Like many Disney fans, I saw the supposed leaked concept art of the long-lost Mary Poppins and thought to myself, “what the heck is that?”
Truth be told, I didn’t know what to really expect from a Mary Poppins-themed attraction when it was announced at D23 in 2019, but my initial expectations were that it was going to be a dark ride similar to maybe Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure that would really take us on a “Jolly Holiday with Mary.”
Now we know that Walt Disney Imagineering was just planning on just building another teacup ride. Seriously? What a waste of space!
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TRON: Lightcycle/Run was already receiving heat because it was just a copy of another ride, but at least TRON is actually a cool roller coaster from a Disney Theme Park over 10,000 miles away. Spinning teacups can already be found at Walt Disney World Resort, and it is a polarizing attraction for Magic Kingdom Park Guests at that! It would be cool to visit the Bankses’ home, but it could have easily been a part of a Peter Pan’s Flight type of dark ride. It also appears that this ride will be indoors which gives me all kinds of claustrophobia.
It is such a good thing that these plans got leaked and fans got to speak their minds on the matter because this would have been so much worse if the plans came to light through official channels after Walt Disney Imagineering broke ground on the project.
This is the pinnacle of “Chapek-Era” thinking at Walt Disney Imagineering; the biggest example of cheapened presentation to lower the Guest experience and put the least possible effort into fulfilling a promise made years ago.
The folks at Disney Parks apparently heard our cheers for the possible Villains’ land and all of the other “Blue Sky” plans at D23 in 2022. Hopefully, they hear our jeers for this half-baked idea and go back to the drawing board.
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