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Wed 12/12/2012 11:42a
<<I'm sure they have the talent to make a very cool Avatar land. But it would make a whole lot more sense to me to create a Star Wars land since it is a solid classic as popular today as when it first appeared -- not to mention they now own it.>>

YES!! The final three Star Wars films may have been lacking in content, but they had WONDERFUL settings. Theed, Courescant and Otoh Gunga were all beautifully realized.
Wed 12/12/2012 12:05p
>> (The Avatar "timeline" calls for construction starting in 2013, with completion in 2016-18. Or so.) <<

And what in the meantime? Dwarf Coaster and...?

That's the scary thing. I'd love if Disney took a page out of Universal's playbook and sprung an E-ticket on us in 12 months' time. But I'm not holding my breath.
Wed 12/12/2012 1:48p
>>And what in the meantime? Dwarf Coaster and...?<<

...more interactive queues, FastPass+ and the happiest potties on earth.

So kwitcherbellyakin!
Wed 12/12/2012 2:16p
Every potty has a pooper.
Wed 12/12/2012 3:20p
<<I found Mermaid to be a monumental bore. Fails at being both a madcap traditional dark ride as well as telling a coherent story. It does nothing overly well, IMO.>>

You are me both - a waste of $120m. I can't fathom how anyone could find it appealing. It lacks the intimacy and first person narrative of classic dark rides.
Wed 12/12/2012 3:37p
The air conditioning ducts in the way to bright to be a dark ride "Under The Sea" scene make it feel like you are riding around a warehouse.
Wed 12/12/2012 3:38p
"No-one loves? This is where I'm totally perplexed by the Disney fanbase."

Weird, huh?

"But it has the visuals - that world is highly immersive."

The plot of the movie was by-the-numbers. But the real potential is in the world Cameron created. Done right, the land could be incredible. I don't get the knee-jerk anti-Avatarland attitude.

I would've preferred a Beastly Kingdom. Oh well.

Oh, and I like the Little Mermaid ride.
Wed 12/12/2012 4:02p
<<It lacks the intimacy and first person narrative of classic dark rides.>>

The original Mr Toad's Wild Ride in DL. The classic first person narrative dark ride. Simple but totally affective. After all of these decades, it's still the best.

Wed 12/12/2012 7:43p
>>The air conditioning ducts in the way to bright to be a dark ride "Under The Sea" scene make it feel like you are riding around a warehouse.<<

Next time you're on one of the traditional Fantasyland darkrides, look up. You might be surprised at how barren the ceiling and upper portions of the set are. Air conditioning ducts, lighting rigs, and conduits are all exposed overhead. However, they completely make up for this by effectively directing the guests' attention down, away from the ceiling. There's just something about the layout of that huge room in Mermaid that makes everybody look upward, making the exposed infrastructure painfully obvious.
Wed 12/12/2012 7:59p
The problem with Under the Sea is two-fold. First, it is underpopulated for its size. There should be about three times as many figures to create the impression that the film left.

Second, the lighting is... strange. I haven't seen it in Florida, but in DCA it goes through a cycle, with a high point that is so bright it looks like the room is lit up with work lights.

I wish they would plus this scene with more figures, and take the lighting down a bit.

And I, too, like this attraction. I have seen youngsters who have been absolutely enchanted by this ride. I have seen very few adults who were plainly disappointed. There are some who look upon it as a duty (like it's a small world), sure. But it seems the vast majority of the negative comments I run across are right here on the internet. Maybe everyone is just being polite at the park, waiting to get home to vent...

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