OK, I know these aren't coasters, but we're all park fans and I know there are some Disney fans here. I've been visiting some Disney sites lately as I've been finalizing my honeymoon there later this year. Gives me something to do between classes (how scary is this...I'm all done with grad schools, etc, and now I'm teaching....call me Professor Peabody now, Dr. Peabody, whatever ;) )
Some interesting news - first the confirmed stuff. Disney has reported in press releases that they are going to be enhancing some classic rides. The first is already completed, thought not open yet from it's post Xmas rehab - DL's Haunted Mansion. The crystal ball with Madam Leota's head floats about the room, hovering, while the samed projection is used. I think that's pretty cool. The Disney freaks out there (which I probably am one, just not as extreme as many folks on the net) seem to welcome this enhancement. I think it will be cool.
Next, WDW's Pirates is on the books to soon (within a year or so) to go down for a 6-12 month rehab (much like Small World is now). A new final show scene will be added, the load unload changed, etc. But get this....and this part is not a rumor....they are going to add an animatronic Jack Sparrow in the final scene. It seems tons of visitors are complaing about the lack of him in the ride (even though the ride came out 30+ years before the movie) and they are going to add him. I think this is cool. Some folks are outraged, some thing it's cool. For details, check here: (as reported other places as well)
Now for the really crazy stuff - DL's Pirates. FOr a crazy, out there proposal from WDI's Imagineering, read this
So what do you guys think?
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I'm not sure if there are many parks out there besides Disney that this would work though. There's certainly nothing at say a Cedar Point or a Great Adventure, but maybe at some of the smaller parks that still have dark rides, are you listening Kennywood? Gold Rusher? Hmm? Hmm?
The Disneyland idea sounds very good, a cursed version after 7pm. Only dark scenes, much scarier music, only skeletons, etc.
As for other parks? How about running trains backwards at night? ;)
As for Jack Sparrow in WDW's version, either way dosen't matter to me, I just hope it isn't down for re-hab when I go next year. I'd like to ride both before and after.
Having some more substance to the much-inferrior WDW version would be great... but I think the Disneyland version is perfection.
I just learned that Pirates was never supposed to be in Florida. The "Greatest Disney ride never built" was slated in it's place "The Western River Expedition" A much larger, more advanced, and more expensive dark ride
They should also do more of a Geoffery Rush (sp?) look on the Barbossa that's on the ship, attacking the village then if they do add Jack Sparrow. ;)
And YES....that would go well in DCA. Word is they are looking for a big E-ticket due to Tower not doing what they hoped. Latest rumor points towards more Pixar themed rides...in this case an Incredibles E Ticket (not to mention the greenlighted Monster's Inc makeover of the Limo ride and the "semi-greenlighted not out of comitte yet" Nemo rehab of the old subs.)
Now I've been to DL back when I was 6 I really don't remember to much but, however I remember the overwhelming presence of the Mansion from the outside it is the one ride i remember most. Luckly my parents were able to drag me on as I tryed numerous times to escape them while waiting in the que. Actually one try I got far enough to were my dad actually had to chase me down ;). Anyways i really don't remember to much of the ride on the inside.
More recently a few years back my family made avacation to WDW. And I remember their Haunted Mansion pretty well from the start to finish. Most obvious is that the 2 attractions are widley different from the outside point of view. But in your opinion is one better from the other?. I wish i could truly give a upright answer but I really can't, seeing how is i don't remember much of the ride experience at DL.
Funny thing truth be told is i never did like the haunted attractions while I was younger but now I find myself a 6 year veteran working at local haunted house's here in the buffalo NY area, in Sept & October. So I would like to think that those traumatizing experience of getting forced on to haunted rides turned me into the halloween fanatic that I am today :p, not dissing my liking for coasters though.
In the scene where the lightning starts a fire, they can have Stinky Pete running around doing his "My biscuits are burnin'" routine.
Sadly the WRE had about 3 or 4 chances at life and it never happened. It's also a shame about the public and private bad blood between the late Marc Davis and Tony Baxter.
The difference in the DL version is that the stretching room is actually an elevator taking you down, and then you have to walk under the train tracks to the show building. So the portion between the stretchign room and the ride load is longer, there are "changing portraits", etc.
DLP's Phantom Manor, however, is *very* different, and *very* cool. It's my favorite of the three (DL, WDW, DLP) that I've seen.
For Father's Day last year I got a copy of the Haunted Mansion CD. Very cool for any Mansion (and Manor) fans on your list.
Don't get too excited about the Monsters Inc ride. From all the articles I've read its going to be done on-the-cheap, much like DL's version of Pooh. We're talking lifeless characters and flat sets.
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