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Rumor Proposed Mary Poppins Attraction in UK Pavilion

Horizons78

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I'd like a big carousel too, assuming we can't have a dark ride.

I suppose it would be beyond hope for Disney to build a linear carousel? It would be kind of neat to have one that was a scaled up version of the one in the Spectromagic parade - racetrack oval-shaped with long straightaways.

How does one ride a penguin? :)
That surely depends on the penguin in question. @MisterPenguin may not care to divulge such information!
:hilarious::hilarious:
With panache.
Also helps to keep your pockets full of squid and krill.
 

MansionButler84

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Ugh no Carousel...I can't believe now everyone wants a carousel. How about a real attraction, not a cheap spinner ride... Aim hiigher....lol
I want a dark ride, but if we are honest, Epcot is a park filled with D and E tickets (some poorly aging). A balanced park needs As, Bs, and Cs, too. It’s one of my biggest complaints about TSL. It should have had a couple As or Bs. Sprinkling them in the parks adds capacity without increasing crowds. And a carousel, if done right, would actually be a fit for World Showcase. It could be quite charming. There’s nothing wrong with quick diversions. I like the Mad Tea Party, especially when it has a 10-min. wait. I even like Magic Carpets, but they should have gone in Animation Courtyard (I’m sure the 400 strollers could fit elsewhere).

It’s not like they are putting in a Stitch “Hawaiian Coaster Ride” Huss Top Spin.
 

Bocabear

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I want a dark ride, but if we are honest, Epcot is a park filled with D and E tickets (some poorly aging). A balanced park needs As, Bs, and Cs, too. It’s one of my biggest complaints about TSL. It should have had a couple As or Bs. Sprinkling them in the parks adds capacity without increasing crowds. And a carousel, if done right, would actually be a fit for World Showcase. It could be quite charming. There’s nothing wrong with quick diversions. I like the Mad Tea Party, especially when it has a 10-min. wait. I even like Magic Carpets, but they should have gone in Animation Courtyard (I’m sure the 400 strollers could fit elsewhere).

It’s not like they are putting in a Stitch “Hawaiian Coaster Ride” Huss Top Spin.
I would not exactly say that EPCOT is "filled with D and E Attractions"...In World Showcase there is one B/C boat ride and one D ticket flume ride... in a year or so we will be getting another D/E ride.. but it is far from filled with attractions. The park is lacking attractions in general and was never even completed to their own original plan... Now if the UK pavilion had a Spinner (carousel) and a dark ride it would be great, but just the carousel is totally underwelming. When the day comes that they have added a couple world Showcase pavilions and each pavilion has some kind of attraction, THEN its time to add things like a carousel and some kiddie rides that adults won't find interesting.
 

SirWillow

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I want a dark ride, but if we are honest, Epcot is a park filled with D and E tickets (some poorly aging). A balanced park needs As, Bs, and Cs, too. ... I even like Magic Carpets, but they should have gone in Animation Courtyard (I’m sure the 400 strollers could fit elsewhere).
completely agreed with you that a park needs a balance and a good mix. Want proof? Go to Six Flags Magic Mountain where it's all coasters, except for Bugs Bunny land. Completely off balance. I also think a carousel properly themed would be a great fit in the UK pavilion. Done as a couple have suggested it would really be charming, and something I'd certainly do.

My only disagreement with you is Magic Carpets in Animation Courtyard. Disney Studios Paris did about that same thing, and it's a really, really odd fit. so much so that it really doesn't make sense. They're a much better fit in Adventureland.
 

Bocabear

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completely agreed with you that a park needs a balance and a good mix. Want proof? Go to Six Flags Magic Mountain where it's all coasters, except for Bugs Bunny land. Completely off balance. I also think a carousel properly themed would be a great fit in the UK pavilion. Done as a couple have suggested it would really be charming, and something I'd certainly do.

My only disagreement with you is Magic Carpets in Animation Courtyard. Disney Studios Paris did about that same thing, and it's a really, really odd fit. so much so that it really doesn't make sense. They're a much better fit in Adventureland.
So, because of Six Flags, EPCOT should have spinner rides? A carousel is just a carousel...Sure they could put Mary Poppins themed animals on it, and you know what? It is still a carousel... In this day of Disney I do not see them doing a carousel that will be spectacular or trasnportive or amazing... It is just going to be a carousel...Which really belongs in the Magic Kingdom. A carousel is not uniquely british...It does nothing to advance the storyline of the UK Pavilion... it would just be another thing...
 

