Not rejecting that at all. I'm questioning the thought process that Disney "over hypes" new rides or additions. Not even saying they don't, I'm saying I haven't seen it. The one example given was a promo where they said - new land is open - wow!
FLE: "Largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history!" That was plastered everywhere for months prior to opening. And it opened with Mermaid only, 7DMT didn't open with the land.
GE: Opened with MF only, Rise was still months away, and there was a large marketing push for that (despite Iger's unbridled hubris around it). The land is solid visually, but is woefully inadequate in other areas.
Anyway, back to the original topic - Rat never truly needed VQs. Having ridden both now (Epcot version in November), my opinion hasn't changed - It's a solid D-ticket.