This past weekend saw the final days of Splash Mountain’s operations before it closed its doors forever to make way for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, and the news is all the rage. Already, Disney fans are discussing their expectations for the upcoming Magic Kingdom attraction on social media.
However, what began as an innocent discussion revealed some distaste for recent Walt Disney World Resort trends. As one Disney World fan asks if the online community is excited about the new attraction, the replies began pouring in.
One fan replied, “I am excited as long as they don’t rip out all the beautiful scenery and replace it with screens and empty space.” This notion became very popular very quickly, and many fans agreed.
Across the board, it seems that Guests visiting both Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort prefer the old-fashioned, traditional work by Walt Disney Imagineers as opposed to the newer effects.
To clarify, many Guests prefer animatronic puppets and practical effects instead of fancy screens, faceless puppets, and projections. Regardless of the Walt Disney World theme park you’re visiting, this shift in Walt Disney Imagineering can be felt in many new attractions.
For example, Animal Kingdom’s newest attractions, Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey, rely heavily on screens instead of animatronics and practical puppets.
In the case of Flight of Passage, Guests are dazzled due to the combination of the immersive technology. However, many Guests find the latter attraction boring and lazy due to the use of screens.
As they travel through the Na’vi River Journey, many Guests expect to see animatronics of the Pandoran animals and the Na’vi themselves but are disappointed to see nothing but screens. Although the Na’vi Shaman (the sole animatronic of the attraction) is one of Disney’s most expensive and impressive puppets to date, it’s not enough to make up for the heavy reliance on screens throughout the rest of the ride. Not only that, but it’s worth mentioning that the Shaman herself is sometimes covered up by a screen.
For a log flume attraction as robust and exciting as Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, it makes total sense that Guests will want to see something similar in stature to Splash Mountain. The bayou is full of critters, and with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen in the spotlight of this attraction, Guests will definitely want to see something more lively than a screen. After all, half of the magic is seeing the technological prowess of animatronic puppets.
So, are good things coming to Magic Kingdom’s Frontierland and Disneyland Park’s New Orleans Square? Will Walt Disney Imagineering create animatronics that’ll delight Guests, or will they rely on screens and projection? Only time will tell, and Disney Dining will keep readers updated on the latest news regarding the situation.