SirWillow

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So, because of Six Flags, EPCOT should have spinner rides? A carousel is just a carousel...Sure they could put Mary Poppins themed animals on it, and you know what? It is still a carousel... In this day of Disney I do not see them doing a carousel that will be spectacular or trasnportive or amazing... It is just going to be a carousel...Which really belongs in the Magic Kingdom. A carousel is not uniquely british...It does nothing to advance the storyline of the UK Pavilion... it would just be another thing...
I think you completely missed the point. lol I meant that it needs a balance of different ride types/ classes. The Six Flags park I mentioned has basically roller coasters and a kids area and just about nothing else. Not even "spinners" as you seem to be stuck on. :) If you're teen and up, about all it has is roller coasters- they've removed almost all of the "A/B/C/D" class of rides, and it really hurts the park.

That's what I meant by balance.

And we'll just have to agree to disagree on whether or not a carousel would be a good fit in UK or not.
 

creathir

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A carousel can be themed really well, and given that it is featured prominently in the movie, it certainly fits.

As Mister Penguin stated, themed right, it could be a pretty cool attraction.

Hearing the songs, seeing chalk drawings, or even seeing people DRAW them everyday... having the canon on top of the admiral’s house go off on the hour...

It could be magical.
 

jt04

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Not at all what Epcot was suppose to be. Grrr, I hate that people want Epcot to turn into another Magic Kingdom our Islands of Adventure Park. Does “Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow” have no meaning anymore?
That ship sailed when Walt did.

Pretty sure everything that can be said has been said about why E.P.C.O.T. Center was not a long term strategy. World Fairs come and go. Progress.
 

Bocabear

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I think you completely missed the point. lol I meant that it needs a balance of different ride types/ classes. The Six Flags park I mentioned has basically roller coasters and a kids area and just about nothing else. Not even "spinners" as you seem to be stuck on. :) If you're teen and up, about all it has is roller coasters- they've removed almost all of the "A/B/C/D" class of rides, and it really hurts the park.

That's what I meant by balance.

And we'll just have to agree to disagree on whether or not a carousel would be a good fit in UK or not.
Well it would certainly be the bargain route for Disney...Why have original world class attractions when people are happy for a Merry Go Round...albeit with custom horses....
Six Flags is not an appropriate comparison for the Theme Park... It is just an Amusement Park...
And while I do believe in a mix of experiences as well, The World Showcase needs attractions that really showcase the Country Pavilions...not just "something to do"...
 

ParksAndPixels

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Debate over EPCOT direction is futile at this point as we know the direction things are heading at this point. That said, I really hope that some impressive attractions are coming. I don’t mind having a carrousel but it needs to be part of something grander. If not Disney is going to upset the life long EPCOT fans as well as not impress potential new fans all in the same “refresh”. EPCOT needs some real draws to this park once again. We hear more negative about EPCOT than any other park family or friends visit. We still enjoy the park, but we approach this park with a different mindset.
 

MansionButler84

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Debate over EPCOT direction is futile at this point as we know the direction things are heading at this point. That said, I really hope that some impressive attractions are coming. I don’t mind having a carrousel but it needs to be part of something grander. If not Disney is going to upset the life long EPCOT fans as well as not impress potential new fans all in the same “refresh”. EPCOT needs some real draws to this park once again. We hear more negative about EPCOT than any other park family or friends visit. We still enjoy the park, but we approach this park with a different mindset.
You know the direction Epcot is headed? I didn't think Disney knew.
 

montyz81

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That ship sailed when Walt did.

Pretty sure everything that can be said has been said about why E.P.C.O.T. Center was not a long term strategy. World Fairs come and go. Progress.
You mean Epcot Center. I get your comment though. I still firmly believe a blend of what was Epcot Center and a thrill-seeking IP based park that educates about the future and world cultures can be achieved. I think if Disney had put a bit more money into it, we can see that idea taking shape in the Seas Pavilion. I just do not think the idea of what Epcot was, needed to be abandoned completely. Certainly not the way they are doing it to Energy. The concept of IP based education about The Land, the Seas, transportation, energy, life, imagination could easily be done tastefully. Add in a bit of thrill similar to what 7DMT does (coaster that acts like an Omni mover at certain points) and you have a park that blows away Islands of Adventure. Now you have addressed the purists and the whitespace customers.
 

jt04

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For those of you who are on Team Dark Ride, remember that our insiders are telling us this is not going to be a big budget E-Ticket, even if it were a Dark Ride. Do you all want a repeat of Na'vi River Journey but just Poppins themed?
Rather have spinners than a budget friendly dark ride. Then they could always do an E Ticket in the future.
 
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