Thursday, June 13, 2024

The Future of Attractions is Intellectual Property



Disney CEO Bob Iger said last month during a media conference that the future of the Disney parks is in intellectual property (IP) and not original stories built for the parks.  He spoke specifically about how the new Zootopia land in Shanghai Disneyland was a great success because the movie is so popular there. He then talked about how as far back as Cars Land at Disneyland and Toy Story Land at Walt Disney World that he knew that investment in IP for the parks was the way to go, and "it's very, very clear what that delivered."


I have to admit, I didn't think much of his comments at the time, mostly because both Iger and Parks Chairman Josh D'Amaro, as well as former CEO Bob Chapek, have said similar things over the years. The reason this came up now is because Disney is preparing to "turbocharge" their investment in the parks in the coming years, spending $60 billion in the parks over the next decade.


Thursday, June 6, 2024

Tiana's Bayou Adventure Ride Through Released

 


As Walt Disney World prepares for the official opening of Tiana's Bayou Adventure on June 28, they released a ride through of the full attraction the other day.  This comes right as media previews are happening.  I don't remember Disney ever releasing a ride through for an entire ride before it opened; plenty of media members will do so, but this is an official Disney release.



Perhaps because Disney was aware that others would be putting out their own videos, they wanted to "get ahead of the narrative" in a way.  Or perhaps they recognized that the ride is only partially "new", given that the track remains the same from when it was Splash Mountain.  We'll talk about all of that in this post, take a look at the backlash and criticism Disney is receiving and then attempt to answer the question of whether this is an upgrade from the attraction that had been there.


Monday, June 3, 2024

Tron vs. Guardians - Which is the Best New Coaster?



Since we don't get to go to Walt Disney World all the time (regrettably), in between trips, it stands to reason that a bunch of new attractions will open (and/or be renovated).  Then by the time we come back and visit again, there are some "new to us" attractions, even if they've been open for a little while.  When we took our recent trip, those new attractions included two major thrill rides - Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind at Epcot and Tron Lightcycle Run at Magic Kingdom.


I've already reviewed both of these rides individually - you can find Guardians here and Tron here - so I'm not going to rehash most of what I wrote there (though do please read these first if you want some more specifics about each one).  Instead, I thought it would be fun to have a good old "fight" between the two to determine which is "better."  I'm using heavy air quotes here because you probably know my general feeling - there is no right or wrong answer.  Without spoiling too much of my earlier reviews, I really enjoyed both rides and they are both worthy tentpole attractions at their respective parks.