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.
THE AWFUL LOSSES
8. Stitch’s Great Escape: Disney World’s original ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter confused some fans with its mess of a narrative, but it didn’t make them as angry as many have felt after sitting through this crude production that ignores everything that made Stitch endearing to fans.
9. Enchanted Tiki Room Under New Management: When a fire struck the theater and closed Disney World’s revised show with Iago and Zazu from “Aladdin” and “The Lion King,” fans actually cheered the closure online. So Disney wisely brought back a shortened version of the original Tiki Room production after repairing the theater.
10. Journey Into Your Imagination: Disney’s removal of the original Dreamfinder and Figment characters from Epcot’s beloved Journey Into Imagination ride to create a sequel to the “Honey, I Shrunk the Audience” show might be its worst theme park move ever. Disney minimized the damage by creating a third version that returned Figment, but Dreamfinder remains AWOL.
Do you agree with our choices? What are your favorite and not so favorite makeovers? Tell us below!