Time to confess. I never liked Maelstrom. HOLD ON HOLD ON don't leave yet. Let me explain why.
This was one of those Eisner era attractions that falls into a weird category:
1. When it opened at EPCOT Center it was crappy compared to the rest of the park. It was short, the boats were bulky, large portions of the sets visible to guests were unfinished etc.
2. When it closed it was way better than the rest of Epcot! At least it was a boat ride, it had animatronic figures in it, and there were no Disney cartoon characters acting stupid! So it died as a hero!
Over in the Magic Kingdom, Delta Dreamflight was the same way. Think about it.