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WDW Theme Parks Discuss Rant about the American Idol Experience in the Vacation Planning forums; I just have a few thoughts and feelings about the new American Idol Experience that will be opening in January. I am also curious what everyone else thinks of this ...
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    Rant about the American Idol Experience

    I just have a few thoughts and feelings about the new American Idol Experience that will be opening in January. I am also curious what everyone else thinks of this new attraction.

    I really think this is a bad move for Disney and I wish they would have used the old ABC Theater for something else. American Idol will be in its 8th season this new season and Simon Cowell has been quoted that season 9 will be American Idol's last season. So the people that win everyday will only get to audition for season 9, and the people that win after the auditions for season 9 will not be able to get the advantage for "cutting" the line to audition for the show.

    Also, every year American Idol's ratings keep decreasing and although it is still popular, it is not nearly as popular as it once was. I think if Disney would have made this move when American Idol was in its prime (maybe season 1-3), this attraction would have been a huge hit.

    I just wish the Imagineers would have thought of something else to put in the theater that will last longer than a couple of years - just something with staying power that will accommodate more people's interest than those who have singing talent and those who watch the show.

    So now I'm curious about what you think! Are you excited about it or are you a bit hesitant about it as I am?

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    I agree. I wish Disney had used the money for an attraction with more staying power than this one has. I'm not excited at all about it and I can't remember the last time I said that about a new Disney attraction.

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    You won't get any disagreement from me either. I wish Disney had done something else. Not only am I not personally excited about the attraction but I can't believe that this attraction would have a long lifespan at all with the way things are looking.
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    If the attraction has no staying power, then I guess we can hope for something new - sooner than later. I'm not real excited about the attraction, but I'm going to try to hold off my final opinion till I at least get to to the pass holder preview or see the attraction in action.
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    I have zero interest in this attraction and I am not afraid to say it! Just as I had no interest in Millionaire.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mini-V View Post
    If the attraction has no staying power, then I guess we can hope for something new - sooner than later. I'm not real excited about the attraction, but I'm going to try to hold off my final opinion till I at least get to to the pass holder preview or see the attraction in action.
    I agree.

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    It boggles my mind that American Idol is popular at all. It's just an amateur contest, what's the big deal? It's like the very lame Star Search. I can't understand why anyone would watch 1 minute of this show let alone call a telephone number to vote for one of those morons. Clay Aiken? Seriously? Like Barry Manilow wasn't bad enough? I guess I shouldn't be surprised...Baywatch used to be popular too.

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    This reminds me exactly of "Millionaire Syndrome..." Disney adds a ride about a tv show, then the show fades away in popularity...
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    Agreed. I don't see this show having a long lifespan at Disney. And I can't believe they're cutting Fantasmic to 2 nights a week because of this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joanna71985 View Post
    And I can't believe they're cutting Fantasmic to 2 nights a week because of this.
    Hmm, I wonder why? What does one have to do with the other?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tinker Bell View Post
    I have zero interest in this attraction and I am not afraid to say it! Just as I had no interest in Millionaire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tinker Bell View Post
    Hmm, I wonder why? What does one have to do with the other?
    From what I've heard, Fantasmic will be shown 2 nights a week. And the American Idol show will be the "finale show" (if you will call it that) the other 5 nights.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tinker Bell View Post
    What does one have to do with the other?
    My thoughts exactly.

    I think that the reason for the Fantasmic performance reductions is ONLY because of our terrible economy, with AIE having nothing to do with it.

    And Fantasmic is a VERY high-budget show, as you all know.

    As for my opinion on AIE, I don't think that it should be getting bashed so soon and that, as usual, it's still best to reserve judgement until actually going to experience it (I still hate it when purists pick on newer attractions all the time, even before actually going to experience them--a major bottleneck to the Disney fan community, IMO).

    As for staying power...well, you never know--AIE might end up earning that, so please give it a chance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KINGCRAB View Post
    As for my opinion on AIE, I don't think that it should be getting bashed so soon and that, as usual, it's still best to reserve judgement until actually going to experience it
    That's ridiculous! I don't have to see something to know I'd hate it. If Disney opened a "Hip-Hop" land there is no chance I'd like it because I hate that genre completely. Same with Idol. I hate that too; so why would I give it a chance? I'm grown. I know my likes and dislikes by now. That advice may be good for teens who don't know themselves but I know what I like. You are so Pro-Disney you defend every decision they make and seem to support every change. Relax, it's supposed to be a forum. Others have opinions which may differ from yours. I've read some of your other posts: Stop telling everyone else how to think and feel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elvistelth View Post
    You are so Pro-Disney you defend every decision they make and seem to support every change.
    Nuh-uh. That's not true. I'm not as hard to please as others, but I do not defend every single thing that they do.

    If I don't like something or if I do think that something is amiss, I would say so and point them out. But I only do it when it's REALLY necessary rather than do it mercilessly and without thinking like most Disney forum members seem to do.

    And even if you do know what already like or dislike, you should still give whatever is new a try anyway and form your own opinions...and if you end up not liking it still, then that'll be your opinion and you're still entitled to it.
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