June 15, 2010

Under the Sea Trumps a Galaxy Far Far Away

Pod racing we expected. It's a natural fit after all. But when Imagineer Kathy Rogers spilled a few previously approved beans that the new Star Tours 2 in 3D (Say that quickly three times!) included some travel to and through Coruscant, I must admit that option never crossed my mind.

Certainly the suggested in house effects will add much to this attraction. (See Stormrider at Tokyo Disney Sea.) Yet, overall, I'm not too impressed. Guess my next trip to the resort will be to see California Adventure instead of Disneyland. With World of Color and The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure opening by then, I'd rather spend the day experiencing some new attractions versus a refreshed one. Or even looking at concepts and models for Carsland, Radiator Springs Racers, and Buena Vista Street at the Blue Sky Cellar.

Should Disneyland continue with its focus on revamping the past, (Tom Sawyer Island, Tarzan's Treehouse, Sleeping Beauty Castle Walk Thru, the "New" Tomorrowland with its emphasis on the past, Captain Eo, Pirates of the Caribbean with Johnny Depp, and now Star Tours), the park will become the museum it is accused of being. This is not to discredit Tony Baxter's loving care of the past, only to highlight the problems this approach represents when used to the exclusion of new attractions. (Let's face it- Tony's hands - and that of the other Imagineers have been effectively hogtied for a decade!)

As this trend continues, The Disneyland Historical Preservation Society will rejoice- but this fan will eventually move on to occassional visits to Disneyland for nostalgia purposes and nothing more. And I'm guessing, so will many others.
(Art copyright The Walt Disney Company.)

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