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    "Attractions" vs "Rides"

    This is something that may be very petty, but it has always made me cringe when I read it. I see posters refer to the attractions at Disney Parks as "rides" all the time. I always use the word "attraction". It is what Walt called his adventures. He never used the word ride as it was used for all common carnivals and amusement Parks and it is this reason that they were called "attractions" at Disney Parks. I am curious if this bugs anyone else or is it just a question of semantics? Ride or Attraction? Which do you use and does it matter? To me it does. Ride sounds so "carnival" to me and Disney Parks are anything but...well except for maybe Paradise Pier! I will never use anything but the term attraction for the adventures at the Parks.

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    Re: "Attractions" vs "Rides"

    I pretty much use the term "ride". I do use "attraction" though to describe an overall experience.

    To me the term "attraction" should be used to describe a show, restaurant, store, and yes -- even a ride that is themed in such a way to provide an experience beyond and above its core function.

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    Re: "Attractions" vs "Rides"

    I know when I was in training back in the stone ages at WDW we were taught there were only 2 rides on property. The Great Movie Ride and Mr Toad's Wild Ride. I believe the word ride is used more so the guests understand better.

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    Re: "Attractions" vs "Rides"

    If somebody calling them "rides" bugs you, I believe that you, not the ride sayer, has the problem.

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    Re: "Attractions" vs "Rides"

    Attractions is not what you ride on, but it is also what you can see, like the Petrified Tree, that is ALSO considered an attraction.

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    Re: "Attractions" vs "Rides"

    But, but, the sign says it's a roller-coaster type ride!

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    Re: "Attractions" vs "Rides"

    Sure... Pooh is an attraction, but if people come up to you and ask what it is, you may specify that it's a "nice little ride through the hundred acre wood" or more preferably "it's a fun journey/adventure through the hundred acre wood."
    It's all in the wording.

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    Re: "Attractions" vs "Rides"

    I usually try to use "attraction", but if you explain it as an attraction twice and the guest is still staring at you with their head slightly cocked sideways like my golden retriever, I'll finally break down and call it a ride so they get it.

    guest: What rides are fun here?
    me: We have so MANY attractions, what type of experience are you looking for?
    guest: What type of what? I want fast rides!
    me: Well, let me point out some of the most thrilling attractions on the map for you. This one is Space Mountain.
    guest: I don't want a space, I want rides.
    me: ...this is a ride.
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    Re: "Attractions" vs "Rides"

    Quote Originally Posted by Garrett240 View Post
    If somebody calling them "rides" bugs you, I believe that you, not the ride sayer, has the problem.

    It does not "bug" me. I just was referring to the many books I have read about Disneyland wherein it states that specifically Walt Disney was loathe to call the attractions "rides". He wanted Disneyland to be different from all the rest of the run-of-the-mill amusement parks and therefore named them attractions. I call them that and I also call them adventures, because if you choose enjoy POTC, for example, these are much more than just a ride, they are immersible experiences, adventures, if you will and therefore the name attraction. I can see calling King Arthur's Carousel a ride on a Merry-Go-Round, or anything over at Paradise Pier, as I said. Any of the attractions or adventures with animatronics or an experiential feel to it is an attraction to me. It just kinda gets under my skin a little bit when I hear the word ride when referred to POTC or Haunted Mansion, for example. I hear people say, "Hey Let's go on that Pirates ride now!" Just weird to me. I grew up enjoying DL in the 1950's and 1960's when most everything WAS an attraction or an adventure, not JUST a ride. So, I guess that is where my reference comes from.
    I suppose it IS easier to just call them rides to the public, but I was always under the impression that Cast members (NOT employees!) were supposed to use the word attraction, and not "ride".
    Maybe I sounded like it made me mad or got me all fired up, not that at all, just a little squirmy when I hear the word ride because of what I have read and experienced over the past 40+ years going to the Park!
    Oh and thanks Rum Runner, any other Cast Members that can fill me in about the attraction word? Is it required to use anymore?

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    Re: "Attractions" vs "Rides"

    Technically, you are absolutely correct. Walt wanted his park to be different. That is also why there is no such thing as an "E-Ticket." It was an "E-Coupon." There were a few early A,B & C tickets, but Walt changed the word to coupon for just the reasons you cite. He felt that tickets get you onto rides. You needed a coupon to get onto one of his attractions. It's little, seemingly insignificant, things like this that set Disneyland apart. We often talk about Disney Magic and what the term means. Often, it's something very subliminal and seemingly insignificant. Something like seeing a cast member use the "two-fingered point." Things like this probably don't consciously register with most people, but somehow they make Disneyland... well... Disneyland.

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    People will keep calling them rides anyway. It's what we're used to everywhere else. And, particularly on forums like this, ride is a lot easier to type.
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    Re: "Attractions" vs "Rides"

    Attractions, to me, are something you can see, touch, interact with, and even certain rides I call attractions. Like, for instance, Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin. I call that an attraction, because it's more about theming than the actual ride, to me.

    But rides are things like Space Mountain, Big Thunder, Splash Mountain, that you ride mostly for the thrills.

    But, really, it's how I thought attractions were, something you look at, or interact with (like a resteraunt). And to be incredibly confusing, I do normally call everything an attraction. Just saying, if I bring guests to my home (ahaha, just kidding. ) iI do talk in a language they understand so I don't confuse them. I'm their map, they need me to be precise and understandable, not confusing them with the word 'attraction'. That's just my take, though.

    It really depends on who your talking to, to me. Then again, I don't work there. Not yet.

    And I've only been going to the park for 15-ish years, so they were called rides to me.

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