Sunday, May 6, 2012
Why Animal Kingdom May Never Have a Dark Ride
Recently, I have been watching a lot of Disney movies. Most of them have been the ones I haven't seen since I was a child. I must say, some of the films take on whole new meanings when you watch them with a slightly older brain.
A great example of what I'm talking about is Tarzan. (spoiler alert) In addition to noticing a few rather macabre things that somehow escaped me when I last watched the film at least ten years ago (most notably the dead bodies of Tarzan's parents and the shadow of Clayton's body after he accidently hangs himself), I have also realized something that may upset many Disney fans I have encountered on fan discussion boards. Tarzan (and Bambi, and Brother Bear) does not lend itself to a Disney dark ride.
For years (and moreso now with the announcement of Avatarland), Disney fans have been wondering why Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park has been without a classic Disney dark ride, a la Peter Pan's Flight and Snow White's Scary Adventure.
The answer (or at least a possible one) hit me during Tarzan. Many of Disney's animal movies would not make family-friendly dark rides, for one or more of the following reasons: