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Who Wants to Be an "American Idol"?

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Yeah, so Walt Disney World has announced that they will be building an "American Idol" attraction in the old Monster Sound Show/Superstar Television theater row. I guess it fits in with the "Hollywood Studios" theme.

While it seems to go along with the "more interactive attractions" push, it just doesn't seem "Disney" to me. I guess they want to give the Studios park more of an "edge" to its attractions, but I just don't see it.

Besides, it doesn't fix the biggest problem with the studios. It doesn't have enough "ride" attractions. I understand that "Hollywood" and "Studios" seem to point toward shows, but how many shows and movies can you see in one day? You end up having to try to solve a logistics puzzle to find time to see every show in a given day. (I'm not convinced that it can be done.)

In the meantime, if you want to find an attraction to "ride," your options are seriously limited. Star Tours, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror, Great Movie Ride, the Backlot Tour/Catastrophe Canyon and that's about it. Otherwise you pretty much spend your time at the Studios stationary. Toy Story Mania will help, but I don't know if that's enough.

This is one of the big reasons that the Studios is not my favorite park.

"Idol" will be a fun attraction for a while, but after a few years, it'll probably go the same way that "Millionaire" went. I guess we'll have to wait and see.

I'll post the "newsy" portion of this in Monday's Park Update. It'll still be fresh by then.

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  1. olegc's Avatar
    interesting comment. I read on another site the lament that Universal Hollywood used to be about being inside a working studio - and it was stuff you could not do elsewhere. Now, it's all about the rides (and the theming conflicts with each other). Now you lament no rides at WDW Hollywood. I guess it comes back to do what you know and do it well - and sometimes Suits in Burbank, or Florida, or somewhere don't get it because they are using charts and spreadsheets and dollar signs instead of the tried and true methods of the past.