Also, I heard the burned down Kong attraction is getting replaced with a new Kong attraction based on the Peter Jackson remake. The tram would play the role of Naomi Watts and you would be inbetween huge animatronics of Kong and the T-Rex.
Back to the subject, Im really excited about Transformers! I figured it was only a matter of time, and it sounds really cool...and it sounds big enough for a large attraction of its own, not just a small part of the Studio Tour...I just hope it eventually comes to Florida too...if not I'll have to go out to Cali in 2011! I already have to go there for the new DCA in 2012
I didn't see it on the original link but this site has the same press release as well as another concept art for the ride.
I'll agree with you that those attractions you listed are great accomplishments -- Spiderman, to this day, is in a league all its own. HOWEVER, you fell off the crazy wagon by comparing Soarin' to Back to the Future...they're only slightly similar....whereas Back to the Future gave riders an adrenaline burst and a headache, Soarin' pumps up the thrill and awe without the pain. It's a true masterpiece -- and yet so simple.
You may not be a Midway Mania fan, but the hours-long lines beg to differ. It's proven to be one of Disney's most popular attractions in a decade. The approval numbers are THROUGH THE ROOF. And if it's an improvement on Buzz Lightyear, then GOOD! MEN IN BLACK is just a derivative of Buzz too, but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable (I'd argue that Buzz is "infinitely" better than MIB).
IOA's Harry Potter addition and the new Transformers addition are spectacular announcements (have you seen the size of the Harry Potter building??? HUGE!). I don't know why an accomplishment over at Universal automatically means a misfire at Disney. That's nuts! I LOVE IT when either of the parks moves the ball forward. I can't wait to see universal Orlando finally use all their land...(too bad they sold 10,000 acres to the county).
DCA is going to raise the bar again when it completes its Cars Land -- something John Lasseter is personally overseeing. CAN'T WAIT. All this is good news...
Too bad Time Warner -- the largest media and entertainment company in the world -- doesn't have the stomach for a theme park.
And what about Dubai's new DreamWorks theme park. Amazing! Can't wait to see what they "Dream" up.
Everest itself may not be the most advanced coaster in the world, but the Yeti, when working, is among the most complex Animatronics in the world....and Soarin transcends a simple motion simulator like BTTF
Again, Universal is very lucky to have awesome franchises at its disposal in Harry Potter and Transformers....but give these projects to Disney, and they would assuredly turn out better, at least more true to the franchise in theming....and rememeber, Universal Creative (Universal's Imagineers) has been downsized a lot since Spider-Man and even RotM were designed, which limits the creative potential of these projects
The concept art does look awesome!
Soarin' is Back to the Future. I must have missed the thrill aspect of it. Hanging, while watching a film and peoples feet, is not my definition of thrilling. As someone else pointed out, its' popularity is based on its' accessiblity to all age groups.
Toy Story is a good ride but it is something we have seen. Interactive rides are incredibly popular. You could make a whole park of them and guests would love it. This does not make it a breakthrough.
Even the DCA refurb has nothing revolutionary. Radiator Springs Racers is a copy of Test Track. Even if rumors suggest it will be a straight-up coaster. The Little Mermaid will be a standard, though gorgeous, dark ride. The most innovative attraction in the refurb will probably be the World of Color show.
Once again, I am not attacking Disney by complementing Universal. My three favorite rides in the world are still Disney rides: Tower, Indy and Pirates. It just seems that WDI is still shaking of the cobwebs from the Pressler/ Eisner years. I have high hopes for the Lasseter years. The Monsters Inc. coaster sounds fantastic and can't wait to see some concept art. Bring it on Disney. I can't wait to see more.
I am just sad to see this new attraction is not slated to come to Orlando. I guess it is too similar to Spider-Man to have the two together? What a shame.
And with a fully animatronic Yeti (not the so called "Dance Club Yeti" working today), Expedition Everest is the best narrative coaster on the planet.
Enjoy it Hollywood!!!
A few suggestions on which attractions to ditch:E.T.Animal ActorsBoardwalk around Jaws (Amity)Disaster (My choice)BarneyFear Factor LivePoseidon's Fury (although the themeing wouldn't work)OR, just build into one of the existing sound stages -- they don't see much production work anyway.
How is Blue Man Group doing? Once they close, put it in there...