Very nice report! It's amazing to see how well-behaved and polite people are over there!
robbalvey wrote:Tokyo has the classic version of Pirates with the Jack Sparrow upgrade. Please replace this version and all old and outdated versions with the new Shanghai version!
The Shanghai version looks spectacular indeed! Great use of projections and the few animatronics that are there look amazing. In combination with the new boats it makes for a much more action-oriented ride. However, personally I would like to keep the 'classic' versions of Pirates as well; for me a scene filled with animatronics (especially those of Disney quality) has a certain charm that would be hard to emulate with projections.
I don't know about changing all of them, but changing the WDW and Tokyo one could definitely be nice. California's is the last ride Walt ever worked on and the Paris version is the best before Shanghai opened from what I've heard. WDW version is just sad and Tokyo version is kind of outdated too. Yes it will cost a lot of money to remodel the old versions since the water channel of the Shanghai version is like 10 ft deep plus 4 sets of tracks, LSM, new boats, wider water area for turns, new videos from Lucas Film etc. But one can dream
I can't believe it's been 10 years since I last visited Tokyo and Tokyo Disney. What Robb says about the people, the level of service and once you've experienced it, you get it is absolutely 100% true. It's so far & away apart from the norm in this country that people here just can't seem to fully comprehend it. They don't seem to be able to believe or imagine that a theme park staff or its clientele could be that nice, that efficient, and simply just not terrible BUT IT'S TRUE!
I need to go back and experience it again, especially after commuting in/out of the San Fernando Valley for a few years now. Having done that, going back might be a more startling experience than it was the first time.
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