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LOST: The Experience

Friday, April 23, 2010

Fans of the television show are excited about the finale coming up next  month, on May 23. Of course, shortly after that date, we will fall into a collective heap of melancholia, hardly able to get up off the couch to change channels, disappointed that neither FlashForward nor V seems to be capturing our attention to the degree that ABC had hoped.

Now, there's more to life than television, right? So we should get ourselves out of the house and interact with the real world, you tell me? Maybe. But just in case that plan backfires, how about setting up a new attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios? After all, American Idol's got one, and it's not even on a Disney-owned network.

Unlike Lost, though, The American Idol Experience was pretty much ready-made as a template for a theme park attraction. Just retro-fit the whole audition process into the Disney's Hollywood Studios environment and you're all set. Built-in audience, even. And with Lost, you're not so lucky.

But we Lost fans are demanding! So what kinds of attraction could our favorite show spawn? (And no, don't even think I'm avoiding spoilers here.)

What I'd like to see is a walk-through attraction based on several of the Dharma stations we've discovered throughout the series. Perhaps one would enter through the Hatch, with "Make Your Own Kind of Music" by Mama Cass playing softly in the background (song captured from a vinyl recording, natch). From there, you'd travel through tunnels to many of the stations, with each of course playing its own orientation video. Perhaps the Pearl station would be last, with its observation station. (Need a refresher on the stations? Yeah, so did I, so I can recommend this one.)

Just imagine the gift shop at the end of the Dharma stations walk-through! I'd love to see pins with the logos of all the stations, and official Dharma jumpsuits for custom embroidery. Dharma cereal, Dharma salad dressing . . . with all the Dharma products we've seen on the show, the possibilities stretch on. Me, I want a souvenir Dharma van, with Hurley in the driver's seat.

I'm sure that's not the only way we could go here, though! Yes, I'll set aside any thought of motion-simulator plane crash experiences, and just open the floor to you. Got ideas? Got Lost?