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aesalsa
09-19-2003, 12:30 PM
Hi all,
My sister's boyfriend went earlier this year, and he came back with the rumor that PoC might be closing for good or being completely re-modeled.

Say it isn't so!

Magix
09-19-2003, 01:11 PM
It isn't so.

WDWHound
09-19-2003, 01:12 PM
It isn't so.
Really, there not a chance in hades that this rumor is true. Pirates goes down every so often for maintenance, perhaps that is what he heard about.

TiNkErBeLl51
09-19-2003, 09:12 PM
There is absolutely no way Disney would do that...they need that ride especially with the publicity they have gotten with the movie being such a huge success. PotC merely goes down for rehab every so often as you would expect with a ride including water and animatronics.

winniedapooh
09-20-2003, 03:43 PM
I heard this rumor back in 1997.....

civilized
09-22-2003, 08:45 PM
I haven't heard anything from any credible sources but I believe it's fairly safe to say that POC is a permanent fixture at the MK. There would be such a cry heard throughout the land if any such plan were floated, that the king would surely relent.

POC is a classic attraction that Walt himself was involved in developing. It's not going anywhere.

dzneelvr
09-22-2003, 09:07 PM
Now's a good time for WDW to "shine and buff" a few of the more popular attractions prior to the holiday season.
Jan/Feb is another time you're likely to hear "rumors" of closings--only to find the small grain of truth is they're closed...but for rehab.

Long Live POC !!

aesalsa
09-22-2003, 10:01 PM
I just wanted to say, "Welcome"! Hope you like it here! And thanks for your reassurring words.

ohanafamily
09-23-2003, 09:20 AM
Yes, Welcome civilized. I hope you enjoy it here.

I don't think that with as popular as the movie is, and with a sequal already in the works, that anyone would think about closing the ride.

JMHO
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popeyeohoh
09-23-2003, 09:28 AM
I love this attraction. No changes please

daber
09-23-2003, 11:02 AM
Closing? No way!

Adding an audioanimatronic of Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom?
Maybe (how's that for an unfounded rumor?)

ohanafamily
09-23-2003, 11:05 AM
daber, Arrr, Me Likes the ay ye thinks!!!

:bounce:

aesalsa
09-23-2003, 11:10 AM
Me Too!!

Demosthenes
09-23-2003, 07:18 PM
I'll probably be booed off this board, but IMO, POC needs a major rehab. I'd keep the theme and basic ride, but the animatronics are out-dated, the costumes are pretty poor, and the special effects aren't so special anymore. This is not the kind of thing I think Walt would have wanted to stay as is. I was at WDW two weeks ago with my SIL and her family for the first time. All of them loved most of what WDW had to offer, but they were under-whelmed by some of the things I rave about (POC being chief among them). I think it is a shame that this ride no longer has the wow factor that it once did for new guests, and that should be remedied.

aesalsa
09-23-2003, 07:27 PM
I respect your opinion. I think some additions to PotC--not alterations-would be welcomed by most, IMHO.

WDWHound
09-24-2003, 01:59 PM
Demosthenes - The original Poc in California has alot more wow factor than the one in Florida. The California version went through a major rehab a fer years back and the results were very impressive. The one in Florida is also shorter and less detailed. I love Poc in California, but I agree that Poc in Florida could use some sprucing up.

ohanafamily
09-24-2003, 02:18 PM
Hey, Thanks Hound, I will be at DL next month and it is one of the few rides open...

BTMRR, SM, and SW will all be closed.....

:bounce:

MelissathePooh
09-24-2003, 02:42 PM
I think I'm one of the few people in the world who prefers WDW's POTC to DL's. Of course that's just personal opinion. Going from a bayou to a cave kind of threw me off! The cave portion was a little long to me and I don't like the que very much, but the extra scenes are nice and some of the effects are better.

I did really enjoy lunch at the Blue Bayou though!

Melissa

WDWHound
09-24-2003, 03:16 PM
Originally posted by MelissathePooh
I think I'm one of the few people in the world who prefers WDW's POTC to DL's. Of course that's just personal opinion. Going from a bayou to a cave kind of threw me off! The cave portion was a little long to me and I don't like the que very much, but the extra scenes are nice and some of the effects are better.

I did really enjoy lunch at the Blue Bayou though!

Melissa
The Blue Bayou is cool!

I like the long cave in Dinsyland's PoC, but I understand what you are saying. In fact, I read somewhere that Marc Davis (one of the imagineers who designed the ride) wasn't fond of the caves either. The original plan for PoC was to make it a walk though attraction. It was originally going to be called "The Rouges Gallary" and the entire attraction was going to be housed below New Orleans Square. When they decided to make it a boat ride, it became quickly apparent that the space in the basement would not be enough, so they built a building just outside the berm and put most of the attraction there. The original basement area that was to house the whole attraction became the caves, which are mostly there to get you out of New Orlenes Sqaure, under the railroad tracks and into the main show building. Apparently Mr Davis felt like the caves were an obvious attempt to stall until the real attraction started.

exDS vet
09-27-2003, 06:04 PM
...And the true classics will never be replaced.

What is DL or the MK without the PoC? I think most have assured the author of this post that the ride is going into "refurbishment". This usually happens every year. This ride will not be permanently closed or replaced. I think Disney learned the error of their ways when they closed Mr. Toads Wild Ride for that dreadful Poo-Pooh attraction. You just don't mess with the classics. I know they were going to close the COP but I think they learned a valuable lesson there as well.

Sometimes the Disney folks dream up things that make no sense. Moving COP back to DL is something that I would like to see happen sometime. Innoventions at DL is horrible.

