Walt Disney wanted to create a park that families could come to where the attractions were fun, in tip top shape, and he updated or changed attractions at his Disneyland when they began to feel stale or not up to the highest standards. He knew these things were important to keep people coming back. That is why this short list exists. They do not meet up to previous standards, nor do they meet or exceed expectations. There are still plenty of attractions at Walt Disney World that do meet or exceed expectations that do keep us coming back, but how great would it be to have them all like that?
4. Journey into Imagination with Figment (Future World, Epcot)
I am not a fan of the purple dinosaur Figment, sorry. The whole pavilion is a poor representation of what it once was. There used to be enough interactive play for my children that it made up for the Figment ride, but no more. This has been abandoned by Kodak its long-time supporter, and really by Disney too. They have not moved to overhaul this tired pavilion. They shot a boost in its guest levels by including it on the FastPass+ system and is the only reason there are more people visiting it. Honestly, offering FastPass+ for this should be a crime. The pavilion was slated to close a year ago, but because of it being visited by more guests, thanks to the fake need to have a FP+ for it, it remains open. It has been dead and in spite of the small number of guests who “love” Figment, it should be replaced. Keep the fountains, but change the focus of the pavilion. Captain EO-This attraction was closed, but after Michael Jackson’s death, Disney reopened it. It was a nice gesture for Jackson’s fans, but as I said, the entire Journey into Imagination needs to be moth balled. It should be reinvented into something worthy of Epcot.
3. Jungle Cruise (Adventureland, Magic Kingdom)
This attraction has not lived up to Walt Disney’s true idea for it, live animals and guests interacting, which now really exists at Animal Kingdom’s Kilimanjaro Safaris. The jokes are tired, and sometimes guests are made to feel stupid for even visiting the attraction by the skippers themselves. It is time for this attraction space to be used for something else more fitting to Adventureland. I would love to see the mechanical elephants playing somewhere else where you observe them while in a queue, or near a dining location, something like that would be fun. In fact, If Disney took the animals and added them to a new restaurant such as T-Rex, but with an Adventureland theme, including a room where the singing Tiki Birds show could be-that would free up a big chunk of Adventureland for something else.
2. Ellen’s Universe of Energy
The best use of this attraction space has been in having special dining offers with Tables in Wonderland. This aged attraction needs to be moth balled. It has for some time. Energy is something that is interesting to all of us, since we all use it. Knowing what options are out there, how they were discovered, best way to use it, etc. If there is a sponsor who could present this in an entertaining way, free of political plays, could bring the pavilion back from extinction, but otherwise, it should be retired. Real Estate is expensive, especially Walt Disney World’s Epcot space. Corporations can get such great exposure here, why is it so hard to get them and keep them? Why are these pavilions shrinking away into so much less than they used to be?
1. Stitch’s Great Escape
Everyone who saw Alien Encounter, which used to occupy the space now being used by Stitch’s Great Escape says AE was a far better experience. I love Stitch, but I don’t think this attraction is the best one to represent him. It was a quick and easy transformation of the attraction where most of it remained as it was, Stitch just replacing the Alien basically. It would be great if Disney came up with a new experience to feature 626 in rather than this overlay they have produced.
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