When watching POVs of Disney attractions overseas, you can’t help but feel a little jealous for all the amazing attractions they get. Of course, people in those other countries would like some US attractions over there too, like Expedition Everest or Mickey’s Runaway Railway.
Nonetheless, we’d love it if the attractions listed below would open up at Disneyland or Disney World so we didn’t have to travel so far to see them!
Mystic Manor (Hong Kong Disneyland)
Inspired by The Haunted Mansion, Mystic Manor is a trackless dark-ride that takes you on a tour of Lord Henry Mystic’s manor which features all of the antiquities he’s collected from around the world. His pet monkey, Albert, opens a magic box which then brings the entire collection to life. It’s as cool as it sound.
I like it that Mystic Manor is original and in no way based on any movie franchise. There isn’t anything like it anywhere else.
The premise is very unique and leads to many creative effects, like the animated vase painting or the transforming medusa painting.
In terms of where to put it, maybe somewhere in Disneyland or Magic Kingdom? Adventureland could work…
Monsters, Inc. Ride And Go Seek! (Tokyo Disneyland)
Play a game of Hide-And-Go-Seek with Sulley, Mike, Boo, and the rest of the Monsters Inc. cast on a fun, family-friendly adventure through Monstopolis.
What sets this ride apart is the unique interactive component, where you use flashlights attached to the ride vehicle to try and find hidden monsters.
Another highlight is the line – a replica of the lobby from Monsters Inc.
Without a doubt, this Monsters Inc. ride is far better than Mike And Sulley To The Rescue at California Adventure. The theming is better, you see more of Monstropolis, and the flashlights make the attraction much more fun. Therefore, I wouldn’t mind if the replaced Mike And Sulley To The Rescue with this attraction.
The only thing is the ride at California Adventure doesn’t fit in with Hollywoodland. So, maybe, Hollywoodland could turn into a Monstropolis area, as Hollywoodland has always been a weaker section of the park anyway.
Journey To The Center Of The Earth (Tokyo DisneySea)
Located in the park’s icon, Mount Prometheus, this attraction is a high-speed thrill-ride Jule Verne’s world of the center of the earth.
For one thing, this attraction looks like a great thrill ride with it including 46 mile-an-hour plunge right at the end of the ride.
Plus, the sets resembling the center of the Earth are awe-inspiring, much like the sets in Na’vi River Journey (and better yet, this ride is actually worth the wait).
Maybe this could be somewhere in Magic Kingdom? Again, Adventureland might be a good place for this, depending on if they have the room.
Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars (Hong Kong Disneyland)
A roller coaster that’s Incredicoaster, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and Expedition Everest combined into one. I couldn’t think of an attraction better suited for me, since those are some of my favorite rides in the parks.
I like Grizzly River Run and Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, but I wouldn’t mind if they were replaced by this. It would work with the theming and it’s much better than either of those attractions.
It could also work in Frontierland or in Animal Kingdom.
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Battle For The Sunken Treasure (Shanghai Disneyland)
The best dark ride in the world, until Rise of the Resistance came out last year.
Similar to the original Pirates of the Caribbean ride at first, but it quickly turns into a cinematic pirate battle complete with jaw-dropping effects, sets, and animatronics.
Imagine the expert story-telling of the original Pirates of the Caribbean ride, the integration of huge imax screens and practical sets of the Ratatouille ride in Paris, as well as the massive sets of Rise of the Resitance, then you have Battle for the Sunken Treasure.
I doubt many feel the same way, which I can understand why, but I wouldn’t mind if this replaced the original Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland or Magic Kingdom. I love the orginal, but this looks much, much better!
Or, they could put it in California Adventure. When it first opened, I would have thought it wouldn’t fit the California theme, but since the park is becoming less and less about California, maybe they could fit this in somewhere.
Challenge Trails (Shanghai Disneyland)
This is unlike anything I’ve seen at a theme park.
It’s like Redwood Creek Challenge Trail at California Adventure. At the start, you are attached to a zipline overhead, then you go onto conquer a series of challenges which usually involve going over a high rope bridge that stands high above the ground. Watch the video below to get a better idea.
It looks like a lot of fun, and it’ll provide a good challenge, especially for those afraid of heights.
I could see something like this replacing Tarzan’s Treehouse, Swiss Family Treehouse, or Redwood Creek Challenge. Or, they could put it Animal Kingdom. Any of those work.
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (Tokyo DisneySea)
Not far from Journey To The Center Of The Earth is 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, a submarine ride somewhat similar to Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage.
In my opinion, this is much better than Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. The sets are much better, the story makes more sense, it’s more immersive, and it’s much easier to get board the ride vehicle.
I’d love this to come over to one of the American parks, and I wouldn’t mind it if it replaced the Submarine Voyage at Disneyland.
Tower Of Terror (Tokyo DisneySea)
It has the same ride system, queue layout, as well as similar show scenes as Twilight Zone – Tower Of Terror, but it’s better in every way.
The backstory of the attraction is Harrison Hightower suddenly disappeared one night at his hotel called Hightower Hotel. Hightower was an arrogant crook who stole many antiquities from around the world. One of these was an idol, which is said to have magical powers.
While many believed this was due to an elevator crash, as you take a tour of the hotel, you find out the idol that was the cause of his disappearance (or death – it’s intentionally vague as to what exactly happened), punishing him for his plundering and his arrogant personality.
This is an original story and in no way in ties with the Twilight Zone, as Japanese audiences didn’t know what the Twilight Zone was. I actually prefer the story in this attraction, as it is much darker and teaches a valuable lesson on not being too full of yourself.
It’s a little scarier too – that idol is creepy!
I wouldn’t mind if they replaced the Twilight Zone – Tower of Terror at Hollywood Studios with this attraction. The theming and story is far superior in my opinion.
And I’m sure other Disney parks fans would welcome this change too, given how happy everybody was when they changed the California Adventure attraction into Guardians Of The Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! (Hehe…)