So as we all know, Stitch's great escape is arguably the worst attraction in MK. While I'm only 15, the first time I went to disney it was Alien Encounter. I was a sensitive little child far too scared and most likely, too short. Anyway, there are strong rumors of a Tomorrowland refurb with probably new attractions. So if you could replace stitch, what would it be? Keep in mind you can't expand the build but you can clear it out and put something creative there.
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Mr Dougherty writes: "I dont see the ability to do anything with Artemis series anywhere in a ride like this."
I respond: I could be mistaken, but I believe Mr Holland was suggesting that Artemis Fowl should be added to Tomorrowland in some capacity - or at least extensively research it - but not necessarily to replace Stitch. As Mr Holland mentioned, in 2004 I believe, Artemis Fowl is a great property that branches the world of Fantasy and Tomorrow, so would be a great fit in the Autopia space. However I'm not sure if Disney owns the rights to the property. Hyperion published the books in the US, but the planned movie - as far as I was aware - had no allegiance to a film studio, and was written independently by Colfer and his aides.
1) Even a meet&greet would be better than stitch. Just Sayin'... 2) Country Bear Jamboree is far better than Stitch. Most of the songs are entertaining, it's amusing, and it's relaxing. Stitch's preshow is more entertaining than the actually show. 3)I don't think Artemis Fowl is popular enough, but if it gained enough fame, then by all means US Eoin's great world! Maybe something like Artemis showing off a captured Holly to fellow humans or something...Or some LEP dark ride trying to catch Opal. If the track from snow white is usable, then this attraction could cost in the $50 million range for a decent c/d ticket. 4) If stitch, people mover, speedway and carousel of progress were all replaced/significantly updated, MK's Tomorrowland could really be awesome.
Mr. Partridge writes: "However I'm not sure if Disney owns the rights to the property (Artemis Fowl)
I Respond: In 2001 Miramax purchased the film rights to the film. At the time Disney owned Miramax. As I understand in the Weinsteins and Disney share those rights.
David L. writes: "I don't think Artemis Fowl is popular enough, but if it gained enough fame, then by all means US Eoin's great world."
I Respond: Excellent point, sir! As I indicated I believe this REMARKABLE Disney-owned franchise seems to have been neglected by Disney. They should hype it, make this first film and establish a theme park presence -- if not at MK then in Futureworld at EPCOT.
"Never heard of Artemis Fowl. However, I would love to see Howard The Duck take over the Stitch ride."
Perfect, it even has that George Lucas connection. But, would Disney embrace a character who smokes, drinks, swears and is in many ways a ripoff of Donald? Or will people just remember how awful the movie was?
I saw the "typo" but it is understandable in this case, maybe even Freudian. Howard The Duck was a favorite comics character and the movie was a good, but hopeless, attempt given FX at that time. Maybe now with computer graphics it could be better but the humor may be too outdated and non-PC.
I'm still wondering where there are "strong rumors" regarding a Tomorrowland refurb. I've read posts about Middle Earth, the closing of Toon Lagoon and that "Hate to Fly" guy's yapping about an IOA lagoon show and an amber mine coaster in Jurassic Park.
I have heard this strange rumor to completely redo tomorrow land, while keeping space mountain f course, however this isn't the weirdest rumor I have heard. I have heard that there are plans to completely strip Imagination Pavilion to restore it back to the original version with all the technical problems it was plagued by fixed with more modern technology. Or at least 1 more iteration of Imagination before it gets leveled.
Todd, I appreciate that you need to tell us about Universal but lets be honest. Disney is much better. I have been to Universal before and I LOVED Harry Potter World but they are over-doing it. Disney is a better park with more variety and without Disney, I could almost guarantee that Universal would not exist, but thanks for the comment (he said with heavy sarcasm)!
Todd, I would love to continue this debate! I did ride Spiderman and Harry Potter. While Spiderman was fantastic, I was not that crazy over forbidden journey. I feel like that ride is overrated but Spiderman is the best ride in the park in my opinion. If we are going to do a water ride debate, Splash Mountain is much better than Popeye. Splash has more theming, colors, scenery and is a classic. With Popeye I felt like there was no atmosphere to the ride.
Well, if I was in charge of Disney's Florida theme park and we going to do a redo of Tomorrowland part of the Magic Kingdom and told to get rid of "Stitch", I would mostly replace it with a set-down restaurant called "Sugar Rush".
The theme is this is a restaurant inside a Sugar Rush. It's counter-serve and it's items are usually cold junk food like ice cream.
Just put Alien Encounter back! I never had a chance to see It and I believe that Disney could use some more intense rides/shows that aren't meant for kids! If Disney had more extreme rides, more families would go because then they have more rides that teens would go on! Universal is doing it right with adding Harry Potter, Transformers, and Simpsons.
I hate to spam and be a broken record, but Doctor Who would be a PERFECT replacement for Stitch. I mean, the inside could work as a TARDIS. And Doctor Who is actually gaining popularity in America. With the 50th anniversary coming up, it'd be a great idea.