Greetings fellow Micechatters!
Well, let's see.....where to start? I wanted to make a note of an unfortunate phenomena. The thing is, I don't think anything can (or should) be done about this other than to, well, make a note of it......
I returned from a trip to WDW this October. I went with my wife, two kids (8 and 5), and my in-laws. None of the people traveling with me were as....well..... obsessive about Disney as I am. While my wife and kids love Disney and the parks, I am the only one who spends endless amounts of time frequenting sites like this one. With that being said we where all exited when we found that the new Fantasyland was soft opening while we where there. And it is with this setup that I get to my point (finally)........I think the detail and immersiveness of the Little Mermaid building and line make the ride seem less impressive than it should. you see, I personally did not notice this. Having spent my fair share of time reading all sorts of reviews and seeing all sorts of photos of the DCA version, I knew exactly what to expect. It's a solid C, or maybe even a D ticket ride. Viewed in this light it's a good ride. It more than holds it's own against other dark rides such as peter pans flight or pooh. I'm happy with this (hey, they can't all be e-tickets, right?). Talking with my travel party, however, I noticed a slight element of disappointment among them. After doing some thinking, I believe I know what is (at least partially) to blame here. Unlike in DCA, MK version of VOLM is a C-ticket attraction that was given a full out E-ticket queue and building
(DCA's is nice, but not on the level of MK's).
The spectacular lead up this ride is given makes the ride a lot less impressive and I think draws more attention to some of the faults of the ride itself. My wife brought up things like transitions and felling that they felt "unfinished".
Like I said, I'm not sure if anything could of should be done about this, I certainly wouldn't want less quality or detail or immersiveness.......but I was curious to see what your opinions where.