I have to add .... since the "Jack Sparrow" storyline was added to PotC (From a known recent film franchise) ... I feel (now 6 years since they added him) ..... it dates the attraction.
Where it felt more "classic" before ... they had to add a "trendy" element .. connecting it to a recent modern film.
From Sparrow, to Nemo, to Buzz, and sith lords and action heroes ..... they don't seem to help Disneyland's "classic" status .... they just seem to help what the current trend is. While making big leaps to thinking they are going to be classic for the longhaul.
Seems ... more modern attempts to creating "franchise attractions" ... are just means to date themselves. Then over here ... we have attractions that have absolutely no connection to a franchise .. and have classic status.
Seems to me, the co. thinks all attractions have to be franchise-connected to be classics for the longhaul. When ... it appears to me .. by not connecting them to some current-day "Hot" film ... gives an attraction a better chance to be more liked .. well into the future .. by future generations .. they may find those past films - dated. And thus, less appealing.
And I could I see them over doing it with all sorts of "Iron Man" references ... that only pull Tomorrowland further into the abyss of Miscellanous Modern Day - Dated Attractions Land.
As time goes on ... all this chatter that Original attractions are risky ... and making attractions tied to some franchise makes them more classic and somehow "better" for the longhaul. ..... Seems they got it backwards! It's the other way around. Franchise attractions are the risk. Look at the Matterhorn, DLRR, Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain .. etc .. been around for decades .. no connection to any known franchise .. and by not dating them .. or placing them to any pre-existing franchise .... makes them the longstanding classics. Future generations can interpret them anyway they want ... than being hamstrung to some dated franchise. THOSE are the less risky ideas.
Seems by creating attractions not connected to a current film .. other known as an "Original" idea ... are the types of attractions that have the better chance of becoming classics.
Ideas based on rich BACK stories .. rich environments .... perhaps a man with a reactor implanted into his chest .. with an idea how to transform the future of mankind .. with flying suits ... can work. And that little itty fact .... that it's Iron Man .... barely noticed.