The empire strikes back: Disney readies a major Hollywood Studios expansion at Walt Disney World
The Walt Disney Company invested a reported $1 billion remaking its under-performing California Adventure theme park
, and was rewarded with an attendance surge of 23% last year
, following the debut of the remake's centerpiece Cars Land. After that, the president of the Disneyland Resort, George Kalogridis, was reassigned to Florida
, where he's now overseeing the Walt Disney World Resort.
Get ready for history to repeat itself. It looks as though Kalogridis and his team have gotten the green light for a project to remake the Disney's Hollywood Studios park on a scale similar to what Disney just finished at California Adventure.
The projects will share one very large component -- Cars Land, the highlight of the California Adventure makeover, will come to Florida as part of the Hollywood Studios revamp, according to multiple insider sources. But it won't necessarily be the highlight of the changes coming to the park.
That's because Disney's Hollywood Studios is also getting…
Star Wars Land.
Yep. Multiple sources have told me the long-awaited dream of theme park geeks everywhere is actually happening. Disney's moving ahead with both Cars Land and Star Wars Land at the Disney's Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World.
From what I'm hearing, Cars Land will replace the Lights, Motors, Action auto stunt show as well as Catastrophe Canyon on the southern edge of the park, providing a logical extension to the existing Pixar Place. The demise of the Backstage Tour also would free up space for an additional attraction in Pixar Place (Monsters Inc? Incredibles?), but I've not yet heard any chatter about that happening in this phase of the park remake.
So what about Star Wars Land? The logical places for that expansion would be on either side of the existing Star Tours ride. From what I've heard, it appears that the expansion would take out the area between Star Tours and the auto stunt show stadium, including the Muppet theater and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids play area. But I've also heard of consideration of going in the opposite direction, which would place the new land on the site of the Backlot Express restaurant and Indiana Jones stunt show theater. Given that the Indy theater's used for several other events throughout the year, and that both the Muppets and Honey I Shrunk the Kids attractions long ago passed the height of their popularity, I'm hearing more forceful arguments for the first option.
This appears to be a five-year project, putting completion in 2018, though Disney could choose to throw money at it and accelerate it by a year.
Imagine a future Disney's Hollywood Studios with Star Wars Land, Cars Land and Pixar Place anchoring the southern half of the park, with Sunset Boulevard, featuring Tower of Terror and Rock 'n Roller Coaster, anchoring the north end. After many months of Universal Orlando pummeling Disney with one popular new expansion after another -- Harry Potter, Transformers, Springfield, and more Harry Potter -- it appears that Disney might, finally, be ready to strike back.
Excellent, but will The Great Movie Ride be getting a long needed update?
2 words: About time.
I am excited yet upset about these changes, as to me if you add more attractions from California, then it doesn't encourage people to visit both resorts as they will both become too similar. Also this will mean that the Backlot Tour will be leaving, which is the last remaining attraction in the park about movie making, and isn't that the essence of the park? If they remove the streets of America then there will be no typical film streets, with the fake walls as Universal destroyed theirs with the Rip Ride Rocket. Star Wars doesn't apeal to everybody even though I'm sure Disney will do it well. I feel that they should however be adding new shows and reopening the theater at the back of the park, as entertainment was important to Walt and holds part of the magic that the park used to have Beauty and the Beast show just turned 189, which shows the park needs a new show. I do trust Disney i just hope they do not lose the spirit of the park just to compete with Universal.
Star Wars Land would be a welcome addition to the park. It makes sense since Star Wars weekends are such an integral part of DHS.
Nice. 2018? A long time away. I wonder if both will open at the same time. Perhaps Carsland should open first, followed by Star Wars Land in the following year. I love Carsland, I wonder if it will have the same existing attractions with a full Cadillac Mountain range, otherwise, I will be disappointed.
It sounds really cool. But come on. Five years? Surely they could get it done in 2-3 with reasonable effort.
heck, i think i'd wait six years for something over the top amazing that was original. perhaps incredibles based
Cars Land - BOO!
I'll bet the reason behind the five years is that they will open one first and one later. Star Wars Ep 7 drops in 2015. Open that attraction first and follow-up with Cars Land.
