Here's a question I pose to the MiceChat community:
Would you like to see more attractions (by which I mean rides, not shows) that feature a few live actors?
I'm a long time Disneyland-goer, but I recently visited Universal Studios Hollywood for the first time, and although there's no comparison between the two (that's another discussion), I really like that several rides at Universal featured pre-shows or small parts of the show where lived actors interacted with the ride. For example, Terminator 2:3D has a pre-show with live actors, and then you move into the actual 3-D/motion simulator show which also has more live actors sprinkled throughout video footage. Another example at Universal is that during the Studio Tour, when you drive by the Bates Motel from Psycho, a live actor portraying Norman Bates comes out and stuffs a body in the back of the car, and then threatens the tram riders with a knife.
An example of this type of entertainment in the Disney sphere would be the Great Movie Ride at Epcot. Now I've never personally been to Walt Disney World, but I know that the Great Movie Ride involves one Cast Member who is your guide for most of the ride, but a few other live actors pop out with surprises along the way. You could also argue that Innoventions falls into this category, but in my opinion, it's a bag implementation of a good idea, and if it had a more clear cut story and script, the actors would succeed more in getting the audience excited.
I think this mix of ride and show is something that Disneyland should think about doing more in the future. I know it's expensive to pay actors, and in theory every Cast Member is part of the show so they should all be acting to some extent, but I think having a few actors mixed in makes the ride feel even more real. Yes, Disneyland has the Jungle Cruise, but if you've ever been on any of the attractions I described above, you know that it's not quite the same.
What are your thoughts? Would you want Disney to add more actors to attractions (or their pre-shows), or is it cheesy/boring/generally an awful idea?