Wrapping Up Some Business … Before Tomorrow’s Action Kicks Off! [Poll Results]

Action?  What action?  My friends, tomorrow, the 2018 (yes, I know it is still 2017) All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Attractions “Series” kicks off!

We’re getting a head start on the New Year, folks!  Leading off?  Sticking with tradition, Disney’s Animal Kingdom steps up to the plate to test your opinions first.

Yes, indeed, led by former champions – Expedition Everest and Kilimanjaro Safaris – and joined by upstarts – Avatar Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey – the competition will begin!

Will Pandora knock off our perennial favorites?  You’ll decide that when you elect the 2018 All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Animal Kingdom Attraction!  Join us tomorrow and VOTE!

Until then, let’s clean up some earlier business, eh?  Did you listen to our “kick off” podcast?  No?  Then, by all means, catch it at …

Episode 417 – Animal Kingdom Favorite Attractions Poll!

Fun times, if I do have to say so myself.  Hey!  John Peters and I got Doug Davis to rant about the same topic three separate times in the same show!  And, you know, “ranting means ratings”.

Anyway, Doug has himself convinced that Expedition Everest is the absolute worst coaster in The World.  Hmm.  Well, John and I disagree, that’s for sure.  Do you?  The votes spoke loud and clear!

Which of these three options is the best roller coaster?  Find the article at … An Epic Roller Coaster Showdown!

  • Expedition Everest – 62%
  • Big Thunder – 28%
  • Seven Dwarfs – 10%

Yes.  I did omit Hollywood Studios’ Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith.  Frankly, I felt it came up in our conversation as a side-comment.  Would its inclusion have changed the results?  Nope.

A few days ago, I floated an unsubstantiated rumor or speculation … will Space Mountain get demolished within five years of the TRON coaster opening?

After all, why do we need two indoor sci-fi roller coasters directly adjacent to each other?  Find the full article at … UNSUBSTANTIATED Rumor Reaction: Space Mountain!

What was your verdict?  First, over 80% of you “screamed” that this rumor best be false!  Not a big surprise, at all, I’d say.  What did some of you have to say, though?

“Iconic” seemed to be the word of the day.  However, I was interested to hear this … “Space Mountain is at every park but Shanghai.  It’s a Disney Parks institution … not to be said that those can’t close.

What I would not be surprised at is if Space Mountain closed after the 50th, maybe in 2023, and a complete refurb was done to bring it more in line with the other Space Mountains.”

And, “I don’t think that it will be eliminated as it’s pretty iconic.  That being said, TRON being opened would definitely allow for a long-term refurbishment and/or rebranding without worries regarding attendance.

But, as far as a total destruction?  No.  There’s no chance Disney would do this without having something impossibly amazing to take its place.  Even then, they’d have to deal with a ton of fans that were furious about it.”

Finally, “Personally, I’m not a fan of Space Mountain, so I’d be thrilled at a rebranding.  But, I’d put even that at less than 25% … particularly since there’s been such a massive outcry over a relatively minor change to Pirates.

Disney isn’t stupid.  They realize that Universal is gaining marketshare and that every little bit of bad press or attendee outrage is worth avoiding in the near future.”

What do you think, everyone?  Do those comments sum it all up?  I’d say that they do.  Myself, I can see a massive rebuild on Space’s horizon.  I do not see a full destruction.

UNSUBSTANTIATED Rumor Reaction: Space Mountain!

One of my very favorite All in WDW features is our “Rehabilitate? Or, Eliminate?” series.  Remember, them?  Those are the posts in which I ask you to open up your imagination and determine the fate of a WDW attraction.

I love those re-imagineering “challenges”!  Why?  Simply because of the reaction they elicit from amongst you – our audience.  Your responses pour in with fantastic creativity, but the passion you display in your comments is nothing short of astounding!

Today, I have something a little bit new for you to tackle.  From time to time, I get approached with completely unsubstantiated rumors or speculation.  They cause me to wonder … how would you react to them?

Anyway, let’s see.  Here’s the latest.  I received it this past week, and it goes like this …

‘$50 says Space Mountain gets demolished within five years of the TRON coaster opening.  Reason?  Because why do we need two indoor sci-fi roller coasters directly adjacent?  It makes no sense.’

I definitely, can see some merit.  For example, do we really need two sci-fi coasters in close proximity to each other?  Then, looking a bit further, the mountain does seem to break down a lot.

What do you think, folks?  Please leave your reactions in the comments on this post or on Facebook, Twitter, or Reddit.  Then, register your “votes” in the poll below.  Do you hope (or expect) that this speculation is true or false?

Should We “Re-Imagine” Test Track?

Hello!  Good morning!  No, my friends.  I did not forget all the hard work you did this past Sunday.  Yesterday was just a very busy day!

