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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby SharkTums » Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:43 pm

I'm just saying, seeing the Tokyo version rethemed to a Chip and Dale versus Donald cartoon style flume ride could be all sorts of awesome! Look at how great it was to finally get a Mickey and Friends ride at Studios. And the Chipmunks are LOVED in Asia and the Splash Mountain Gift Shop is already mostly Chip and Dale in Tokyo so... =)

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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:48 pm

^ And Donald's nephews already have the Camp Woodchuck Kitchen across the way,
so.... why not a Chip 'n Dale-themed Splash Mountain? Works for me. :smile:
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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby JRHcoasterki » Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:23 pm

I think this change was necessary and I'm glad it's finally happening! I will say, I think Disney missed an opportunity to come forward with a true acknowledgment of why the retheme of Splash Mountain is necessary. The press release mentions their aim to make the new ride more inclusive, which is definitely great. But I wish they had been more explicit in their explanation, stating why the ride has always been problematic, apologizing for their longtime silence regarding its problematic nature, and clarifying how this retheme is a part of their effort to enact real change in the parks.

I know we are all tired of reading longwinded apologies from corporations. It is about the action, and Disney is taking action here. However, I think recognizing and owning up to their faults when it comes to the ride (and Song of the South in general, that's a whole other discussion), would have been impactful.

Anyway, not trying to be negative! I think this change is well-intentioned and could be very cool. I don't post much on here, but I have been trying to be more vocal recently. Also, very on board for Elissa's idea of a Chip and Dale-themed Splash Mountain! :)

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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby GreatAdventurer » Thu Jun 25, 2020 5:14 pm

Does anybody else have a problem with the fact that there are literally no mountains in Louisiana?

I know it's small but hasnt disney imagineering also been central to the idea that the little things matter most in many cases. Even if it's an impeccable retheme just the fact if they keep the 'mountain aspect' the ride I will always think of this as I'm a tad 2 ocd haha. I'm just having trouble thinking of anyway they could realistically incorporate a mountain ride into an authentic Louisiana bayou theme
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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Thu Jun 25, 2020 5:30 pm

^ If they throw a few beads around, and offer up beignets and cafe' au lait for the taking, I'll be sold! =)

Actually, they may create it's own mini-land, like they've done in Hong Kong DL, all around the main berm of the park. (i.e. Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, Toy Story Land)

P.S. Call it "Bayou Mountain", or "Mardi Gras Mountain," etc. :mickey:
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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby Garet » Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:32 pm

SharkTums wrote:I'm just saying, seeing the Tokyo version rethemed to a Chip and Dale versus Donald cartoon style flume ride could be all sorts of awesome! Look at how great it was to finally get a Mickey and Friends ride at Studios. And the Chipmunks are LOVED in Asia and the Splash Mountain Gift Shop is already mostly Chip and Dale in Tokyo so... =)


I'd be curious how many people in Asia actually know what movie the ride is based on. I didn't realize it was based on a movie, let alone such a controversial movie until much later and the internet was a thing.

Since I never saw the movie as a child, my only memory of it growing up in the UK was it seemed to make frequent appearances as a trailer on all the Disney VHS tapes we had so it'd pass on the screen as we tried to fast-forward through those and one of the oldest piracy ads I can remember (got to look for that Disney sticker.) Although when I mentioned this to some American Disney loving fans they seemed shocked I even had the option to watch it as a child. I think it was still in stores in the UK right up until the death of VHS.

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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby bert425 » Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:07 pm

SharkTums wrote:I'm just saying, seeing the Tokyo version rethemed to a Chip and Dale versus Donald cartoon style flume ride could be all sorts of awesome! Look at how great it was to finally get a Mickey and Friends ride at Studios. And the Chipmunks are LOVED in Asia and the Splash Mountain Gift Shop is already mostly Chip and Dale in Tokyo so... =)


honestly? this sounds all kinds of Awesome. .

and as popular as all the Chipmunks seemed to be in the Tokyo Parks, I was a little surprised there wasn't really any rides/attractions featuring them. (they are in every parade tho, and the Gift Shops, as you mentioned)
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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby Garet » Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:15 pm

^I'm still amazed that their tv show is represented by Gadget's Go Coaster. I loved Rescue Rangers as a child but I never expected to find a ride based around a character from it. Although I did snag this from my last trip when they had a whole range on it on the Disney store, so it must have a following (the Tomica Do-Dodonpa is a cheat, since I usually get my park merchandise on travels but it actually randomly showed up in the big chain mart near my house.)
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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby Afterburner » Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:30 pm

Nrthwnd wrote:^ If they throw a few beads around...


That would certainly fit the old "Flash Mountain" nickname.

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