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Episode 655 - Theme Park ABC's (Epcot)

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Hosts: Matt Hochberg, Len Testa , Mike Scopa , Mike Newell , & The Fabulous Annette Owens

Topics:

    Theme Park ABC's (Epcot)

  • Today, we compare the old WDW Ticket system with today's attractions.




Running Time: 18:23

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Episode 655 - Theme Park ABC's (Epcot)
Authored by: disneymusiclov4 on Saturday, December 12 2009 @ 06:46 AM CST
American Adventure is an E-Ticket in my book. It is just an awesome attraction. Also, in the Magic Kingdom, back when they used the A-E ticket system, Hall of Presidents was an E-Ticket attraction.
Episode 655 - Theme Park ABC's (Epcot)
Authored by: steven512 on Saturday, December 12 2009 @ 07:20 AM CST
I don't really think technology should be a factor in what ticket an attraction is, I think it should be based mostly on how the attraction makes us feel and what it means to us. Secondly, what Disney wants the attraction to be doesn't necessarily mean anything. That said, American Adventure is definitely a solid E-ticket and should be categorized as one of the best attractions at Epcot. Mike was right, it is a sample of the best of Disney.
Episode 655 - Theme Park ABC's (Epcot)
Authored by: kevdo on Sunday, December 13 2009 @ 01:04 PM CST
Respectfully disagree. No way American Adventure is an E-ticket. Matt's logic around the criteria is sound, but I'd go one step farther and call it a C. I'd argue that Maelstrom is clearly a D ticket, especially when you consider the film at the end (which, though dated, is still enjoyable).

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Episode 655 - Theme Park ABC's (Epcot)
Authored by: tikikrissy on Monday, December 14 2009 @ 03:48 PM CST
American Adventure is an E-ticket for sure!
Episode 655 - Theme Park ABC's (Epcot)
Authored by: TiggerRay on Tuesday, December 15 2009 @ 06:03 AM CST
I will agree that The American Adventure is an E Ticket ride, but you guys are missing the point of the designations when they were originally used...and Scope should know this since he probably was in the room when they did in Disneyland. Ride quality and interactivity had nothing to do with whether an attraction was an A, B, C, D or an E ticket. They were used for crowd control and eventually to indicate "headlineer" status. A-tickets were for the walk ons and D's were the original headliners while E's were thrill rides that became the new headliners.

Based on that....JIYI should be no more than a B, maybe an A, anything with a FP should minimally be a D, and none of the movies should be more than a B, regardless of the quality.
Episode 655 - Theme Park ABC's (Epcot)
Authored by: Kfischler on Tuesday, December 15 2009 @ 06:52 AM CST
I think that AA is an E ticket ride. At least I know I would have used an E ticket to experience it and felt like it was worth it.
Episode 655 - Theme Park ABC's (Epcot)
Authored by: chopsva on Tuesday, December 15 2009 @ 08:04 AM CST
Wow - this topic has appeared to strike a nerve!
Looking at the 1972 list of tickets (http://www.yesterland.com/abcde.html) I can't figure out where to place AA either.
In the 1972 - Great Moments w/ Mr. Lincoln is a "C" but Tiki Room & Country Bear Jamboree are "E"
Episode 655 - Theme Park ABC's (Epcot)
Authored by: hydrotony on Tuesday, December 15 2009 @ 05:56 PM CST
I think you guys confused the difference between what is a great attraction and what the tickets were for. The tickets were, as stated above, for crowd control, basically capacity verses demand. The American Adventure has a large capacity and moderate demand and would be a B. Maelstrom a D, Mexico boat ride a C, the country movies are A, Figment a B, Soarin an E, Test Tract an E, Mission Space a D, Spaceship Earth a C, nothing for Innoventions (but the new simulator may be an E as a stand alone), Nemo ride a C, and Energy Adventure a B.
Episode 655 - Theme Park ABC's (Epcot)
Authored by: kellyb30 on Wednesday, December 16 2009 @ 08:10 AM CST
Have to agree with Matt on this one. I think emotions played into assigning AA an E. It's an amazing show, but it just doesn't have the status of other attractions at the park. I would say it's a solid D.
Episode 655 - Theme Park ABC's (Epcot)
Authored by: Mark on Wednesday, December 16 2009 @ 10:15 AM CST
Mike. Scopa help me out here...
Wasn't "If You Had Wings" an "A" ticket? Or to bring it more to the point, wasn't it FREE?
That was a really good ride, so I think that you can't base the ticket off of the popularity of the ride.
Going with the Urban Dictionary def
Authored by: Jul on Wednesday, December 16 2009 @ 10:51 AM CST
An E-ticket is: "Something that is exciting to do; generally has an interesting or exciting sensation."

IMO, AA would qualify as an E-ticket for that definition.

Also, if you're looking at the cost of a ride, both in terms of original construction and upkeep, AA is a very pricey attraction--much moreso than almost any other attraction in Epcot, and certainly moreso than every attraction in World Showcase combined. It would be useful to have people pay extra to finance the cost of the upkeep.

That being said, if Walt had a say in it, my guess is that he would have made AA a ticketless attraction. From a crowd perspective, it does eat a lot of people. But from a patriotic perspective, I think that he'd take the financial hit on it to get people feeling their American pride.

So, my view...technical E ticket, but realistically an attraction that is ticketless because it is priceless. ;)
Episode 655 - Theme Park ABC's (Epcot)
Authored by: Tiki_Guy on Wednesday, December 16 2009 @ 09:34 PM CST
The Hall of Presidents was an E ticket! I think its safe to say AA should be at least an E!

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