Friday, October 12, 2012

Riding the E.A.C. with Crush ~ Designing a Thrill Ride for My Little Thrill Seeker

Wouldn't it be fun to be an imagineer for a day?  I would love to go through the process of creating or updating a Disney parks attraction, but how to decide on an idea? Do I go with an attraction that would simulate ascending or descending a tower on Rapunzel's hair or a virtual ride with Lightning McQueen racing to the finish line in the World Grand Prix or even a ride through the bayou with Tiana and Prince Naveen in their search for Mama Odie?  But for this one, I went with a ride on the E.A.C (that would be the Eastern Australian Current) with Crush from Finding Nemo.

Throughout the Walt Disney World parks, there are plenty of attractions for little ones, but what about those little ones who are thrill seekers, who aren't quite tall enough for the larger scale thrill rides? Of course, there is the Barnstormer featuring the Great Goofini, a wonderful way to introduce your little one to roller coasters.  I envision this E.A.C. attraction to be of the same thrill level.

This dark attraction will make you feel as though you are in the "big blue" from the moment you enter the queue.  Special effects will create the illusion that you are Dory or Marlin (whichever you choose) on your adventure to find Nemo.  As you make your way through the queue there are different parts of the story being narrated in the scenery.  Then, you walk pass the scene filled with jellyfish and enter a hall that is dimly lit.  Imagine you board your ride vehicle, a 150 year old sea turtle, maybe even be lucky enough to get Crush himself, because of course each ride vehicle will be unique.

Once you board, you begin your journey slowly (your short uphill climb) amongst the sea turtles.  It gets lighter and lighter as you reach the peak, which corresponds with the part of the movie that Dory and Marlin come around and wake up.  Keep an eye out for Squirt.  He and his friends just may be swimming by!  As you reach the top of this incline, you hear Crush yell, "Grab shell, Dude!"  This begins the faster portion of the attraction with special effects making you feel as though you are Marlin himself (or Dory) riding the E.A.C along with Crush.  Because I envision this as a thrill ride for kids, this ride would last about 90 seconds, the same amount of time the Barnstormer lasts.

Being a mom of a child who wanted to experience all the thrill rides well before she was tall enough, I had a lot of fun coming up with a kid friendly thrill ride that I think she would love!


What attraction would you love to design for your little one?

10 comments:

Capturing Magical Memories said...

I like the idea of this ride. I know my little one would love another #Disney thrill ride for his height!

Disney on Wheels said...

This is a great idea too! I would love to take a spin on the EAC :)

JenniferLissak said...

That would be fun! I wouldn't have thought of that!

Beth Green said...

very very fun! I know C-man would love it! :)

400 Miles to Disneyland said...

Very creative!!

Beth D. said...

Yes, it would be great to see a few more attractions for the thrill seeking little ones!

Beth D. said...

Me too! I am not a thrill ride person, as you know, but I wouldn't mind taking a ride on the EAC! :-)

Beth D. said...

We love Nemo, so this would be fun for all my kids!

Beth D. said...

Thank you!! I would love to see something like this take place. The smaller thrill seekers could use a few more thrill rides! :-)

Beth D. said...

Thank you!! My kids always inspire me! :-)