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  • [Question] What's your opinion on Disney rides/lands themed to movie franchises?

    It seems like all new Disney rides are themed around movies. With talks of upcoming Star Wars, Avatar, and Iron Man themed attractions, when are they going to create a new ride that isn't explicitly themed to a movie franchise (i.e. PeopleMover, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, Matterhorn, Autopia, Jungle Cruise, Haunted Mansion, etc). Don't get me wrong, movie rides like Star Tours and RSR are awesome, and an Iron Man ride would be sweet, but it seems like the rides listed above are the ones that truly define Disney parks. Wouldn't building entire theme parks and lands based on movie franchises completely lose the Disney atmosphere?

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    Yes, it would.

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      Originally posted by Popcornballs View Post
      Yes, it would.
      I concour...
      For the love of Disney....:yea:

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        Doesn't matter.....they are here to stay. $$$$ is the most important thing for DisneyCo.

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          Re: What's your opinion on Disney rides/lands themed to movie franchises?

          Originally posted by wsiirola View Post
          It seems like all new Disney rides are themed around movies. With talks of upcoming Star Wars, Avatar, and Iron Man themed attractions, when are they going to create a new ride that isn't explicitly themed to a movie franchise (i.e. PeopleMover, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, Matterhorn, Autopia, Jungle Cruise, Haunted Mansion, etc). Don't get me wrong, movie rides like Star Tours and RSR are awesome, and an Iron Man ride would be sweet, but it seems like the rides listed above are the ones that truly define Disney parks. Wouldn't building entire theme parks and lands based on movie franchises completely lose the Disney atmosphere?
          I'm sorry, did you really just include the people mover in a list of rides that "define Disney parks" I would have thought that list would have included Peter Pan, Alice, the Teacups, Snow White's Scary Adventures, Mr Toads wild ride, and all the other Fantasyland dark rides all of which were based on Movies already in existence.

          Let's face it, Walt was a genius, and a visionary, but he also understood cross-promotion. That's why he built Fantasyland. But even the other lands, and rides not based specifically on existing media were promoted by new media on The Wonderful World of Disney (Jungle Cruise in particular got a lot of air time). Each week viewers would be taken to far off lands or times in a promotion of a different Disneyland land.

          I don't mind cross-promotion, but would prefer if Disney would stick to Disney, and not look outside themselves for fodder. For example, since the acquisition of Marvel, isn't it interesting that you can buy Hulk t-shirts at WDW and ride the Hulk coaster at Universal IoA?

          Besides, Disney still knows how to build a ride (or even an entire park) from scratch. Animal Kingdom isn't that old and the newest thrill ride within it (Everest) isn't based on anything else!

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            Mr. Disney opened his park in 1955 with attractions based on his film properties such as Alice in Wonderland, Dumbo and Pinocchio paid for with revenue gained from their box office success. The merchandising he licensed & profited from them were arguably the film franchises of their day. All done with no other major animation studios as competition nor with so many other entertainment $ distractions.

            Times and audiences have changed. If a film succeeds tremendously, a series is borne (witness the upcoming release of the 23rd James Bond film). Star Wars broke & created a new mold. Better here than elsewhere.
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                In a large sense every new ride is based on known concepts. All those listed by the OP were based on common ride concepts(Haunted Houses-HM, ideas of the time(21st centerury transit-PM, movie genres(Explorers-JC), or movies (Third Man on the Mountain-Matterhorn).

                Mickey's Fun Wheel, no movie connection but the design is based on a attraction used elsewhere.

                Super Star Limo, dark house ride, more popular as Monster's Inc.


                Disney has a huge library of movies, why not borrow from those already developed ideas of thiers?
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                • #9
                  Re: What's your opinion on Disney rides/lands themed to movie franchises?

                  I agree that I'd rather see Disney develop from their own movies, instead of using outside sources. It doesn't matter how popular the movie is. If the ride is outstanding, people will want to see it. If it isn't, then they won't, no matter how popular a movie is. Cars Land isn't popular because it's based on a movie. It's popular because it was made exceptionally well. The same can be said for attractions made that aren't based on a film. If it's done well, it will be popular. That's why such classics as POTC (before the Deppinationing of it), Haunted Mansion, SPace Mountain, Small World (before the Disneyfying of it), Big Thunder, etc. have lasted so long. They're exceptional.
                  That said, I'd also like to see some balance, rather than EVERYTHING being a movie tie-in. Some of each would be nice. And a balance. Some MAJOR E-ticket/non-coaster attractions that are NOT a movie tie-in would be nice.
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                  • #10
                    Re: What's your opinion on Disney rides/lands themed to movie franchises?

