Your favourite "Disney rip-off" attraction?

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  1. Matt N

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    Hi guys. Disney are quite arguably one of the main trailblazers within the theme park industry, with them having invented many of the most popular ride concepts over the years. Naturally, this high status has meant that other parks have tried building attractions that emulate Disney's classic rides, with mixed results. Rightly or wrongly, these attractions are often coined "Disney rip-offs", but sometimes, they can often emulate the success of the source material pretty accurately! So my question to you today is; what is your favourite "Disney rip-off"? When has an attraction trying to emulate a popular Disney attraction done it really well, in your opinion?


    I'll get the ball rolling with my nomination.


    Now, I'll admit that whether or not this one is a Disney emulator per se is up for debate, but my vote goes to Flight of the Sky Lion at Legoland Windsor for this one. Now, the reason I suggest this one is because me and my parents both agreed that it bears a pretty striking resemblance to Animal Kingdom's Flight of Passage in many regards; many of the vistas you travel through look incredibly similar to the ones on FoP, and it even uses very similar smells! I'd say that it arguably seems similar enough in these regards that I'm not sure it was a coincidence... however, I think Flight of the Sky Lion executes the concept really rather well, personally, and if it had a few little extras (mainly some kind of SFX-based reaction to things that happen on-screen, such as squirts of water or blasts of hot air, as well as possibly 3D glasses), I honestly think it would come pretty close to FoP for me, personally! (That's my opinion, anyway)


    But what Disney emulating attraction is your favourite?
     
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  2. John_P

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    Europa Park has a pretty good Haunted Mansion knock off, complete with stretching room. However the ride portion was very tired.

    Sadly I visited a few months after Pirates in Batavia burnt down so can't comment on that.

    After that the only other 'rip offs' I can think of are Space Mountain so...

    Alton Towers Black Hole, hell they even gave it a very Jules Verne esque retheme.

    BPBs Space Invader

    Cedar Points Disaster Transport, complete with a very tired queue line, my visited coincided with its final ever day of operation. 'Welcome To Alaska' indeed.
     
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  3. Matt.GC

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    Redone Pirates in Batavia is so good in my opinion that it destroys Pirates of the Caribbean. Evidence of the original knock off is still there, but Batavia now feels more like it's own thing. It really is superb.
     
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    Another debatable "rip-off" because saying any submarine ride is based on Disney's is a bit of a stretch. However as Disney are the only other company I can think of with a false submarine ride the comparison is clearly there.
    Legoland's version is shorter and less story driven. But it does have real fish, which is a massive improvement on the concept.
     
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    Black Hole definitely was back in the day.
     
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    I'd like to add Pirate Adventure at Drayton, another Pirates of the Carribbean-inspired ride. I have very fond memories of ridding the former when I was younger, and I still miss it now.
     
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    Can't believe I forgot this one..

    Carnival Festival at Efteling is very much inspired by Disneys it's a small world. Even has an absolute earworm of a theme tune as well.
     
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    Pirate Adventure and the Jungle Cruise (before Excalibur) at DM were probably two of the best Disney rip-offs in the UK. Chessington also had some good dark rides but I think Drayton were one of the best parks back in the 90s for offering something almost Disney style.
    If you took the best of 90s Drayton and 90s Alton Towers you probably would get a UK Disneyland!
     
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    Surprised nobody has mentioned the fragrant Alice ride in Blackpool.
     
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    Walt Disney actually gave them the plans of the original ride for them to use as a base for their own version!
     
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    A good call... I enjoyed it just as much as IASW, although it is to a smaller scale. Arguably better, but it's pretty much an equal to me.

    Chessington has Zufari, which is a nice ride, but doesn't come close to the Animal Kingdom original.

    There are many Big Thunder Mountains, but nothing comes close to DLPs version.

    Legoland cars are much superior to the Autopia "originals", as they have options.0
     
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    Actually, would any of the MACK mine train rides such as our very own RMT count as rip offs for BTM?

    Come to think of it, almost every well themed runaway train ride can all trace their roots to BTM.
     
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    Before the Internet it was a lot harder to research theme parks in other countries, so I suppose Disney often were the parks the industry went to for inspiration. But Arrow was building mine trains before Disney, starting with the original at Six Flags Over Texas. Disney bought a whole new level of scale and theming to the concept, but I don’t know whether it’s necessarily fair to say that any Mine Train’s a Big Thunder rip off. Particularly as the powered mine trains do feel quite different to the more traditional ones.

    Also, I think there are some concepts that are fairly obvious ideas that one park or another was bound to use at some point. Having roller coaster vehicles themed to trains and cars seems like such an obvious thing to do, I don’t think anyone can really claim to have come up with it. It’s like in comedy no one can really say they came up with an individual pun. There are certain obvious ideas that are just waiting to be used.

    I do agree though that the Paris version of Big Thunder Mountain is the ultimate Mine Train. It's a big budget well used. Having a ride on an island with the tunnels at either end works very well.
     

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