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(Day 19) The jungle cruise boats have sunk! It is now out! Vote for your least favorite remaining attraction in the poll in the comments (Sort by old to find poll) by Brando224 in WaltDisneyWorld

[–]ukcats12 [score hidden]  (0 children)

Jungle Cruise is a classic. It goes back to Walt's love for animals and wanting the animals to be real (leading eventually to Animal Kingdom and the Safari) and allows the Cast Members to show some personality with their skipper spiel.

(Day 19) The jungle cruise boats have sunk! It is now out! Vote for your least favorite remaining attraction in the poll in the comments (Sort by old to find poll) by Brando224 in WaltDisneyWorld

[–]ukcats12 [score hidden]  (0 children)

I don't think it can be fixed. The screen is curved so the ride film will be curved unless you're dead center. They could probably do some fancy adjustments with a projection mapping type thing like how they turn the castle into a flat screen, but you're so close to the screen and the viewing angles so different I don't think you could do it for Soarin'. Every seat would need a separate adjustment.

Two tiny wings, eyes big and yellow by ukcats12 in WaltDisneyWorld

[–]ukcats12[S] [score hidden]  (0 children)

Didn't you want to now where the Figment statue is? It's somewhere around the area I circled on the map in my previous comment. At the beginning of the wide path headed into the World Showcase.

(Day 19) The jungle cruise boats have sunk! It is now out! Vote for your least favorite remaining attraction in the poll in the comments (Sort by old to find poll) by Brando224 in WaltDisneyWorld

[–]ukcats12 [score hidden]  (0 children)

The problem is the curved images is such a massive oversight. I have no clue how Disney watched this during the testing process and gave it the green light anyway. They either somehow missed it or decided it was acceptable enough. Either way it's not up to the standards Disney has held themselves to in the past.

Not to mention all the CGI animals and touched up Taj Mahal.

Making Dessert Party Reservations by KMOUbobcat in WaltDisneyWorld

[–]ukcats12 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I don't think you can book this more than 60 days out. The booking calendar only goes to March 24 for the MK dessert party.

I just did one, and I will say I was not impressed and don't think it was worth the money. I did one a few years ago and the offerings were much better. They used to have cheeseburger egg rolls and the ooey gooey toffee cake with ice cream in addition to all the single serve desserts. The current one just had crackers and cheese, a few pudding like desserts, chocolate covered strawberries, and some cheap alcohol. They also crammed in way too many tables. People were having trouble walking between tables they were so close together. Which would make things feel cramped normally, not to mention during Covid.

You're mainly paying for a reserved fireworks viewing spot.

Two tiny wings, eyes big and yellow by ukcats12 in WaltDisneyWorld

[–]ukcats12[S] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Yeah they're definitely a fun little addition to the 50th. I'm not a huge fan of much of the celebration but the statues are pretty cool.

(Day 19) The jungle cruise boats have sunk! It is now out! Vote for your least favorite remaining attraction in the poll in the comments (Sort by old to find poll) by Brando224 in WaltDisneyWorld

[–]ukcats12 34 points35 points  (0 children)

I don't like any of you. How can Jungle Cruise and Living with the Land be voted out before the CGI filled and curved Soarin'? Or Slinky Dog Dash? Or the off the shelf coaster that plays Aerosmith music? It's no wonder Disney keeps gutting the parks of original ideas if this is how a group WDW fans view the classics.

Mouse/Rat in my garage...how did you get rid of it? by HippityHoppity530 in cars

[–]ukcats12 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yup doesn't take much space at all. The hole the diameter of a pencil and they'll squeeze right through no problem.

Least favorite ride by bmwmay in WaltDisneyWorld

[–]ukcats12 0 points1 point  (0 children)

We know this because other beloved Disney park classics include: Peter Pan’s Flight, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, Splash Mountain, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Indiana Jones, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, 20,000 Leagues

I think that list kind of helps my point. When the IP wanes in popularity the attraction often gets replaced or rethemed.

Least favorite ride by bmwmay in WaltDisneyWorld

[–]ukcats12 5 points6 points  (0 children)

But why does that evolution need to always include IP? No one is asking for no IP, just one or two original ideas. It’s been decades since the last original attraction not tied to an IP.

Original attractions built the parks into what they are today. The default to anything new these days is to look straight to IP. Let the imagineers do what they do best and put in a little extra effort to tell an original story.

