Now compare this to Universals WWOHP and the new Diagon Alley....
How long is the Big Thunder ride time-wise? This looks like its probably 2 minutes long.
If this is not an E-ticket ride, as Robert suggests, then why did it take 3 years to complete? Also, if this isn't an E-ticket ride, then what is the centerpiece of the Fantasyland expansion? The Little Mermaid clone, Be Our Guest, Mine Train, or the stuff that was moved? Disney seems to be doing a lot of publicity to prop this attraction up to validate the Fantasyland expansion. After all, this was supposed to be the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and painful, unsightly expansion process.
I Respond: The E-Ticket status is based upon the original ticketing system from WDW -- wherein admission to the Magic Kingdom's most popular attractions required an E-Ticket.
If the original ticket to ride system were still in place, this attraction would (without question) require an E-Ticket.
Swing and a miss, RN.
I Respond: The status of "highest quality/most fun" are based upon a subjective opinion. Whether public perception has changed or not, I believe that if the old ticket system were still in place the Dwarf Mine Train would be an E-Ticket attraction. The only logical counter to that assessment would be an assertion that the attraction would be listed as "A," "B," "C," or "D".
Of course, we'd probably have F and G tickets by now as well.
And the reason that Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room needed 75¢ instead of an E ticket isn't that it was considered "more" than an E ticket, but because Disneyland didn't technically own it (WED Enterprises did). It had to have a separate admission price to keep the money separate.
Yes not every ride has to be a thrill ride, but I believe Universal is doing it better, faster and more amazing than Disney and here is the Proof….. Diagon Alley VS a knock off train ride from Big Thunder Mountain. Which one is better?
I am now worried about Avatar…. I really hope it is fantastic….But I have my doubts.
On the Bright side, the Movies have been great by Disney lately, especially Marvel movies…
I don't watch spoilers, but I'm very excited about riding this on our next trip in the Fall. As for the new Potter ride, why are people just assuming that it will be head and shoulders above the Mine Train? Maybe it will, but no one really knows yet.
I remember when Transformers and RSR opened at roughly the same time. Some were predicting that Transformers would be a smash and RSR a flop. Today, the RSR fast pass line is usually much longer than the stand by for Transformers.
I like when we say something not so positive about Disney - all the soccer Moms come out of the woodwork with arms flailing, screaming - It a good ride...
Have said that, this coaster is a perfectly acceptable, cutting-edge ride, but it had a huge excess of expectation upon it that it could not possibly fill. I feel that if the ride was announced a half-year ago it would seem like a great ride, but announcing it years in advance makes people feel like it's going to be some beyond amazing experience. Expectation management is a fine art in the theme park business.
I Respond: Yes. They are consistent and in conflict with my point of view. I'd call you out on the conflicts but I don't know who you are.
I Respond: I'm sorry, but are you claiming they are going to suddenly stop making families with small children?
Actually, families with kids will want to ride the Mine Train going forward, but I think that the crowds of others queuing to ride will diminish after this summer, reducing the wait.
Anyway, the Mine Train page on disneyworld.com now says "14 days" until opening, but also that visitors should come back to ride starting on "May 18." Here's the link.
So yes this is an amazing little ride. For a hybrid it's to short though and for easing the crowds in Fantasy land it's also not the big e-ticket ride where lots of people can enjoy a premium ride it needed. It's building time is a slap in the face to their customers. There is no reason this needs to take so many years no matter what they say. More complex and innovative things on a much grander scale are done down the road for less money and a quarter of the time. If it's not incompetence then it's cheap.