The Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith Rocks!

Wow!  I’ll leave the poll opened, folks, but this one was pretty much over from the opening bell!  Take a look at this …

  • Leave it Alone – 55.35%
  • Rehabilitate – 39.07%
  • Eliminate – 5.58%

If that doesn’t constitute a landslide, then I don’t know what one looks like!  The results?  You have spoken!  Hollywood’s iconic Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith will continue to live on into Studios history!

Hey!  Even those that recommended “Rehabilitate” only recommended fairly minor changes – mostly to the introduction video.  In the end, most everyone loves the attraction!  What else did you have to say?  Let’s take a look …

First, I’ll tell you, there were a lot of “Just leave it alone!”  Many of you left it that plain and simple.  Having said that, some of you spoke with a bit more emotion.

“Leave it be!  That’s one of my favorite rides in Florida!”  Or, “Take anything else in the park and do whatever you want with it, but I will fight someone over Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.”  Now, that’s some love!

“Keep it … a definite favorite!”  And, “Love it the way it is!”  Plus, “Best ride at Disney!  Leave it alone!”

“Get rid of one of the most popular attractions in Hollywood?  I think NOT!  Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is great.  Sure, update the intro, but the rest is awesome!”

How about this?  “Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is a favorite of mine.  I’ve always loved Aerosmith, and I adore the theming.  It could always be touched up and improved but re-theming the attraction would break my heart.”

Finally, “NEVER!  Don’t touch it.  I’ll handcuff myself to it in protest!  Who’s with me?”  Like I said, a lot of emotion.

Of course, there were some practical viewpoints out there.  “Also to consider – who knows how much [Disney] paid to use the Aerosmith name and produce merchandise using it.  Maybe the contract stipulates that it’s a permanent WDW fixture or maybe it has an expiration date.  Regardless, WDW is going to milk it [for] every last penny invested and then some.”

New ideas were also tossed about.  Such as, “Refurb and replace with the movie that has one of the greatest soundtracks of all time – Guardians of the Galaxy!”

“Update and do a bunch of different music genres – Queen, Beatles, etc.”

“Turn it into a mine car roller coaster like in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.”

“I have heard rumors that it could he re-themed to be a Monsters, Inc. roller coaster.  That would be cool, and it would fit with the overall ‘new’ theme of the park.”

Regardless of what Disney does or doesn’t do, however, your message to them is crystal clear, my friends.  Modestly update this exciting attraction if you want, but never take it away!

Good thing, too.  It’s one of my personal favorites, as well.  I don’t ever want to have to enter it into All in WDW’s Hall of Fame of retired attractions!

Rehabilitate? Or, Eliminate? – Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

That’s right, folks.  This popular All in WDW feature activity is back, and, this time, we’re taking on a “heavyweight” – the equally popular Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith!

I have to admit … this one hits close to home.  The electrifying intensity and excitement of Rock ‘n’ Roller’s catapult launch makes this coaster my absolute favorite anywhere.

Having said that, is it time for a change?  Has Aerosmith run its course?  Does a new band or artist need to step up?  Should the quite-dated intro movie be replaced?

Well, let’s get creative.  It’s time for Rehabilitate? Or, Eliminate?!  What’s that all about?  Well, open up your imaginations, my friends, because it goes something like this …

Welcome to the The Walt Disney Company!  I hope you’re enjoying your “career” in Disney’s design and development division – Walt Disney Imagineering!

As you know, WDI is responsible for the creation and construction of Disney theme parks worldwide, and we need your help!  Tap into your creativity.  Imagine that you’re an … Imagineer!  Yes!  In fact, in today’s case, you’re a “re-imagineer”!

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith!  Should we rehabilitate?  Leave the theme alone, but give it a bit of a facelift, maybe?  Should we eliminate?  Replace it with a new theme and attraction altogether?  Or, should we simply leave it completely alone?

Your task, today, is a two-part job.  First, what’s your vote?  Second, if you want to rehabilitate, what do you suggest we do?  If you want to eliminate, what should take its place?  What’s your “Project Plan”?

Leave your comments on this post, on Facebook, or on Twitter, my friends!  This is what we do.  It’s Imagineering.  It’s “Re-Imagineering”!  We need your help!  Now, get to work!

The Demise of DinoLand U.S.A.?

Well, I know one thing for sure.  When it comes to DinoLand U.S.A., we do not want to “Leave it Alone”!  In fact, like the WDW Main Street Podcast crew, almost 40% of us want to “Eliminate” it entirely!

In total, over 90% of our respondents want to, at the very least, “Rehabilitate” this themed land.  A bit of a stunning result, this fact will disappoint some.  Notably, those that posted comments such as …

‘It’s fine.  Leave it alone!’  Or, ‘My kids love The Boneyard and Primeval Whirl.  When they were younger, they also liked TriceraTop Spin.’  And, ‘Leave it be for the kids!’  Finally, ‘We love DinoLand!  Yes, it is tacky, but The Boneyard and TriceraTop Spin are perfect for little kids and Primeval Whirl is a family favorite.’

