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Rumor Proposed Mary Poppins Attraction in UK Pavilion

MansionButler84

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There was enough for my pretty little dark ride. Which we're not getting now.

However, things are moving forward now with this project.
Yes. Some imagine something of Rat’s scale here. That was never under consideration. But there is obviously room for large E-tickets and/or new pavilions elsewhere. I still have hope that there will be a new country WITH a ride later in the 2020s. It only took 30 years for Disney to build something significant in Epcot. Maybe they’ll go further while the oven is still hot.
 

FigmentFan82

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There was enough for my pretty little dark ride. Which we're not getting now.

However, things are moving forward now with this project.
Oh, thought I had read that this was going to be a dark ride, albeit a small scale one. I might have misread somewhere...
 

Bocabear

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EPCOT doesn't have any smaller rides like a carousel or flat ride, so as much as I would love a dark ride, I understand where they are coming from with their decision. Hopefully this is beautifully done, because it really does have potential to be really nice looking.
I think the decision is totally motivated by keeping costs down and revenue up...There is no reason any of the pavilions need a flat spinner ride... Disney used to be known for their creativity...
 

yensidtlaw1969

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It's gonna be a meet and greet and Mary Poppins live story telling session that interacts with the audience... and maybe a movie/infomercial for London tourism.
Honestly, I would gladly take Enchanted Tales with Mary Poppins any day over a carousel -- imagine heading into the Nursery to meet her, some magic with her tidying things up with the snap of her fingers, some patter with her Umbrella Parrot in animatronic form . . . I'd argue she's a better character by a mile to get in a controlled environment than Belle.

I really can't understand why they would just go for the Dark Ride, I can't see how anything smaller is going to move the needle enough in terms of capacity to be worth the expense, but I suppose I'll take what we can get. Disappointed that it's not the dark ride, though. Would have loved to see a new one in the parks, and especially one for Mary Poppins.
 

CJR

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I confirmed nothing.

:)
Just no Dumbo/Magic Carpets spinner and I'll be happy. My bar's pretty low.

A carousel does solve the issue of "which version of Poppins" quite easily. Plus, they could always add music should they make future films. Not at the top of my list, but it's an OK addition, should that be what it is.

A dark ride would have been amazing, something on Disneyland's Alice-level. Oh well. It's an addition, so I can't complain too much.
 

Scrooged

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At this point I’d take ANYTHING Poppins related. I’m surprised that there isn’t a larger presence of her in the parks other than the MaG and some appearances in the morning show. (If I’m wrong on this please correct me.) I think a Poppins storytime or any type of situation with a stage show would be a great way to capitalize on the IP. Especially since the new movie did so well this past holiday season.
 

disneygeek90

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At this point I’d take ANYTHING Poppins related. I’m surprised that there isn’t a larger presence of her in the parks other than the MaG and some appearances in the morning show. (If I’m wrong on this please correct me.) I think a Poppins storytime or any type of situation with a stage show would be a great way to capitalize on the IP. Especially since the new movie did so well this past holiday season.
I think that part of the reason on why it's not been done before is partially the copyright/Travers friction that still exists.

I think that was touched on somewhere within these past 264 pages... I can't remember anymore.
 

Casper Gutman

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The point of the carousel is that it’s fine... “if you don’t wants to go anywhere,” but Mary being Mary converts it into a fantastic adventure. WDW seems to be looking at this and saying “let’s take out the fantasy... and the adventure.” There is nothing particularly special about the Poppins carousel in and of itself.

To the people arguing that Disney parks needs A and B tickets... why? As fans, our goal should be nothing but Es. There is little Disney Magic that can imbued into a flat ride that can’t also be found at Six Flags, whereas even the most basic dark ride like Toad achieves a level of artistry found in very, very few other parks. No one goes to the Louvre and says “well, this is all fine, but we need some black velvet portraits of Elvis for variety.” There is not one dark ride at a Disney park I’d want to see gone and not one flat whose removal would bother me.

As to other common pro-flat arguments, flats, as far as I know, aren’t particularly helpful in terms of capacity - a ride like Monsters Inc eats more people than Arthur’s Carousel, and omnimovers dwarf a flats hourly capacity. The only real argument is an economic one, and its one we shouldn’t accept. Disney has the money, and even with the current construction projects they aren’t close to making up for well over a decade of neglect.

Look, EPCOT has no vision, and given the modern corporate environment, it is almost impossible it will ever have a real one again - that would require Disney to say something about the way the world is and should be, which is dangerously close to expressing an ideaology, something it will never do explicitly. Putting dark rides based on country-specific IPs in World Showcase at least offers an avenue for growth, one preferable to things like GotG in FW. A few days ago I was thinking that with Rat, a Mary Poppins dark ride, and one more dark ride in another country, I’d really be excited to visit EPCOT again. Of course, I had forgotten this was WDW in the 21st century.
 
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