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New Disney attraction concept art released

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Published: January 19, 2007 at 9:27 AM

The Walt Disney Company has included concept art for several new attractions, including the Pixar-themed Midway Mania ride at Walt Disney World's Disney-MGM Studios and Disney's California Adventure.

The pictures are available online as part of Disney's 2006 annual report to stockholders.

The pictures include concept art for a new Disney theme park, though no details are provided. (To me, it looks somewhat DisneySea-ish.) The page also includes an image from a Pixar-themed racing car ride, also rumored for Disney's California Adventure.

Readers' Opinions

From Jayson Myers on January 19, 2007 at 5:04 PM
Is that car land a new overlay for Test Track or Autopia (SP?) or something new?
From Robert Niles on January 19, 2007 at 5:15 PM
I doubt it would overlay Test Track, given the sponsor commitments there. However, I'm trying to remember if Chevron bailed on Autopia. If so, that could be a possibility. But I've heard talk of a high-speed Cars ride in California Adventure, so that's what I presume the concept art depicts.
From Marc Ricketts on January 19, 2007 at 5:52 PM
Al Lutz of miceage reported this on 9-12-06.
"But the big stuff is planned for the 2008-10 timeframe when pretty much everything from the Orange Stinger to Golden Dreams is torn out and replaced with a new San Francisco concept. At the same time the remnants of Paradise Pier located within the footprint of California Screamin' get the full Pixar treatment with the characters of Toy Story taking over the boardwalk."
From Robert Niles on January 19, 2007 at 6:25 PM
Yep, we've been talking about this for months. But this is the first time Disney's officially released anything that addresses these attractions. The official announcement is coming next week, at a press junket at Walt Disney World.
From Anthony Murphy on January 19, 2007 at 7:35 PM
They got rid of Golden Dreams???


What about the Monster's Inc ride? It looks like Buzz Lightyear!

I hope Disney WOrld gets a Disneysea. It would be a great asset, though a bit of a copy of IOA I imagine.

From Robert Niles on January 21, 2007 at 3:33 PM
Golden Dreams is still there. Al reports a lot of stuff that's at early to intermediate stages, not yet decided by the Disney upper-ups, so don't expect those reports always to come true. Even if this one did, as Al wrote, it could be 2-3 years before it closes.

My interpretation of the concept art is that the Toy Story and Monsters Inc images are scenes from the same ride. The Pixar Midway Mania ride, as I understand it, would include scene from each Pixar film. (Though I have heard Cars pitched as another, outside track ride attraction as well. That is what I believe that art image refers.)

As for the new park, my guess would be a second gate in Hong Kong. That's the only Disney installation with only one park now, and it seems to need a second gate to achieve any critical mass in attracting out-of-market tourists. I cannot imagine another Disney theme park in the U.S. for quite some time.

From John Quinteros on January 21, 2007 at 5:34 PM
Here's what I hope the concept art is for:
-Carsland for Disney's California Adventure (change the name to Raditor Springs)
-New urban entertainment center for Disneyland California
-Pirates-themed land for Hong Kong Disneyland
-Nighttime Water Show for either HKDL, an updated Fantasmic for DL and WDW, or Walt Disney Studios Paris. heck, put it in the lagoon of Paradise Pier.
-New park-Hong Kong Disneyland

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