Interactivity has played an important part in Disneyland since it opened its gates in 1955. From the exhibits in Tomorrowland'55 to the Frontierland Shootin' Exposition.
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In recent years WDI has added interactive components to more attractions. Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters and its soon to be opened younger brother Midway Mania have taken a dark ride and combined it with the Shootin' Expo to make a new kind of attraction. CMs used to dress in theme and interact with guests, is this seen as passe' these days?
Toontown is one big interactive and real experience.
Innoventions has been with us for a while and interactivity is a large part of that show. Now over in that lesser resort (you know, that little one over in Florida ) Epcot's updated Spaceship Earth has seen an entire portion of the omnimover darkride reduced to a black tunnel while the guest's attention is focused on a puny touchscreen to produce a short animation with the guest's face superimposed - the kind of activity normally reserved for Innoventions or an attraction's after show - where previously a surreal light show surrounded and wowed guests.
Shoot em before they ... um do very little the poor things.
WDI seem to have it in their minds that guests crave this video game like kind of interactivity. It has the potential to enhance some attractions when integrated well. But where does it work and where does it fail? Guests can watch TV and play games in the comfort of their own homes, so perhaps touch screens are a mistake in dark rides? Is BLAB still popular? Will Midway Mania make BLAB redundant?
Swiss Family Robinson's Treehouse was a plethora of interactivity to clamber over.
How much interactivity is too much? What kinds of interactivity complement Disneyland's attractions? What kinds do not? And of these new interactive attractions, when does the interactivity stop adding to the ride experience and become the whole experience?
What's your answers to the many questions above? What's your view of interactivity in the Parks, both virtual and real?
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