There are dozens of rides and attractions at Disney parks that we’ve said goodbye to over the years. What if we could bring back some of those beloved attractions, but with modern technology and storytelling.
Would you like to revisit some of your old favorites and modernize them? Here are 5 retired Walt Disney World attractions that could be getting a second life these days.
The great film tour
The Great Movie Ride opened in 1989 and ran until 2017 when it closed to make way for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. This dark ride featured dozens of audio animatronics, live actors, and replicated sets from some of the most iconic films. Runners rode movies such as Wizard of Oz, Alien, Indiana Jones and Casablanca.
What if they brought The Great Movie Ride back to Hollywood studios today? What films have been made since 1989 that could be featured in a modern version of the ride? Perhaps we could see the iconic Jack and Rose scene at the bow of the Titanic. They could incorporate Avatar, Planet of the Apes, die hardor even the Chronicles of Narnia (movies that Disney owns now, by the way). Of course, they couldn’t pay homage to the movies without somehow incorporating the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Something that didn’t feature much in the original ride was the animated features. With technology like the one used in Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, we could see movies like At the top, BraveWhere Lucas come to life. This would be a great way to represent other great Disney IPs that don’t already have their own rides at Disney parks. Not only that, but the incorporation of anime and newer movies would make the ride more enjoyable for a wider audience. Don’t get me wrong they should keep Wizard of Oz and Mary Poppinswith updated audio-animatronics of course.
Body Wars was a simulator ride at EPCOT that ran from 1989 to 2007. In this simulator, riders were shrunk and taken inside the human body. The ride system was very similar to Star Tours.
This brings me to my suggestion for a modernized version of this attraction. Just as Star Tours-The Adventure Continues has many different ride sequences, so would the new Body Wars. It wouldn’t be the same mission every time. This could range from studying how a virus affects the body and how the immune system responds to it to explaining kidney stones or blood clots. Truth be told, the possibilities are endless. The multiple scenarios would create a new ride almost every time the riders returned.
How about Horizons or 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Underwater Voyage, could they make a comeback?…