Of course, there was this counterpoint … ‘To everyone saying to leave it because their kids love it, do you think kids wouldn’t love something well themed?  Storybook Circus in Fantasyland is really well done, and, I assume, beloved by small children.’  An honest question, I would say.

Other Dino fans quoted the land’s backstory … ‘I didn’t like it until I read the backstory. Now, I think it’s cute. I’d be sad to see it go away!’ And, ‘If they made the backstory more obvious, I can see how it would be more appealing.’

What is that backstory, you ask?  Check out this link.  It’s an interesting read!

In spite of this tale, however, much of your feedback took a different tone …

‘Eliminate. Unless they could rehabilitate it into something less nightmarishly garish and tacky.’

‘Eliminate.  Do something with Tarzan, Up, Dalmations, or Pocahontas.’

‘Eliminate!  The least Disney part of any Disney Park.  Don’t hate it, but it just seems so out of place with the vibe of Disney and specifically the Animal Kingdom.’

‘I’ve always thought they should have an Australia section in the Animal Kingdom.  Think of all the unique animals they have there.  DinoLand should go.  It doesn’t really fit in.’

‘I’ll be honest … I really despise this area.  I was just forced to be in it yesterday.  It is just not Disney to me.  I’m OK with kiddy rides, but the theming is awful.’

‘Eliminate.  Too much space for cheap rides.  I know they are supposed to be cheap.  I know the story.  I just think it could be better used.’

‘I feel like it doesn’t fit in with the rest of the park.  The whole Dino area, including Dinosaur, seems old and out-dated.’

‘I don’t make the connection.  It’s like an old-school carnival.  Maybe keep Dinosaur but not that whole area.’

‘Lose the old-school carnival theme, and make it more of a serious dinosaur exhibit area.’

‘It’s cute, but I never thought it fit at WDW.  It’s like a carnival.  Walt hated carnivals.  He wanted his parks to be the opposite of carnivals.’

‘Get rid of it.  Why would any of this be sacred … given Disney’s penchant for doing away with beloved rides.’

‘Eliminate.  As a first timer, I was stunned to see carny rides at Walt Disney World.  I didn’t pay a ton of cash for my son to play in a carnival.  He can do that at any of the carnivals over the summer … here at home!’

Well, there you have it, folks.  Once again, you have spoken.  Eliminate or rehabilitate … it really doesn’t matter.  In its current form, DinoLand U.S.A. doesn’t pass your approval.  What replaces it? Only time will tell!  Hey!  It’s gotta be next on Disney’s hit list, no?

Rehabilitate? Or, Eliminate? – DinoLand U.S.A.

Home to a cast of attractions such as DINOSAUR, Finding Nemo: The Musical, Primeval Whirl, and TriceraTop Spin, rumors of DinoLand U.S.A.’s demise pop up all of the time (it seems).

What do you think, folks?  If it were gone, would you miss this themed land?  Better yet, let’s get creative!  Allow me to resurrect a popular All in WDW feature – Rehabilitate? Or, Eliminate?!

What’s this all about you ask?  Well, open up your imaginations, because it goes something like …

Welcome to the The Walt Disney Company!  I hope you’re enjoying your “career” in Disney’s design and development division – Walt Disney Imagineering!

As you know, WDI is responsible for the creation and construction of Disney theme parks worldwide, and we need your help!  Tap into your creativity.  Imagine that you’re an … Imagineer!  Yes!  In fact, in today’s case, you’re a “re-imagineer”!

DinoLand U.S.A.!  Should we rehabilitate?  Leave the theme alone, but give it a bit of a facelift, maybe?  Should we eliminate?  Replace it with new themes and attractions altogether?  Or, should we simply leave it completely alone?

Your task, today, is a two-part job.  First, what’s your vote?  Second, if you want to rehabilitate, what do you suggest we do?  If you want to eliminate, what should take its place?  What’s your “Project Plan”?

Leave your comments on this post, on Facebook, or on Twitter, my friends!  This is what we do.  It’s Imagineering.  It’s “Re-Imagineering”!  We need your help!  Now, get to work!

Pirates of the Caribbean’s New Auction Scene … What’s Your Opinion? [Poll]

Have you seen it?  The Pirates of the Caribbean’s new auction scene is now “on line”.  Courtesy of a post presented by WDWMagic.com, check the new scene out on YouTube at their link …

The new auction scene in Pirates of the Caribbean!

As reported by WDWMagic, “The pirate auctioneer now oversees a sale of the townspeople’s most prized possessions and goods.  In this scene, the familiar redhead figure has switched sides to become a pirate named Redd, who’s just pillaged the town’s rum supply and has something to say about it.”

What are your thoughts, my friends?  Are you glad that Disney updated this scene?  Do you like the result that they have presented?  Would you like to have seen something else … something better?

Leave your comments on Facebook and on Twitter.  Plus, VOTE your mind in the poll below!  Its another mini-refurbishment from our friends at Walt Disney Imagineering, folks.  Did they hit a ‘home run’?  Or, did they deliver a ‘dud’?