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If you could refurbish a ride what would it be?

Any ride anywhere what would you change and how? What would be the outcome of these changes?

From Andrew Dougherty
Posted May 2, 2012 at 2:21 PM
Which ride would you chose to referbesh/enhance and how? What would you change and what would be the outcome?


Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.

From Jorge Arnoldson
Posted May 2, 2012 at 2:51 PM
Poseidon's Fury at Islands of Adventure: update the CGI and live action film like what was done to Spidey, but not in 3D.

From Dominick D
Posted May 2, 2012 at 3:26 PM
Soarin is in bad shape and needs a new film. Not to mention Disco Yeti.

From Amanda Jenkins
Posted May 2, 2012 at 4:44 PM
Dominick, I couldn't agree with you more. The yeti is in desperate need of life.

From Amy Smith
Posted May 2, 2012 at 5:40 PM
I have to agree with Soarin. The last two times I saw it, it looked like there were tire tracks all over the film. It really ruins the skiing part when someone has clearly gone off-roading up the side of the mountain...

On a personal note, Peter Pan is my all time favorite Disney movie and I would love for the ride to not completely suck. Even if they just replaced the statues with animatronics it would be a million times better especially if they could cough up the money for a volcano that isn't made of aluminum foil too. However, if they really wanted to impress Disney could demolish the entire ride along with the swiss family robinson treehouse and build Neverland over there with a ride and walk through.

From Andrew Dougherty
Posted May 2, 2012 at 6:59 PM
Because I have never seen soarin' I think I would actually choose MIB over in USF. I rode that ride and was very bored. The whole ride needed a referbesh and since Poe was in the que the line was all screwed up! I think this would ba an amazing dark ride or show building for transformers!

From Dominick D
Posted May 2, 2012 at 7:26 PM
MIB IMO just needs to hide backstage areas and add a little more aliens. It's a good ride, but I saw MANY backstage areas when I rode over the weekend.

From Kelly Bean
Posted May 3, 2012 at 8:45 AM
I would love to see ET upgraded. I am scared it may go the way of it's Universal neighbors and I love ET!

From Carrie Hood
Posted May 3, 2012 at 6:13 PM
Journey Into Imagination.
Easy, I'd murder Dr. Nigel Channing then dance upon his corpse the entire time I was ordering the imagineers put the ride back to it's proper glory.

From Tim Odom
Posted May 4, 2012 at 6:54 AM
Splash Mountain. Yeah, the Disco Yeti needs to be brought back to life, but Splash Mountain is in bad shape. It's a great, great ride, one of my favorite flumes anywhere, but the animatronics needs help.

From Jeff Elliott
Posted May 4, 2012 at 7:36 AM
I'm looking for Son of Beast (KI) to get the Iron Horse treatment like the Texas Giant......but the Rattler (SFFT) and Mean Streak (CP) could also use it.

And for $%^%&@# sake make the Dragons duel again.....

From Dominick D
Posted May 4, 2012 at 10:19 AM
Splash didn't go down for refurbishment this year because BTMR was (and still is) closed.

From Andrew Dougherty
Posted May 8, 2012 at 1:26 PM
I just saw soarin needs to upgrade film and MIB needs to add more aliens and hid backways by adding house facades that have opening doors

From James Rao
Posted May 8, 2012 at 4:32 PM
Ed - oops, wrong thread. Dear Lord, the two are so similar!!!

From Andrew Dougherty
Posted May 8, 2012 at 3:21 PM
Just sayin this is refurbish a ride not replace. Please go to replace topmost this.

From James Rao
Posted May 8, 2012 at 4:35 PM
In addition to a working Yeti, I would love for the Magic Kingdom's version of Pirates to be more like the original attraction at DLR. The MK version pales to insignificance.

