I was one of the fortunate ones that was able to ride SM on 7/1. I was all excited to see the new show effects and what Disney did differently. However, my impression after I got off the ride was not as good as I was hoping it would be.
Don't get me wrong, I'm THRILLED that SM is back up again!! But to me, it all looked pretty much the same. Especially when you enter that huge room where the loading area is located. Sure, you have a slightly new *ship* hanging fromt he ceiling, but other than that, it's the same look. The only noticeable changes I saw was part of the que area, the exact loading area, the very beginning of the ride, the very end of the ride and the exit (no speed ramp, but stairs now).
Now those changes are really cool, but the ride itself (to me) was pretty much what I remembered before it closed down. And all I kept thinking to myself after I got off the ride was, *it took Disney nearly 3 years to re-open SM for THIS?*
One of the main things I was hoping for (expecting, actually) was that all the stars inside the ride would be that of what Peter Pan is like. To me, that would be more realistic looking and actually make the ride appear darker. But instead, we have projected stars running rampant all throughout the ride, just like before. I didn't notice any major show change, and that was really disappointing to me.
Also, I'm not a fan of the new music they have. The old score was so much better!! But like I said earlier, I'm THRILLED that SM is open again and I'll still go on it all the time. It's just that after so long, I was expecting a lot more for the length of time it was down. Perhaps more show effects will pop up once the official opening happens on 7/15, let's hope!
Anyway, I know a lot of you out there may really love the new SM, and for that, I'm happy! But for me, I was wanting (expecting) more.