A Star Wars land would be awesome!I hope they consider a character meal for us geeks and more appealing to boys than the princess meals.
I agree with Eric.
If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen me go off on a late night rant a few days ago, contrasting the time since the last major new attraction at the various Disney World theme parks versus the other top theme parks around the country.
There's been rumors that a new Soarin' film is coming to DCA and Epcot in 2015 so that might fit the gap.
Make this happen. Please. We need it. It's all I want for Christmas.
Very excited to finally see that Star Wars Land finally come to fruition. But like others have posted, I hate to see the best thing at DCA no longer become exclusive. In fact, all other attractions part of the $1 billion expansion have been cloned, aside from the Red Trolley Cars and revisions of existing rides. Regardless, I still look forward to seeing Disneyland Resort in my Sept. visit this year.
I cant wait for Star Wars Land, but dont like Cars. Dont want to loose Back lot tour or Muppets.....update/upgrade Muppets already.!
how much of this is truth as to rumor? there have been rumors galore about carsland or star wars land coming to dhs, just wondering if this isn't a I wanted to say it first story. if it is true I would much rather see just a star wars land at dhs then both. there wouldn't be a overwhelming reason to go to California if carsland came the dhs.
If Disney even builds just one of these expansions they better be ready to build a multi-level parking structure to take on the massive traffic it will generate. DHS is already having parking problems during busy periods and the CM's usually get the short end of the stick as their parking lot gets taken away and they have to park at the resorts or Epcot.
This is SO SO SO exciting! I know all of us at WDWarrior and our Disney teens are so jazzed that Star Wars Land may become a reality.
I am very pleased that there are confirmed plans to move forward with Cars Land. Has there been any further talk about the rumor that the racers wouldn't be included in this version due to Test Track using the same ride system? I for one would be very disappointed if that were true. Besides that would be a lame excuse since Disney seems to have no problem rehashing the dark ride concept. Also, I would not be disappointed if Muppets, HISTK play area, etc. is removed to make room for Cars. Bring it on.
Joe said: " Also who doesn't love the muppets? "
I agree Robert..i cant see them opening these in the same year but i ll change the order
Don't take away Muppets!!
looking forward to d23 expo then
I have a question related to the "which areas of the park will they demolish to build them?" issue. Why do they have to tear down anything at all? Doesn't WDW have thousands of unused acres of land? Why not use them? I'm not being snarky; I really would like someone with more knowledge of theme park design and construction to explain why they can't just expand the park instead of tearing down existing attractions. Thanks!
I agree with previous posts. Disney should not duplicate attractions from both coasts. They loose their impact and what makes each park unique. Like Soarin - perfect for DCA, but shouldn't be at Epcot. I love both parks/coasts. I am a Disneyland purist, but think that just because something is successful at DL doesn't mean that is has to be rebuilt at WDW. There are far too many people that only go to WDW and they should go to DL and DCA for a different Disney experience. They are completely different. I understand the Magic Kingdom type stuff being repeated, but again they are different experiences all together. Take Pirates for example. If you have only been on the WDW version, you have no idea what you are missing with the DL version - it is a very different experience. At this point in time, since both coasts are established, they should be getting different "new" attractions, that is what makes each location unique. Stars land in Florida would be great, but not a cars land in FL. Just my two cents.
Great question, Beth.
They can't get rid of the Muppets.
There was already a rumour about 2 show being replaced for DHS, right? The tired old Beauty and the beast and The Little Mermaid. That's a good thing.
I very highly doubt they'll get rid of Muppet-Vision 3D--it's still popular and still draws in crowds. And with Disney working to revive the Muppets right now, it wouldn't make sense to lose it.
Someone slap me on the face! I hope I'm not dreaming and I am really reading this!
Not sure how to make of this, looking at the expanded fantasy land I'm just not sure if the are going to do the same level of work like DCA or Universal (Harry Potter Land). WDW is known to scale back and give you a half-@$$ product that isn't an already established attraction that they decide to make over and call new! Gonna wait and see but to be honest, not holding my breath.
I would gladly trade the muppets for Star Wars land. No brainer as far as popularity.
I don't see any chance that both Lights Motor Action and Indiana Jones will close so it appears Indy would be safe and the Star Wars expansion would go the other direction.
