Landslide! YOU Have Spoken! We LOVE the Land!

Short, and sweet, today, folks!  Two days ago, I asked you to weigh in on a very “hot” issue.  Living with the Land vs. Ellen’s Energy Adventure.  Which do you choose?

If you didn’t listen to last Sunday’s Main Street episode, here’s some background … Mrs. All in WDW and I support Living with the Land.  Doug Davis and Dennis Conroy say, “We love Ellen!”

When reflecting on the choice, herself, Mrs. All in WDW quipped, “At least I didn’t fall asleep in The Land!”  Yes, folks, Ellen does have a way of lulling some Guests into peaceful relaxation.

So.  What did you say?  Well, when asked, “Which attraction do you think is better?”, 87% of you declared, “Living with the Land!”  87%!

Full disclosure … regardless of their affection for Ellen, Doug and Dennis expected this result.  Will they be surprised?  No.  Will they be disappointed?  Quite possibly.

Having said that, the Guardians of the Galaxy are coming to Epcot, everyone, and given the choice between the two Epcot “icons” in question, the correct attraction is being replaced!

The Great Movie Ride Gets Showered With Love!

Wow!  Just, wow!  The response to yesterday’s “Rehabilitate?  Or, Eliminate” was utterly phenomenal!  You blew “social media” out of the park!  Disney’s Hollywood Studios park, that is.

Yesterday, we asked … The Great Movie Ride.  Should we rehabilitate?  Give it a bit of a facelift, maybe?  Should we eliminate?  Replace it altogether?  Or, should we leave it alone?

Well, a whopping, and overwhelming, 90% of you think that Hollywood’s “iconic” tour through the ‘world of cinema’ should stay just right where it is.

You left dozens and dozens of comments, mostly filled with passion and adoration.  Such as:

“One of my favs!!!  That is like the heart and soul of Hollywood Studios.”

“Please don’t eliminate!”

“They’re taking away too many of the classics already!”

“It’s a ride for all ages!”

“Family favorite!!”

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Having said that, of the 90% that want The Great Movie Ride to survive Disney’s “shutdown spree” through Hollywood Studios, over 80% feel the attraction needs a facelift.

Your ideas ranged from general sentiment to detailed “Project Plans”!  Take a look …

“I definitely think a massive rehab needs to happen.”

“Add a few scenes from current movies and it would be great.”

“The movie that shows in the queue needs to be longer and include more movies.  The rest just needs updating.”

“It needs a rehab that is at least as significant as the one Spaceship Earth got a few years ago.  All-new animatronics, new script, and scenes from different films.  But, I’d like the theme to still be movies from the last 100 years or so … not just modern movies.”

“Update the Western – gangster – Indiana Jones parts and I’m good.”

One reader, Jay, really put on an Imagineer’s hat!  Excerpted and edited, he said, “What if they used the same technology they used in the Mystic Manor attraction at Hong Kong Disneyland to bring movies to LIFE?

The premise is you are going through a collection of static movie sets and memorabilia, than something happens … and everything comes to life.  Maybe keep an in-vehicle soundtrack that doesn’t know what’s going on, so it can stay historic.

A recording is playing ‘… you see our collection from Star Wars, which came out in 1977, and was directed by George Lucas …’, but, all around you, Darth Vader is asking you to join him.

Meanwhile, Luke is using The Force to throw boxes over your head and declaring, ‘No.  They will never join the Dark Side’.

HD projections systems combined with movie sets and modern Audio Animatronics could really be impressive!”

Wow!  Great work, Jay!

My opinion?  I agree with the rest of you.  Refurb by refreshing the attraction.

I love the idea of a longer queue presentation.  The movie trailers are great, but it is a bit of a drag when it loops back to “the beginning”.

One comment, yesterday, proposed the addition of Marvel characters – namely, The Avengers – to the ride.  I wish!  In fact, if possible, that would be a no-brainer for my “Project Plan”.

“There is a disconnect with people under 30.”  That sentiment, as stated by another of our readers, embodies the concept of adding a few scenes from current movies.  That’s the direction I would go.  Keep the ride, but spruce it up!  Bring it into the 2010’s.

Finally, I think these questions sum it up … “Isn’t this kind of the theme of the whole park?  Movies from Hollywood?”

Yes.  Right on target!  Refurb, Disney.  But, do not eliminate!  We, the Re-Imagineers, have spoken!

