Apparently, the next big thing at the Studios (for the next three/four years or so, I suppose) is going to be Soarin'. Am I the only person who's not too thrilled about this?
The WDS has one too many attractions with bare queues, awful, force-fed pre-shows and mediocre show-shows. It gives you nothing to explore on your own and instead treats you like an idiot as it takes you by the hand on guided tours through backstage areas that have no on-stage areas while teaching you as much about movie-making as Sesame Street could teach you about counting. Soarin', while a much nicer ride than your average Armageddon: Special Effects, won't really fill any gaps in that area.
What I think it does need desperately is an upgrade for Art of Animation. I know there's not a lot of love for DCA, but there's no arguing with the fact that it has the best version of this attraction on the planet. If it had DCA's Animation building, it would have a proper, fun, interesting place to explore that would give the park something of a raison d'etre as well as a worthy competitor to Disneyland Park's "on-stage" rides. And what could be closer to the heart of a fake Disney Studios park than this marvelous pavilion?
I'll take it over Soarin' any day, at least.