In my “James Bond” days, when a scene needed to show something being blown-up, you built a set and you blew it up! Now a team of people sit at computer keyboards for a few months and type away. It’s not so much fun!
I think Mr Wardley makes a very valid point there. Having a set, animatronic, physical piece before your eyes is much more fun to design, create and the end product always looks visually pleasing, just look at the Haunted House pre Duel. I do agree with the James Bond films, what a great job that must have been, building a set and then getting to blow it up, all while you're getting paid at the same time! Where's the fun in sitting in front of a PC for months? You can hardly go "I blown up that set!", more of "I animated those few seconds of that explosion". I'd rather see a dark ride that uses physical pieces, big sets, something that really pleases you visually. I don't mind technology being used, but only when it will work well. As with Charlie it just didn't work at all. It makes me wonder if we will ever see a dark ride like the Haunted House again, it was such a work of art and is a shame that Alton had to ruin it.
Q14 was a good answer(and question) to, nice to see that James Paulding got John getting involved with something different, Carnival of Screams was a great maze, it wasn;t scary, but provided something different and unique. I hope they get Alton working on the Carnival of Screams or any other mazes in future as John did do a great job with it. :D