Anonymous asked: Are there any other rides at Disneyland Paris which have a back story like Phantom Manor does? I loved reading all about Phantom Manor and the Ravenswood's but I have never heard much else about any other rides. Thank-you xx
hi! i have just spent a few minutes wracking my brain and i can’t think of anything that has a backstory within DLP quite like phantom manor does. i think with PM, the imagineers wanted to make something different to the existing haunted mansions, hence the intricate backstory, but i do agree that there doesn’t seem to be nearly as much explanation behind any of the other DLP rides. none of the other rides seem to stir up as much creativity as phantom manor, either - i’ve rarely seen any DLP fan art/fiction to do with anything that isn’t PM!
i suppose there are general or simple backstories to all of the rides in DLP, in the sense that they are there for a reason. at a bog-standard fairground, the teacups are just teacups, whereas at DLP they are there to signify the mad hatter/march hare scene in alice in wonderland, and so on. but the interesting thing about rides such as phantom manor/the haunted mansion is that they weren’t based on movies, so their general on-ride plot had to make sense, be cohesive and literally tell a story.
i’m not really old enough to remember how pirates of the caribbean was thought of prior to the films - i always wonder if POTC had a following like PM & HM do and whether people speculated as to the exact story behind the ride. i think the difference between phantom manor and other rides, though, is how easy it is to speculate. some of the ideas people have about who the phantom could be and that sort of thing reminds me of being in english literature classes (in a good way) and analysing everything!
with DLP specifically, i think it’s the whole of frontierland that has this complex backstory - you’ve got thunder mesa and the story of the ravenswoods, big thunder mountain and the thunderbird…it all links together so cleverly. whereas a lot of the rides within other lands are unrelated or based purely on a film, maybe frontierland was a bit of a gamble in the sense that it relies in large on a strong backstory to tie-in most of its attractions?
i hope that’s helped a little! i feel like i’ve just rambled on about frontierland haha but hopefully what i’ve said has made sense :’)
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