When I went to UNI/IoA two years ago I was alittle upset over how little I could do...I mean they had what seemed like 5 coasters in IoA and I basically was finished???
Disney I could do everything if I wanted to, I think that's one of the differences, and ye I thought Wizarding World was pretty damn cool and very immersive
Well of course they can't be compared sillies!!
I think comparisons between the current WDW and Universal Studios are irrelevant.
What's relevant is comparing the current rate of improvement between WDW and Universal studios.
Honestly what I tell people is that Disney and Universal are NOT interchangeable experiences. Both of them offer something different, and worth exploring!
I visit both for different reasons, and while I have become a Universal "fanboy" in the past few years, I by no means "hate" Disney. I just want Disney to excite me again.
But Disney can, really NEVER excite us again. Eisner, who LOVED competition is gone, Baxter is gone, WDI 2nd generation bloodbath is forthcoming (Rhode bailing at DAKs 15th). Yea we got CarsLand, but that was all Lasseter doing all Rowling on WDI
This sounds like a big excuse for Disney's admitted lack development as of recent. The idea that Disney has too much on its plate to build new quality attractions is ridiculous, but even if it were true what does that mean? Is the average tourist supposed to continue to choose Disney over Universal because although Universal is growing faster, "Disney has a lot more on their plate"? King Eric says it best:
I agree that Avatarland will be Disney's true response to Potter, but it will be 7 years too late and is no where near as exciting of a property in terms of fan interest or content.
I remain excited by both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. AND I'm excited to visit Universal -- a destination I'd long-since given up on (from the days when the most thrilling attractions they could boast were a drive-by of a dry-docked JAWS and a green screen ET.) I happen to think the competition is going to be a good thing for park-goes...ALL park goers. But I also don't expect instant gratification -- imagination and innovation take time, no matter what park your taking about.
I, for one, am excited to see what comes of the Avatar inspiration. What Disney's done with Carsland (a movie that didn't particularly speak to me) gives me great optimism that they can realize something imaginative, immersive, and whimsical out of Pandora. I'm certainly willing to wait to experience it before I judge it a failure. But beyond the new, I'm excited by walking down Main Street, by fireworks, that first drop in Pirates, the rush of zooming through the darkness in Space Mountain...yeah, I'm excited by a lot of it.
It's evident that a number of folks here have written off WDW as the "Walmart of theme parks," and dismiss those who are still captivated by them as buffet-loving numbskulls. That Disney still excites me doesn't make me ignorant of or blind to their missteps or the areas that need improvement. It's possible to be discerning and exercise critical thinking and still come out liking something, being excited by it -- flaws and all.
The truth is, we all have our unique experience of the parks, and they are colored by very complicated filters. To present a personal perception as an objective measure of quality is misguided, to say the least. Debate away, but understand that neither opinion nor interpretation = facts. And kindly refrain from speaking for everyone and/or deriding those who happen to have a contrasting point of view.
I have a trip to Disneyland/D23 scheduled, another trip to WDW later this season and future plans for Universal once all is done with Mr. Potter. I enjoy all the parks and what's to come from all coasts. People do like to pick sides and plan funerals for kingdoms but I still, like you, am "excited" for what's to come.
Forbidden Journey is not 3D. I'm guessing you haven't actually ridden it. Yes, there are screens, but there are also scenes consisting entirely of sets.* This will also apply to Gringotts, which is a dark ride/coaster hybrid. It's silly to compare all of these attractions, as their different ride systems make for very different experiences. There's much more involved than just screens.
*Did I mention that Forbidden Journey's queue, by itself, is more impressive than most dark rides?
It would be completely fair to say a dark ride are now subjective as are opinions.
And according to rumors and leaked plans Gringotts is too relying on screens with the limited amount of space they are choosing to work with. Plus the Hogwarts train is rumored to have screens as well that make you appear you are moving within the film. So once again if these screens are not working the ride itself has failed.
The new Snow White mountain at the Magic Kingdom so far does not rely on screens as Universal Rides do. Maybe some of that impressive Forbidden Journey que should have been given up for an actual ride space for more impressive scenes that you can see in person rather than on a large screen.
As long as Disney keeps trying to beat Universal by playing Universal's game they will continue to fall short. They need to stop letting movie marketing executives dictate their direction.
Universal doesn't continue running their rides when major show pieces aren't working, so that's a moot point. When a ride breaks down, like in your video, it's evacuated and fixed as quickly as possible.Quote:
My point is if the screens are not working then the ride has failed. 3D or not, these rides rely on a screen too heavily.
Limited space? Have you seen the Gringotts building? It's huge. The ride will have screens, yes, but it won't rely on them that heavily.Quote:
And according to rumors and leaked plans Gringotts is too relying on screens with the limited amount of space they are choosing to work with.
Their only other option was a scenic tour of backstage. I'll take the screens.Quote:
Plus the Hogwarts train is rumored to have screens as well that make you appear you are moving within the film. So once again if these screens are not working the ride itself has failed.
Well you can't please everyone. I don't think a queue that's too short to handle the attraction's lines would please anyone though. They've already had to add an extension to it since opening. On occasion, the line would even begin in Jurassic Park!Quote:
Maybe some of that impressive Forbidden Journey que should have been given up for an actual ride space for more impressive scenes that you can see in person rather than on a large screen.