I have to say I was surprised by the suggestion on Kevin's report that Germany at Epcot could get a new ride.
I love the idea of a boat ride. I agree with him that a boat ride is the right vehicle system because:
1) It allows a slower moving experience to give time to reveal a story. Because boats naturally move slowly, we are not disturbed by the pace. While if a car vehicle moves that same speed, we feel like something is wrong. That it should move faster.
2) In a hot environment, getting people close to water has a cooling, refreshing feel. It was one of Walt's secrets to great rides. Getting people close to water rejuvenates them.
3) There is something subconsciously thrilling about a boat ride. We ride in cars everyday, but how often do we ride in a boat? Also there is a hint at danger with a boat. So many people are kept in there boat at IASM even though it is only a few feet of water. Subconsciously we fear drowning and that fear provides a thrill.
I have to say that Disney is missing the point on a ride about a boat trip down the Rhine river. WHAT IS FUN ABOUT THAT? Rides should be something that kids as well as adults love. No kid is going to get excited about a boat trip down the Rhine river. That might be an adult fantasy, but not a kid's.
NOW if Disney were to add some MAGIC! That would bring in the kids. Make the trip go back in time to the age of Knights and Princesses! I would love to see an enchanted forest. How about some fairies or unicorns? I think that the climax could be a right with a fire-breathing dragon, a duel to the death between a knight and a dragon (as in Sleeping Beauty)! Now that would draw kids! The exterior of the German pavilion sets the mode for castles and knights. Add a few drops down a water fall in the ride system and this could be the best ride in WS and maybe in Epcot!
What do you think? Are you looking forward to a ride down the Rhine or through an enchanted forest?