Oriental Land Co., Ltd. announced that Turtle Talk, the new
attraction at Tokyo DisneySea® Park, will open on October 1, 2009. The attraction will
be located inside the S.S. Columbia in the themed port of American Waterfront.
I think this is a sensible addition. TDS needs more "small" and kid-friendly attractions to flesh out the park...Turtle Talk is a very polished show, certainly the best of the ones using this particular interactive technology...though I don't know how well Crush's surfer lingo translates into Japanese. The location inside SS Columbia is thematically tenuous, but not completely out of place as at DCA, and moreover will not have an external visual impact on the park. So overall, I think it's a good addition.
perhaps they will make a journey to the center of the earth with a toystory theme next...
Don’t give them ideas. There is already talk about “re-branding” Mysterious Island in light of the Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea prequel. It’s similar to what was planned when the ‘Haunted Mansion’ movie seeped into theaters – replace the “classic” movie elements with the hip, new and edgy “relevant to modern audiences” elements. Disneyland Paris could get a similar re-branding in their corner of Discoveryland.
I think this is a sensible addition. TDS needs more "small" and kid-friendly attractions to flesh out the park...
I don't think it is. TDS has an entire highly themed area for families with children in Mermaid Lagoon. This is where I think this Turtle tv show should have gone if they need it there so badly. Besides.. the Mermaid Lagoon area is so exquisite in theming, I am not sure that having the Nemo characters crash it would be a good thing.
Turtle Talk is a very polished show, certainly the best of the ones using this particular interactive technology...though I don't know how well Crush's surfer lingo translates into Japanese.
The show may be the best interactive show there and in your opinion.."polished" but for those who have been to TDS and seen how lavishly polished and themed this park is as a whole, will agree that the Talk with Crush show is a substandard addition to the much more expensive lineup of TDS attractions.
I want to write that I can see how Turtle Talk loosely fits in TDS even if I don't like it. However, I actually can't think of a Port in TDS where it would fit.
Right now, this is actually an attraction that I could miss at TDS. This is disappointing because I can't and I would never say that about any of the other attractions. I could be proven wrong, but it's doubtful since I can't foresee too many enticing additions.
Let's see, how does it fit? You're in an ocean liner, below decks, and you look out a large window and see the ocean with sea life in it. I think it fits just fine.
The park is indeed light on stuff for younger park-goers. And everything in Mermaid Lagoon is from The Little Mermaid--having a character show from a different movie would not fit at all.
Just my two cents. While adults may not find it to be the most exciting thing in the world, kids are amazed and love it. The fact that the theater is small means there is always a line at Orlando--not sure about Anaheim. There's probably no line in the Animation building at DCA for anything, is there?
I think for a lot of people the show is interesting once, as a demonstration of the technology. People aren’t used to talking back to animation and there’s a novelty there. It wears off quickly.
But I do think it’s a good addition to DisneySea. Every attraction in a park can’t appeal to everyone in it. The goal of a good park should be to have enough attractions – each with different appeals – so that all of the guests can find enough to spend an enjoyable visit.
Because of their small size, limited shows like ‘Turtle Talk’ fit this requirement perfectly. It’s cheap meaning that you can have a lot of these size attractions in all areas of the park. If OLC continues, it will be a good way to “fill out” DisneySea and offer a lot of variety.