Kill, Refurb, Marry: Disney Princesses

Uh oh.  This month’s Kill, Marry, Refurb theme is Disney Princesses – which means I’m killing, marrying, and refurbing (?) actual human beings!  The murder didn’t seem so bad when it was just a Disney ride.  I know this one will be hard, but also interesting.  I love the princesses, many of them.  For this I’m going to consider both how the princesses are presented in their respective movies, but also their presence in the parks.  I’m also only including the “official” princesses.  So that includes Mulan and Pocahontas, but not people like Esmeralda or Megara.

Kill – Aurora

Aurora - another classic Princess found at Akershus and Cindy's Table.

Aurora – another classic Princess found at Akershus and Cindy’s Table.

I’m sorry Aurora!  I really, really didn’t want to kill any princesses.  And I enjoy Sleeping Beauty.  But if I absolutely have to, I guess I would kill Aurora because we just don’t get to know her as well as some of the other princesses.  After all, she spends half of her movie sleeping.  I can’t think of any unique personality traits that come to mind about her, so I feel like she’s rather undeveloped as a character.  I’m sure she would be quite lovely if we got to know her, but if I’m forced to choose one to kill then the princess that does the least to stand out is Aurora.

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Kill, Refurb, Marry: World Showcase Counter Service Spots

One of the great things about Epcot is how many counter service spots it has to grab lunch or a quick dinner.  Especially opposed to, say,  Animal Kingdom or Hollywood Studios.  But even then there are places around the World Showcase that could certainly be improved!  Here are my thoughts on this month’s Kill, Refurb, Marry topic.

Kill: Yorkshire Fish Shop


This photo of Yorkshire County Fish Shop is courtesy of TripAdvisor

I feel like this barely counts for a counter service spot.  It only serves one thing, which is fish and chips.  Which is great and all, but if you want to try any other kinds of British food you have to have a reservation for the Rose and Crown.  I wouldn’t want to take away a counter service spot for the UK, but I’d kill this fish and chips stand and build something completely new that has some more options.  While you’re at it, how about something quick for Canada too?

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Kill, Refurb, Marry: Live Performances

One of my favorite topics of all – live Disney musicals!  I love musicals.  I’m a theater person, so I enjoy performing in them and watching them, especially when they’re Disney related.  So I knew this was going to be a tough one to decide.

Kill:  The American Idol Experience

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It’s fine, but I have no strong desire to go back and see it.  I liked Who Wants to be a Millionaire better, so I was sad to see that go.  And I feel like American Idol has reached its peak and is now on the decline, so I’m guessing it won’t be too long before it feels outdated and irrelevant.

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Kill, Refurb, Marry: Aerial Spinner Rides

When I saw the topic for this month, I was a bit stumped.  How many aerial spinner rides are there in Disney?  Dumbo comes to mind, of course, but aside from that how many are there?   Here’s what I came up with: Dumbo, Astro Orbiter, Aladdin’s Magic Carpets, Primeval Whirl, TriceraTop Spin.  I feel that all of these are in the air to some extent and they spin, so those are our options.  Interestingly, I haven’t even been on a majority of them, which made this month’s Kill, Refurb, Marry extra tricky!

Kill:  TriceraTop Spin

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There are three rides out of the five I was considering that I haven’t been on, and those are the Magic Carpets, Astro Orbiter, and TriceraTop Spin.  The one I chose to kill was TriceraTop Spin.  As far as I can tell, it’s just a rip-off of Dumbo but with dinosaurs.  So it’s not really unique in any way.  I’m also not really a big fan of that area of Dinoland – I know what they’re going for, but I just don’t dig it.  I’d rather see that whole area re-done in a different way, with rides that are more interesting than your typical carnival rides.

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Kill, Refurb, Marry: Thrill Rides

At the time of this post going up, I will be on a plane and on my way to Disney World!  Florida weather, here I come!  I’m not ready for the snow we’re getting here.

I’m super excited for Kill, Marry, Refurb this month, because it’s about something that I have a lot of experience with – thrill rides.  My husband first introduced me to roller coasters, and I’ve been hooked on thrills ever since.  Disney has some great ones to offer, so I knew it was going to be hard to pick something to kill!  It was hard to decide whether or not some rides were considered thrill rides, so I used Disney’s official website – they group their rides, and have a heading called “thrill rides.”  So if it came up there, I considered it a thrill ride.

KILL:  Kali River Rapids

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I desperately wanted to kill Stitch’s Great Escape, but alas, it is not considered a thrill ride.  So Kali River Rapids bit the dust instead.  I haven’t been on it in ages.  I suppose if it’s super, super hot out it’s nice to get completely soaked, but I’m not a huge fan of being wet from head to toe.  It makes the next hour or so uncomfortable, especially if you’re wearing sneakers and socks.  I don’t remember much about the themeing (I guess I was too preoccupied with the waterfalls and waves), so I don’t think I was too impressed by it. Plus, this is a rather “typical” sort of ride that you find at all sorts of theme parks.  I think Disney could do a more creative water ride here.

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