Had a good look around Star Wars Miniland Experience today, and whilst I'm not going to post photos until after Friday (think it's only fair to respect the fact that the park's not publicly open yet - I have hundreds, though, so will have plenty up sooner or later
), I will share some thoughts:
On the whole, though I really, really
didn't expect to leave with this opinion, I really like it
. I would like it a lot more if it hadn't replaced Rocket Racers (the queueline of which is still more or less intact, even with a 'building room' instruction guide still in place if you look hard enough
), but if you ignore the building's legacy, it's a great little attraction in its own right.
The models are intricate and look good (though a couple of scenes are a little sparse), but what's very impressive is the soundscape, lighting and effects. Each scene has a button which can be used to activate a sequence of lighting, sound and motion effects. All three sync perfectly, with the 'action' audio track mixing perfectly with the 'general ambience' track. The motion is very good, from a small dancing band to a massive hovering ship (apologies, I've yet to see Star Wars, so no idea on names
), and the audio is all original stuff from the films.
The attraction exits (though Racers' old exit) into the Creation Centre
a massive Star Wars shop. Yep, that's right, the whole ground floor of the Creation Centre has been converted to a Star Wars store (with the crown jewels section now a storage area), whilst upstairs has become... a discount store. Didn't realise we were saying goodbye to the Creation Centre as well
. (Model Makers is still there).
Admittedly the attraction was as good as empty whilst we were having an in-depth look (except for three actors!), and I do worry what it'll be like when it's full of screaming kids, but overall, much better than I was expecting. Now, can't we move it elsewhere and bring Racers back? [-o<