Wavering faith will not serve you well
- Sep 14, 2014
I don't have a perfect memory so I could be wrong, but I recall "decoration" type stuff - nothing that was really themed to the story or that immersed you in the experience. I also believe theming should start immediately upon entry into the attraction, starting in the hallway where guests spend so much time waiting in line. Otherwise, the park misses its greatest opportunity to have guests fully engaged and immersed by the time they reach the staging area. In the best dark rides, like DarKastle and Tower of Terror, immersion into the theme starts immediately when you enter the queue.there is a lot of theming - in the preshow rooms, just because one hallway is virtually untouched doesn't mean there is nothing
An example of a missed opportunity in BfE: when guests enter the first staging area and watch the story video, Addie mentions something about needing their love for Ireland to win her battle. Um, my love for Ireland? I don't hate Ireland, but since I'm not Irish I have no specific connection to the country either. The park missed an opportunity to use the time guests spend in line to immerse them in the country's culture and cultivate at least some fondness for Ireland, so that by the time they meet Addie in the video, they would feel like one of the "chosen" ones. As it was, without any sort of emotional connection to Ireland, I felt like more of a bystander, wondering why I was there.