EPCOT- do you think it needs a new thrill ride?

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EPCOT- do you think it needs a new thrill ride?

My family would love to see a roller coaster or something more intense like Rockin Roller Coaster in Epcot. Would anyone else love to see something like this at Epcot?

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I do not know if I would need to see a roller coaster at Epcot, but I definitely think they could add more to the park! I would love to see more thrill rides at Hollywood Studios. mickey

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well for me Epcot isn't about the rides...I love the countries and going into every single one and trying different foods and drinks. I look at Epcot as truly an adult park. I love Soarin but roller coaster rides to me would change the feel of Epcot. Now could they do more at Hollywood Studios perhaps.

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Yes and no. As much as I love a good thrill ride, I can't see where a roller coaster would fit in in Epcot! I can't imagine the roller-coaster riders screams echoing across the park, it would ruin the atmosphere a little for me!

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Epcot needs updating for sure...Test Track already thunders through the park, so that's pretty much the big thrill ride there. A ride through the future might be worth thinking about perhaps but it has to fit with the innovation theme that Epcot represents.

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I'd like to see them install those overhead cable cars like they used to have at Disneyland and run them over World Showcase Lagoon.

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I'm not sure that I think it needs to be a thrill ride, but I would really love for another ride attraction to open up someplace in World Showcase that doesn't have one. Movies are nice, but sometimes you just want to ride something.

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I think Epcot needs a new ride, period. Doesn't matter if it's a thrill ride or not. I think a new ride would greatly disperse the long lines for Soarin'. And if you think about it, Epcot hasn't added anything new in quite some time.

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Myself- not a big roller coaster fan(although I do adore Thunder Mt.) but would love to see a new attraction at Epcot.

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I'm not a big coaster fan but I would like to see a new attraction there. I'd also like it if they added some new countries to WS

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I agree with Spook that I'd love to see the rest of the pavilion sites in WS full!

I will say that the only rides that we personally care about in FW are Soarin, Test Track, Living with the Land, and Journey into Imagination (me only--Benn hates it). I'd love to see something different where Universe of Energy is in particular. Or bring back the Wonders of Life pavilion! Re-theme it if necessary, but when there's no festival going on, it just sits there empty. I can't ride Mission Space personally, but I think the concept is modern enough that it's worth keeping for those who enjoy it. The Seas aquarium is cool, but the Nemo tie-in loses the "Future" theme. (So does Soarin', but there would be a lot of unhappy people if Soarin' went away!!)

I heard that Disney hired/promoted a highly regarded Imagineer specifically to revamp EPCOT, so hopefully some changes will be coming soon!!

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More countries and a ride or two. I don't know how a big thrill ride would fit in there, but they need to add more. Sadly, we probably won't see anything major until Avatar Land is almost complete....looks like it will take a while.

DHS needs another thrill ride...OR Star Wars Land with a major Star Wars thrill ride.

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More countries, a ride and change Captain EO to something else!

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No thrill rides, Epcot has enough thrill rides. But definitely new stuff. A new country pavilion or three, new attractions in the existing country pavilions, updates to current attractions, and a new attraction in Wonders of Life and maybe even in the mostly unused upstairs section of the Imagination pavilion. There's lots of room for lots more at Epcot. But I would like to see more attractions that will accommodate people of all ages and with different ability/inability to handle extreme motion. Almost everyone can ride something like Spaceship Earth or The Seas with Nemo and Friends, but only some people can handle extreme thrill rides. So give us more stuff that everyone can experience.

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As an English teacher, I love the connections between the literature and the countries. Alice in Wonderland, Pooh, Mary Poppins for instance is something that Disney took from UK authors. I know these rides are in MK, but for me the link is cool and I would love to be able to stress that with kids more.

I have already heard that they are doing a new "cover" on Maelstrom to making a "Frozen" theme. I will hold judgement until I see it. We skip EO, and that area because it doesn't draw us.

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Not a thrill ride, per se, just another attraction/ride in general. Definitely no roller coasters in Future World, but if they had a well themed one for a country I'd def be down for that.

I'd even take an Alice in Wonderland themed labyrinth in England much like they have in Paris. Just something else to do, especially in World Showcase.

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I keep hoping that Disney would cut a deal with the BBC and make a Dr. Who attraction for the UK Pavilion. The premise I've worked up in my head is a circle vision film with theater effects as the Doctor materializes the TARDIS around the guests to take everyone on a tour of the history of the British Isles. And, of course, at some point maybe one of the Doctor's enemies shows up (you could do some really fun stuff with the Weeping Angels, I'd think).

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I would say EPCOT needs a new attraction but like everybody else says I'm not sure it should be a thrill ride - I don't have anything against thrill rides because I do ride the roller coasters but I don't think it fits in, I like EPCOT to be a more chilled out day rather than being flung around on a rollercoaster day

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mickey Not a thrill ride...but EPCOT could use some updating. Either in WS or other.

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Good question! I'm new to WDWforgrownups but have been checking out this site for some time.
EPCOT is my favorite park (Magic Kingdom is 2nd favorite) and it does need additional
attractions. Capt. EO is expendable, either put something new here or bring back "Honey, I
Shrunk the Audience." I like Ellen's Energy Adventure so would hate to see it go.
I've never thought any of the attractions at Living With The Seas was very good....I always felt that space
was underutilized. So, yes...more attractions but I agree, doesn't have to be a thrill ride.
Also, In WS except for Mexico and Norway there aren't any rides. I think each country should have
some type of attraction, more than just a film. I LOVE The American Adventure and normally
see it at least twice when there. But China, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Canada, Morocco,
England all need something else. At least Canada and England have live bands.

