I had a bit of fun Tweeting about Maelstrom's final day today. I actually did go down to the park around 6pm, rode one last time with my FastPass, and then we watched the rest of the insanity. To be honest, it wasn't as insane as I thought it might be. The line DID get up to 130 minutes for about a half an hour, but honestly, looking at the line, I really doubt that it was more than about 90 and the *MOST* but this was the data that was posted, so they went with it. I've *NEVER* been a person who felt that being the "last person on a ride" is anything to brag about. I find actually being there and watching everyone else fight over who gets to be the last rider or the people dumb enough to wait 90 minutes today for a ride I waited 11 minutes for last night is FAR more entertaining than riding it for the last time. But that's just me.
My thoughts on the ride: I never thought that Maelstrom was a *good* ride, however I never though it was *bad* either. I always felt it was just kind of "there" and the only reason people liked it is because there are so few other rides in World Showcase, and "ooooh...it has a drop and goes backwards!!! Oooooh!" It's not a big drop, and the backwards part I always thought was kinda dumb. But whatever. It's being replaced by a Frozen ride, which a lot of people seem to take issue with. Not sure why. Here's a couple of things I posted tonight in response to people freaking out. As much as I try to approach the subject with logic and reasoning, other people just get all emotional and abrasive over a "ride." I don't quite get it. I was completely *shocked* at how much backlash there was from such a cult following the ride had. I really just thought the ride was "meh" at best....
My response to someone freaking out about how Frozen is "just a fad" and won't be relevant by the time the ride opens: I don't know how old you are, but people said the EXACT SAME THING about Toy Story in 1995. I worked for the company back then. Everyone thought it was a "fad" and would go away, and people were getting annoyed that a Pixar aka "non-Disney" movie was invading the parks.
Boy, how times have changed. Now Disney Feature Animation (Not Pixar, let me remind you), but Disney Animation, the very extension of the team that Walt himself created, has their biggest success in the history of the company, and people are suggesting they DON'T include that in the parks?!?!?
That's just INSANE to me!!! You do realize that if Walt was around today, he would be pushing for that movie to be in as many parks as possible and probably would have moved things along FASTER than the company is doing now.
The idea that people think putting Frozen into the park is a bad idea just boggles my mind.
My response to the people freaking out about how Frozen doesn't belong at Epcot or World Showcase: People seem to be forgetting that World Showcase and Epcot have been changing and evolving for YEARS now. Disney DID try the concept of a more cultural and educational park, and it didn't work. It didn't resonate with people. Then they started putting the Disney characters back in the park and people, most importantly kids, LOVE it! My wife was a kid in the 80s growing up in Florida and HATED having to go to Epcot with her school. It was boring and they couldn't stand the park. My 7 year old daughter now LOVES it and think it's the best Disney park thanks to the changes they have made over the years to make the park more appealing to all ages.
The park you are talking about doesn't appeal to the masses, isn't what guests want, and wasn't making any money for the park.
People that are bitching about Frozen being added to the park forget that you can also find Donald Duck, Mulan, Aladdin, Snow White, Alice, Mary Poppins, Aristocats, and many other Disney characters all over Epcot now. Get used to it, because it's not going to change. And personally, we think it's GREAT!
Here's the photos and tweets we made from the entire day. We really did have some fun with this!
Today is the LAST DAY for Maelstrom at Epcot! Come take one last ride with TPR! Click:
Guests are already lining up at Epcot to take one last ride on Maelstrom!
Today will be the longest lines that Maelstrom will ever see! lol
These Maelstrom boats are waiting to take its last riders today!
At opening, Maelstrom is a 50 minute wait for the LAST DAY of the ride!
Here's what the crowd looked like right when they opened the doors for Maelstrom one last time!
Never seen people wave from the upper windows of Maelstrom before!
A look at the crowd who showed up for Maelstrom's very last day at Epcot Walt Disney World:
Standby line for Maelstrom just dropped to 30 minutes! Get in line now!
Current crowd in Norway to ride Maelstrom!
OMG! OMG! Maelstrom control panel porn!!! Ooooohhh!
Maelstrom wait time up to 65 minutes!
Great pano shot from the Maelstrom opening crowd this morning!
The current Maelstrom line in Norway right now.
Maelstrom line is up to 70 minutes.
FP+ is stretching outside!
Remember when Maelstrom was originally supposed to be called "SeaVenture?" (There's some Epcot history for you!)
I just right now got a Maelstrom FP+ for 5:05pm - So they are still available! Keep checking!
Better get to Epcot today to ride #Maelstrom before they make it DISAPPEAR! DISAPPEAR!
