I love World Showcase just the way it is. It's grown up, it's relaxing, it's a place to go stroll around with a beer or a snack or just taking pictures and people watching. I don't want it spoiled by hoards of people rushing to a ride.
That having been said, the Ratatouille ride in France makes by far the most sense unless it means closing down the existing Impressions of France show.
Also they could probably just put Sinbad in Morocco and not have to build a new pavilion.
I would have added the option of bringing Mystic Manor to the Chinese pavilion.
This would be big step in improving some of the many problems existing at Epcot.
I don't think WDW fans feel left out, they still come in droves, get voluntarily tagged like cattle and their wallets squeezed dry so Disney is ok to let Epcot rot away.But id they want to do something the one of the countries that has nothing should get something or they can re-theme the whole in cohesive mess they call Future World who at the moment only visualise the current situation of the financial state the US is in.
I vote for all five.
I think Test Track's Tron refurb was a serious waste of money. People were going to ride Test Track regardless. Just update the old videos in the waiting room, add some paint and a few modern touches, and it would still be a great ride, but without the outdated look. The money they spent redoing the ride should have been spent on something else.
ANYTHING else! They have so many problems at Future World that to update something people were going to make a priority anyway...SMH!
It's like spending money on fancy new tires for your car when the engine is falling out of the bottom of your car.
At this rate, the next major update will be to Soarin. Again, a ride that people will go to, no matter what.
That said, I am intrigued by the idea of a weather/climate pavilion at Wonders of Life, with StormRider as its centerpiece. That's a great comment.
Shame they didn't just put Shanghai's tron coaster into epcot instead of the strange tron test track. Storm rider is an outdated simulator so I wouldn't suggest that. I was a little underwhelmed by sinbad when I rode it. It's cute but not very rerideable imo, which is probably why it was a walk on when I was there.
1. Sindbad's Storybook Voyage: This ride doesn't get a lot of exposure because it's in Japan at a park with (arguably) the best theme park ride ever built, but every time I see a video of the ride I think it looks amazing. Basically it's a small world without the annoyance (even in Japanese I love the song), which means everyone can ride it and it would likely appeal to a lot of people. The big problem is that it would be a tough sell in the US, but as part of a new pavilion I think it would work.
2. Ratatouille ride: This is probably the safest option on the list in terms of reception and popularity, and would finally bring the trackless technology to the US. The only reason I rank it below Sindbad is because the attraction is unproven, but if the Paris attraction is a hit (and is as good as everyone expects), this would easily be my first choice.
3. Rebuild Horizons: My knowledge of the original Horizons is somewhat limited, but it seems to have the largest fan following of any defunct Disney attraction. I doubt it would work without a redesign to bring it up to today's standards, but this would be a good way to improve Epcot by using the history of the park. The biggest danger is building a new attraction that tarnishes the reputation of the original (something that has definitely occurred before at this park).
4. Matterhorn as Mt. Fuji: As far as I know, Epcot is the only legitimate theme park in the world without a roller coaster. It could definitely use one. The issue here is that the ride would have to be redesigned as Arrow Dynamics is long out of business and I doubt Disney would want to debut a brand new E-ticket coaster that rides rougher than many woodies, plus it would have to distance itself from Expedition Everest and Space Mountain.
5. StormRider: I don't know much about this attraction, but I've heard it's not all that great and putting two simulators right next to each other is probably not the best idea (there is no way Soarin' is leaving anytime soon).
1. A Cars 2-themed version of Autopia that would allow kids to "race around the world" in different internationally-themed Cars vehicles. After this is built at EPCOT the Speedway could be removed from MK and that area could be repurposed with better attractions than Autopia. I think that a "race around the world" has real appeal and staying power...and it would allow Disney to have all sorts of new countries represented in EPCOT via this ride. It would also never really need updating and would not go out of style. I think it would be so very charming. Every country pavilion could have a Car designed for it, and Disney would get great merchandise sales from people collecting them all (British car, Canadian car, Chinese car, Norwegian car, etc.). Kind of like the old "Wacky Racers" cartoon.
2. Accept the reality that the age of companies sponsoring attractions at EPCOT is over and that the "World's Fair" vibe of it is something people no longer seem interested in. So, rebrand EPCOT as the theme park that is about providing informative attractions that teach things that won't ever get dated. Stop trying to present the future...instead make EPCOT the world's greatest Science & Industry park. Ever been to a Science & Industry museum? Most big cities have these, or Children's Museums. EPCOT should really look to these and create attractions that teach the things showcased in those museums...but on a giant and supremely impressive scale. For instance:
* a very popular exhibit recently at the Science museum by us shrunk people to the size of bugs and showed the different bugs in the backyard. I thought the whole time "This would be a great ride at EPCOT"...and they could make it a great dark ride/coaster hybrid like the Seven Dwarves Mine Train.
* have some attraction be about geothermal energy, the Earth's core, all of that. Kids love learning about that.
* for a walkthrough attraction, create the world's most amazing and spectacularly detailed model train setup. Have it be epic in size...and it could show different trains through history...or have it based on the Orient Express or something have have it show all the different countries in miniature. They could build a restaurant around it too...and people would love being able to eat and watch the trains go by. I suggest something like this because the Science museum near us has a large train setup and my boys can't get enough of it. They want to spend HOURS staring at it. My husband is entranced by it too. And every time we go, I think "If they build one of these on a really impressive scale at EPCOT it would be a MUST SEE for many families".
* I think a ride that took people inside the human body would be interesting too...like that movie Inner Space. Shrink people, put them in a little sub, and then the ride is fighting a virus and delivering medicine to some part of the body or something. It would be interesting to have a Medical Pavilion, where you learn about bacteria and viruses and things and how to stay healthy.
Basically, I think EPCOT needs a rebranding and an acceptance that companies and countries aren't going to be writing sponsorship checks. It needs attractions that don't seem outdated in just a few years. I think EPCOT could really excel in being a "Science, Industry, and International" park.
I voted for France, but thats because I really didn't like the other options. I would rather see Journey Into Imagination redone using technologies in Mystic Manor. It looks like a concept that could be easily turned into Imagination Theme. It already showcases art and music.
Bring this new system into the actual park that's supposed to be a celebration of technological advances.
They could theme it as a tour of Syndrome's lair (either as a tourist-attraction theme, or "company" guided tour) where the Incredibles come to save the day. Something similar to Spider-Man with virtual and real life elements, of course.