From Blue Sky Disney BlogHTML Code:http://blueskydisney.blogspot.com/2008/03/layering-on-narrative.htmlWhen I first read this description, I thought "sounds pretty good, it's much better than Test Track's ride through a warehouse." Than I started to think more about it. Those who have riden Test Track, know that it is basically riding in a car. The settings of RSR will be much better than a warehouse, but in a few hours from LA, you can go and drive through all the "shadowy woodlands, canyons and valleys, waterfalls and tunnels" that you want to. Sure you can't race, but it would be a similar enough experience. Basically, what I am getting down to is that the experience RSR will offer is not extraordinary enough. I go to Disneyland to do things that are far from ordinary. I go to Disneyland to sail with Pirates, visit the Temple of the Forbiden Eye, visit a Haunted Mansion, rocket through space, ride a cursed mine train; you know things I can't even come close to doing in real life.Well take a look at this official description of what the new land opening in 2012 will be:
"Carsland nestled in the heart of Ornament Valley, Carsland will be home to the characters from Disney-Pixar's smash hit 'Cars' spanning 12 acres this brand new land will transport guest to the heart of Radiator Springs, where they will experience ground breaking attractions, a dine-in restaurant and free wheeling fun for the whole family.
Radiator Springs Racers a speedy 'E-Ticket' attraction will place guest right in the middle of the amazing detailed world of Mater, Lightning McQueen, Doc and Sally. After a quick race briefing from Doc and Lightning, passengers will suddenly find themselves in the midst of an exciting race through shadowy woodlands, canyons and valleys, waterfalls and tunnels, complete with hairpin turns, steep banks and a heart-pounding dash for the finish line.
Disney should focus on the extraordinary, not the ordinary. Talking cars are not enough to make driving in a car extraordinary IMO. I am sure RSR will be fun, but why spend 300 million on it, when you could spend 300 million on something else much more extraordinary like say TDS's Journey to the Center of the Earth?