Not gonna lie - I'm probably gonna miss "oil rig beard guy" the most from Maelstrom!
BACK! BACK! OVER THE FALLS!!! For like...FOREVER!
Anna & Elsa have something to say about Maelstrom closing! Click:
Took this Maelstrom front entrance shot yesterday. Who's gonna miss this attraction?
The Maelstrom troll is getting acquainted with his new neighbors.
"You May Get Wet!" At least for one more day...
Guests at Epcot lined up to take their last ride on Maelstrom!
"GRR!!! I look down on you all taking your last ride!" says Angry Maelstrom Tree Monster
Current Maelstrom line is posted at 60 minutes, but it really doesn't look that long!
And as soon as I tweeted that last tweet, the wait time went down to 15 minutes! lol
And now it's back to 50 again!
Girl with a "Save Maelstrom" shirt! I said to her "you know it's a little late for that, right?"
Here's a photo of the Maelstrom line from while on the ride! 65 minutes right now!
I can't be the only one that always thought this queue was awful, right?
There is Norway. Norway is a country in Europe. Honestly, that's probably about the extent of the actual "educational" value of Maelstrom! lol
I really do think I'm going to miss this awesome mural more than the actual ride! lol
Just a fan... Coming to take his last Maelstrom ride. (Some people really get into the character!) The best parts of Maelstrom in 6 seconds so you'll never miss the ride again!
Fun Fact! There are waaaaaaaaay more people here to see Starship than are currently in line for Maelstrom! :)
Did they build Norway on rock n' roll? Didn't think so! Starship > Maelstrom!
Just watched the Maelstrom movie for the first time. Don't need to do that again! Oh, wait... I can't! lol
The Maelstrom line has reached triple digits!!! Yay!!! 100 minutes!
Has Maelstrom ever had a 100 minute wait before??? Didn't even think they had triple digits for it! lol
Wait... What th??? 130 minutes now for Maelstrom Wh...WHY??? People! The ride is not that great!!! lol
The BEST thing they ever did to this ride was keep the theater open so you didn't have to wait to walk on through! =)
I watched the Maelstrom movie for the first time tonight. I suffered through it now you can, too! Watch:
"I'm here for the final day of @TheJawsRide!!! Wait... This isn't Universal???"
What are you looking at? I'm not the one getting torn down! ;)
Line for Maelstrom is down to 90 minutes. Still wouldn't wait that long! lol
T-minus 10 minutes until Maelstrom closes forever. Gotta be honest, there isn't as many people here as I expected.
Security getting ready to close off the line right at 9pm. To be honest, the whole closing was kind of uneventful. There weren't any fights, no obnoxious ACErs trying to be in the last train, it just sort of "happened."
"I'm gonna miss you guys! Send me a postcard from Norway!" No, guys...the ride doesn't REALLY GO TO NORWAY!!! There is NO NEED TO HUG ANYONE!!! It's a RIDE!!! WTF!?!? OMG!!!!
These were the final two people to enter the building (behind some group of horrible Disney crazy fans) - No clue who they are, but they were the last ones. Congrats...I guess?
Some of the final riders pulling into the station.
The doors at Maelstrom closing one last time...
"The last have passed this way..."
Doors closed. Goodnight Maelstrom...goodbye!
"Do you want to build a better ride?"
The doors at Maelstrom have closed. This is what it looks like from the inside.
The Maelstrom queue is empty and will never be filled again.
Empty Maelstrom boats never to be filled with guests again.
This dude is already on board with #Frozen taking over Maelstrom!
I don't know who made this, but it's hilarious! Maelstrom #Frozen (Please let me know who to credit!)
The theater for Maelstrom now looks like it always has...empty!
"You are not the first to pass this way, but you were the the last." Maelstrom at Epcot has closed forever. 1988 - 2014 RIP. Thanks for the memories at Walt Disney World! Now the ride must DISAPPEAR! DISAPPEAR!
Huge thanks to Jack Crouse, Garbles, Shane, & Yuto for the additional photos!
Next day update! All signage has been removed 12 hours later. It's like the ride never existed!
Don't worry folks, a much better, more "Disney" ride is on its way!
An overview of Norway without Maelstrom.
The area where the boats would pop out now covered by a tarp.
Last edited by robbalvey on Mon Oct 06, 2014 8:31 am.
So long, Maelstrom. I am at least glad I got the chance to ride it a few years back. Though, I found it a really weird ride that didn't make sense, especially the end. You go down the drop (really a ramp), you see a bunch of off-shore oil rigs...and that's the end. I won't miss it at all, and I'll welcome the new Frozen ride with open arms.
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