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Very excited for all these new rides and ideas, especially the tron coaster and Star Wars Land. Disney could be onto an absolute winner with that one and it's great to see so many new projects coming along.

 

One thing I'm not very happy about is the confirmed closure of the Great Movie Ride. As it looked an absolute master piece and would argue it's a greater loss than the DCA Tower ride. If they had to change it they could've at least just converted it to Disney movies only rather than purely a Mickey and Minnie ride.

 

Makes me sad I'll be missing it's closure by a year when I take my first trip.

 

Losing Universe Of Energy is still a shame, but was looking dated though.

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Ellen's Energy Adventure was a good laugh but it is quite dated now - amazing how even the "old" rides at Disney/Epcot are a lot more impressive than a lot of attractions over here :P

 

The Great Movie Ride is "classic" Disney and we did enjoy it when we went - I remember laughing quite a lot at the animatronic Tarzan and his battle cry as he swang in on a rope :D

 

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I always feel like the only person on Earth who doesn't give the tiniest crap about Star Wars, but it's clearly the franchise which will give them something to rival the draw of Potter at Universal. I'm sure it'll boost their fortunes for many years to come, unlike Avatar which is just a very pretty way to spunk billions of dollars.

 

It's over a decade since I've been, but I don't recall the Great Movie Ride as being particularly Great. Got to love a mine train though!

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Avatar? What's that? You honestly wouldn't know Disney had built an Avatar land, no one cares as expected.

 

Star Wars has expansion pads built in for a 3rd ride at both sites with Florida's able to grow more around Muppets 4D.

 

Great Movie Ride was nothing special from my memory, just really slow. But to have another ride closed at that park is just brilliant. And still no new name announced. I know they take a while to build stuff, but to rename a park? Come on guys.

 

Woo at Tron although it is just so they can close Space Mountain and fully refurb it, Ratatouille is an easy fix and very loose Guardians ride announcement. Yay. From what I've heard Universal and Disney had chats about the contract and came to some agreement that suits both parties (I.e Universal getting a new Marvel ride too, anyone remember the Iron Man flying suit concept thing?)

 

I'm impressed Disney announced so much stuff, especially as a lot of it isn't opening till 2021 but hey, Iger wants to leave on a power high (if he ever actually leaves).

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It has been a while since this thread saw any activity, so on the above poster's discussion of the Star Wars aspects of Hollywood Studios... I figured I would share my video blog trip report having returned not too long ago from Florida myself. I think Hollywood Studios could quite well be renamed Star Wars land given the amount of stuff we saw!
 

 

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Just got back from a 2 week break in Orlando.

 

The Avatar: Flight of Passage ride is superb.  Naturally, the queues are horrific (they were hitting 220 minutes almost every day whilst we were there!) but most people will say it's worth the wait.

Think of Soarin' upscaled 1000% and you are getting close. 

The ride is visually brilliant, and the attention to detail is great.  Unlike Soarin' you sit on what essensially looks like a bike (similar to the seats on Kobra at Chessington for instance), and this is the "Banshee", which you fly on.  Thay have installed pads on the side of the seat that give you the feeling that the Banshee you are sitting on the back of is breathing as you are flying around Pandora! 

All-in-all, I was hugely impressed with it.

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Thought it was meant to be a little kids coaster, but that air time hill actually looks quite impressive! Will need to get back out next year as last year the studios was terrible and I just missed out on Pandora! Luckily I got on great movie ride before it shut though.

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I do feel like Slinky is going to be a surprisingly good ride, I was't initially that interested but looking at the layout, it looks pretty Juvelen-esque which can only be a good thing.

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On 17/07/2017 at 1:02 PM, pluk said:

I always feel like the only person on Earth who doesn't give the tiniest crap about Star Wars, but it's clearly the franchise which will give them something to rival the draw of Potter at Universal. I'm sure it'll boost their fortunes for many years to come, unlike Avatar which is just a very pretty way to spunk billions of dollars.

I say this from the bottom of my heart, it is one of the most beautiful, immersive areas I have ever seen. It feels a joy to just be in an area that feels so alive and brimming with character and atmosphere. 

 

On 17/07/2017 at 8:06 PM, Mitchada04 said:

Avatar? What's that? You honestly wouldn't know Disney had built an Avatar land, no one cares as expected.

This is one of the most wrong statements I have ever read on these forums. 

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