My niece is staying with us for a few days. So my wife and I decided to take her to Disney World; or as my wife would correct me, the Magic Kingdom. See, my wife is a Disney fanatic. To her it brings back thoughts of yearly trips down from Chicago with her family. I’ve lived in the Orlando are most of my life, so when I think of Disney I usually think of long lines, screaming kids, arguing parents, and well you get the idea.
While there we saw the construction walls up for the new Fantasy Land upgrade. Apparently there will be separate areas for all the princesses. Fantasy Land is an overcrowded cluster the way things are now, so I see this as a good thing. My wife, who still yearns for the return of 20,000 Leagues and Mr. Toad, isn’t sold on the idea yet. Her reaction got me thinking of the one thing I truly miss at Disney. The one attraction that made me grin from ear to ear, the ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter.
The entire experience was intense. There were times on it that the screaming almost drowned out everything else that was going on. Apparently that was one of the reasons it was shut down the first time, to tweak the experience to make it easier to understand what was going on. Of course, people complained it was too scary and didn’t belong in the Magic Kingdom. And it was scary. The security detail supposedly on the catwalks above you gets slaughtered. It was too much for Disney though and the closed the ride.
I wonder if it might have worked better at MGM Studios. Then I read on Jim Hill Media’s blog that the original concept had used the xenomorph Alien from the films and you would have been riding around the Nostromo shooting Alien’s like on the Buzz Lightyear ride. That there could have been a Colonial Marine ride where you’re gunning down Alien’s and it wasn’t made makes my soul hurt.
Despite what was there or what could have been, the attraction is still running. They turned S.I.R. into a fat cop robot. They replaced the alien with Stitch; which added numerous burping, spitting, and farting jokes. So sure the technology of the attraction is still in place but for me when it comes to aliens and the Magic Kingdom it’s game over, man. Game over.