100% agree with this. For all we know it could be about the Guardians needing some sort of fuel and needing to go back in time to acquire it from the age of dinosaurs. I'd be fine with that since it relates as close as we can get with a action movie, coaster based ride. But then again they could go with a simple "we need to shoot the bad guys/escape the base/test flight" plot. It's not so much as losing UoE, it's losing something that fits with FW. However this project ends, it'll give everyone a huge clue about the direction of FW. Regardless, I'm all for ADDING (or re-purposing WoL) and not replacing rides.You're right, we don't know that it won't happen, but nothing we've heard gives me confidence. Five things off the top of my head:
- Tom says Epcot is about optimism, which is true, but vague. The cynicist in me says they'll use that as a thematic stretch for any ideas that don't fit. I guess I need some of that optimism...
- They did not utter the words "Future World" and instead called it "the front of Epcot."
- Comments from people in the know on these boards do not give me much confidence.
- The fact that all they said is "Peter Quill visited Epcot as a child" makes me worried. If the ride actually fit Epcot, don't you think they would've said something about that instead?
And finally, Mission Breakout is exactly what worries me. Yes, it's a great ride, but in what way does it fit the California theme? The fact that the attraction is set in the park is it's only thematic excuse. I fear the GotG coaster will use the same excuse...
I'm not opposed to movie-IP-based attractions, so long as they are used properly. Tom mentioned Turtle Talk with Crush, and that's a good example... you learn something about turtles in an engaging way. If this ride reaches that same balance, I'll be content.
I expect the coaster itself to be a tops of 1 1/2 minutes from dispatch to final brakes due to it being launched. Who knows, it could be a dual launch setup with a short, slow, show scene in the middle.
I really hope on the final night for UoE they make some sort of super small event out of it and give some real hints, and not the expected "YOU will helping the Guardians", with what the ride will be about. I'd honestly be happy if they just used the original ride film even though it'd be lacking the original projection surfaces for the last couple rides that night.