One thing I'll certainly miss is the music for the entire pavilion..From the outside loop to the exit. It's sad it will be removed...But, will Still hear it in memorial in the Entrance loop entering the park..
I rode EEE for the first time this past weekend and I couldn't place what felt not right about it. I didn't have any nostalgia or rose colored glasses going into the ride, but I think you hit the nail on the head about the movie. The dino's were really really neat, and I enjoyed the ride system, but that movie just felt stale and corporate. I wish the powers that be would re-use the ride system, because it was a great break from the heat and EPCOT needs more massive capacity rides. Sigh.Oddly...I do love this attraction and its hard for me to decide if its nostalgia or that it was a great ride. I truly enjoy it (even after the Ellen update), but I always feel like there was some bit of magic missing. I could never put my finger on it...
It wasn't at the level of SE, JII or WoM, but it wasnt bad either. Oddly, out of all the original pavilions, it felt the most "corporate". While other rides made learning fun, this one always seemed like an ad for oil. Granted, I loved it, but it didn't have the corny charm of Motion, the whimsy of Journey or the gravitas of Earth. It had Dinosaurs, an incredible scene of a space shuttle launch and a a movie that reminded me of what a substitute teacher would toss in to get through the day while giving the impression of learning.
I will dearly miss it, I have great memories of it and I still find it entertaining, but I also freely admit I cant decide if its due to being truly end to end great or just rose colored memories of what Epcot used to be...
Frozen is not better than Maelstrom....However, they are doing so (for the most part) to make way for newer, better quality attractions...
Hints why I stated (for the most part). In which I never stated that Frozen was better than Maelstrom. I honestly did not like Maelstrom anyway, nor do I like the Frozen ride. To me (opinion here of course) they were/are both bad rides. I am in FULL agreement on El Rio del Tiempro being a much better attraction than The Three Caballeros though.Frozen is not better than Maelstrom.
Test Track is not better than World of Motion.
Mission to Space is not better than Horizons.
The Three Caballeros is not better than El Rio del Tiempo.
"Better" is of course subjective, and yes, many of the original rides were dated, at least in some way. Nothing some smart updates couldn't fix in most cases. Lastly, the replacement to the originals tend to be glitzier, perhaps - but more dumbed down and shorter ("thrill" rides in some cases). Maybe I'm nostalgic. In most cases, sure, I can admit that. But Frozen? Sure, the IP sells but c'mon. That was NOT an improvement in ANY way except for Disney's merchandising.