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After 29 years in Epcot's Imagination Pavilion, it is finally time for Captain EO to beat it. The sci-fi film starring Michael Jackson and directed by Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola will close for good on December 6th.
Word started on Twitter that the attraction would be closing for good this time. Posters are already up in the parks inviting guests to watch EO and the gang change the world, one last time.
Captain EO replaced Magic Journeys in 1986 and lasted until 1994 when it was replaced by Honey, I Shrunk the Audience. 2010 saw the revival of Captain EO, following Jackson's death in 2009. Since then theme park fans have been waiting for the other shoe to drop. There have been plenty of false alarms when the theater was taken over for film previews. Rumors have pointed to a permanent Inside Out show replacing EO. Whatever replaces it, I hope it comes soon because there is a 6-month refurbishment happening to Soarin' early next year and that park will be desperate for attractions to fill the void.
UPDATE: Disney has officially confirmed the closure of Captain EO and announced the replacement. "Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival" will be taking over the Magic Eye Theater shortly after December 6th. The show will consist of three animated shorts in 3D. Disney has not said which shorts will be included or wether or not they will be existing shorts or created just for the attraction.
I'm just as sick of all the construction at the Walt Disney World resort as the next person. But if this trend is going to continue I'd like to suggest a few attractions that need to leave the parks for good. These are attractions that have outstayed their welcome or are just plain bad. I did not just focus on the negative, however. Here are also 5 replacement for these rides, and I believe the parks will be better if this appeal gets answered.
Why it needs to go: Loud, gas guzzling, smelly vehicles have no place in the land of tomorrow. Being stuck on a fixed track, unable to maneuver around the 8 year old ahead of you who decided that the middle of the track was a good time to forget how the gas pedal works, is not not fun. The scenery of the course itself is not even pleasant to look at, like its Disneyland counterpart, Autopia.
What should replace it: The real estate that the Speedway takes up is massive. The only problem facing any new attraction replacing is its proximity to the railroad. With that not being a factor, I could see Shanghai's Tron coaster making its way stateside.
Impressions de France
Why it needs to go: I've heard many positive reviews of this 200 degree widescreen film in the France pavilion but I just don't get it. It feels like one of those pseudo-educational films they play for you in school. Disney is known for making education fun but this is not one of those experiences. The wrap around screen did nothing to inject any excitement. I know the film is supposed to be educational but other offerings in Epcot and elsewhere do so more effectively.
What should replace it: World Showcase needs real attractions. There are purists who believe otherwise. I think there are ways of preserving the beauty of the pavilions and still include an attraction or two. The choice is obvious here: Ratatouille. Disneyland Paris' newest attraction is a hit and it's not hard to see why. Trackless ride vehicles, incredible screen effects and immersive practical environments are exactly the things I know I want in the world showcase.
Journey into Imagination
Why it needs to go: This blasphemous update to a classic attraction has been allowed to exist far too long. After budget setbacks required the scope of the reimagining to be smaller, imagineers opted to rip the soul out of the ride. Figment quickly was shoehorned back into the attraction but it wasn't the same without the Dreamfinder. And turned Figment into an annoying pest rather than a lovable sidekick.
What should replace it: Bring back the Dreamfinder. As amazing as being able to ride the classic attraction would be, something entirely new is needed. Perhaps based on the Figment comic series. 'The New Adventures of the Dreamfinder and Figment' sounds about right.
Why it needs to go: I am one of those crazy people that actually enjoys Dinosaur. However I understand all the criticisms called against it. It's way too dark and terrifying for kids. I've never felt that this attraction, or all of Dinoland USA for that matter, really belongs in Animal Kingdom at all.
What should replace it: I have suggested a perfect replacement for this entire area before and I will continue beating that dead horse. Indiana Jones should completely take over Dinoland USA and the Dinosaur attraction. It's just a no-brainer. The track layouts to Disneyland's Temple of the Forbidden Eye and Dinosaur are identical. Swapping out the theming will make a world of difference.
Stitch's Great Escape
Why it needs to go: Oh, Stitch. Everyone's favorite mischievous alien. Stitch was dealt a bad hand when he had to fill the ExtraTERRORestrial show building. A theater of this kind only works for a select few experiences and Stitch is not one of them. Another attraction too dark and too scary for kids and uncomfortable for adults.
What should replace it: The entire "theater-in-the-round" idea needs to go and an entirely different concept has to fill that space. I'd love to see Tomorrowland get back to its roots in looking toward our future. I doubt we'll ever see that realized though after the Tomorrowland film disappointed at the box office. Even if Stitch does stay around the entire experience needs a reimagining.
Disney has released some new details and even given a sneak peek to some of the new Star Wars offerings that will be coming to Hollywood Studios starting December 1st. As the studios transforms over the next few years, guests will be desperate for options. Thankfully these new temporary and non-temporary attractions will provide adequate distractions from the endless construction walls.
Star Wars Launch Bay, which replaces the Animation Pavilion, will be host to all things Star Wars. Special exhibits and behind the scenes peeks of the Force Awakens will be there in time for the film's opening. Of course there will be all the special merchandise your little wallets can endure as well as new meet-and-greets for Chewbacca and Darth Vader.
Star Tours – The Adventures Continue will have several updated scenes from the Force Awakens, including a scene with the Millennium Falcon that looks very similar to one from the first trailer. You can see a sneak peek of that part below. If you ride during the first few months you'll be guaranteed to see the new scenes. After that they will fall into the the randomizer.
The Jedi Training Academy will be returning as Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple in early December. The new stage show will still feature Darth Vader but will now also feature the "Seventh Sister" who is a new character from Star Wars Rebels.
Unfortunately, the construction at the park means there will be no Star Wars Weekends this year or possibly ever again, depending on the direction Disney wants to go after the expansion is open. While these offerings are mere peanuts to the massive 14-acre expansion planned for the coming years, they are a necessary addition to a park that will need a lot of help for some time.
Slow down with this slow motion look at the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at the Magic Kingdom.
Universal Orlando has announced yet another new attraction for 2017. Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon will feature the Tonight Show host on an adventure through New York City. The new attraction will replace Twister... Ride it Out, which will close November 2nd.
Not many details were given on how the ride will be presented. Considering Jimmy Fallon will be hosting the attraction we can assume lots of screens will come into play, in classic Universal fashion. The show building for Twister is just slightly smaller than Transformers'. Will it be a ride that advanced? Probably not. I'm betting on a large theater experience like Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem.Read More
Universal has announced that their multi-billion dollar franchise, Fast & Furious, is coming to Orlando. The franchise is currently featured in Universal Studios Hollywood as part of Universal's Tram Tour. Reactions to that ride have been mixed due to the subpar CG movie. The Orlando attraction should be considerably different.
The attraction will debut in 2017 and be called Fast & Furious: Supercharged, but there will be some differences from its West coast counterpart. Universal promises the attraction will have "an original storyline and incredible ride technology" and "specially-designed vehicles". I'm hoping that will require a new film from the one in Hollywood. Regardless of the film, the experience should be very different.
Of course something has to make room for Dominic Toretto and his family to have a home. Disaster: A Major Motion Picture Starring You! will be closing September 8th and Beetlejuice Graveyard Revue will take its final bow sometime later this year. Rumor has it that Beetlejuice could move to the Fear Factor stage but there is no official comment from Universal yet.