Friday, October 28, 2011

The World Series of WDW: Magic Kingdom/Epcot

With tonight being the World Series Game 7,  I saw a post on the BOGP message boards about which attractions do you think are home runs, triples, doubles, etc. I thought I'd take a look at what I really think fits these categories.   

Magic Kingdom

Home Run

  • Haunted Mansion:  Does it get much better than this?  This attraction is top notch 100% Disney Magic.  Great gags, amazing AAs, great "story", this attraction has it all!  
  • Pirates of the Carribbean:  Much like my description of the Haunted Mansion, this attraction too has everything to make it have it all.  If you don't get off this and love it, you aren't a Disney fan.  
  • Space Mountain:  Ok, yes, this is a favorite of mine, but I mean, even after the refurb, there are still some things that could use some tweaking.  It's a nice touch that they added some audio to go along with the attraction, but it would have been great to see audio added on the ride vehicle itself.  It also would have been nice to see Disney have completely re-done the track and made it so that we could have side by side vehicles, instead of front to back.  
  • Peter Pan:  Another fan favorite, but this attraction is certainly one that could use a few tweaks.  It's definitely kitchy though, which is why it's a triple for me.  
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad:  It's a good roller coaster, but it's also one that I don't have to do time and time again.  Matter of fact, there have been trips where I've totally missed this attraction.  However, whenever I get on it, I have the time of my life and remember just how fun the Wildest Ride in the Wilderness truly is!  
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh:  It's a fun attraction, no doubt.  I definitely enjoy the creativity and the whimsy of this attraction.  But it doesn't quite hold up to some of the other attractions in Fantasyland to me, which is why it's only a double. 


  • Buzz Lightyear:  Yes, this was a cool attraction at one point.  It was one of my favorites for sure.  But with the addition of Toy Story Midway Mania, this attraction has lost some of it's luster.  It's not nearly as easy to play as it's Disneyland counterpart and it certainly looks dated now.  (I may be bitter because I suck at it...I can never get good scores here.)  
  • Monster's Inc Laugh Floor:  This is one that I don't have to do every trip, but do enjoy when I visit.  It's a very fun, whimsical attraction which, yes, can be pretty scripted, but also has those moments of improv.  This is an attraction that has fun written all over it.  
Walk  (The Meh Category)
  • The Enchanted Tiki Room:  Yes, I just saw this in October.  (October 1st to be exact).  I remembered it fondly as a child.  But after finally seeing it where I can remember it completely, I wasn't blown away by it. It's one of those attractions that I'll go visit occasionally, yes, but it's not one that I absolutely LOVED.  
  • Tomorrowland Speedway:  I see the appeal for this attraction.  It gives the kiddos a way to drive a car, which is a cool thing to do when you're a kid.  But it's an attraction that takes up a lot of space and also not one that is truly spectacular, so for me, it's a walk.  

  • Stitch's Great Escape: this is a give-in.  This attraction is not one that I particularly enjoy nor do many other people.  Definitely makes it to the Strikeout category because of it's non-wide appeal.  
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin:  Another sort of give-in.  With the Dueling Dumbos coming in the new Fantasyland, the appeal for having the Magic Carpets sort of goes away, doesn't it?  I mean the point of bringing in the Magic Carpets IS because so many kids wanted to ride Dumbo, but it's capacity was small.  So, maybe with the doubling of the Dumbo capacity, we'll see The Magic Carpets go away.  


Home Run

  • Soarin:  Disney really hit it out of the park with this one because it's an attraction that even the most scared can enjoy.  
  • American Adventure:  This is also classic Disney.  It has such amazing AudioAnamatronics, a great story, and it's touching.  This show makes you proud to be an American.  Does it get much better than that? 

  • Test Track:  Many would disagree with me, claiming it's just an attraction where you ride in a convertible, many times you go faster on the highway.  But to me, there's nothing like this attraction, especially in regards to the first half, with the "training facility."  Yes, the outside is fun too, but I really enjoy the inside. 
  • The Seas With Nemo and Friends:  I am a big fan of this attraction.  From the outstanding queue, to the scenery in the attraction, to the catchy song.  My only drawback on this attraction is the story is a bit's almost exactly the same as the movie.  With it being in Epcot, I would have liked to have seen it tell a better story, related to some sort of edu-tainment.  But, it's a nice addition to the park, for sure.  

  • Mission:Space:  It's a fun attraction, don't get me wrong, but it doesn't have the appeal that Disney intended.  It's got all the right elements to it, creative, exciting, etc, but it just missed out on something.  I can't put my finger on what, but it's missing it and I think that's the biggest problem.  
  • Living With the Land:  For being an attraction that's not considered one of the must dos by many people, this is actually a really great attraction.  I just did it again this last trip and it's really a classic Disney attraction, so I think it's one that people should definitely take a look at.  

  • Captain EO:  I really appreciate that Disney brought this attraction in.  It was there to celebrate Michael Jackson and it was also a "new" show to replace a tired show.  However, with that being said, as entertaining as this show is, it would be nice to see Disney replace this attraction (and area) with something brand spanking new.  Good effort...but I would like to see something freshen this place up.  
  • Journey into Imagination:  This ties into the previous reasoning behind Captain EO.  It's a semi-entertaining attraction and much better than what was previously there, given that they added a beloved character back, but it would be nice to see Disney freshen this place up.

  • Reflections of China:  I just saw this on my last trip yet again, and while it's a great attraction in it's own right, it just does nothing for me.  
  • Impressions de France:  Again, I saw this on my last trip and again, it's one of those that does nothing for me.  The only real thing going for it is that it has seats. 

  • Ellen's Energy Adventure:  I get the attraction here.  It's got the whole edu-tainment factor that Epcot is famous for.  However, with that being said, it is 2011, not 1995 and this attraction is in sore need of a refurb.  Refurb it well and I think it could be an extremely great attraction once again.  
  • The Circle of Life:  This is another attraction which I think has the edu-tainment factor to it.  If it weren't so boring and dated.  Seriously, it needs to go.  
So that's my take on the first two theme parks that Disney built in Orlando.  Next week, I'll take a look at the other two.

What's your take though?  Which attractions do you think fall into these categories?  I want to hear what your opinions are on this topic.  Let me know in the comments.


Brian said...

Good article, Rikki. I like the idea (being a big MLB fan myself). Where do you place these attractions: Sum Of All Thrills, Turtle Talk with Crush, Oh Canada, and Spaceship Earth?

Unknown said...

Sum of All Thrills: A Double It's a great attraction, but one that I forget is there.

Turtle Talk: A Double. It ties into the whole Seas with Nemo. Close to a Triple. A great attraction with tons of fun.

O'Canada: Almost one I included. A Single. Funny and better than the France and China Films.

SSE: A Triple. It's a great attraction, and while I love I love it and think the beginning is a Home Run, but the end brings it down just a notch. But it's certainly close to a Home Run for sure.