With Disney California Adventure closing its Paradise Pier attractions this week to re-theme them to Pixar franchises, let’s look at Disney’s track record with similar changes in its parks.
Disney frequently changes its attractions, with seasonal overlays such as Haunted Mansion Holiday, new shows such as the “Frozen” musical replacing “Aladdin, and tear-downs such as Big Thunder Mountain replacing the Mine Train through Nature’s Wonderland. But I am looking just at rethemes, where Disney kept the same underlying attraction and just changed the characters, thematic setting or narration.
5. Pirates’ Lair on Tom Sawyer Island: Designed to promote Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, this retheme fits pretty well with the established Tom Sawyer theme of the island, as Tom and Huck seem like the type of kids that wouldn’t turn down a pretend pirate adventure. But let’s knock this down a level for Disneyland closing the fort and treehouse over the years instead of maintaining the island to the standards of its Orlando and Tokyo siblings.
6. Tarzan’s Treehouse: I doubt anyone under age 40 remembers Disney’s Swiss Family Robinson movie, but does anyone under 20 remember Disney’s Tarzan cartoon feature, either?
7. The Seas with Nemo and Friends: Adding the Nemo characters to Epcot’s aquarium might have increased its entertainment level, especially for younger visitors, but it undercut the educational value of what used to be a much more informative pavilion.
Do you agree with our choices? What are your favorite and not so favorite makeovers? Tell us below!