How to make Magic Kingdom's future world more exciting?Walt Disney World: I have some ideas
From Daniel Etcheberry1) Space Mountain should be similar to Rock n' Roller Coaster (faster and with loops)
Posted January 15, 2011 at 1:35 PM
2) Close "Stitch" and open "Wall E" instead.
3) Make the "Carousel of Progress" spin very fast so guests can feel the G forces (just a joke)
4) Change the current Monster's Inc attraction for a "Tron" simulator ride where you drive the movie's motorcycles.
5) Buzz Lightyear's vehicles should spin like "Men in Black" at Universal.
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From Manny BarronSomething has got to be done about the speedway. This attractions sits on a huge piece of land, ideal for a grand attraction. Not sure a lot of people would miss it, certainly not as many as when Horizons and 20,000 Leagues under the sea left.
Posted January 15, 2011 at 1:40 PM
Tron Legacy had some success but I'm not sure it was the monster hit Disney hoped it would be. It will end up making less money than than the Karate Kid remake and Grown Ups, even with the higher 3-D prices. Any idea for a Tron attraction in Tomorrowland on the East or West coast took a big hit after its dissapointing box office run.
From damond harrisOh man me and my dad saw torn last night and thought it was pretty bad (my dad hated it). They should so some classic Disney movies that they don't have anymore like Hercules, mulan, treasure planet, etc. Those are some action packed films that could become great dark rides and simulators.
Posted January 15, 2011 at 1:57 PM
From Andy MilioI agree, the Tomorrowland speedway has got to go. It is hogging lots of precious land
Posted January 15, 2011 at 1:59 PM
From Nick MarkhamI don't know if you saw the same movie, but TRON was amazing, though you probably didn't see it in IMAX 3D. That is the only way to see movies these days, truly an amazing experience!
Posted January 15, 2011 at 2:18 PM
From James RaoYep... out with the Speedway, in with Space Mountain 2: The Indoor Inverted Coaster (that way the current, classic version of Space can remain the same).
Posted January 15, 2011 at 3:57 PM
Stitch has to go or be completely re-imagined - although I think the preshow is pretty good.
CoP needs to be refurbed and moved to Downtown Disney or (if it fits) Mainstreet USA. Furthermore, it should be renamed to something like "A Century of Progress" then WDI can redo the final scene to showcase events of the year 2000, but keep all the other scenes intact, and the show will be preserved but improved. This attraction should never be destroyed, but it does not fit in Tomorrowland anymore.
With the extra space from CoP's removal and the dead area nearby, Mission:Space can be moved into Tomorrowland from Epcot, and Horizons can be rebuilt in its original location!!!
Beyond Tomorrowland (though, that is not the topic)...
Adventureland needs a complete redo. I like the idea of going with a Pirates theme, adding a Pirates coaster instead of Jungle Cruise, a Pirate Ship (the Black Pearl) to explore instead of the Tree House, a table service restaurant (with a Monte Cristo) instead of the Tiki Room, and foliage instead of the Aladdin midway spinner. Furthermore, I think that PotC needs to be tweaked to be a LOT more like the version in Disneyland.
The Riverboat ride needs more eye candy on the shoreline or should be replaced with the once intended Western River Expedition attraction.
The Country Bears should be converted into a shooting gallery with targets on all the bears, or replaced with a western themed "Stagecoach" simulator show.
Fantasyland is already getting its redo, but can we also refurb and upgrade Peter Pan at the same time?
Casey's needs to sell all beef hot dogs again, not dawgs made from chicken parts and sawdust.
Finally, all the table service restaurants at MK (except the Plaza Restaurant, which I like) need to have their menus and prices revamped. The food at these establishments is way too expensive and very average. Better food, more reasonable prices, and better theming make James a happy boy.
From damond harris@Nick: oh man my family hated it. I thought it was ok but it was way to long and some parts didn't even make sense. The there were only about 4 colors through out the movie so the scenery became boring very fast. Also, the story barely made sense if you didn't see the original torn. I thought the movie was supposed to be completely about some cyber guy trying to save his cyber world from a virus. The only thing I liked about it was the technology and the bikes.
Posted January 15, 2011 at 3:00 PM
But back to the topic, yeah I agree, they need to definitely get rid of speedway. Carousel needs a update because it's pretty far behind technologically XD I don't think they should get another space mountain though, that would almost be a waste of money because they should just theme it after something else of just upgrade the original.
I also don't think they should make more pirates stuff. The ride should be redone to add more drops or something but other than that it's fine. Jungle cruise is kind of boring though, they should add more interactive elements or something that gets close to you like in jaws.
For fantasy land, I think they should tear down snow white. I really don't care that it's a classic, it's just way to boring. Or redo it completely. Everything else in fantasy land could be added to as well. I don't know why, but it always feels like small world is missing something to me...
