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Rumor Proposed Mary Poppins Attraction in UK Pavilion

But I really, really hope they don’t scrap Christopher Robin’s bedroom. @marni1971, am I right in thinking at one point you could actually go inside the bedroom? And if I am right, why did they close it and make it just a window to peer through?
It was a Pooh meet and greet. This was my cousin and I back in 2012. I’m sure it was budget cuts that closed it. That would have made three m&g’s in the U.K. I was really sad it was closed last time I visited in 2017 though.
 

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HauntedPirate

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"Bill" - We need a Mary Poppins attraction in the UK, there's unused land there that we could profit from.
Random WDI employee - There's a carousel in the movie, but why don't we...
"Bill" - A carousel?? That's more timeless, more family, more classic, more Disney!!! DO IT!!!

;)
 

Casper Gutman

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I believe that was the essence of Tony Baxter's idea when he was a young lad, prior to joining Disney. Think most have seen this...

Every new imagineer has a Poppins dark ride idea because the film is so beloved and lends itself so well to the genre. It’s kind of an inside joke at Imagineering.

But we’re getting a carousel. An element from the film minus everything that makes it special in the film. It’s kind of like Star Tours being a brief uneventful flight on a commercial spaceship or ET being a calm Earthbound ride through the woods without an alien passenger.

It’s actually worse than nothing, because it pretty much guarantees we will never get a dark ride based on one of the Disney features that most lends itself to a dark ride.
 

MickeyMinnieMom

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You all forget that there's a carousel in the movie. Now what would really be neat is you start off on a carousel and detach into a dark ride while still on your horse.

This was my first thought when I heard Mary Poppins carousel. That just didn't sound like what was being discussed, unfortunately...
 

Sir_Cliff

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I think that's what many are missing. They're so focused on what THEY want that they are forgetting there are tens of thousands of others of different ages and tastes in the park. It's one reason why it's nice to have a variety- so there is something there that everyone wants to do.
Do kids really prefer carousels to dark rides, though? I don't have any, so who knows, but I am finding it hard to understand this argument that if all the rides at theme parks are too elaborate people will be disappointed.

The other thing I keep thinking is that they will no doubt find a way to spend millions on this.
 

MickeyMinnieMom

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Do kids really prefer carousels to dark rides, though? I don't have any, so who knows, but I am finding it hard to understand this argument that if all the rides at theme parks are too elaborate people will be disappointed.

The other thing I keep thinking is that they will no doubt find a way to spend millions on this.
We've been going to WDW about 2-3 times a year since my son was 15mos, before my daughter was born (they're 12 and 13 now). They each went on the carousel ONCE. Cannot count how many times they rode HM, Pooh, Peter Pan, etc.

I think there are some little kids who seem spooked by almost anything but a carousel, so I guess that would be preferable to that group... ... but I agree -- I don't see how a sizable audience would prefer a carousel to a solid dark ride.
 

HauntedMansionFLA

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That’s fairly similar to the BatB singalong at France. And it needs a theatre, which is going to take a big footprint. Someone suggested a “Tales with Mary” which I think could be fun in the absence of a dark ride. And needs a less intrusive building. Not sure if they could use some of the space behind the facades they currently have.

But I really, really hope they don’t scrap Christopher Robin’s bedroom. @marni1971, am I right in thinking at one point you could actually go inside the bedroom? And if I am right, why did they close it and make it just a window to peer through?

Of course, the new “attraction” could be changing the bedroom into a nursery, with cardboard cut-outs of Mary and the children (from either movie). :oops:
Where is the Christopher Robin’s bedroom located at in the UK?
 

HauntedMansionFLA

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We've been going to WDW about 2-3 times a year since my son was 15mos, before my daughter was born (they're 12 and 13 now). They each went on the carousel ONCE. Cannot count how many times they rode HM, Pooh, Peter Pan, etc.

I think there are some little kids who seem spooked by almost anything but a carousel, so I guess that would be preferable to that group... ... but I agree -- I don't see how a sizable audience would prefer a carousel to a solid dark ride.
Maybe there can be two carousels!! One can dream
 

SirWillow

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Do kids really prefer carousels to dark rides, though? I don't have any, so who knows, but I am finding it hard to understand this argument that if all the rides at theme parks are too elaborate people will be disappointed.
Up until he was around 6 or 7 my son was terrified of many dark rides. Didn't like them, especially not the "dark" closed in feel of them. On the other hand he couldn't get enough of Carousels or other young child friendly outdoor flat rides. Even though he began to enjoy them when he was elementary school age, it wasn't until he was around 10 that he really began to enjoy them, along with roller coasters. Up to that point he was perfectly happy (actually, probably happier) if we skipped dark rides entirely.

My daughter on the other hand was always a bit more of a daredevil and would ride anything and everything. But she also got bored easily on things so she wasn't into reriding and didn't like things that were similar or like other things. So up until her teens if we'd done one ride within a couple of hours, she didn't want to ride something that was similar. Which made it a bit of a challenge her first time at Disneyland especially since we pushed her onto many of the dark rides all in a row. The next time we spread them out a bit more and she enjoyed them much more.

And after working on some rides, and knowing many others who have, I've learned that they aren't that unusual, and not just for kids. Which is why I keep saying that there needs to be a variety of types and levels.
 

doctornick

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You know, the carousel isn't set in stone. There's alot of assuming going on the last few pages.
Yeah, unless I'm missing it, sounds like @marni1971 confirmed that it would not be a dark ride and hinted that the option chosen was disappointing to him. But I don't think anyone has confirmed a carousel as being the plan - people seem to be running with it, probably because of one being featured in the movie.

That said, I don't know if we even got confirmation that the theme will be Poppins. Seems there was some question earlier if Brave was back in the picture.
 

HauntedMansionFLA

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Yeah, unless I'm missing it, sounds like @marni1971 confirmed that it would not be a dark ride and hinted that the option chosen was disappointing to him. But I don't think anyone has confirmed a carousel as being the plan - people seem to be running with it, probably because of one being featured in the movie.

That said, I don't know if we even got confirmation that the theme will be Poppins. Seems there was some question earlier if Brave was back in the picture.
What could they do with Brave? How would it fit in? Seriously 😐 I’m just curious of how it could be done.
 

rle4lunch

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Do you have an idea of what else might be in the works?
Not a clue. I just think people are jumping on the low hanging fruit option. That's all fine, but Martin may be disappointed in something other than a carousel. I'm interested to find out tho. Right now there's not much that has our family stop at the UK pavilion. I bought a family Crest in there around 2003, and took a picture with the phone booth in 2012, lol.
 

Phicinfan

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What could they do with Brave? How would it fit in? Seriously 😐 I’m just curious of how it could be done.
Well Brave is based in Scottland, which is part of the UK, I assume it was some type of dark ride reliving the movie...but no clear info was ever shared. Not sure why you would not think it would fit?
 
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