Posted Friday, January 19, 2007 11:45 AM | Contributed by Jeff
At Disney-MGM Studios, a new ride is under construction that unofficial Disney sources have described as having a similar name and look to the one in the picture. The sources told the Sentinel a ride called "Midway Mania" is going into the building that housed the "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire -- Play It!" game. It is supposed to be similar in concept to Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin at Magic Kingdom and Men in Black at Universal Studios.
Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.
It was bad enough that there are three "Mini-Jet" type rides in the Magic Kingdom alone, plus a fourth in Animal Kingdom. Now not only are they going to duplicate the Buzz Lightyear ride system in a second park, they are going to base the new ride on the same movie?!
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
The one you mention, and my favorite, the "around-in-circles" group
Astro Orbiter (x2)
The venerable "tracked single-vehicle dark-ride group"
You can include Pan (x2) in this, if you lump inverted tracked 1ve darks.
The "water channel dark ride group"
el rio del tiempo
(Add splash (x2) and maelstrom to this list if you like.)
Then, there's the Omni-mover darkride group
Journey into your imagination
(throw in all of "old Epcot" too: Horizons and World of Motion)
(If you want you can also include Buzz (x2), and Midway Mania (x2) in this group, or call 'em shooters.)
The "Moving theater" group
Great Movie ride
The "4D theater" group
honey I shrunk (x2)
Tough to be a bug (x2)
muppet 3-d (x2)
The "interactive theater" group
Turtle talk w/ Crush (x2)
Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor Comedy club
The "AA show" group
The "simulator" group
Star Tours (x2)
Body Wars (when it's open)
Soarin (x2) (this one is a stretch, but what the heck.)
But, they are on opposite coasts, so I'm willing to forgive them that one. My list above is just duplicate ride systems within a *single* location---Florida or California.
Except DAK got the *spinning* mouse, and DCA got the "startlingly uninspired" Mulholland Drive.....er, Madness...Gadget's Go-Coaster had better theming.
After seeing the artwork, it appears like the new park drawing resembles DisneySea in Tokyo. A park that would fit very nicely as a fifth park in Florida.
*** This post was edited by gomez 1/19/2007 4:59:57 PM ***
For what it's worth, with the exception of putting three around-in-circleses in one park I don't have a problem with any of this. Just reminding Dave that re-using ride systems for new attractions is nothing new for the Mouse.
(Okay, technically the Camels can spit at you on Aladdin, and you can vary the pitch as well as the altitude, but still, did MK *really* need another around-in-circles?)
The tracks are the same, but each ride is different (speaking about solely Disneyland here).
Don't tell me that Monsters Inc is the same as Buzz Lightyear.... they're totally different rides.
Plus, keep in mind Disney likes to provide service to FAMILY... Grandma has a hard time going on anything but those little rides.
And you are so sure of this how.....???????
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