In tomorrow land, they should make it more like MIB. I definitely liked MIB more just because It was like an upgraded version of Buzz. The spins should be more....I don't wanna say violent but it's more fun that way and kids don't mind it. And the monster should shoot back.
From Daniel EtcheberryDisney should get rid of the speedway and replace it with the submarines (with a futuristic theme)
Posted January 15, 2011 at 3:50 PM
From James RaoNot to hijack the thread, but Adventureland definitely needs something. Tiki (the recent fire notwithstanding), Aladdin, the treehouse, and (for most folks) the Jungle Cruise are all yawners. Just beefing up Pirates and JC is not gonna make that area complete. I don't care if they go with a Pirates theme, but something should be done.
Posted January 15, 2011 at 3:47 PM
As for making another Space Mountain...why not? As long as the attractions are very different the theme is a good one. Go with it. Heck, it does not even have to be a coaster, it could be a 4D "Forbidden Journey" - type ride. Just about anything is better than the Speedway.
As for Buzz, it's fine... it needs guns like the version in DLR, but that is the least of WDI's worries if you ask me.
Lastly, rumors persist that Snow White is going away as part of the Fantasyland expansion and will be replaced with a Seven Dwarves Mine train coaster. We'll have to wait and see.
From Victoria JurkowskiTron not being as successful as hoped, a tron attraction should NOT go in tomorrowland. However, something tron should go into DisneyQuest. Maybe a big screen with the original light cycle game on it but instead of a joy stick you sit on a light cycle and steer it or lean side to side to turn on the screen. I think that'd be fantastic.
Posted January 20, 2011 at 5:23 PM
From Tim WI agree with Victoria. I think they should be Tron in Disney Quest, but certainly not make it a major attraction. It's nowhere near as successful as other films, and won't be remembered as an amazing Disney film 50 years from now.
Posted January 20, 2011 at 5:36 PM
From James RaoWe still remember the first TRON movie which came out 30 years ago...and while I was not a big fan of the most recent film, it has grossed $325 million worldwide, and is definitely not a flop. Furthermore, TRON's high tech spectacle coupled with a less-than-brilliant "plot" would make for a much better theme park attraction than a movie, IMHO.
Posted January 20, 2011 at 5:45 PM
From damond harriscoming from the veiw of a high schooler, tron wasnt that good...at all... in fact no one even talked about it. it definetly doesnt match up to classic disney movies. before this movie, a lot of myfriends had barely heard of tron. the original was probably pretty good, but lets face it, its not much of a classic. they could put it in disney quest, but i dont think it would be a huge hit or anything. the concept is neat though and would make a great simulator.
Posted January 20, 2011 at 9:25 PM
From Anthony MurphyI think Tron will be remembered for making a unique world.
Posted January 20, 2011 at 10:32 PM
Disneyquest is a great place for it!
The issue with Stitch and Monsters are the building scematics are, more or less, must remain the same. All the attractions in those two buildings have shapewise been the same (especialy at Stitch)
From Terri PierceSince when is Tron not doing as well as planned? Off topic a little but I'm pretty sure everyone I've talked to loves it! I would LOVE a tron ride!
Posted January 21, 2011 at 12:39 AM
From sarah gSince when is Magic Kingdom a thrill park? MK is about fantasy and nostalgia, not coasters and thrills. Tomorrowland needs some help, yes. I think Stitch sucks as much as anyone else, I don't necessarily think that Tron is the answer. Speedway still has some of the longest waits in the park. If you revamp Space Mountain into a thrill coaster, you lose nostalgia and also add a taller height requirement- its 44 inch heigh requirement now is already the highest in the park.
Posted January 22, 2011 at 2:11 PM
Keep the thrill rides in the other parks, and maintain the nostalgic Magic Kingdom that we all grew up with and love.
From James RaoI find the Magic Kingdom to be quite thrilling. Not everything has to have a 300 foot drop or seventeen loops to be thrilling (there is something to be said for the sublime thrills of a well-themed, immersive, narrative attraction like those offered in spades at the Magic Kingdom). However, another "thrill-ride" (as long as it fits the overall theme and story of the park) would be a welcomed addition.
Posted January 22, 2011 at 3:59 PM
As for the Speedway, the long waits are more a by-product of it being a notoriously slow-loading attraction than a fan favorite. It is an eye-sore, an ear-sore, and a nose-sore (ugly, noisy, and stinky - not the kind of nostalgic effect Walt was hoping for, methinks). If there ever is another Tomorrowland overhaul the Speedway definitely needs to be revamped (to meet the area's futuristic theme) or replaced entirely. I vote for "replaced" (I am sure there is a Six Flags or Cedar Fair park somewhere that would be interested in buying a used "cars-on-a-rail" attraction).
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