2012 Best Attraction Tournament: Best Animatronic Show?
In honor of President Barack Obama's visit to the Magic Kingdom today, we're putting President Obama's animatronic alter ego and his electronic colleagues up against four other contenders for the title of Best Animatronic Show in the 2012 Theme Park Insider Tournament
Yeah, I totally planned the timing this way. ;^)
Fortunate coincidences aside, this category illustrates Disney's dominance of this entertainment medium, as all five candidates come from Disney theme parks. In fact, there's an example of each at the company's flagship resort, Walt Disney World. I should note that this category does not include all attractions with animatronics. It's simply for theater shows - not rides with animatronic elements.
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The American Adventure - at Epcot
Carousel of Progress - at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Country Bear Jamboree - at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom and Tokyo Disneyland
The Enchanted Tiki Room - at Disneyland and Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. Another version, Stitch Presents 'Aloha E Komo Mai!', plays at Tokyo Disneyland.
Hall of Presidents - at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. (Disneyland fans can vote for this one in lieu of Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, if they'd like.)
Tomorrow: We're voting on Best Rapids Ride.
I voted Carousel of Progress because it is the most intimate (small theater and AAs that are very close to the audience), the most interesting (the American family through time) and the funniest (the overheating oven is hilarious!) of them all.
I'm an American history buff so it was between Hall of Presidents and American Adventure. I went with the latter because it is longer, done on a grander scale, and is more important as a whole to Epcot than Hall of Presidents is to the Magic Kingdom. Without the American Adventure, World Showcase would be void of any big draw attractions.
American Adventure, by far. It's the grandest, most technologically advanced, and most significant out of all of them.
Carousel of Progress stands out for me as it was the most memorable from visiting WDW as a kid and still a must-see for me as an adult. American Adventure would go second, followed by Hall of Presidents. I really don't care to go beyond that as the other two don't even compare to the first three.
I love Carousel of Progress, but in terms of technological innovation, The American Adventure is still the most impressive show out there.
I voted Carousel of Progress, because it is the only one that doesn't bore me (besides AA) (haven't seen the new Tiki Room)
I haven't been to Disney as much as many of you, and my last coupla visits I didn't bother with these attractions. So my vote for Carousel Of Progress is based on two visits in the 70's and one in the early 80's. By process of elimination:
The American Adventure is the clear front runner in my humble opinion. The Franklin/Twain animatronics are awesome and the individual scene vignettes are powerful. The Carousel of Progress is a sleeper that grows on you. It's a special Disney Americana, full of fluff, but very nostalgic. Hall of Presidents is also very good but it has a few slow moments. I always enjoy the Country Bear Jamboree and I hope they keep it, but it does need a serious upgrade. Haven't caught the new Enchanted Tiki Room show, but I'll check it out when we go in May.
Fresh off the huge Prowler upset yesterday, I really don't have a position on today's vote. With the exception of the Country Bears (which should be converted into a shooting gallery attraction like Buzz Lightyear), all of the shows competing (especially since the Tiki reboot) are high quality.
Having just freshly visited the Florida installation of all five of these attractions last month I voted for American Adventure. I've long been a huge fan of Carousel of Progress, but the dated ending is showing its age. And once again the theater seats failed to rotate one of the times when they should, which rather spoils the experience. Country Bear Jamboree was far less engaging than I remembered it from years ago - same for the mostly restored Tiki Room. So it came down, as it did to many others, of Presidents vs. Adventure. It was my first time seeing Hall of Presidents with Obama - and I love that every four or eight years that attraction has to get some kind of update, but comparing it to The American Adventure - well it falls to second place. And the bonus this year was that as we entered the lobby for The American Adventure we were delighted to find Christmas Carolers inside in period costumes. Just made the entire experience that much more special.
It really is a toss up for me between HOP and AE. I voted Hall of Presidents because it is a much larger production, but it was like splitting a hair three ways and sanding them close!
So the song I heard on my mid-70's visits and the one I remember was NOT the original song? I find that hard to believe. When did the darn thing open?
Like 1964-ish, Mike. It's older than me (barely). Originally it was at the World's Fair, then Disneyland, then finally Disney World.
I love the Tiki Room and Country Bears more than the rest, which are yawn fests and good for a bit of shut eye. The history lessons are valuable if you care of such things. Most times, I'm not in the mood, since I'm no longer in school and such things are so much removed from my current interests.
As much as I love the Enchanted Tiki Room and the Country Bear Jamboree, I gave the nod to The American Adventure. The show is inspiring and the technology used still remains innovative, even now. I think that the show could use freshening, but it is still a masterwork.
Even though they may, and I think wrongly, not be considered to be a "show" I still think that the hippos etc on jungle cruise should have made it onto list of "best animatronics ".
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