Sharpie Queen 💜
So. We all decided to build bobsled coasters in Blizzard Beach! I’m going to take this as a sign that this should be a real thing.
Because these projects ended up being surprisingly similar, I’m going to review them in one go.
Interestingly, both Squads considered all three available parks before settling on Blizzard Beach. The Max Rebo Band even considered the strategic implications of BB being perhaps the “less obvious, and therefore best choice” but believing that Team John Deere would likely feel the same way. They were correct.
I love that Max Rebo decided to go with a basically original idea free of almost any IP, with the exception of Ice Gator. This is a fantastic way to make the park’s official mascot a more significant part of the park as a whole, and I really appreciate that! The experience itself sounds very charming and fun, which is exactly the tone I was hoping for.
Meanwhile, John Deere chose to go the IP route, but made it a first for Disney Parks by incorporating Ice Age. This was a smart choice, as the franchise is instantly recognizable, and would be sure to draw in large crowds.
Both teams provided a good bit of backstory, complete with facts and figures. John Deere went above and beyond in this regard, providing a plethora of information and wonderful visuals to go along with their write up.
Blizzard Blast feels like something totally out of 90s WDW, while Ice Age The Splashdown feels like modern Imagineering. Both are excellent methodologies. Both teams truly created wonderful experiences that I would truly love to see built at BB. I’m very torn because both projects have strengths and I genuinely appreciate both efforts significantly.
Ice Age benefits from a unique and innovative turntable element for animatronics, which is truly brilliant! Blizzard Blast embraces classic water splash gags which fit in perfectly at this park. I seriously enjoyed both of these so much and I’ve reread them twice now. As usual you’ve made this extremely difficult.