I said over a year ago that I did not support Disney turning their park attractions into movies. That was when they released the flop known as "The Country Bears." I vowed to never see one of these films. As I continued my protest this summer, I see that the PoC movie was a hit. I'm sure that the HM movie will be as well. Nobody turns treasures into trash quite like Disney. I'm waiting for a movie based on the DL parking structure.

As for which version of PoC is best. IMHO the DL version can't be touched. From the que to the finale, this ride can't be beat. Fans of the MK version were robbed of a true classic, just like with It's a Small World. They are still great rides at MK, just not as great.

Of course that's just my opinion, I could be wrong.

Planogirl
09-28-2003, 02:02 AM
Actually, I agree that normally attractions should not become movies. PoC surprised me. I am definitely a major fan of the actor who played a goofy pirate in the film but I know that he couldn't carry a movie like this all by himself. Maybe only 75% of it. ;) The movie was actually a lot of fun, kind of like a good theme park ride in fact, and I'm trying to be hopeful about The Haunted Mansion movie. Hey, maybe Disney finally found its best niche in movies.

ohanafamily
09-28-2003, 09:26 AM
exDS vet, I like the Winnie the Pooh ride. I can understand your frustration loosing Mr. Toads Wild Ride, but from what I can understand, they picked a spot that needed to be updated, and since Mr. Toad is not in the current marketing structure, and Pooh Bear is a big part of it...

Hey, I loved the Lion King show, but I look forward to Philharmagic!!!!

Of course lets not bring up JIYI at EPCOT (Figments 3 revisions)

I think some of the closings are a mistake, I think that they tried to close COP and enough people yelled so it became seasonal. I think in 5 years it will be gone (JMHO)

I drift off topic, I will be in DL next month to judge for myself about the difference in POTC

:bounce:

AdventurerKat
09-28-2003, 11:14 PM
They won't close POTC for good. No way. And another vote for the DL one being a masterpiece.

doombuggy
10-05-2003, 03:38 PM
1) I don't think PoC will close.
2) DL's is better.
3) Update AA with one of Orlando Bloom? That'd be a "yes" (or make that a "yum") from me! hehehehe

Princess Charming
10-05-2003, 10:18 PM
Any ideas when WDW is planning on working on PoC? We are going the end of Janaury/first week of February. I hope it isn't when we are going (but I'm sure that is what everyone says - never a good time to take it down).

emmagata
10-05-2003, 11:14 PM
Originally posted by exDS vet

I said over a year ago that I did not support Disney turning their park attractions into movies. That was when they released the flop known as "The Country Bears." I vowed to never see one of these films. As I continued my protest this summer, I see that the PoC movie was a hit. I'm sure that the HM movie will be as well. Nobody turns treasures into trash quite like Disney. I'm waiting for a movie based on the DL parking structure.



I never saw The Country Bears because the trailers didn't do a thing for me and make me want to see it.

Now if you want to be a stall wart and not see the POC movie go ahead, but you're missing a GREAT movie. We've seen it twice and will get the DVD when it comes out. I have the sound track CD which is excellent as well.

I've heard of many people seeing the POC movie and didn't even know it was based on a WDW ride.

I don't think the HM movie will be anywhere near as big a hit as the POC movie. We will go see it though.

JonHM
10-06-2003, 01:56 PM
I wouldn't make a 'blanket' protest like that - Country Bears was disappointing and kind of silly to do, but Pirates was fantastic!! We've seen it twice, will buy the DVD, and may see it again in the theaters before it closes! I would really urge you to check it out.

EsmeraldaX
10-08-2003, 07:18 AM
Originally posted by dzneelvr
Now's a good time for WDW to "shine and buff" a few of the more popular attractions prior to the holiday season.
Jan/Feb is another time you're likely to hear "rumors" of closings--only to find the small grain of truth is they're closed...but for rehab.

Long Live POC !!


Do you really think it will be closed in Feb. The main reason my boyfriend and I are going is to go on PoTC. I'll be beyond dissapointed if I get there and it's shut down.

Can anyone calm my nerves?

ohanafamily
10-08-2003, 07:41 AM
EsmeraldaX, DW and I are going to DL in a few weeks, and when we get there Small World, Space Mountain and a few other attractions will be closed. It is part of it, and we learn to live with the concept that there are lets of other things to do. I am just upset because I hear that Small World is better at DL than WDW and it may be a very long time before we get back to CA!

:bounce:

EsmeraldaX
10-09-2003, 11:34 AM
I know it's part of it *sigh*.

I just wish that Disney could give, say, a years advance notice on re-furbs. I'd be more than willing to plan my trip around their refurb schedule since money is tight, and I don't know when the next trip will be.

caribbeanme
10-09-2003, 04:21 PM
Originally posted by exDS vet
I'm waiting for a movie based on the DL parking structure.


thanks for making me snarf my soda!

disney parking is its own soap opera. i thank them, however, for (probably) inventing the parking mnemonic--the way they give you a way to memorize your parking spot, now seen in all mega-malls. it's their saving grace!

anyway, i have a soft spot for mk's poc. maybe it's because i went through that one first. by the time i hit dl's version in college i just felt it was a bit blah... i'm going back to dl in a couple of years, so we'll see...

disneychick05
10-14-2003, 10:31 PM
I absolutely love PoC and we actually had a special treat in April when a very nice CM let us on the ride through a back door and then gave us our own boat. The CM did this for us b/c she saw us with a 1 1/2 year old DS who probably wouldn't have been able to wait in the long line. However, the whole purpose was defeated b/c the ride came to a standstill for about 5-7 minutes. It was horrible! That standstill has happend to me before on that ride. That would be my only suggestion...to take care of that problem first.