Walt Disney World:
Is a bad ride or story better than no story at all?
When Mr. Niles did his poll on story vs. thrill it got me thinking about all of the bad storylines on Disney rides built in the past few decades. I was thinking I'd rather ride the "Wedway" than a lot of the newer rides at the parks. No story or thrill is better than a bad one. So here is my game. Assume the entrances to the 2 attractions are side by side. Every time you visit there is never a wait time for either attraction. You CANNOT skip the pre-show if it has one. What Disney ride additions would you always pick the Peoplemover against and why? It doesn't necessarily have to have a bad story, list it for whatever reason you want.
vs. Stitch? Peoplemover. No-brainer. The only thing this attraction offers is an excuse to have a Stitch themed gift shop.
vs. Everest? Peoplemover. The helix on Everest makes me and the Yeti sick.
vs. Test Track? Peoplemover. Test Track has an annoying preeshow, and the only good part of the attraction is the brief 60mph escape from the headache inducing environment inside the ride building.
I could go on for hours , but I'd like to see what others think.
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From Amy Smith
Posted September 22, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Carousel of Progress - after getting stuck on it for an extra three times of the song, I will never get on this again unless I've got headphones and plan to take a nap!
Small World - see above, for ONE HOUR! no thank you, the Peoplemover is great!
Poseidon's Fury (you know, assuming it was in MK) - the peoplemover has seats.
Stitch - this is the most annoying character EVER created by Disney. Please bring back Alien!
From Dominick D
Posted September 23, 2012 at 10:29 AM
Stitch- Yeah, I dont have to explain
Forbidden Journey- All it is is clutterd up things from the movie (Yeah yeah, Star Tours is that too, but it follows 1 storyline)
Figment- The senses? C'mon.
small world---been stuck on it too for an hour. Believe it may have been meant for a torture chamber, but somehow got mixed up with family friendly rides.
test track---always breaking down.
All of Dinoland USA at Animal Kingdom---no explainations necessary.
It's tough to be a bug---not as tough as getting a wooden object shoved in your kidneys and then told you were stung by a hornet. Need to put on the warnings: May cause internal bleeding and ruptures.
Studio Backlot Tour---just sad.
Figment---who on earth thought this version was a good way to bring back the classic?
Yes...I would pick the peoplemover over these each and every time.
Amanda said: "It's tough to be a bug---not as tough as getting a wooden object shoved in your kidneys and then told you were stung by a hornet. Need to put on the warnings: May cause internal bleeding and ruptures."
Can you please elaborate on this? I have no familiarity with the attraction, but that sounds pretty serious.
During the show, they have different bugs. When it comes to the wasps/hornets part, the lights go out, you hear them, then a part of your seat shoots out to simulate being stung. I don't know if I was not sitting straight enough, but it shot into my kidney. It wasn't horrible, but it didn't feel very good either. I just wonder how the kids take it. It is not a pleasant experience. The last time I sat in this, I held my youngest son (who was two at the time) and my husband held our oldest (who was five at the time) so that it wouldn't scare them or hurt them.
To me, this show is nothing but something out of a horror story. Spiders coming down from the ceiling, wasps/hornets stinging you, stink spray, giant grasshopper, being in the dark for many parts with the sounds and feelings of bugs around you. I love the movie, A Bug's Life, but this is not an attraction that I do not enjoy. I haven't seen it in three years, and don't intend to on our trip in December.
Thanks for the explanation, Amanda. That doesn't sound particularly appealing to me.
From David L.
Posted September 23, 2012 at 3:02 PM
Confession: I've never ridden the Peoplemover. *runs and hides in fear of violent responses*
OK, I'm back. However, my Peoplemover situation will change in 2013!!! hopefully...
From what I can tell, there are only a few rides that are less than the ride. I'm a fan of Test Track, Small World, Carousel of Progress, and others that people may not enjoy. I can imagine that I will enjoy the Peoplemover more than Stitch, the Speedway, the Carousel, the Dinorama area, the Muppets, and a few others.
To jump on the It's Tough to be a Bug bandwagon, It's one of my favorite attractions anywhere. The animatronics are really well done and the effects are pretty good. Amanda, the attraction isn't made for younger children. All 3 times I've seen the show most people are laughing/screaming throughout (especially during the black widow attack) and most kids aged 8-14 come out with smiles. I find the sting surprising and fun, but not painful. Mike, you should try the show if you are ever in the Animal Kingdom!
While I am a fan of the Peoplemover, I think the other "bad" storylines you mention are not bad stories.
What Robert Niles mentioned was a storyline vs no storyline.
I'm guessing that was a reply to me? It seems like you just skimmed through what I wrote. I said clearly that an attraction didn't have to have a bad story to make the list.
The poll by Mr. Niles that I referred to was on Story vs. Sensation (which I interpreted as 'thrill') http://www.themeparkinsider.com/flume/201208/3184/
But that was just the setup for my post. It is what got me thinking about my post, and is not the subject of my list or post.
I would rather kick back and ride the Peoplemover(which is really just a pointless slow-moving ride around tommorrowland) than ride many of the "better" attractions that have thrills or stories or both. My list is totally subjective, and 1 of them(Everest) is on there only because it makes me sick. I don't see how anyone could say that the other 2 have good stories. But like I said, it's totally subjective. I was just sharing my preferences in what I think is an interesting way; and I was curious about the preferences of others. So, is there nothing that you would always choose the peoplemover over?
Ha! You aren't really missing a lot. The Peoplemover is just one of those rides that you ride when you want to sit down and ride something relaxing. It's probably the best way to relax inside the parks. Especially since the removal of the skyway.
I actually like taking a spin around the speedway track if there is no line. There is almost always a line though.
Amy and Amanda,
I don't mind Small World every once in a while, but I've never been 'lucky' enough to be immersed in that environment for an hour either. gee.
Mission Space... If you stare at the small screen with bad graphics long enough, you might not lose your desire to leave Disney for a day and visit Kennedy Space Center, but you will lose your lunch.
Don't get me wrong David, the effects are amazing. I just don't enjoy them. I would rather sit on the Peoplemover, which is something I do love, all day than do It's tough to be a bug. I agree with you also that it is not for kids. Or squeamish adults like me.
From O T
Posted September 27, 2012 at 4:01 AM
You are totaly right.
I LOVE the Peoplemover. I also used to love the Pirates. Like the hauted mansion it's not a movie thing and you can create your own story. After many times riding them the story changes a bit because you see new things.
I like a movie tie in (some what) but only if it's a new story, not a retelling. I rather they didn't try to hard with the often dumbed down story and let us live in that world and give hints of what could be story and leave the rest to the guests.
I've never tried the People Mover... I'll try it in december when we go back.
My husband and I called "Pirates of the caribbean" the most boring attraction we've ever tried in MK (I should mention we skipped the attraction meant for young children? I'd rather die that try It's a small world!) during our honeymoon last year.
p.s.: I'm with Amy Smith on Poseidon's Fury. Ended up waiting an whole hour to get in... and besides the water tunnel everything else sucked!
I hated the Monsters once show, backlot tour the ride in the Mexico pavilion and dinosaur. I would chose people mover over any of those.
From Dominick D
Posted September 29, 2012 at 8:29 AM
Aww, but Monsters Once is my favorite show in the park! :'(
But I'd NEVER see it twice!
From Dominick D
Posted September 29, 2012 at 12:48 PM
I think what Andrew meant was that across from Monsters Inc, there were once monsters.
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