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'd put Caroussel of Progress third. I've never seen it but it is a classic and gets good reviews aside from the dated ending.
The Tiki Room is fourth if for nostalgic reasons more than any other-it was the first animotronic attraction so it's historical in that regard.
The Country Bears finish last. They were probably interesting twenty years ago and many still enjoy them but it may be time for these old animotronic bears to retire.
Never been to Epcot, so that's that.
Had zero interest, even in those pre-coaster junkie days, in the Tiki Room and Country Bears, although I believe I was dragged into the Bears by Mom, who liked that kind of stuff. I was bored to tears by the Hall Of Presidents.
The Carousel was "cutting edge" in those days, and it was the type of thing not found at my Jersey parks. The song stays with me to this day, though.."Now is the time, now is the best time, now is the best time of your life.." Do I have it right? Is it still the same?
However, one of my all time favorite Magic Kingdom attractions is Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress. It is a unique, entertaining, immersive experience, without which many of the animatronic adventures everyone loves today would not exist. Furthermore, it is a true classic that inspired an entire generation of theme park enthusiasts. While it is definitely showing its age, CoP is a "must do" every time I visit the park. Therefore my vote today is for CoP.
And sorry, Mike, but CoP reverted back to the original song, "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" around 1994.
Next stop it should be renamed to "Walt Disney's A Century of Progress" and moved to Mainstreet, USA. The final scene can then be locked in at the year 2000, and the show preserved and operational for years to come.
Then, with the extra room in Tomorrowland, Mission: Space can be moved in from Epcot, and Horizons can be rebuilt in its original location!!!
If you can dream it...
Now, if the Country Bear Jamboree was still in Disneyland, there is a very good chance I would have picked that show, as I loved the intimacy of the theaters as well as the seasonal shows. The characters really came into their own with the holiday and vacation editions. The shows were funny and more entertaining than the classic show.
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Note to Disney: I beg you to please NEVER get rid of this attraction. Future generations have the right to enjoy this marvel as well.