One more thing about Mermaid I was thinking...the show building is one of the most beautiful structures in DCA, IMHO. It's a pity the interior doesn't match up.
While Omnimovers are people eaters, Mermaid really does seem to be dead most of the time, with all those empty clamshells. Buzz Lightyear's an Omnimover, and while it usually doesn't have a long wait, it always has a bit of a line inside as you get toward loading...and people seem to want to re-ride it.
Buzz also lives up to that standard mentioned above: the guest is an active part of the story.
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Is it really Mr. Limpett? He's not Disney character, is he?
While I agree that some aspects of TLM could have been done better (i.e. expanding the attraction with more scenes), I actually love this attraction...it's my second favorite in DCA, behind RSR (next in line would be ToT, if anyone's wondering). I don't quite get the hate people have for it. I understand that a lot of people are disappointed that it doesn't live up to its full potential, but why not enjoy the attraction for what it is? I, for one, appreciate having a (in my opinion) decent dark ride in DCA that I can go on without having much of a wait, and the show quality is better than Monsters, Inc (again, in my opinion). Basically what I'm saying is that we should appreciate what's there as opposed to what's not there.
As for the queue, here's a thought- with NextGen coming to DLR in the future (according to what's been reported by Al), could it be possible that part of the outdoor queue might be used for an interactive experience? Sure, the fact that the attraction is a walk-on pretty regularly might be a clear argument as to why TLM doesn't need an interactive queue, but maybe WDI already had plans just like they did for Luigi's Flying Tires and Mater's Junkyard Jamboree (both of which opened with the standard queues that we're all used to).
Just some food for thought.
I'm told that after Disneyland closed at 7 today, all the Mermaid queue areas we're talking about were full, and an extended queue was necessary as well. This demonstrates what I was talking about. In cases like Mermaid, a spike in attendance and/or dip in capacity can suddenly result a large number of people standing in line, and Disney needs a place to put them.
I agree, I love the Monsters Inc. ride. Even though we know what was there before, I feel that the Monstropolis theming in the queue, etc. is really clever, the show scenes are a lot of fun (I love the door room) and it's a great dark ride. I'll ride it whenever I'm at DCA if I can.
What disappoints me most about TLM is that we know Disney can do better. We know they can. We've seen it. They came up with a gorgeous show building exterior. The "Under the Sea" room is beautiful. The ride vehicles are fun. The rest...all I can think on that ride is that they just did not meet the potential they could have.
the virtual ride on the dvd was a lot better. just saying.
i'd rather wait in a long line for a good ride than a short wait for a bad ride.
The Little Mermaid Ride - YouTube
yep, the dvd version is better, it's 2 stories which saves space. better rid system.
When I rode The Little Mermaid last year the most of the queue was used. I agree with other posts stating that the ride could have been better with the technology available in 2011. With all the hype I was expecting awesome special effects. I'd say leave the queue as is. If they try to do new construction there we probably will see another hefty price increase in tickets.
While overbuilt, I do appreciate a queue that can keep expanding and taking people so that they don't need to have path queues like the Matterhorn.
Please Watch and YOU thought the DCA version was overbuilt?
Full Ride & Queue: The Little Mermaid in New Fantasyland at Walt Disney World - YouTube
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plus here's a pic
I think the whole ride was overbuilt! Everytime I walk by every week when i go to DLR and DCA I never see that long of a line. When I went there this past friday it was walk on and DCA was packed mind you. I dont think the ride was a good choice. Its not that popular. They could have used the space for something more interesting