Published: February 5, 2014 at 12:11 PMIt should be called "Despicable Me and the case of the Minion Mayhem - The Ride Extravaganza Spectacular now in 5D".
Published: February 5, 2014 at 2:42 PMAnother attraction that has this issue is The Little Mermaid.
In DCA: The Little Mermaid - Ariel's Under Sea Adventure
In MK: Under The Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid.
And with the exception of the queue, the rides are exactly the same.
Published: February 5, 2014 at 2:54 PMI prefer short names for rides. Minion Mayhem is my choice. Who doesn't know a minion? Despicable Me doesn't sound like a ride. It is the movie.
DCA's problem is the rides are 3 words or longer, while Disneyland's rides are usually 2 words. What's wrong with calling it the Toy Story ride? Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is tongue twisting. Just call it Tower of Terror.
Disney's California Adventure is most wrongly named. Not only is it three words, it is three multi-syllable names. They had a chance to change it during the premiere of Carsland. It came and went. Call it Disney's Adventure.
Published: February 5, 2014 at 3:29 PMFor the record, I'm okay with calling the same ride by different names in different parks. It's a little confusing for big fans who travel, but not as bad as using two names for the same ride in the same park.
As for DCA, I'd kinda like to see Disney go with the name "Disney's Hollywoodland" for DCA, DHS and Walt Disney Studios Paris. But I don't know that it could get the trademark.
Published: February 5, 2014 at 4:00 PMI'm thinking "Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin" is a bit lengthy. How about "Zurg Attack"?
"Journey into Imagination with Figment" should just be "Figment"
"Expedition Everest: Legend of the Forbidden Mountain" becomes either "Everest" or even "Expedition Everest"
"Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey" should be "Harry Potter"
Published: February 5, 2014 at 5:13 PMI think certain rides, like Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, may have to include the name (Twilight Zone) for licensing purposes.
I think for some of the other rides, and this is just my opinion, is the "long ride title" is simply a way of making the attraction sound more exciting & enticing.
Looking at the examples listed by Anon & DPCC Inc, it's true, those ride names can easily be shortened. Spider-man, harry potter, toy story, Everest, Buzz Lightyear all work.
But I think by adding words like, "journey", "adventure", "legend" or other adjectives, it's meant to convey a specific feeling or objective.
Published: February 5, 2014 at 5:35 PMFWIW, two years ago we did an inventory of the number of "adventures" vs. "rides" vs. "journeys," etc. that Disney included in its attraction names: themeparkinsider.com/flume/201206/3101.
Published: February 5, 2014 at 5:49 PMHey, what about DLP's new ride? Officially called "Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy" for the non-French speakers it's been renamed the slightly simpler "Ratatouille: The Ride" (lots of thought gone into that one)
Regarding Despicable Me, either PR folks think we need everything explaining... OR there's plans for tie-ins with The Minions Movie out next year, and those attractions could have similar names.
Published: February 5, 2014 at 6:05 PMThis is often done on purpose to protect trademarks. Normally when naming 'mistakes' are this obvious it is to protect name variations - as used first is normally a better protection than costly registration. Of course they will do both.
Published: February 6, 2014 at 6:34 AMStitch's Great Escape: Save Yourself and Walk On Past
Published: February 6, 2014 at 5:07 PMEpcot's version of Soarin' should have a subtitle of: