Exactly. The one place where people want and expect iconic characters and beloved stories and they give us something "original" (which might have been ok if it was truly spectacular and universally acknowledged as such, but Galaxy's Edge is not). Meanwhile, they destroy the thematic unity and character of California Adventure by slapping out of place IP overlays like cheap decals onto perfectly good attractions and even entire lands. If we could look into the heart$ and mind$ of the people running the place I think we'd understand exactly how they screwed it up.They spent how many Billion Dollars to buy the world famous "Star Wars I.P."? ...and then they DON'T USE IT??!!?! They're "The I.P. Guys" now, that's all they know how do anymore, how'd they screw that up?
That's what Universal does, and it's extremely predictable.First off, they definitely botched it with the whole "this is canon!" thing. That's why there's no Vader or Luke or Han? Because they're dead? That's so silly to follow that model. By logical extension, we should now remove all traces of Woody from Toy Story Land because he left the group.
I don't understand what's wrong with just making rides based on the movies. Smuggler's Run is basically a generic simulator with a Star Wars overlay. I am beyond disappointed in it and the lack of things to do in the land. I don't care if we are "immersed, with these people struggling against the first order." I want to see Star Wars things for crying out loud! When I go on Peter Pan's Flight, Winnie the Pooh, or even over at Disneyland - Mr. Toad, Snow White, Pinocchio - I go through familiar scenes of the movie. In some cases, it's a retelling of the movie. Why not do this with Star Wars? How about a "the Story of Luke Skywalker" - a dark ride taking you through the OT, narrated by Mark Hamil as Luke? Giant AA's of him fighting Vader, getting zapped by the Emperor. New technologies and immersive show scenes, maybe even a small element of thrill. It ends with show scenes from the current trilogy, Luke says something like "now it's your turn - choose your own destiny." I dunno, something like that.
I would put bits from each trilogy: something to do with the Pod Races, a ride based on the trench run on the Death Star (interactive!), relive the opening battle from Revenge of the Sith, maybe a "Rey's Journey" attraction where you follow her story to its conclusion, "Princess Leia's X-Wing Mission" or something - you're on a mission from Princess Leia (either as the Resistance or Rebels, doesn't matter) to get something, and you ride in an X-Wing.
I disagree. I quite liked everything Harry Potter-related when I visited Uni last summer. Everything else was a giant "meh," but I felt like they really nailed Harry Potter. It was fun, charming, exciting, and didn't alienate me, just a casual HP fan, from enjoying the experience.That's what Universal does, and it's extremely predictable.
I'm glad Disney doesn't go that route.
I know virtually nothing about HP, and when I rode the HP rides - I found that the enjoyment of them depended heavily on ones knowledge of the films and the characters.I disagree. I quite liked everything Harry Potter-related when I visited Uni last summer. Everything else was a giant "meh," but I felt like they really nailed Harry Potter. It was fun, charming, exciting, and didn't alienate me, just a casual HP fan, from enjoying the experience.