As much as Disney's had its misses over the years, it's never messed up the visuals upon a park entry like that.