Just Published: Theme Park Insider: 2016 Year in Review
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.
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.
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...
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.
I am also a big fan of (the sadly departed) Snow White's Scary Adventures. Its old, kinda cheesy, but I love it!
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.
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.
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