This was removed for the Monsters Inc ride, which has some decent effects but is otherwise fairly forgettable. I'm a big Disney fan, and I'm just growing thin on the IP-Mania of the last 15 years. We'll never have a new Haunted Mansion or Pirates of the Caribbean or Space Mountain because everything has to now be tied to an IP to get funding past the blue sky phase. Ever since Tony Baxter left, the theming has been minimal and cues are pretty boring, because Fast Pass has mandated separate cueing areas that don't get lingered on because of the speed of the line.
|Maggot Brain |
It's funny that you would say that about the cues because the new staging area for the Hollywood Hotel (or whatever it is now) has drastically improved since it first open in the late 90's. They took out all of the old THICC TVs and added a robot raccoon. On the other had they completely butchered the cue for Star Tours and made every thing look too shinny and they removed most of the animatronics.
I’m one of the few that isn’t opposed to GotG Tower. I rode through the unaltered version in Orlando last month and it’s such a dated experience. Kids just don’t know what the Twilight Zone is.
In Tokyo Disney, they built it without the Twilight Zone IP and tied the story to the Jungle Cruise (the owner of the Jungle Cruise came home to California and built his doomed tower with money stolen from the natives you see in the Jungle Cruise), which ties to Explorer’s Club, which ties to Hong Kong Haunted Mansion (where it is a library of magic, not a haunted house, due to Chinese ancestor worship issues). But I think most of that is wasted, since it requires going to three different parks to understand, and the Explorer’s Club hasn’t existed in over a decade.
Tony Baxter’s original concept for Indiana Jones was a gigantic complex that combined the Jeep ride with the Jungle Cruise and a third unbuilt ride that was to be the mine carts from “Temple of Doom”. They salvaged that concept for the Snow White Mine Carts, which is, to my mind, one of the most satisfying rides in Orlando. It was amazing to hear the entire mine train singing “Hi Ho Hi Ho”. Everybody joined in.
|Killer Joe |
The reactions of the "Whose line" nerds said it all.
(Also the mocking laughter towards Tim Allen)
Poor Diedrich Badger was never given the pretty boy treatment he deserved. He should’ve been Joey Lawrence.
|Chicken the Did |
This looks like an even worse dark ride than Kingdom of the Dinosaurs at Knott's Berry Farm.
Oh, Kingdom of the Dinosaurs. My sister crawled out of the cart and ran into the jungle, nobody noticed until we were off the right. The shut the park down and searched frantically for about an hour until they found her napping at the feet of a triceratops.
Your sister is their queen now. Stay on her good side.
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