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Question: WDI's Best :: Total Votes:18
Mouseke-Poll choices Votes Statistics
Pirates of the Caribbean 4  [22.22%]
Haunted Mansion 3  [16.67%]
Mission: SPACE 1  [5.56%]
Spaceship Earth 4  [22.22%]
Star Tours 0  [0.00%]
The Great Movie Ride 0  [0.00%]
Soarin' Over California 2  [11.11%]
It's a Small World 1  [5.56%]
It's Tough to Be a Bug 0  [0.00%]
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 3  [16.67%]
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Posted: April 03, 2004, 9:30 pm Quote

If none of those choices suit you, tell us which is your choice!

Feel free to share your thoughts on WHY the attraction best exemplifies the magic of WDI.

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Posted: April 03, 2004, 10:43 pm Quote

Most people who know me will tell you I am totally Pirate Crazy, and That is true but I do have very fond memories of riding it in 1977 with my Father when he took us to WDW for the first time. I love The look of the ride and the song.  :depp:  :pirate:

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Posted: April 04, 2004, 11:14 am Quote

I too think PotC is an outstanding example of WDI's work. Even though it is one of the oldest attractions I can think of, people still line up to ride it. No thrills (well, the waterfalls are cool, but hardly roller coaster-like), no megabucks special effects, just a great story and lots for the eye to see.

I only wish WDW's PotC was as well done as Disneyland's. Gotta love LaFitte's Landing and the Blue Bayou Restaurant, the fireflies. WDW gets a bunch of caves. It's just not the same, nor, I say, is it up to the standards of Disneyland's show.

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Posted: April 04, 2004, 12:26 pm Quote

I wish somehow that WDW's queue area through the fort could be combined with Disneyland's preshow and entire ride to create one humongous PotC attraction!
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My vote, though, goes to Tower of Terror (at D-MGM) because of over-the-top theming, great storyline, thrills (but not too thrilling that the family can't go on it all together, minus those of a small height), the new technology that went into the attraction's design, and -- dare I say it -- one of the best-stocked gift shops at the end of the attraction, with tons of ToT-specific merchandise to choose from or at least enjoy looking at. Oh, there's even a restroom right near the attraction!
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Posted: April 05, 2004, 12:41 am Quote

I cast my vote for Spaceship Earth. Today it may seem a bit tired, and it may not have the repeat value of Pirates, but it has a number of features that I think qualify it as the attraction from the list that best exemplifes Imagineering at it's best.

1. Unique structure - The geosphere is still the only one of its kind on earth, has served it's function well without major structural repairs or even a paint job (except for the legs). While not the most efficient structure perhaps, its double duty as attraction and park icon put it in a class with Disney's castles.

2. Omnimover - The Omnimover system was developed by Imagineering to provide a semi-private attraction experience to vast numbers of guests simultaneously. With continuous load/unload, the capacity is on a par with auditorium shows, but with the intimacy found only when riding with a small number of friends or family.

3. Animatronics - I've never bothered to count, but if this attraction doesn't have the largest number of human Animatronic figures, it's surely close. While limited to "Mark II" figures by the date of it's design, they effectively convey the story without *becomming* the story.

4. Multimedia - In addition to the Animatronics, the show includes slides, film, television, "Pepper's Ghost," fiberoptics, lasers, mist projectors, scent, and the impressive planetarium projector at the top of the geosphere. It's quite the tour de force of technologies, each used appropriately.

5. Story - As Disney once said when asked how to design a show, "First, you start with a good story." History is always going to be a difficult story to write, and the future even more so -- especially as it has the tendency to catch up with you. The storyline of SSE has endured 25 years without major change, which is hard enough for history, much lest futurism.

6. Change - Shows do occasionally need to change, especially those addressing current and future events. While we all have our favorite of the three major editions of this show, the fact that it was so easily enhanced and updated shows the Imagineers had that possibility in mind during design. Most shows get ripped out and replaced rather than updated, but SSE is clearly of the same high caliber today as it had when it debuted.

7. Family Friendly - Especially in an eara that's seeing more and more attractions aimed at smaller segments of the audience, thrill rides especially, it's nice to see an attraction that's suitable for all members of the family: young and old, healthy and frail, walking or wheelchair. Walt wanted a place where the family could have fun together, and no attraction worthy of this award could fail to include everyone.

8. Popularity - Imagineers must strike some chord with their audience, and the long lines that form each morning beneath the silver sphere demonstrate that this show still has what it takes to reach and even move its audiences. Not every show has that ability, as recent replacements in Future World and Tomorrowlands demonstrate.

Spaceship Earth may not be the newest flashy, high-speed, attendance drawing high-tech marvel from Imagineering. It is exactly as planned, a signature attraction, a park icon (which really doesn't need that silly wand), and a touchstone for generations of Park guests that all can enjoy.


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Posted: April 05, 2004, 10:27 am Quote

I have to vote for Spaceship Earth. Simply because it's teaching everyone something and kids don't even know they are learning.It's stuff they don't hear about in school and I think that's great.It shows how every culture shares in something,well two things.How we communicate with others and that we all do live on one earth.How kids that live in different places share a love for one thing and can be friends.IMHO this is a great message that needs to be spreed. :clapping: It also shows how different cultures helped make this world,how they kinda pulled together to put it "back" together after the dark ages.Will we ever help each other again? I hope so.

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Posted: April 05, 2004, 5:18 pm Quote

I'd vouch for Marcie being POTC nuts :)  Not that It's a bad thing, I assure you.

Since I haven't been in the parks in recent years (being in the Midwest sucks at times; why didn't they make a Disneyland: Marcilene is beyond me.) I'll mark 'Present' for this vote, although I'm currently making more of my own Disney Magic :johnny:

Something tells me that I've just shown Mr. Imagineering.org who belongs to this bi-colored eared mutant mousie :johnny: and why do I have this omninous feeling?  :glare:


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Posted: April 06, 2004, 11:02 am Quote

Quote (DaveykinsFoxFire @ April 05, 2004 17:18 am/pm)
I'd vouch for Marcie being POTC nuts :)  Not that It's a bad thing, I assure you.

Since I haven't been in the parks in recent years (being in the Midwest sucks at times; why didn't they make a Disneyland: Marcilene is beyond me.) I'll mark 'Present' for this vote, although I'm currently making more of my own Disney Magic :johnny:

Something tells me that I've just shown Mr. Imagineering.org who belongs to this bi-colored eared mutant mousie :johnny: and why do I have this omninous feeling?  :glare:

You just know me too well, don't you? :cool:

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Posted: April 06, 2004, 12:27 pm Quote

Since you don't have my favorite attraction (The American Adventure - which has the only "walking" audio animatronic figure) - I chose Spaceship Earth for one simple reason: The genius and forsight to create an attraction that not only was all that Rufus mentioned but also would be, due to it's design -tamperproof. Due to the way the attraction was designed, any attempt to change it to a  "thrill ride" would endager it's structural integrity - so we can always count on their being an original EPCOT attraction.  :)

Gives me something to take comfort in when I start to miss World of Motion or Horizons.


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Quote (utilidor27 @ April 06, 2004 11:27 am/pm)
Since you don't have my favorite attraction (The American Adventure - which has the only "walking" audio animatronic figure)

Ah, the only walking AA at WDW -- but no longer the only walking AA in all of Disney: Lucky the Dinosaur (see the thread about him on the Vault: Disney Echo archives) is an even more impressive walking Audio Animatronic than Ben Franklin is.

True, Lucky, is a lot newer and he's "pulling" that cart which helps give him stability (as well as a power source) and he's not a human AA like Ben is, but Lucky is still very impressive.
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