I would rename the park Disney Hollywood Adventure to make you feel like you're going into the movies or living a Hollywood fantasy with the interactive shows (American Idol, Indy, Jedi Training).
Put the light show in the Studios that they have at the Calfornia Adventure. THAT would be much better then the lame fireworks show at EPCOT every night.
"pummeling Disney"?? Not really. And how do you mention "Springfield" and omit "Despicable Me"?
The Muppets aren't going anywhere. They just transferred the 3-D video to digital and a new movie is coming out next year. They made a pretty good comeback.
People in the comments seem to be treating this story as fact....Perhaps you should be clearer in your writing that, at this time, these reportings are still very much only rumors.
I think this is great news, especially for someone like me that grew up in the "true" Star Wars era. I'm not a huge fan of Cars, but most kids are, and that's who Disney is for. And as far as the, "duplicating Cars in Florida won't encourage people to go to California" talk, not everyone has the means to go to both places. I live in Florida, and can't afford to go to California, so I welcome the similarity. People aren't going to go to both just because they have different attractions, they'll go because they are in that state. I've had seasonal passes for eight years now to the Disney parks, and it's great to see some change finally. I know usually the biggest complaint is the ticker prices, but when they drop a billion dollars to make the parks better for us, it's worth the price of admission.
I think they should get rid of the whole NY street area, Muppets, Mama Melrose, the area that is behind NY Street over by what used to be the Hunchback/Pochahantas stage that is no longer being used and is coveted by some out of place San Francisco flat perspective. Get rid of the American Idol theatre and then change the ABC Commiisary restaurant and theme it to Star Wars. Get rid of that stupid, useless, Echo Lake which is there for what? Animation Courtyard, Little Mermaid and whatever that Playhouse Disney Jr is that I have never seen anyone go into
I WILL spend money to immerse myself in a Star Wars environment: not a cheap front such as the outdoor queue in Florida, but full environments on the same level as MK. I may spend all of my day there, as well, so I hope it's large enough. If Disney puts up the money to make it right, I'll give them my money in return.
Awesome, awesome, awesome!
I'm skeptical. Without any official word, I'm still considering this a rumor.
Nooooo! Don't take away Muppets! It's one of my favorites in DHS!
This is great news. Living in Australia with family in San Francisco, I'm a DLR frequenter. I've been to Orlando only once (at the end of 2012) and was underwhelmed. The parks were too spread out, too busy (in early December) and the number of attractions within a park was inadequate - I felt. I have not been in a rush to reattend, but this is something which would entice me to.
There has been some insider talk about expanding the Studios to the *west* side of World Drive, with an attraction vehicle of some sort used to get guests over there.
Who are your "sources". All you are doing is spreading rumors and the uneducated Disney guest will assume this is true. None of this has been confirmed and I happen to be very close to the department responsible for this. I really wish that this website would stop publishing speculation as known facts.
I love Hollywood Studios and hope that they keep the streets of America! It is such a fun Hollywood addition to the park, especially around Christmas when they do the light show. While I do think this park does need some new additions, I hope they keep that old Hollywood feel to the park and not let Star Wars completely dominate.
Wow! Step away from TPI for a day and all heck breaks loose! Cars Land AND Star Wars Land. We get our cake and we get to eat it too. Amazing.
For years, I had heard and viewed plans for the removal of the main toll plaza, and then expansion taking over the land next to the toll plaza. The main toll plaza is only accessible from I4. All resort guests, buses, and guests traveling from anywhere else on Walt Disney World property, use the smaller satellite entrance. A new access to the parking lot is slated to be near Pop Century. This will also help when the park closes as it will dump it directly onto Osceola Parkway and not a traffic light, as is the current way
Also, look for the Osborne lights to be moved to the newly revamped Downtown Disney. The lights do not generate much tourist income where they are now. But put them at DTD and you'll be the busiest shopping center in central Florida!
i'll believe it when i see it...i'm not getting myself into a tizzy until i see an official press release. i feel like they should be spending some money revamping areas that are seriously hurting (i.e. tomorrowland in MK and future world in EPCOT) before they go building additions. not that i wouldn't love to see a Star Wars land.
