Love/Hate Attractions

What attractions have elements that you really like or love, but then have other elements that you may hate, underwhelm you or leave you wishing they did something different?

From Phil B.
Posted May 25, 2012 at 6:56 PM
So I was listening to theme park music as I work during the day as a graphic designer, and the music to Ellen's Energy Adventure in Epcot started playing. As a whole, I find the attraction kinda mediocre. It's entertaining enough for repeat viewings, and I do enjoy it, but it's not tops on my list for must sees at that park. However, I love the musical score to the ride. It really has a lot of fun energy to it, and always makes me feel like I'm about to go on a funny, quirky, out of this world type of adventure. It's almost a shame that it gets saddled with such an unspectacular attraction.

So that got me to thinking, what about you, what attractions have certain elements that you love, and others that you hate or can do without. Bear in mind that I'm talking about "show" here. So we're considering the attraction as a whole, with all things operational. For instance, for me, Expedition Everest is pretty close to absolutely perfect with all things in "A mode" operation. This is not a thread to discuss the shortcomings of the engineers on that ride and the Disco Yeti. This is a thread that assumes all things are working in tip top shape. You can love a queue, but hate the story. Love the concept, but hate the ride system. Love the show building theme, but hate the attraction inside. And it doesn't have to be "Hate", it could be disappointment, indifference or lack of impressiveness, whatever takes you out of making that attraction a winner across the board for YOU. So with that being said....what is your "Love/Hate" attraction.

From Mike Gallagher
Posted May 26, 2012 at 2:47 AM
I love the air-conditioning in Dark Knight's preshow queue, but..........

From Melanie Howe
Posted May 26, 2012 at 9:42 AM
I love all of Rip Ride Rockit, EXCEPT for the first few seconds being flat on your back going to the top of the hill. For some reason that kind of freaks me out. But it's worth it :-)

From James Trexen
Posted May 26, 2012 at 12:24 PM
I love Spaceship Earth, but don't care for the new ending sequence. While neat, it just isn't as charming as the old one.

From David L.
Posted May 26, 2012 at 12:33 PM
In a way, I'm like that with quite a few Attractions. I'll go by park

Magic kingdom: splash mt has really lost a lot of my respect from being so run down, but other than that, I love it! I really enjoy Dumbo for nostalgia and mild fun, but I hate the long poorly themed line(change soon). I don't like the vehicles for Buzz Lightyear, but I love every other bit.

Epcot: I abhor soarin...until you get to the ride. The same goes for Living with the Land, maelstrom, and Storm Struck.

DHS: I love the Great Movie Ride's concept, but I hate how it's rarely been updated. Same for Backlot tour. I hate how short Rock 'n' Roller Coaster is, but I love the rest.

Animal kingdom: the yeti. Prime Evil Whirl is lots of fun, but it needs to be rethemed.

IOA: I love the caro-Seuss-el but the music takes away too much from the ride. The forbidden journey's line was amazing and the technology was pretty cool, but the ride itself wasn't very impressive. I loved the queue for Dr. Doom yet the ride was terrible.

USF: I love everything about Rip Ride Rocket except the horrendous first drop. Way too rough.

Those are the main love/ hate relationships I have with rides.

From Mike Saperstein
Posted May 29, 2012 at 11:32 AM
Surprised nobody's mentioned "Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin" yet.

Great theme, good for all ages, fun premise.

But you can't really tell where your shots are going,as the little red dots are inconsistent and hard to see, which totally ruins the fun of the game for me and my wife at least.

They of course solved this problem beautifully when they made Toy Story Mania...

From N B
Posted May 29, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Wow Phil, it sounds like you and I have the same job..... I am home all day as well.... and I am a graphic designer. I like to pop on background music while I work and it is usually something I would never listen to in my car.

Classic Jazz, Classical, Spanish guitar / Mediterranean... and yes even them park music. The one hour loop for Tower of Terror is still one of my favorites.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted May 29, 2012 at 4:31 PM
I too feel the same about Universe of Energy. Its a ride that is just "eh", but find myself on it EVERY TIME I visit. Journey into Imagination also has this. I think EPCOT suffers from this phenomenon the most. Most of the World Showcase attractions are ok, but I find myself always on them.

I am also a big fan of (the sadly departed) Snow White's Scary Adventures. Its old, kinda cheesy, but I love it!

From Matt Weiland
Posted June 5, 2012 at 11:14 AM
There are portions of several rides at Walt Disney World that are probably unsolvable but, nevertheless, really diminish them for me. I can't stand the extremely long time spent at Splash Mountain between the final drop and entering the Zip a Dee Do Dah scene with the boat.

I also hope that when the time comes for a Soarin' refurbishment, that Disney upgrades the movie quality. Blu Ray quality might be asking a little too much, but it shouldn't be huge news when the projector gets cleaned!

Also, I'm with the "Fix The Yeti" club, as it elevates Everest from a very good roller coaster to a one-of-a-kind experience.

And, just so that we have a Studios attraction to finish it all up, do something with Lights, Motors, Action. It takes up a huge footprint, doesn't draw a crowd, and the show is stale.

From Dominick D
Posted June 5, 2012 at 1:00 PM
My love/hate ride is the Great Movie Ride. I enjoy it, but it's outdated.

From Caroline Davis
Posted June 5, 2012 at 2:57 PM
I wish that the Nightmare Before Christmas overlay was used in all the Haunted Mansion rides. Not just California.

From Justin Kermgard
Posted June 5, 2012 at 7:40 PM
Magic Kingdom: Swiss Family Treehouse & Tom Sawyer Island are both nice concept attractions but in today's age could each do well with some interactive elements.

Epcot: Journey Into Imagination has a wonderful mascot in Figment but needs a modern update.

Hollywood Studios: Great Movie Ride is a classic that could simply do with a modern update much like Journey Into Imagination at Epcot.

SeaWorld: Wild Arctic is a great combination of a ride/animal exhibit, but the ride needs a new modern video and the simulator is a bit jerky as compared with Star Tours at Hollywood Studios. adding 3D to Wild Arctic would be great as well. Journey To Atlantis is a great concept, however the story feels somewhat confusing because we aren't properly introduced to the seahorse, his owner or the sea witch characters, we're just kinda thrown into the mix. the queue for both Atlantis, Wild Arctic and Kraken could do for a major update to make them equal to the beauty of Manta's queue.

Busch Gardens Tampa: I love all the rides at Busch, but they seriously lack themimg in their queues even the new Cheetah Hunt lacks anything substantial aside from a giant rock sculpture of a Cheetah in the queue, also it would be nice if the loading procedures at Busch were like Disney where an employee would be waiting at the loading platform to ask how many each group of guests have in their party and then directing them to an assigned lane to board because I think the lines move a lot faster that way.

From Thomas Caselli
Posted June 6, 2012 at 10:42 AM
I always enjoy the Universe of Energy, which is what it used to be called. I wish they had never changed it, though. I liked the way it used to be much better then the way it is now with Ellen and all that nonsense.

From Ray Schroeder
Posted June 6, 2012 at 10:45 AM
I love Theme Park music. All the EPCOT attactions have great music. I always check out the book store in Hollywood Studios for the latest CDs. On my daily train commute, that what I listen to on my Ipod. Right now I'm listening to Millennium Celebration with Reflections Of Earth and all 24 minutes of Tapestry of Nations. It put me in a good mood.

From Bryce McGibeny
Posted June 9, 2012 at 5:12 PM
I love Rip Ride RockIt as a roller coaster, but I hate the theme and I feel like it ruined Universal's "skyline".

This discussion has been archived, and is not accepting additional responses.

Theme Park Insider Awards