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Matt_Black wrote:
I keep hoping that Disney would cut a deal with the BBC and make a Dr. Who attraction for the UK Pavilion. The premise I've worked up in my head is a circle vision film with theater effects as the Doctor materializes the TARDIS around the guests to take everyone on a tour of the history of the British Isles. And, of course, at some point maybe one of the Doctor's enemies shows up (you could do some really fun stuff with the Weeping Angels, I'd think).

Now that is a GREAT idea, especially with the Weeping Angels. awesome

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laugh
I've always thought this was the most frightening spot in all of Epcot (though it's in Italy)

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Kristen K. wrote:
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I've always thought this was the most frightening spot in all of Epcot (though it's in Italy)

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Whatever you do... Don't blink! laugh

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oldtink wrote:
As an English teacher, I love the connections between the literature and the countries. Alice in Wonderland, Pooh, Mary Poppins for instance is something that Disney took from UK authors. I know these rides are in MK, but for me the link is cool and I would love to be able to stress that with kids more.

I have already heard that they are doing a new "cover" on Maelstrom to making a "Frozen" theme. I will hold judgement until I see it. We skip EO, and that area because it doesn't draw us.

(Face palm) Frozen integrated into Maelstrom would be tragic, IMO. Elsa belongs in Fantasyland with the other girls...I don't know why it bother me so because I feel Mary Poppins is appropriate when I see her near the gardens in the UK. Maybe it's just the attraction I don't want changed....hmmm

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Eeyore wrote:
oldtink wrote:
As an English teacher, I love the connections between the literature and the countries. Alice in Wonderland, Pooh, Mary Poppins for instance is something that Disney took from UK authors. I know these rides are in MK, but for me the link is cool and I would love to be able to stress that with kids more.

I have already heard that they are doing a new "cover" on Maelstrom to making a "Frozen" theme. I will hold judgement until I see it. We skip EO, and that area because it doesn't draw us.

(Face palm) Frozen integrated into Maelstrom would be tragic, IMO. Elsa belongs in Fantasyland with the other girls...I don't know why it bother me so because I feel Mary Poppins is appropriate when I see her near the gardens in the UK. Maybe it's just the attraction I don't want changed....hmmm


Perhaps it bothers you because Arendelle isn't necessarily supposed to be in Norway; they just set them there because they look vaguely Nordic? Whereas Mary Poppins is definitely from England?

I actually don't really mind Anna and Elsa being in Norway. Fine, whatever. But don't overlay a classic attraction. Just find a space to build a Frozen dark ride somewhere. waiting

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Anyone that wants to mess with Maelstrom should be sent "Back.... Back over the falls!". biggrin

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Kristen K. wrote:
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I've always thought this was the most frightening spot in all of Epcot (though it's in Italy)

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I saw that same statue and thought the same thing!

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Fun fact: As a guest going into Epcot, you are guaranteed 0 attractions with your park admission, where as with MK you are guaranteed something like 8.5 attractions with your park admission. I learned this back in 2012, not sure if that's still the case.

I don't think a roller coaster type attraction would fit into the theme. I think a nice dark ride that's not a boat ride would fit nicely somewhere in WS.

Ps-I love that we have Whovians on this board!

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Mandy wrote:
Fun fact: As a guest going into Epcot, you are guaranteed 0 attractions with your park admission, where as with MK you are guaranteed something like 8.5 attractions with your park admission. I learned this back in 2012, not sure if that's still the case.

I don't think a roller coaster type attraction would fit into the theme. I think a nice dark ride that's not a boat ride would fit nicely somewhere in WS.

Ps-I love that we have Whovians on this board!

Hi Mandy, can you explain more about this stat (if you know/remember)? I'm curious about what it means. Is there a formula based on the number of hours the park is open divided by the average attraction stand-by wait or something? I doubt that Disney will ever allow it to be published, but I would love to read a book of stats and logistics about the parks. I find this topic fascinating.

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I'd even take an Alice in Wonderland themed labyrinth in England much like they have in Paris. Just something else to do, especially in World Showcase.

This would be super neat-o and the basic concept is sort of already there in the garden @ UK. It just need to be expanded and made taller. I agree with most of the sentiment that WS is not the place for a thrill ride sort of attraction. As for the movies, I really like the movie in Canada, but the one in France makes me feel sick--not from the footage, but the age of the film is showing and the jumpiness of the camera and fuzziness in the film makes me feel...out of equilibrium?

In World Showcase, I'd settle for filling in the empty spaces and being able to go up to the second floor of the buildings to look at cultural or historical or artistic tributes to each country.

In Future World, there's definitely room for more "rides"--thrills or no thrills. Does anyone else miss Body Wars? I loved that ride! It was basically old Star Tours through the human body, but it was so cool. Maybe an updated Horizons concept?? The only part I really remember was the choose your own adventure part because it was just like the choose your own adventure books that were popular when I was a kid. Maybe not Horizons itself, but I think a ride that incorporated that concept of choice in a meaningful way would be really awesome and could easily work with EPCOT's quasi-educational theme. Maybe something like this could replace Captain EO and beef up the Imagination pavilion.

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yay me ! me ! I remember Body Wars!
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JanJ wrote:

Now that is a GREAT idea, especially with the Weeping Angels. awesome

Thank you. As far as creepy statues go, I'd pick the ones at Tower of Terror as potential Angels, though that's almost cheating.

Fun aside- this past Halloween I was in Epcot grooving out to the Spin Doctors (YEAAHH!) and once I was done, stopped into the shops at the UK Pavilion. In front of the Dr. Who merch, I begin talking with some other guests who dig on Who. As we're talking, two young guests walk into the store in costume- The 10th Doctor and a Weeping Angel. awesome