In fact, this morning we will consider some improvements that we, the Orlando Theme Park News Team, think would greatly enhance the overall experience, transforming a potentially negative news into a welcomed change. So, let us start to virtually walk through the attraction together, shall we?
Wow you really put a lot of thought into this! And I always enjoy seeing a couple of diagrams to help explain everything.
I think just about everything in your proposal sounds great, except for the loading/unloading. I think they need to be able to load and unload at least 3 boats at once, for the efficiency (or lack thereof) reasons you stated.
Unfortunately, I also agree that changing the ride system/layout at all is very unlikely. I wish they would. A boat doesn't really belong in the story at all. Given how popular Frozen is right now, I wish they would treat this as a brand new E-ticket attraction, but I suspect all we're going to get is new theming.
Hopefully we'll find out soon!
Thank you for the comment, Anonymous! Yes, like we stated in the article, it is very unlikely that they will actually change the layout of the ride, but it would make a lot of sense if they did. We too would like this to be one of World Showcase's E-Ticket rides, but we also have to maintain our expectations very low.
Like you said, we just have to wait and see what happens.
Norway gave up on this ride a long time ago. The film was extremely dated as were the photos of Norway. I agree that the Frozen ride is probably not suited here (Norway isn't even mentioned in the film, I think), but it would be nice to see something fresh added. I hope they consider keeping the store a combination of Norway things as well as Frozen merchandise. Your ideas are great and hopefully someone at Disney is reading your suggestions. I know a lot of people don't want character rides in that area of Epcot, but it needs freshness. I have no problems with adding Disney films to the area. There is already the Princess breakfast at that section of Epcot.
From what I am hearing there will be a ride system change given that this is an 18 month project.
Great imagineering, you Guus make the best from a awefull proposition. I think the lengt of the ride is prolonged by going backwards and forwards again because the boat comes to a strand still twice because of it.
In the end the lines Will get ugly and mayor fans will be disapointed about the cheapness of this ride.
As for Epcot, that park has died a long time ago. Putting lipstick on a corps makes it stll a corps.
I certainly hope there is a new ride system. Mr. Toad's Wild Ride closed in September of 98 and Pooh opened in June of 99 and they put in a new system in 11 months. I think they have the time to do it. I don't mind them changing Maelstrom unless the make me feel like I'm in the same ride with different scenery, then I'll feel cheated.
@Last Anonymous: Remember that the showbuilding housing Mr. Toad's Wild Ride was all on a straight surface and all on one floor, though. This would be a much more complicated project. That said, we would love for them to use a new ride system.