From Andrew Dougherty
Posted May 8, 2012 at 4:55 PM
I actually agree.^ But due to the space pirates has there is no possible way for this to happen

From David L.
Posted May 8, 2012 at 5:08 PM
Ever looked at Google Maps? Expand the show building north and you have plenty of room, not to mention a Pirates ride that is most likely superior to the original(But I haven't ridden the original yet so I don't know how much better it is). How about Great Movie Ride? or Backlot Tour(big time refurb)? Or the Seas? or ET? or Dudley Do Right Rip Saw Falls?

From James Rao
Posted May 8, 2012 at 8:14 PM
I hate to mention it, but I hear the Forbidden Journey ride at IOA is having technical difficulties. I would hope all its bells and whistles are maintained for at least a few more years before the thing starts to fall apart. The shelf life of any USO attraction is about ten years, but they should at least stay in one piece for five.... Potter needs to hold it together until I get a chance to visit in 2013/2014 (whenever New Fantasyland is done).

From Don Neal
Posted May 9, 2012 at 5:24 AM
James might cringe at this one but my beloved Muppets need some love. I love the show, the building, and the nostalgia but would love to see an updated film without the stupid "spirit of 3D'. Especially with the success of the recent movie.

From andrea marshall
Posted May 9, 2012 at 7:25 AM
ET!!! Are you kidding me?

From John Cacioppo
Posted May 9, 2012 at 9:56 AM
The Great Movie Ride could use an update, especially the Alien section. The Alien/Aliens franchise always seemed to be woefully underused.

From robert morris
Posted May 9, 2012 at 10:52 AM
In a perfect world redo FJ and have a family ride thru the castle with the trip visiting more rooms and moving staircases...and a thrill ride built in the quidditch pitch built around ride building

From Dominick D
Posted May 9, 2012 at 11:39 AM
GMR is in need of an update, but put in Empire Strikes Back and I won't care about the rest.

From Brandon Mendoza
Posted May 9, 2012 at 1:30 PM
Indiana Jones totally needs a huge refurb. I visited Disneyland twice within the past 30 days and it went down/ "101" each time. Not to mention, some of the fire effects haven't been the same since the early days of the attraction. That and Indy's face doesn't look right on any version of him, especially the one holding the door back! Almost looked like his face is melting!

From Aaron McMahon
Posted May 9, 2012 at 2:04 PM
Jurassic Park River Adventure at Islands. Even when all of the animatronics are working the ride still seems a little duller than it did 10 years ago.

I would make the opening scenes more of a winding flume river than the slow moving lake that's there, add a drop off a cliff in the middle of the ride (like how the jeep comes crashing down in the first movie) and an indoor scene where the power is turned on before the final lift hill, only to have your boat surrounded by velociraptors when the lights turn on.

While my upgrades might be too frightening for the small children, they could turn them off for the general audience and save them for Halloween Horror Nights

From Javi Badillo
Posted May 9, 2012 at 2:29 PM
yea on harry potter the dragon wasnt breathing fire the last time i went

From Stevo B
Posted May 9, 2012 at 4:30 PM
I'd love to see an Autopia refurb, converting the cars to electric and updating the track to rise above part of Tomorrowland. Doing so would reduce the footprint and free up valuable real estate for a new attraction.

From Brandon Mendoza
Posted May 9, 2012 at 4:40 PM
Gotta agree with the Autopia upgrade!

I do wish it was all electric. The sounds and vibrations can be simulated to mimic a Ferrari, Monster Truck, Prius, etc. I know it would be ridiculously expensive to do so though.

What I wish they would do is make the attraction futuristic in someway. Tomorrowland overall still isn't about the future in its current state in Florida or California. But why not make Autopia reflect what COULD be rather than what currently is?

From Sylvain Comeau
Posted May 14, 2012 at 4:02 PM
Indiana Jones at Disneyland, and then the yeti, of course. Indy would end up with fixed/upgraded effects, and it wouldn't break down so damn often!

From cynthia henisey
Posted June 12, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Splash Mountain is wonderfully fun but no one knows the story because the movie "Song of the South" is banned. I think it would be not too difficult to redo it as "Princess and the Frog."

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