"Air Dan" wrote:
Fail - to fall short of success or achievement in something expected, attempted, desired, or approved
The trouble with using this definition is that by the standards of what most enthusiasts expected from Th13teen and Rita they were Fails. However as most people were expecting the most incredible rides ever built you could have deemed them as failures from the moment they were announced.
From the parks point of view they achieved exactly what was expected, attempted and desired from them. So in my opinion that’s more of a Win than a Fail.
For me Duel is enjoyable and having not been on the original haunted house I wasn’t expecting anything more than the ride offered. I also agree with electricBlll that the lack of queue has more to do with location and impressive throughput then popularity.
So Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is my choice of Fail. It's not a bad ride; I like the outer facade and the lift scene. The problem is that it feels rather empty, forcing you to focus on the story because there is nothing else to see. Although I like the lift it feels like there are too many obstructions of the view and I don’t just mean other people.
The two major fails though are:
No Chocolate shop at the end
Even better they could have produced them on-site and pumped the smell around the building to give the place that chocolate feel.
The cost of the intellectual property
I don’t know how much John Wardley was involved with CatCF but based on his recent interviews I would guess that he suggested the idea of using an international property. In other circumstances he might have been correct because on paper CatCF seems like a good choice of brand. The books are still popular today and the ride opened at around the same time as the second films release. These benefits certainly attracted more people during the first year of operation and keep the ride popular unlike an unbranded theme. However when such a large amount of the budget is being used just on the intellectual property It’s no surprise that the final ride is missing the fine details that it’s predecessors contained.