We all enjoy Disney's "Musical" Attractions right? By musical I mean A) A vast majority of the attraction focuses on song(s)/music throughout the ride (e.g. Splash Mountain) or B) A single song that defines the attraction itself (e.g. Haunted Mansion).
To get a very broad idea of what I mean, here are some attractions that I recollected about before typing up this entire post...
- Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- The Haunted Mansion
- Country Bear Jamboree
- Splash Mountain
- It's a Small World
- General Electric's Carousel of Progress
- America Sings
Now off the top of my head, the only attraction that seem to remember that can fit on the list and is recent is "The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure" at California Adventure which opened in 2011. It is much like Splash Mountain, taking music from the movie and creating a storyline based around the music (Or in this case just directly copying and pasting the movie's plot). If memory dictates me correctly, the closest musical attraction built before 2011 is Splash Mountain, which opened in 1989. That's nearly a 22 year gap between between attractions with a musical undertone.
And on that matter, what was the last attraction to use an original soundtrack? I mean no disregard to Splash Mountain, I love Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, but nearly all the songs originated from Song of the South. I am talking about stuff like the Enchanted Tiki Room or the Carousel of Progress. Original songs heard nowhere else except the attraction.
What do you think? Should Disney create more of these kinds of attractions? Having a musical tone to it and/or a very memorable song that defines the attraction itself. Or are both parks pretty content with their current amount? Personally for me, I would love to have another musical attraction, but something a bit more grand than Ariel's Undersea Adventure. I mean the attraction doesn't have to be monsterly huge like Splash Mountain to be effective. Look at the Enchanted Tiki Room! It takes up very little space and still retains an epic stature.
But it looks like my hopes and dreams for a grand and memorable musical attraction are dashed faster than a boulder rolling down a hill. Current rumors point to Tron Land replacing the Submarine Lagoon and a third gate whose sole theme is Star Wars. Seriously, how can you make a musical Star Wars attraction?
Star Wars Holiday Special: The Ride?Don't give them ideas...