Remember when Epcot used to have a show called "Around the World with Mickey Mouse" back in 1998?
Personally, I would agree with the idea of it being dated. When the show started, the idea of that globe-shaped screen that only showed video over the land masses seemed like a huge technical innovation over the metal ball they projected lasers onto.It’s seen as an average performer - certainly not a must see - and dated. Park attendance through the day vs those exiting at 930pm is telling (thank your magical tracking bands for that one)
This. RoE is weak sauce and shows its age badly.Personally, I would agree with the idea of it being dated. When the show started, the idea of that globe-shaped screen that only showed video over the land masses seemed like a huge technical innovation over the metal ball they projected lasers onto.
Today, I notice how difficult it can be to figure out what's going on in some of those small areas to people who haven't seen it dozens of times and it seems like it should be the whole ball capable of displaying stuff and not just those areas... but making a change like that, aside from costing money on new hardware would, I assume, require them to redo the movie since those clips were easily repeatable across the globe thanks to the edges created by those land masses.
Also, as someone else mentioned, that show was introduced at a time when they weren't hiding so much of the waterfront from view around world showcase and weren't making viewing from some of the only truly good places left a fastpass or upcharge spot.
There are other small things, obviously, but I think a lot of the problems with ROE could have been addressed over the years by making appropriate technical updates to the existing show (and putting a little more long-term thought into that waterfront area) but we all know that's not how they roll.
Unless it's a big enough change for them to do a marketing blitz with, it seems that modernizing anything to keep up with the times is heresy.
Bingo.In regards to IPs, the receptions by the general public of fan favorite HEA (all IP) and the just OK RoL (no IP) probably tells us all we need to know. We, here, know that, IPs aside, those shows are apples and oranges in comparison to one another. That said, I bet that won't stop the decision makers at Disney from rationalizing that IPs, or the lack thereof, are the difference between a wildly successful (aka merchandisable) show and an average show.
And unfortunately, a lot of newer fans don't either what with discourse like "They should turn Rivers of Light into a Moana show or a recreation of the coronation ceremony from Black Panther" popping up or a YouTuber with a large following making a video about Figment and asking why a DIsney park would ever prominently feature a character that doesn't star in a movie or television show.Yep. The problem is many of those who make decisions (including this one) don’t understand the differences between the parks.