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Rumor Proposed Mary Poppins Attraction in UK Pavilion

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.
 

disneygeek90

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It’s not supposed to attract attention. It’s something to do that actually fits.
It's an attraction. Of course it's supposed to attract attention.

Maybe it will for some, it's not going to be my cup of tea. I've come to expect more creativity from Disney than a carousel.
 

Casper Gutman

Well-Known Member
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.
 

rle4lunch

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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.
I think it would be LIGHT YEARS better than a carousel. I think what they've done with live storytelling at DL and MK are great for the kiddos, and more satisfying than riding a disease ridden plastic horse.
 

mikejs78

Premium Member
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.
Wait, on one hand you say everything needs to be an E, and on the other hand you point to a C-Ticket as an example?
 

Casper Gutman

Well-Known Member
Wait, on one hand you say everything needs to be an E, and on the other hand you point to a C-Ticket as an example?
The A-E ticket thing is admittedly imprecise. Let’s rephrase: the Disney fan’s goal should be nothing but masterpieces (especially at modern prices). The least they should accept happily are rides that are uniquely, specifically “Disney.” I would argue Toad fits that description. I would also argue almost all flats don’t. There is nothing particularly special about any WDW flat ride.

Now, you wanna argue about Carsland? That’s a valid point... I’d consider those flats “Disney.” BUT those flats are very unique. Even more importantly, they are in addition to a dark ride, not instead of one. If we were getting a carousel AND a Poppins carousel, I’d be happy with one and shrug about the other. But this is all we’re going to get for Poppins, one of the greatest films in cinema history.
 

peter11435

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A well-done Mary Poppins carousel, by definition, is creative. They’ve never done it before.
Absolutely. My point was just that Disney has a long history of building these sorts of attractions. So to say that this attraction is not adequate because Disney Is known for their creativity is a misrepresentation of the facts. Since clearly Disney is also known for building creative installations of flat spinner rides.
 

Mat Cauthon

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I'm not in the expect better group but I'm definitely meh on a carousel. I can ride that at the local kiddie park. And no, a well done Mary Poppins theme will not make it a better ride just nicer to look at for me. Spinners, even carousels, are just not my cup of tea.
 

MansionButler84

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I'm not in the expect better group but I'm definitely meh on a carousel. I can ride that at the local kiddie park. And no, a well done Mary Poppins theme will not make it a better ride just nicer to look at for me. Spinners, even carousels, are just not my cup of tea.
At local amusement park:

Magic Carpets
Dumbo
Fantasyland Carousel
Tomorrowland Speedway
Mad Tea Party
Astro Orbiter
Fantasyland dark rides like Pooh (not so much Peter Pan)
Shoot-em-up like Buzz
Barnstormer
Whip ride like A S S
TriceraTop Spin
Primeval Whirl

While they aren’t the highlights in the parks for many, they are for some, and many are iconic in the parks.
 

yensidtlaw1969

Well-Known Member
At local amusement park:

Magic Carpets
Dumbo
Fantasyland Carousel
Tomorrowland Speedway
Mad Tea Party
Astro Orbiter
Fantasyland dark rides like Pooh (not so much Peter Pan)
Shoot-em-up like Buzz
Barnstormer
Whip ride like A S S
TriceraTop Spin
Primeval Whirl

While they aren’t the highlights in the parks for many, they are for some, and many are iconic in the parks.
When we spoke of a Dark Ride for Mary Poppins in the UK Pavilion, the above bolded is what I'd imagined we'd be getting - a busbar ride with blacklight visuals and a few magic tricks sprinkled in.

Can anyone speak to how far off that is from what they were actually considering? Since it seems we're not getting it . . .
 

atighe42

Well-Known Member
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?
10000%. Coming from someone who doesn't mind NRJ,
There was enough for my pretty little dark ride. Which we're not getting now.

However, things are moving forward now with this project.
Woof. How disappointing. I just don’t see the point of the project at all without the dark ride. Oh well. What a shame.
 

MansionButler84

Well-Known Member
When we spoke of a Dark Ride for Mary Poppins in the UK Pavilion, the above bolded is what I'd imagined we'd be getting - a busbar ride with blacklight visuals and a few magic tricks sprinkled in.

Can anyone speak to how far off that is from what they were actually considering? Since it seems we're not getting it . . .
It certainly would have fit in amongst Fantasyland dark rides.
 
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