Rehabilitate? Or, Eliminate? – The Great Movie Ride

Welcome back the The Walt Disney Company, my friends!  I hope your “career” in Disney’s design and development division – Walt Disney Imagineering – has been all that you expected!

Oh, first.  Did you answer the survey question we were discussing yesterday?  In the Spaceship Earth scene in question, two (2) operators are seated!  72% of you re-imagineers got that one right!  Great job!

Now … back to work!

As you know, WDI is responsible for the creation and construction of Disney theme parks worldwide, and we need you to take on another assignment!  You did a great job with your first assignment – Ellen’s Energy Adventure lives!

Today, we need you to transition to a new project.  You’ve heard the rumors, I’m sure.

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The Great Movie Ride.  Should we rehabilitate?  Give it a bit of a facelift, maybe?  Should we eliminate?  Replace it altogether?  Or, should we leave it alone?

Your task 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!

This is what we do, folks.  It’s Imagineering.  It’s “Re-Imagineering”!  We need your help!

Rehabilitate! Ellen Lives?!

I have to be honest with you … I’m stunned!  I thought, for sure, that Ellen’s Energy Adventure was finished!  Tells you how much I know, I guess.

But, having said that, you Re-Imagineers have spoken!  If you take “Rehabilitate” and “Leave it Alone” together, almost 74% of you see this Epcot attraction’s redeeming value.

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C’mon.  Be honest.  Is it just because it’s a great Epcot destination for getting out of the heat and taking a 45 minute nap?  Hmm?  Just kidding.

Here’s what some of you said:

“Rehab!  New Ellen Audio-Animatronic, new dinosaurs, shoot a new movie with Ellen, Jamie Curtis, and Bill Nye!  Keep ride vehicles!”

“Eliminate or rehabilitate to [be like] Indiana Jones [in] Disneyland!”

“It needs a big rehab, almost to the point of being a new attraction.  Energy is a bigger issue than ever, so I think the basic premise is good, but a new approach and updated science is needed.”

“Epcot is a magical place where rehabs go awry and then just sputter to a halt.  I say leave it alone … for now.”

“Replace with a 21st century “World of Communication” featuring the history and impact the Internet has made as well as the future impact of a connected world.”

Good points, all of them!  But, here’s what I think … ELIMINATE!

Wow!  Really, Bob?  Uh, yes.  In a day and age where Universal (yes, for the first time in two years, I have uttered that name) is blowing the doors off the Florida theme park industry, we’re satisfied with … Ellen?  Journey Into Imagination?  Captain EO?  We need excitement!

Want to know what’s worse?  These are merely some of the Epcot attractions in need of help.  Geez, they’re only some of the Epcot Future World attractions needing a date with WDI’s imagineers!

I haven’t really publicly sounded off about this yet, but, in my opinion, Disney is making the wrong decision by spending $500 million+ to build Animal Kingdom’s “Avatar-land”.  I mean, honestly, do we really expect Avatar to have the same splash as Universal’s Harry Potter?

To me, unless there’s a lot more money ear-marked for WDW refurbishment, those “buckets of cash” would be much better invested in bringing some of the weaker areas of all four WDW parks up to a better standard.  And, when I talk about that “standard”, I refer to a goal that’s more lofty than the excitement that will be brought on by a new Soarin’ movie.

A new Soarin’ movie will bring excitement, but how long-lasting will that be?  Eventually, after a few dozen rides, it’ll be the same old, tired movie.  How about a new Soarin’ akin to the style of Star Tours® – The Adventures Continue?

I mean, this is what you do WDI … film a bunch of new individual, separate scenes and randomly knit them into a unique, globe-hopping experience that brings joy to your Guests each and every time!  Now, there’s something that can sustain the life of an attraction!

What would I do with Ellen?  Since we’re in Epcot’s “world of the future”, I would look to that future.  How about a ride-through (walk-through) of a space station, a station on The Moon, or, hey, the very same station that we fly to on Mission: Space?

How about a simple dark ride?  Think back to the old Spaceship Earth.  Remember the descent?  What technical innovations will grace our future lives?  Show us!  Like our very-own futures, the possibilities are endless.  And, imagineers more creative than I should be able to present us with a great glimpse of what’s to come.

When it comes down to it, we need an injection of excitement.  Ellen.  Jeopardy!  It was fun.  It has also been 18 years.  18!  Time for something new, WDI.  Give it to us … please?