Roadkill - thinking about tajikey's suggestion, what if we made the beginning of the movie (Simba held up, all that good stuff) a video thing for the people in line to watch. Maybe like 10 minutes or 15 minutes looping, and we could amp it up with some James Earl Jones voiceover, and then the ride wouldn't be quite as long so we could get more rides into the average day. The only downsides I see are sometimes looping blows (i.e. a 2 hour line with a 10 minute video, you see that video 12 times) and the ride may then start out darker since you kinda jump straight into Scar. But it makes the ride take on sort of a Simba vs. Scar/evil feel too.
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