Ive been thinking and I have come to the conclusion that at Disneyland there has been NO original E Ticket Attraction of the scope of and since Pirates and the Haunted Mansion, That's been 40 years,40!
My criteria is based on the progression of attractions at the end of Walt Disney's reign. ending with Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion.
Since then there has been no attraction that is:
A. Original and all new, not an rehash update of previous attractions not based on some movie tie in.
B. Large scale with ride on vehicles and with a story told by scenery, special effects and numerous high end AA figures with music and song.
C. For all ages, no height restrictions and no rough roller coaster speeds preventing elderly and very young, disabled from riding, something the WHOLE family can enjoy and your not zooming by so fast you cant even tell what your looking at and lasts over 10 mins.
Obviously Indy, TOT (its at DCA and does not fit criteria above either) and especially Nemo subs do no fit this criteria.
In fact expanding beyond Disneyland has there been any such attractions anywhere in the world at other Disney parks, yes a few. Ones that come to mind are:
Epcot Horizons (my personal favorite of recent years and the only attraction that truly embodied what epcot was supposed to be about) but even it didnt rise to the level of Pirates or the Mansion and was of course demolished.
Others that sort of come close include universe of energy (other than the dinosaurs there isnty much going on, and Dinosaurs (though this ride may have rider restrictions and be too short to qualify. But again none of them equal Pirates of Mansion.
Does this mean that since the late sixties the Disney corp is incapable of carrying on the legacy of bigger, bolder, attractions with mind blowing original effects and technology with a great story put to music and song that Walt created?
In my opinion every thing since the Mansion pales in comparison and as time has gone by its seems that the Disney "bar" keeps getting lower and lower, I understand too the latest generations of guests come to expect less (which is sad in its own right) and they are getting less and they for the most part don't even realize they are getting less and less.
What do you think?