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Goodbye Drew?

Sounds Dangerous, a less than loved attraction at Hollywood Studios these days, has been “seasonal” since December of 2008 and with the recent removal of the star of the show’s face from the front of the attraction, one can’t help but wonder if this tired attraction may be on it’s way out but I can’t help but look back on the life of Sounds Dangerous and it’s role in the Studios in the past 10 years or so of it’s existence.

Before we get any further, recently the huge mural of Drew Carrey that sat atop of the attraction has been removed and with the fact that the attraction has been operated “seasonally”, many believe this attraction is on it’s way to becoming a memory and removed.  Nothing close to a confirmation of it’s demise is here quite yet so don’t get your farewell cards ready by any means.  Certainly it’s hard to ignore the facts of it’s current existence to realize that it’s following a trend that other now-gone attractions have blazed before they also were removed.  So with that assumption in mind, let’s look at Sounds Dangerous.

When I first experienced Sounds Dangerous in the summer of 2000, I remember that I really did enjoy the attraction.  I found the story to be humorous regardless of it’s over the top campy humor.  The use of audio to tell the story I thought really was an original idea.  It’s predecessor, the Monster Sound Show, was more focused on showing you how foley artists are used to make sounds for movies, whereas Sounds Dangerous has centered around the principle that sound is just as important as the film in a movie.  Despite 90% of the attraction is in the dark, everyone is able to follow the events of the movie in their own mind thanks to the great part sound plays.  To that end, Sounds Dangerous was a fun show for me.

Today, I routinely avoid the attraction on my frequent trips to the Studios. While I may sneak in rides on Tower of Terror or the Great Movie Ride or Toy Story Midway Mania, I can’t recall the last time I actually saw Sounds Dangerous but it has to have been at least 2 or 3 years or more by now.  So what’s changed so much to sway me not to experience it anymore? I think primarily is the fact that I’ve seen it once and understood the message it was sending loud and clear.  While I found the story initially fun, it isn’t strong enough of a story to warrant seeing over and over.  Unlike, say Muppetvision 3D, there are no swarm of great hidden references nor great jokes.  And unlike the Great Movie Ride, it never resonated as one of those classic Disney attractions.  While I celebrated the fact that putting it’s audience in the dark was an interesting idea at first, I also came to realize that being in the dark leaves for very little intrigue beyond the first few times experiencing it.   I guess you could compare Sounds Dangerous to a great one-hit-wonder band; great the first time but not much to enjoy beyond that.

I do think fans are overly harsh on Sounds Dangerous because Disney parks fans have come to expect brilliant attractions that can be experienced many times over, partially because they are so fun guests want to experience them over and over again, and Sounds Dangerous isn’t that sort of attraction.  The Monster Sound Show ran for about 7 years, the ABC Sound Studio ran for another years and now that about 10 years have gone by if Sounds Dangerous isn’t already in line to be removed, then it ought to be marked for removal.  Like a relief pitcher in baseball that has thrown too many pitches, Sounds Dangerous had a good run but it’s time to “hit the showers” and get something else in there.

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Posted: Tuesday, May 12, 2009 by