So, let me tell you what didn’t surprise me about your tour through some of Walt Disney World’s speediest thrill rides …

Space Mountain?  It’s too wild?  Settle it down?  Hah!  The masses have spoken.  Over 80% of you say, “Are you kidding me?  It’s perfect!”

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Yeah, Space is staying just as it is.  Not a surprise!  Not in the least.

Hmm.  Expedition Everest.  That yeti has been busted for years.!  I had someone ask me, “What’s wrong with Yeti?”  Uh, he’s paralyzed, I quipped.

Should we “[s]hut the attraction down and fix Yeti, for Mickey’s sake!”?  Almost 70% of you shout, “Yes!”  Again, not a shock.

When it came to Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, I gave you a choice.  Paint it, or re-theme it!  After all, Aerosmith is SO yesterday … right?  Right.

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No.  Almost 65% of you scoffed at me and declared, “A fresh ‘paint job’ will do.  Please leave the rest alone!”  Well, you sure put me in my place, I’d say.

It was your indisputable opinion of Test Track’s 2012 reincarnation as “Test Track Presented by Chevrolet” that caught my astonishment!

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Over 30% of you are so disappointed with the current version of this attraction that you’re proponents of returning it to its original state – the version first-opened in 1999!

Nearly 45% of you want Disney to rehab it again … just two years later!  Wow!

Less than 25% of you want to “Keep the current version!”?  Hey!  If that’s the case, why is the line always so darn long?!

Truthfully, folks, I am a bit stunned by the result!

What is it, my friends, that we dislike so much about the “new” Test Track?  Or, is it that we just plain miss the old version?

I can tell you what it is for me … it’s the track.  It’s really hard to enjoy the attraction when, as you traverse the course, all you can “see” and feel is the old ride.

Sure, it would have cost more money, but you should have truly changed the attraction, Disney.  All of the interactive theming is great, but, in the end, the ride simply got a glorified, shockingly blue, paint job!

Am I wrong, folks?  What are your thoughts?  What disappoints you about the current version?  Please leave a comment, here at All in WDW, on Facebook, Reddit, or on Twitter.  Let the fans know your thoughts!

Why does “Test Track Presented by Chevrolet” turn you off?  Are you amidst the 25% that enjoy the attraction?  Then, why?

Let your voice be heard!  Have a great day, everyone!

Speed, Thrills, Trivia and Polls! What’re Your Opinions?! VOTE!

First things first.  Readers’ from far and wide chased after me yesterday.  Those that did wanted desperately to know the answer to yesterday’s trivia question.

Well, here it is …

  1. Test Track – 65 mph
  2. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster – 57
  3. Expedition Everest – 50
  4. Space Mountain – 27

So, that would mean that Group B was the correct response to Saturday’s trivia challenge!  But, then, you already knew that, didn’t you?  Almost 60% of you did, at least!  Great job!

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You know, yesterday’s question got me to thinking.

If you remember, I commented that, “Not all of us love Walt Disney World’s wildest and most-daring of attractions, but, let’s face it – they’re very popular.”

They are very popular … but, do we really like them just the way they are?  Let’s put on our “Imagineering” hats, my friends, and see what we’d do with these four WDW “gems”!

Test Track.  Old vs. new.  A lot of people prefer the “old” version of Test Track as opposed to the new.  How about you?  If you were “Imagineer” for a day, would you …

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Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.  This is one of my most-favorite attractions on property, but even I can see the need for a small bit of “Spring Cleaning”.  What do you think?

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Expedition Everest.  Yo, Yeti!  Wake up!  Wake up, Yeti!  What the ….

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Space Mountain.  Wikipedia lists this iconic coaster at a mere 27 mph, but Mrs. All in WDW and I think it’s the wildest and worst of any thrill ride we’ve ever experienced.  If it were us, we’d “calm it down”.  You?

Do You Have a Need for Speed?! It’s WDW Trivia!

It’s high time for some trivia, my friends!  Hey, we haven’t tackled one of All in WDW’s not-so-tough little “puzzles” for … well, for months, I think!

Who doesn’t love a great thrill ride?  Who doesn’t love speed?  I know.  Not all of us love Walt Disney World’s wildest and most-daring of attractions, but, let’s face it – they’re very popular.

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Well, whether you truly have a need for speed or not, your challenge for today is to try your hand at this task …

Which of the four groupings below accurately reflect the ranking of these four attractions from fastest to slowest in miles per hour (mph)?

GROUP A

  1. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
  2. Test Track
  3. Space Mountain
  4. Expedition Everest

GROUP B

  1. Test Track
  2. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
  3. Expedition Everest
  4. Space Mountain

GROUP C

  1. Expedition Everest
  2. Test Track
  3. Space Mountain
  4. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster

GROUP D

  1. Test Track
  2. Expedition Everest
  3. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
  4. Space Mountain