Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Kill Refurb Marry: December 2013

When I first came across the Kill Refurb Marry blog hop by This Happy Place Blog and Mouse on the Mind, I was a bit confused. How could this tie into Disney? Well, here's a quick explanation: "You are probably familiar with the popular parlor game, Kill – Boff – Marry, where given the choice between three people, you must decide which you’d murder, sleep with or spend the rest of your life with."

Instead of these violent and inappropriate-for-a-family-Disney-blog options, these imaginative bloggers transformed it to a Walt Disney World version. Based off a topic, you need to pick an attraction, restaurant, show, etc. that you would kill, refurbish or marry. Isn't this fun? Well I thought so until I had to kill an attraction. :)

This month we are discussing thrill rides. 

KILL: Test Track

By Agiorgio (Own work) [<a href="">CC-BY-SA-3.0</a>], <a href="">via Wikimedia Commons</a>
By Agiorgio (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Killing a ride has proven to be significantly more difficult than I thought it would be!

Indulge me while I explain my reasoning. I have never felt an attachment to this e-ticket attraction. I'm not really sure why. I always thought the concept was pretty cool, but it has always frustrated me.

Why? First of all, the line is frustrating and slow. Part of the reason it is slow is because the ride system is temper mental and the sight of water seems to break the attraction down completely. Second of all, the track is magnificent; however, the ride leading up to that point is sort of boring and predictable.

As many of you know, this attraction went through a refurbishment last year. I had high hopes for this refurbishment. I found that the new option of creating your own car is cool, but the logistics of it all does not work. The coolest part of the attraction now is to race your cars against your friends and family, but unless you ask, you only make one car for the entire party.  And even when we did that, the screens showed cars for another car, not ours. It was disappointing.

Because Test Track just got a refurb and because it's still not up to snuff, it's my choice to KILL.

REFURB: Space Mountain (At WDW)

Photo Credit: Thomas Mottola
Oh dear Space Mountain. My home away from home. My former work location back in 2004 when I was on the Walt Disney World College Program. I love you. You are a classic. But you are in serious need of a facelift!

Space Mountain is a beloved attraction and it always will be. There are some Disney purists that don't like when classic attractions are upgraded. However, as Disneyland has proven, Space Mountain can not only survive a refurbishment, but shine after a refurbishment.

Space Mountain in Florida desperately needs new cars that are easier to board (you'd be surprised about how many guests struggle with this), a new sound system that incorporates music and a smoother track.

I know that once Disney decides to invest in Space Mountain, they'll help one of my favorite attractions thrive in its golden years.

MARRY: Tower of Terror 

Photo Credit: The Disney Point
It should be no surprise to my regular readers that I want to marry the Tower of Terror.

I love everything about this attraction. First and foremost, I am absolutely smitten with the theme of this attraction and its use throughout the entire ride experience. The line is perfect. The music is perfect. The cast member costumes are perfect. The hotel lobby is unreal!

The preshow is the perfect set up for the attraction. It tells a great story. It tells an original story and is not tied to a Disney movie. It is eerie and frightening.

In my opinion, it's the perfect combination of thrilling and fun. I love it! Tower of Terror: Will you marry me? 

This was so much fun! Thanks for reading!

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Melissa - Disney on Wheels said...

I really wish the Tower of Terror didn't freak me out so much. :) I picked Space Mountain at WDW as my refurb too. If they could make it like Disneyland's I would ride it everyday of my trip!

Rosanne_Mottola said...

I know Melissa! A lot of people feel the same way about ToT! Yes, Space really needs some help. It's hard to put a marquee attraction down for so long, but it really needs it!

Estelle said...

I am with Melissa down there... I wish ToT didn't freak me out so much too. I love everything about it but I am SO scared of falling now. Is this an I'm getting old kind of thing? It might be. It really might be. IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL THOUGH. So in agreement with your Kill and Refurb too. I didn't know you worked at SM! Don't change the background loop if you refurb it though. It's one of my favorites. Thanks for doing this with us today!

Rosanne_Mottola said...

I do agree - the music is the best at Space. Every time I hear it on a Disney radio I get nostalgic. Thanks for hosting, this was so much fun!

Katherine Rautenberg said...

SO JEALOUS THAT YOU WORKED AT SPACE MOUNTAIN. I love the Tower of Terror a lot too. Like, so much. It would definitely be my top pick if Space Mountain didn't exist!

Rosanne_Mottola said...

It was by far the best experience of my life. Sigh. I love the Mountain. I miss the Mountain. It's really about as "classic Disney" as it gets. Guests still giggle and enjoy it as much now as they did in the 1970s. I just think it needs a little facelift! Thanks for stopping by Katherine!

V No Privacy said...

Oof you can have ToT. I'll let you refurb Space Mountain before my impending marriage to it. But don't touch that star tunnel music!

Rosanne_Mottola said...

Will do. Trust me I do NOT want to change the star tunnel music. I promise you that. The ride system itself needs an update. Thank you so much for stopping by.

Alex said...

I am loving reading everyone's Kill, Refurb, Marry posts today! That's pretty cool that you worked at space... I kinda feel a little bad about it being my kill... but somebody had to do it. ToT is the best... I think we all want to marry it!

Briccio said...

Kill: Stitch's Great Escape - or whatever that abomination is in Tomorrowland that replaced my ever favorite Alien Encounter. I love Lilo and Stitch but he does NOT belong on that ride.

Refurb: Soarin' - I heard rumors this is getting one soonish which makes me happy. But I really wish they'd change the video to something else. It's definitely one of those rides that loses its appeal over time b/c you already have each and every scene memorized.

Marry: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror - for all the reasons you said above Roe. And for me its more the pre-show and the whole elevator car going up and going out into the room experience that makes it my favorite ride. The 3 or 4 drops after is just the icing on the cake.

Rosanne_Mottola said...

BJ - You know I'm always up for "killing" Stitch's Great Escape, but I don't think it can be classified as a thrill ride! Agreed that Soarin' needs a refurb. Good call. I think that Soarin' needs a new projector first and foremost. It would be great (and probably not so expensive) to do a new film too. Glad you agree on ToT!

Rosanne_Mottola said...

This was really a great hop Alex! Don't feel bad about it being your kill. We're all entitled to our opinions. And I know that it needs a facelift! ToT is usually a fave for everyone who isn't terrified of it! Thanks for stopping by!

Plus the Magic said...

I'm with you on Space Mountain! I'm not quite there on Tower of Terror, though. I'm really glad I experienced it- once. I will likely not be going back, despite my deep love of the theme, the grounds, the queue. The drops made me feel like my eyes were being popped out of my head.

Mouse on the Mind said...

Ha! Everyone loves the game until they have to kill something off! (I actually love killing things! I agonize over it, but it helps me think about what I value.)

Dwight M said...

Agreed kill test track,
Refurb jungle cruise's animatronics
Marry Carousel of Progress.

Rosanne_Mottola said...

Dwight - I agree like your refurb and marry, but we had to pick thrill rides. As much as I love CoP, I don't think I can classify it as a thrill ride! I would also argue it can use a refurb. Thank you for stopping by!

Rosanne_Mottola said...

Aw! Go through and take the real elevator out! That's what I tell my husband each trip, but then I bully him until he rides with me... ;)

Rosanne_Mottola said...

It's true! It forces you to truly make your mind up!

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