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Walt Disney World: what do you think what other rides/shows could be upgraded?

From duncan henny
Posted May 17, 2010 at 6:32 AM
i was thinking about rides that could be upgraded as they are with star tours i thought what about soarin' they could make it 3d using james camerons camera system after seeing pandora's landscape in the imax it would be cool what do you think what other rides/shows could be upgraded


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From Anthony Murphy
Posted May 17, 2010 at 7:45 AM
I hope the Tiki Room is changed back!

From Rob P
Posted May 18, 2010 at 2:46 AM
I second that Anthony plus find a new home for Stitch because the original TerrorRestrial was better.

From Hermione Potter
Posted May 18, 2010 at 7:42 AM
I have to agree with Rob - Stitch ruined that ride.

From Phil B.
Posted May 18, 2010 at 9:37 AM
I’m in agreement with upgrading Soarin’ to 3D so long as it’s for a new Soarin’ over the World film shot in 3D, and not the original film converted. I’d also love too see the whole Land Pavilion converted to an Aviation Pavilion which would breed new life into the area, although Soarin’ does keep them packed in. There’s a lot of room to work with in this building, though I don’t think Disney would be willing to part with the “Living with the Land” attraction, which I don’t have an axe to grind with by the way. I still think Disney dropped the ball by not creating a brand new Aviation Pavilion when they brought over Soarin’ to begin with. Seems like a no brainer with all of the other achievements of man that EPCOT seems to celebrate. Why not his mastery of the sky? Could have easily been the most popular Pavilion at the park, just look how much Soarin’ seems to resonate with people, and that’s a tame family ride shoehorned into a land themed Pavilion.

Also, I agree, the Stitch overlay ruined an otherwise unique and fun experience not found in Disney parks typically. EXTRATerrorESTRIAL was an enjoyable change of pace in a park that is firmly grounded in family/kiddie fare. I liked Disney having a bit of an edgy attraction. It gave me a new found respect for them.

From David L.
Posted May 18, 2010 at 12:57 PM
I think the land should stay as is unless they add 3d to soarin or update living with the land. I have never experienced stich or ExtraTerr... so i can't say much about them except bringing back the former and majorly update it w/out making it too scary.

From Randall Peek
Posted May 21, 2010 at 1:45 AM
The Jungle Cruise is considered a classic, but let's be honest, the ride is a fairly slow boat journey that hasn't changed significantly in many years, and the animatronics are dated at best. Imagine if it was given more room and better effects, possibly going into a system of caverns with effects and state of the art animatronic animals there. Maybe we find King Solomon's Mine? The possibilities are endless.

From Rob P
Posted May 21, 2010 at 9:16 AM
Randall's right. The Jungle Cruise, which still remains one of my favourites believe it or not, would cetainly benefit from a little updating. Rather that than to lose it altogether for lack of investment.
Could they not throw in a little extra theming perhaps. Indiana Jones in a less frenetic mood might work as you wouldn't lose the "rivers of the world" premise. I'd like to see a few more animatronic beasts and a few more twists and turns. Randall's King Solomon's Mines idea definitely works for me (and people of my generation) but may be lost on the younger members of the audience.
But TH is your man for this really. JC is his domain on TPI.

From Flavio de Souza
Posted May 21, 2010 at 9:50 AM
I would replace the world showcase movies (impressions de France, China and O Canada), with similar movies with soarin + 3D technologies.

Following I would replace Soarin with an atraction more related to the "Land" theme.

I wouldn't change Jungle Cruise theme, but some kind of improvement would be wellcome.

From Camille Kirk
Posted May 21, 2010 at 10:15 AM
I totally agree that those world showcase movies need updating. I went last summer and laughed and laughed at the hairstyles and clothes and even the quality of the film. I would think it would be pretty cheap to create a few updated short films.

From James Rao
Posted May 22, 2010 at 9:20 AM
Magic Kingdom attractions in need of an update or re-theme:
Carousel of Progress
Peter Pan
Jungle Cruise
Stitch
Country Bears
Tiki Room
Swiss Family Treehouse.

Magic Kingdom attractions that cannot be saved and instead should be replaced with something new:
Aladdin's Carpets
Tomorrowland Speedway
Tea Cups.

Hollywood Studios attractions in need of an update or re-theme:
Magic of Disney Animation
Voyage of the Little Mermaid
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
Great Movie Ride
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure.

Hollywood Studios attractions that cannot be saved and instead should be replaced with something new:
Sounds Dangerous
Journey Into Narnia: Prince Caspian
Studio Backlot Tour
American Idol Experience.

Animal Kingdom attractions in need of an update or re-theme:
Expedition Everest (fix the Yeti).

Animal Kingdom attractions that cannot be saved and instead should be replaced with something new:
Chest & Hester's Dino-Rama (including Primeval Whirl & TriceraTop Spin)
The Boneyard
Rafiki's Planet Watch.

Epcot attractions in need of an update or re-theme:
Wonders of Life Pavilion
Maelstrom (especially the Norway travelogue afterward)
Reflections of China
Impressions de France (keep the music, though)
Also, would love to see the oft-rumored Fire Mountain coaster added to the Japan Pavilion to really make the World Showcase killer.

Epcot attractions that cannot be saved and instead should be replaced with something new:
Honey, I Shrunk the Audience / Captain EO
Journey Into the Imagination With Figment
The Circle of Life
Ellen's Energy Adventure.

From Angela White
Posted May 22, 2010 at 10:24 AM
I was thinking they could give Thunder Mountain a makeover and I agree with the jungle cruise, it is a little jaded.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted May 22, 2010 at 10:55 AM
Like the ideas Rao except for Ellen's Energy Adventure. I would call for an update.

With my impending Disneyland trip, it made me think of the overall theme motifs that Disney uses. For example, Blue Bayou and San Angel at EPCOT. The Dinosaurs of Energy can be seen in a small way in the Disneyland train.

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