                    Originally posted by sbk1234 View Post
                    ...I'd also like to see some balance, rather than EVERYTHING being a movie tie-in. Some of each would be nice....
                    Bingo.
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                    it combines fantasy and history, adventure and learning,
                    together with every variety of recreation and fun,
                    designed to appeal to everyone."

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                      I don't care either way. A flawed attraction is going to be a flawed attraction regardless of its source material. Same goes for a great attraction.

                      IMO there is nothing inherently better with either type of attraction so I judge each new offering individually. As in I do not enjoy RSR any less because it is the billionth ride with a movie tie-in. Its still a great attraction regardless.
                      In the quest for quality, I have no problem with the characters footing the bill.

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                      • #12
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                        Don't forget sleeping Beauty's Castle. Walt built it to promote the new movie coming out. Imagine if Walt built the park without the beloved landmark castle...

                        I know not a ride, but you get the idea...

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                          I prefer Disney-based rides over original rides. You can make a mine train going thru rock formations anywhere, but no other theme park in the world can create rides with Disney characters.
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                            Re: What's your opinion on Disney rides/lands themed to movie franchises?

                            sbk1234 said:
                            And a balance. Some MAJOR E-ticket/non-coaster attractions that are NOT a movie tie-in would be nice.
                            Yes, it would be nice. Thank you.

                            ---------- Post added 11-05-2012 at 03:53 PM ----------

                            Originally posted by Chesire View Post
                            I prefer Disney-based rides over original rides. You can make a mine train going thru rock formations anywhere, but no other theme park in the world can create rides with Disney characters.
                            So then you don't like Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder, Space Mountain, POTC, Matterhorn.

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                            • #15
                              Re: What's your opinion on Disney rides/lands themed to movie franchises?

                              Originally posted by Disneymike View Post
                              So then you don't like Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder, Space Mountain, POTC, Matterhorn.
                              In Disneyland's heyday as a place that attracted kings, queens, presidents and dignitaries from around the world, the most famous attractions were not ride promotions. From the railroad and the Mark Twain to the submarines and the monorail, Disneyland's originals outnumbered the movie-based rides and outranked them in fame and popularity. That all changed with the advent of the Eisger regime, when Disneyland became all about "Turning Movies into Rides" -- a blatant copy of Universal's "Ride the Movies."
                              "Disneyland is often called a magic kingdom because
                              it combines fantasy and history, adventure and learning,
                              together with every variety of recreation and fun,
                              designed to appeal to everyone."

                              - Walt Disney

                              "Disneyland is all about turning movies into rides."
                              - Michael Eisner

                              "It's very symbiotic."
                              - Bob Chapek

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                                I enjoy original attractions more, but I don't mind movie-based attraction. As long as there is a good balance that's ok.

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                                  My opinion is I don't care. I honestly just want to experience something fun which is why I go to Disneyland. If it's based off a movie or not it doesn't even phase me. I don't hate Star Tour or like it more than Space Mountain because it's based off a franchise that's just silly to me.

                                  Transformers at USH is a good example of how a franchise can be made original. The attraction tells it's own story outside the movies pretty much and I love it I know it borrows from the movies lore but it's presented in such a awesome style. RsR does the same thing.

                                  So give me a movie tie in or original Disney made attraction i don't care but make it good!!!!
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                                    I generally prefer original stories to sequels/prequels. Disney has shown a penchant for sequels ....whether in rides or movies ....
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                                      Re: What's your opinion on Disney rides/lands themed to movie franchises?

                                      Originally posted by Disneymike View Post
                                      So then you don't like Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder, Space Mountain, POTC, Matterhorn.
                                      Don't get me wrong, I love all of those attractions, but unlike others here, I'd rather see movie-based rides taking up the majority of the park, with a few splashes of original rides here and there.
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                                      They are afraid of new ideas.


                                      You know, to me, the most beautiful things in all the universe, are the most mysterious.










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                                      • #20
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                                        With a current popular idea being vampires let's say they build a vampire ride.

                                        Do they wrap thier Babysitter Vampire show into it?

                                        Do they buy Dark Shadows the Warner Film with Jonny Depp?

                                        Or make a ride with no film relation?
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