So this week’s top 5 might be a little controversial, but I decided to list the top 5 current MK attractions that I think could use an upgrade or overhaul. The only rule I stuck with is that the attraction needs to remain in some form (so no totally removing IASW and replacing it with a new Monsters Inc. rollercoaster). I also didn’t pick anything closing/changing with the Fantasyland expansion. So with those guidelines in place;
5) Swiss Family Tree-House
Given the real estate this attraction has, it should be handling more guests than it currently does. A major reason might be the fact that the Swiss Family Robinson isn’t a film many of today’s guests have seen in a long time, if ever. Updating it with a newer movie as the premise would help (I believe Disneyland did this with Tarzan). Adding more interactive games and features throughout the attraction would be a welcomed upgrade as well.
4) Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade
Seeing as this one hasn’t been changed since 1982, I think it’s due. A neat idea in a pretty good location, I can’t say I’ve even peaked in here in 10-15 years. I think an updated shooting range using current technology (possibly a 3-D experience?), and the addition of some new Characters would draw patrons to this game, and be a neat experience. They should also take away the $1.00 pay to play charge, it can’t be generating that much income, and really should be included in the price of admission…
3) Carousel Of Progress
I personally love this attraction, and I know that it’s considered the attraction at MK with “the most Walt Disney in it” seeing as it exists in much the same for as his original version, but that lends itself to why I think it needs to be updated. The scenes go from the 1900’s, to the 1920’s to the 1940’s, and then all the way into the “future”, only the future is pretty laughable at this point (“Dad! Grandma scored 500 points!”). As time passes, I think the distance between the inventions of the 1940’s and today is too extensive. Updating this show to include other times that bridge the gap better (and a new “future” would help greatly.
2) Hall of Presidents
An original to the park, this attraction seems better suited for that time. While the audio-animatronics are pretty cool, and some of the presidents look very life-like, this show is a bit too long to hold the attention and interest of the current crowds, in my opinion. With the price of a ticket today, most guests try to get their money’s worth, and sitting through this show often isn’t even a consideration. Shortening the show, or making this a walk-through attraction with different Presidents giving various speeches they are known for might help make this attraction more popular.
1) Tommorowland Speedway
This ride is a personal pet-peeve of mine, and definitely my #1 most in need of an overhaul. I cannot for the life of me understand how the wait time for this ride can be over 60 minutes, ever. The old-fashioned car on steel rail that you can really only turn just enough to give yourself a very uncomfortable whack in the rear, while traveling slower than even the TTA Peoplemover (at least it seems so) is just not working. Re-theming this attraction with a Cars motif, as well as making it an actual race between 2 or more cars at a time, with newer ride technology would be terrific (The drivers wouldn’t have actual control of the vehicles, but they’d travel at higher speeds on a more thrilling course with different outcomes each time). That would be a ride worth waiting for.
Just my thoughts. What are yours?