In it's original incarnation with the then new Home Of Future Living, all the exhibits in the queue working properly,properly synced audio tracks, and the brigher more visible star ceiling, it was really groundbreaking.. Why they never gave this ride the love it needs is beyond me...Dual tracked for higher capacity, it is already a bigger version...thye just need to create an all new exit setting... Bring back something as engaging as the Home Of Future Living but updated...and not just a retread of the old RYCA1: Dream Of A New World. Add new digital effects and show scenes thruout the ride and really make it the show piece it once was... And finally... Add show scenes and settings specifically designed to be seen by the Peoplemover... That is the most ridiculous thing of all.You're going against the wdwmagic consensus with this opinion, but having ridden both fairly recently I definitely agree with you. The MK version is more thrilling, but lacking all of the bells and whistles of DL.
To be fair, WRE was always part of the Thunder Mesa concept, which included an outdoor flume-ish ride as well, so it would have been a triple: WRE, STM, and Splash. But in that case we wouldn't have gotten WDW's PotC (presumably). So total ride count unchanged. One can argue whether WRE would have been better than PotC, but I think the larger loss is the interplay of all three attractions.He didn't just shelve WRE. Remember the duel BTM and WRE hybrid?
The oil crisis and a pop culture for Space (and an incomplete Tomorrowland) were as much to blame if not more so.
Not exactly. When BTM was approved there was a hybrid of BTM plus WRE, minus the Thunder Mesa trails and flume ride.To be fair, WRE was always part of the Thunder Mesa concept..
I hope they never convert it from steam. That's what makes her special. From what I've heard, they invested in a new boiler (according to some CMs on the LB) and are installing it next year.I'm somewhat surprised that they would consider axing the Steamboats before the Tomorrowland Smogway. Anyhow, do you happen to know if they've ever considered converting the boats to diesel-hydraulic or diesel-electric propulsion to save on fuel and maintenance?
I understand the perception that relocating attractions is too costly. There's some truth to that but not as much as you'd think. With Space Mountain there isn't much related to the track itself that should be retained at this point. With it's a small world that would be a bit of an undertaking and it would likely require a new ride system in the new facility (which as far as I know it doesn't need). With Carousel of Progress, we've heard rumors on here (and admittedly they are just rumors) that it does need a significant investment to "repair" and it may be more beneficial to build a new one from scratch.I disagree that attractions should be relocated. I just think it's a waste of money. Besides, IASW doesn't fit as it feels too cartoony and kid like for Epcot.
If I got the chance to "fix" MK, I would do this:
*add a modern WRE with Shangai Pirates tech between Splash Mountain and Pirates
*add Indiana Jones Temple of the Forbidden Eye in between Swiss Fam and Main Street by bridging the little creek.
*redo of SpectroMagic with Paint The Night technology
*refurb the following attractions and plus them: SM, Peter Pan, CBJ, BTMRR, and the Liberty Belle. Of course returns should be done for every attraction.
If I could add sonething to TL, it would be behind the raceway. Probably a 20k under the sea attraction like in Disney Sea. It fits the Jules Verne feel. Plus, a great opportunity arises to add a sea food priority Captain Neemo table service restraunt.
The reason to move Space for me would be having it as part of a larger scale Space area in Future World. By that logic, Astro Orbiter could also be relocated. This also allows for an IP based attraction/coaster such as Tron to take it's place. Space Mountain has name recognition that's on par with many of the IPs that Disney is insistent upon using. It's a way to add something with name recognition to Epcot without it being IP driven.Space Mountain still throws me for a loop. There's plenty of expansion space in Tomorrowland without removing it or CoP but I've pondered the idea of that sharing a space with a new Horizons in Epcot as well. It's also a MK original that was here before any other version.
I'd love Sleepy Hollow.
We're not. It's a stunning piece of architecture and design. The interior needs the work though. So frustrating it could become the best in the world with comparatively little expenditure.
- I'd put Space Mountain on my list of must refurbs (assuming we're not relocating).
You're not wrong, but you're also not 100% right either. More than any other park in central Florida, the Magic Kingdom benefits from the "rising tide raises all boats" approach. Most people that visit central Florida for the latest and greatest attraction, still also visit Magic Kingdom. Because it has been underbuilt since 20K Leagues Under the Sea closed, it is in need of a significant boost in attraction capacity.For the long term financial viability of WDW getting guests to the other parks should be the priority. Otherwise the MK becomes overwhelmed. Especially if they add major new attractions before fixing the other 3 parks. IMO.
Hmm. I may be missing the timeline here. As far as I understood it, the original Thunder Mesa concept, pre-MK-opening, included WRE (of course), plus something like BTM (though not called that) and an outdoor flume ride (though not Splash Mountain). That plan was nixed (or, let's say, continually postponed) by Walker. So you're saying that later, when BTM was approved as a different project, the project would have still included WRE as a second attraction, but not the other elements of Thunder Mesa? Or, by hybrid, do you mean BTM would have been longer and included WRE show elements?Not exactly. When BTM was approved there was a hybrid of BTM plus WRE, minus the Thunder Mesa trails and flume ride.
Plus the fully fledged Thunder Messa design would have encroached on the current Splash area.
And I doubt they'd have two flume style rides side by side (a personal observation there)