From Walt Disney World Resort to Disneyland Resort, when you think of a Disney Park, you probably think of the most classic attractions.
Make No Mistake, It’s the Classics That Keep Guests Returning
Rides like the Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain, and, until recently, Splash Mountain. After all, these are some of the most quintessential rides in Disney history and have been recreated in international theme parks such as Tokyo Disney Resort, Shanghai Disney Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Disneyland Paris.
From the very beginning, one of the most amazing things about Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort is the mastery of illusion. Not only how advanced the illusion techniques were at the time of each Disney Park’s opening but how well they hold up even decades later. Truly, Walt Disney Imagineering is and has always been, at the forefront of illusion tactics.
There’s Something About the Classic Attractions That Modern Disney Rides Are Simply Lacking!
Even as newer attractions are released, illusion is one of the key aspects that simply can’t be recreated. Unfortunately, according to the fans’ perspective, the newer attractions are lacking this key aspect.
Older attractions such as EPCOT’s Spaceship Earth, Magic Kingdom’s Haunted Mansion, and Splash Mountain/Tiana’s Bayou Adventure are some of the best examples of illusion. What do they all have in common? The actual buildings which house the attractions are incredibly well-hidden, preserving the illusion and adding to the magic of a Disney Park.
But some fans have pointed out that even the most amazing modern attractions are lacking this key feature, ruining the illusion and leading audiences to ask themselves, “Has Disney simply given up?”
Fans Are Wondering If Walt Disney Imagineering Has Just Given Up Altogether
One anonymous fan, in particular, took to social media, asking, “Has Disney given up on preserving beautiful sightlines?” They write:
I love the TRON ride, and the bulbous glass encapsulating the ride is absolutely stunning… BUT, it doesn’t cover up the eyesore that is the giant square Amazon-warehouse-looking building that houses the actual ride. Now when you ride the ferry boat into MK, or take the monorail, the backdrop to Space Mountain is a giant warehouse that dwarfs the mountain… am I being overly critical?
The anonymous guest refers to Magic Kingdom’s TRON Lightcycle Run, the newest attraction in the theme park to date. But that’s not the only attraction that can be described as an “eyesore.”
Eyesore Attractions Can Be Found In Each Disney World Theme Park
EPCOT’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is a one-of-a-kind roller coaster attraction, and it’s also housed in a giant warehouse. On its own, this isn’t a grand flaw. But, the attraction’s building is blatantly visible from the Disney Park’s entrance, immediately ruining any illusions.
The same can be said for Animal Kingdom’s Avatar Flight of Passage attraction! This ride is widely regarded as one of Walt Disney World’s most immersive experiences to date, and is, by all accounts, a marvel of Walt Disney Imagineering.
However, similarly to EPCOT’s Cosmic Rewind attraction, Avatar Flight of Passage’s warehouse building is prominently visible from Animal Kingdom’s entrance, immediately ruining the illusion.
What Can Be Done About This? At the Moment, Nothing
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It’s no secret that the Walt Disney Company isn’t in a great spot right now. Financially, Disney is battling historically low stocks while also finding itself caught in multiple legal battles. Not only that, but Disney will be paying for both sides of at least one legal fight, rapidly draining its resources.
However, if the resources were flowing, Walt Disney Imagineering could possibly revisit these attraction buildings and add more prosthetics, props, and landscaping to disguise the eyesores.
It’s worth noting that in order to have attractions as vast and grand as Cosmic Rewind and Flight of Passage, we may just have to settle for ugly skylines in Walt Disney World.