James Trexen

Published: June 25, 2014 at 11:29 PM

So it's a Hatfields-McCoys experience, eh? Not sure how interactive this will be for guests, unless the Shootin' Exposition is involved. ; )
James Koehl
Writer

Published: June 26, 2014 at 4:13 AM

I can't help but question how much the average day-or-few-day-tripper will really care about the back theme. They're coming to ride the rides, experience the physical attractions, and- yes- spend money, but will most people really care about the theme, the story line, when they still have to hit Space Mountain, Jungle Cruise and Peter Pan and still not miss their reservation time at Blue Bayou and still have time to get a prime spot to watch the parade? Yes, some people will probably decide to try it, but they might just be the very "small handful of annual passholders who decide that they're going to be in charge and try to run it."

We go to a renaissance festival several times a year, and few of the patrons even know that there is a story line to the festival....and they don't care. We rarely even bother with the story line, but spend our time exploring the faire, its entertainment, shopping and food choices, and if we do stumble across a storyline activity going on we might stick around to watch it, but if we haven't seen what leads up to it we might not bother to follow it any further.

Is a story line or backstory interesting? Yes, but possibly more so to serious "theme park insiders" than most guests. It will be interesting to see how successful Disney is at getting more than the above mentioned handful of annual passholders involved.

38.117.107.130

Published: June 26, 2014 at 6:20 AM

I think a lot of people are entertained by knowing that the deeper text is there, even without personally participating, like the Ren Faire example. The "interactive wands" are clever but come on, isn't the response to the guest's action pre-programmed? Aside from the story being cooler, they're not really any more interactive than Kim Possible / Phineas and Ferb, are they?
Anon Mouse

Published: June 26, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Really weird to have an illegal resident backstory. Like they can prevent the migration if they tried. Chuckles.

Lame backstory. It won't make up for the Harry Potter Diagon Alley, which is just amazing.

If any place should have the backstory, they missed out with Main Street. Main Street used to have an authentic experience, but they turned it into a generic mall. They missed the boat with the New Fantasyland. I don't see how they can exploit the immersive land experience without starting from scratch and build it from the ground up.

N B

Published: June 26, 2014 at 8:22 AM

This expanded back story should easily steal the spotlight from Universal in the coming months.
Sylvain Comeau

Published: June 26, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Sounds pretty lame to me. Frontierland could use another ride, instead. When Big Thunder was being endlessly refurbished, that land must've been a ghost town (so to speak).