I guess they thought they knew what the future would be in the 80's... but then again everyone thought they knew what the future would be like back then... now... no one wants to even try anymore...
i dont think they want to put forth that much effort... just to be wrong...
It's one of the few instances, possibly the only, where Disney isn't really even trying anymore. And sadly, it shows.
I mean, even something as relatively minor and simple as The Odyssey sitting empty is just shameful. OK, the location wasn't great to begin with, but c'mon!
The Spaceship Earth refurb, well the ascension is incredible, but why mail in the descent?
And I agree with clj2, refurbs of The Living Seas and Journey Into Imagination just weren't necessary. Period.
And man, do I really miss World Of Motion...:no:
I just hate it when they throw in characters just for the heck of it. Nemo and frineds if fun, but could they have at least kept the name? Living Seas was a much better name in my opinion.
I agree with you... But just keep in mind... If not for the character integration in Epcot... Who knows where that park would be today... The decision to add characters to that park was what initially drove up attendance...
Very true, Joe. While Epcot was originally an educational park, the average guest (read that how you will) goes to Disney and wants it to be non-stop Disney everywhere they go. If they don't walk ten feet without seeing a character somewhere, their little minds turn to mush. And while I didn't exactly need to see Nemo over at the (Living) Seas, I'm glad that Disney decided to grab the main characters, and stick them into one (indoor) location in Future World that can be passed up if one wishes. As for World Showcase, they tried their best to make the characters match the lands, so that doesn't bother me much, either. Some pavilions, like Mexico, have characters outside because there's enough of a draw to bring you into the building. Others, like Morocco, have you hunt down Aladdin. Because let's face it... there is ZERO reason to walk through Morocco. Even their main restaurant is right in front of the pavilion.
Oh no! I didn't know they'd changed the spiel on TTA. What were they thinking? I'm going to cry when I go on there in a few weeks.
I really miss Horizons. Epcot hasn't seemed the same since.
But what they did to SE is just sad. It used to be that when you got to the top and your car turned around and you saw the stars and universe unfold around you, it was an incredibly moving experience. Now, because of the change in narration (and music? I haven't been there for a while, but I think the music changed, too), it just doesn't have the same impact. And the ride after that is a complete and total bust. There's wall and ceiling space there--couldn't they have come up with something else to entertain you? Something beautiful and inspiring to look at? Something adorable? Something funny? Instead, you're stuck looking at the dumb stuff on the screen right in front of you (assuming it's working). I mean, you could be sitting in a phone booth and do that. No need for a ride or a geodesic dome or Disney.
Can you tell how disappointed I am by SE? That's where I cast my vote. I don't blame Dame Judi, and her voice is fine.
If agree with you Miffy! I miss the old TTA schpiel too (Now Arriving, Final Destination, Rocket Tower Plaza Station), but I was even more disappointed by the SSE re-do. I loved the music in the old attraction very much, especially when you are going toward the exit, watching all the fiber optic lights. I know they're trying to make things more touch-able for kids, but WDW does not have cater to kids in all attractions, exhibits, etc... There are many adults (like me) who go without kids and love it. And more generally, in response to remarks others have posted about Disney characters - I like it when Imagineering creates something that has no Disney characters. I think it really lets them stretch their 'creative wings'. Besides, if everything in WDW was character-driven, where would the Tower, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, Space Mountain, Expedition Everest be? These are all highlights of my trip, and I can't imagine WDW without 'em.
I was alot of the space costumes growing up, mainly in Tomorrowland. I remember taking pictures with Goofy and Roger Rabbit, in particular. For me, characters in Epcot were part of the character bus, though they were characters dressed based on countries on the other side of the park in World Showcase, first driven over to the front of the lagoon, then making their way around to select stops along the way.
It has to be closing down 20K. They managed to keep the other subsa running in Anaheim but couldn't keep a great attraction in orlando. Soemtimes it feels like WDW is getting very generic