Let’s dodge controversy from the very first post of this year’s campaign to elect an All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Epcot Attraction, shall we?
What controversy, you ask? Well, folks, in 2014, when referencing that year’s Animal Kingdom ‘competition’, I wrote:
“In short, [Festival of the Lion King] is currently closed, so Disney has pulled it from its web site. Therefore, it misses this year’s “tourney”. Controversial, I know, but it’s out of the game, nonetheless.”
Why do I dredge up this moldy fact, my friends? Um, do you recall what attraction is Epcot’s defending champion? Yes, it’s Soarin’. Closed for refurbishment? Uh, oh!
Then, mere days before this ‘tournament’ was set to kick off, the news broke that The Land’s Circle of Life attraction was also pushed to the sidelines. Rumors are that it might not re-open at all!
What does Disney say? Both attractions are listed in an Epcot-related section of their web site entitled, you guessed it, “Closed for Refurbishment”. That’s what they say.
So, what do we do? Precedent (think Festival of the Lion King) says that I should exclude both attractions. Common sense says that Soarin’ has to defend its title!
Fans, breathe easy. I am going to include your beloved defending champ in this year’s tourney. Of course. And, to be fair, since it is also listed with Soarin’, Circle of Life makes an appearance as well. You decide whether or not they belong!
On to business, then. What’s your task today? I present FOUR groups of eight attractions, below. You can vote for THREE attractions in each group. Thats right. Three! The Top 4 finishers in each group will move on to Round #2!
Well, my friends? Which attraction will become the 2016 All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Epcot Attraction? Go ahead! VOTE, vote, vote!