I was reading about how the Disney Paris Ratatouille ride has dropped the 3D in favor of 2D projection (at least for now). The rumor, I guess, is that they are considering dropping 3D for the Epcot version, and this is a test.
I will say, I’ll be glad if they do. 3D projections don’t work so great for me. I’m always seeing double and end up with a headache. Newer technology 3D projections are improvements over, for example, what you see in Mickey’s Philharmagic and Muppet Vision 3D, but I still have issues.
The problem with 3D projections is that it is “forced” upon your eyes. That is, while each eye is being show a slightly different viewpoint that your brain interprets as 3D, unlike true vision, you must be focused EXACTLY as the creators of the 3D projection intended. So, you can avoid seeing double as long as you are looking DIRECTLY at the point they intended you to. But if your eyes attempt to focus anywhere else, now you have your eyes seeing double.
The only way to TRULY create a realistic 3D projection without this problem would be to have glasses that literally track your eyeballs and, in real-time, render the scene accordingly. This can’t be done for multiple viewers at the same time, however, so you’ll always have SOMEONE (if not, most everyone) not quite seeing things correctly.
With 2D projection, this is no longer issue. Of course, you lose the cool 3D effects…but I just find those 3D effects annoying, not cool. (This is also why some people experience nausea from 3D projections.)
So, what do you all think? Are you okay with the elimination of 3D for 2D? Or would you miss it? Admittedly, I think on TSMM, doing it without 3D might diminish the experience. I can tolerate it there because it is a short ride experience overall.