Anon Mouse

Published: February 20, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Examples of non-fiction attractions are San Francisco Pier 39, which I went via the Disney cruise. There are several attractions that stand out. The free Sea Lions exhibit, the aquarium, and 7D Experience. In the last one, they featured an earthquake ride, but there are also alternative ride experiences like battling zombies.

The Canada Place in Vancouver where I boarded the Disney cruise has an attraction called the Flyover Canada. I did not go, but I assume it is similar to DCA's Soarin'.

Non-fiction attractions have a place, but I am convinced that Disney doesn't do a good job of it. The natural environment of San Francisco creates many opportunities to create non-fiction attractions due to location. Disney parks are located in vacated land and doesn't take advantage of local points of interest. Anaheim is located in former orange groves. Orlando was a swamp.

Perhaps Aulani is the exception where everything in Hawaii is absolutely beautiful, but it's not anywhere close to where people want to be like the Waikiki or the North Shore. The beach is really a lagoon. Close enough I suppose.

Aaron McConnell

Published: February 20, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Dreamworld is one of my "local" parks, and over the past it decade has become more of a Six Flags-style amusement park with less of an emphasis on themed environments (probably the closest equivalent would be Discovery Kingdom). The park actively promotes their "big eight" thrill rides, although a recent injection of cash from Dreamworks has produced a fairly decent Shrek/Madagascar/Kung Fu Panda themed area.

Hopefully this addition will be both tasteful and entertaining - my experience with Knotts' Mystery Lodge is that it seemed like an attraction that would be more at home in a museum than a theme park. Dreamworld has been moderately successful at attracting Asian tourists to the wildlife section of the park, it will be interesting to see how well "Corroboree" appeals to this market.