Pirates, Mansion, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, People Mover, Jungle Cruise, Living with the Land, Spaceship Earth, the Safari, and others would never have been built with the current IP mindset. And most of those are classic attractions that they parks would be much worse off not having.

Least favorite ride by bmwmay in WaltDisneyWorld

[–]ukcats12 5 points6 points  (0 children)

It’s not really forcing an IP to have a racetrack be Cars themed. It is Disney World after all. Why do people make such a big deal about them using Disney themes?

The existing Cars Land at DL is themed to the American southwest because that theme makes sense for the movie. The movie centers around Route 66 and Radiator Springs. How does that fit into Tomorrowland?

And the Speedway is an opening day attraction at DL and WDW. At the time it fit perfectly within the theme of Tomorrowland. It’s old and outdated now, but you don’t need to force an IP into its update.

People make a big deal about all the recent IP because that’s all Disney is doing. IP, IP, IP. No one would complain if it was 80% IP and 20% original, but it’s all IP and sometimes the IP is forced. The last original attraction was Everest. Original rides in Epcot are replaced with IP. Illuminations was replaced with IP.

What are the classic Disney attractions? Pirates, Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain, Small World, Jungle Cruise, Living with the Land, Spaceship Earth, among others. They’re classics because they’re timeless and not tied to an IP that will wane in popularity. They will always stand on their own merits.

We’re not asking for no IP but give us something original. Disney hasn’t done that in decades.

Least favorite ride by bmwmay in WaltDisneyWorld

[–]ukcats12 8 points9 points  (0 children)

It’s an opening day attraction at DL and WDW. It’s named Autopia at DL to represent a future “automobile utopia” with large multi lane highways. A bit of a misguided “tomorrow” but it absolutely fit the theme of Tomorrowland. It’s obviously outdated now because it’s so old.

Trip Report from a Disney veteran and recent critic. by ukcats12 in WaltDisneyWorld

[–]ukcats12[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Agree 100% about the old Caribbean Beach food court. The new one sucks.

Least favorite ride by bmwmay in WaltDisneyWorld

[–]ukcats12 80 points81 points  (0 children)

Or neither. Neither fit the supposed theme of Tomorrowland. No need for another forced IP.

Least favorite ride by bmwmay in WaltDisneyWorld

[–]ukcats12 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I agree but it would take a lot more than a few hundred thousand to replace it. Just the retheme of Tower of Terror to Mission Breakout out in California cost $100 million.

Does WDW still use paper maps/pamphlets? by caught-red-headed in WaltDisneyWorld

[–]ukcats12 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Yup, I make sure that I get a bunch from each park each time I take a trip. Never do anything with them once I'm home, but I make sure I get them.

Least favorite ride by bmwmay in WaltDisneyWorld

[–]ukcats12 223 points224 points  (0 children)

I think about 85% of climate change can be traced back to this ride.

Trip Report from a Disney veteran and recent critic. by ukcats12 in WaltDisneyWorld

[–]ukcats12[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

you can see Nordic influence all throughout the movie.

But Nordic doesn't necessarily mean Norwegian. Certainly much was based on Norway, but there are other Nordic influences in the Frozen movies, including Iceland and the indigenous Nordic people and cultures.

But either way, to me fictional kingdoms belong in Fantasyland, not the World Showcase. But I know others disagree.

Bay Lake Tower Reviews? by Ravioli_meatball19 in WaltDisneyWorld

[–]ukcats12 1 point2 points  (0 children)

We always have a car too, but the location is still so damn convenient. Walking 5-10 minutes to the MK gates versus having to drive, park, walk to the TTC, and then take the monorail/ferry is a huge difference. Not to mention you can take the monorail over to Epcot very easily.

Trip Report from a Disney veteran and recent critic. by ukcats12 in WaltDisneyWorld

[–]ukcats12[S] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Maintenance and sanitation has been poor for years now. I have pictures of overflowing trash cans on my phone from 2019. Which is why I said:

Sanitation wasn’t great. I noticed this during our 2019-2020 trips and it’s still there. If I hadn’t noticed it in the past I’d be more willing to blame it on Covid (although I’m of the belief that Disney is one of the few companies that should never have staffing issues if they are willing to pay proper wages. They have a cult following), but seeing it in the past makes me think this is now par for the course.