News Splash Mountain retheme to Princess and the Frog - attraction discussion only

MisterPenguin

Rumormonger
Premium Member
The riverboat, maybe, but I'm betting on most if not all of the America Sings animatronics getting trashed. A giant goose wearing clothes would probably look out of place in a ride based on The Princess and the Frog, and they previously trashed the animatronics from Universe of Energy and the Great Movie Ride so I wouldn't put it past them.

Take of its clothes?
 

_caleb

Well-Known Member
The riverboat, maybe, but I'm betting on most if not all of the America Sings animatronics getting trashed. A giant goose wearing clothes would probably look out of place in a ride based on The Princess and the Frog, and they previously trashed the animatronics from Universe of Energy and the Great Movie Ride so I wouldn't put it past them.
Do they have to be geese? Couldn't they be, I don't know- anything else from this scene?
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BubbaisWoke

Well-Known Member
they previously trashed the animatronics from Universe of Energy and the Great Movie Ride so I wouldn't put it past them.
To be fair, trashing animatronics isn’t a common thing for us west coasters. Sometimes they even show up in the bunker of an Alien fortress. WDW seems to be the one with endless room but wants to keep removing their classic rides. I’m really curious what animatronics Disney ends up saving by the end of this. It’s pretty sad when you think about the amount of animatronics both of the rides you mentioned had, I hope it doesn’t happen to Splash’s animatronics.
 

Brer Panther

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To be fair, trashing animatronics isn’t a common thing for us west coasters. Sometimes they even show up in the bunker of an Alien fortress.
That's true... whatever happened to your Country Bears? I've heard that Big Al was reskinned as Oogie Boogie for Haunted Mansion Holiday, but I dunno if there's any truth to that.

WDW seems to be the one with endless room but wants to keep removing their classic rides.
I think that's because it's somehow cheaper than building a ride on land that's sitting empty.
 

Rickjoe630

New Member
I think that's because it's somehow cheaper than building a ride on land that's sitting empty.
If I recall, this was the reasoning for Runaway Railway going into the Chinese Theater instead of Animation Courtyard or elsewhere, having a show building that's already fit to host an attraction is a huge save for both budget and time.
 

_caleb

Well-Known Member
Oh dear. I certainly hope not. BatB is incredibly shallow.
Seems like Disney is moving away from attractions with lots of low-tech AAs (RotR notwithstanding) in favor of just a few high-tech AAs (hello Na'vi Shaman of Songs)+ screens. I'd love to see BOTH, actually- lots of little, low-tech AAs and a few, attention-grabbing lifelike ones (with maybe a subtle use of screens).

But the technology to run them is VERY different. The clicky-clacky of the electromechanical pneumatic/hydrolic systems have given way to the (quiet) whirring of electronics with tiny electric motors. The cost to build is much higher, but the cost to maintain the old AAs hardly seems worth it (hence a lot of broke-down mechanical AAs across the parks).

Splash Mountain has lots of AAs. There's no way they're going to maintain those AND add a new high-tech system for new AAs. There's also no way they're going to recreate all the old AAs but with modern technology. So I'm thinking a lot of those old AAs are destined for the scrap pile. :(
 
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