Saturday, January 17, 2009

The American Idol Concept Might Be Winning Me Over

When Walt Disney World first announced "The American Idol Experience" last year, I wasn't entirely sold on the concept.

The idea sounded like a "Karaoke Bar on Steroids" and a place where teenage guests could gather to scream.

But this week, the people over at MouseSteps posted pictures and details about the new attraction while it is in soft-opening.

Admittedly, I haven't seen the attraction with my own eyes. But the pictures make it look like it's the same type of fun as in the old "Who Wants to Be A Millionaire - PLAY IT!" attraction.

To me, the whole fun of Millionaire was that you were actually experiencing what it would be like to go to New York and attend a taping of the mega-popular show. It was really getting back to what the whole purpose of the Disney-MGM studios was all about in the first place.... to let people experience the magic of television and movie production.

Since most of us will never be in the audience for one of the American Idol live broadcasts (thankfully), this attraction gives us the chance to see what it would be like. We get to experience the drama of the competition while watching the interesting nature of the television production process.

The early reviews seem to all agree that the attraction needs a little tweaking. Supposedly there are a lot of video segments to watch during the actual show and not enough emphasis on the live performances. But I'm sure it's getting worked out during the soft-open process.

If any of you guys out there have a chance to see the show either during the soft-open or after the grand opening, let us know what you think in the forums.

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