Look, I love the Muppets and I hate Cars, but this is awesome if it happens. Get rid of the last vestiges of the boring old "look at our movie studio" park, and immerse us in the worlds of Star Wars and Cars. I don't want to see how you make a movie, I want to walk into the movie. Seriously, if this is true, DHS transforms from "the park you go to when the weather stinks" to "the park you want to go to everyday of your vacation."
Disney Really Needs To Step Up Parking at HS. For a Cast Member During The Summer Its Nearly Impossible to Park in the Lot Next too Costuming. Maybe take a page from USF and go up.
This is really exciting, but something will have to be done with parking. A parking garage makes a lot of sense.
Muppet Vision 3D was outdated, old and tired 12 years ago when they added it to California Adventure. It's time to retire the attraction and move on.
I want the additions..... but two major family friendly attractions sound like them may be getting sacrificed for this. Hollywood Studios is the more thrill focused of the parks so it is important for them to maintain their numbers on the family friendly rides.... (Otherwise families who are not interested in the Drop Tower or Launch Coaster may choose this as the park to skip).
Radiator Springs will be an AWESOME family friendly addition though.Glad it is coming east.
Quite honestly, I really like this. Though, I will be sad to see some things go. As for people who say "the parks will become too similar and people won't be encouraged to visit both resorts", I say yeah right. For one thing, what about those families who spend 10 years just saving up enough money to make one trip to either resort. Why punish them and make them miss out on things just because they can't make both trips? Yes, the resorts will become similar, but from both a CM stand point, and a guest stand point, there are many things, other than rides and such, that draw people to both resorts. Just because some attractions are similar, or even the same, will not at all discourage people from trying to plan trips to both resorts. It will, however, make the trip for the poorer spectrum more enjoyable and less "what if"y.
VERY excited about these rumors/facts/possibilities/plans, etc. This will DEFINITELY make me want to go to Disney and more often. This really is HUGE if it is all true. Will stay tuned and look for more updates in the future.
Bring it to CA, florida has enough. lol
I will actually shed tears if The Muppets is lost.
There goes my favorite park. Oh trust me the park will lose that old hollywood feel. There goes the lights at Christmas
Normally, when Disney announce something like this, Universal counter it with something even bigger to take the attention away from Disney, so I am wondering when Middle-Earth will be announced. ;)
I can't believe they are getting rid of backlot tour . That was always one of my favorite things at that park. I understand why but it still sucks it won't br there.
This is really just more rumour coming out about DHS. At this point we've seen so many reports from so many sites based on reliable and/or multiple sources the past 6 months that I don't take any of them seriously any more. At this point, I need to see a Disney World press release followed by construction trucks backstage to believe any of it. :-)
I really don't like the idea for cars land leave that at Californa so that we can have different experience at both parks. Sure i would like to see the star war land not much of a star war fan but it would be so mething different for the guest. But adding the addition you will lose a lot of classics i love the backlot stage it is one of my favs. I remember when the golden girls house was back there :). Also you can't give up lights motor action i come personally to see that as soon as i get in. It is an amazing stunt show. Disney remember DHS. is about the movies now i just feel like you guys are losing that aspect of the whole idea of that park please don't change it to compete with universal. Yes it would be nice for more expansion but don't just repeat the same thing if you want to change it up use wall-e make the area where backlot stage and lights motor action where bew york is at make it look like that is happening or something with incredibles it will be a different experience and something new to look forward to at. well good luck
I would hate to see Muppets go! Isn't there anyway to take out Backlot Restaurant and leave Indy? Even better, add an Indy ride and build LucasFilms Studios land? How close/far is the ABC Sounds Dangerous Theatre? Can that be retooled for this? I think the Muppets are still relevant and have potential marketing capabilities...
I have some issues with this along with joyless.
Ooh my other thought was... Bet this happens before Avatarland ever does! :-))
Just another opportunity for Disney to block Cast Members from the parks. I'm happy for the expansions, but I'd love to be able to take my family.
Wunderbar! Now I'll have reason to stay longer than half a day :P
While a Star Wars land is exciting news, I'm just gonna be that elephant in the room and ask what a lot of fans are really thinking... Why isn't Disney pulling the trigger and constructing an entire park exclusively devoted to Star Wars???
First in terms of competition Disney has always the stronger hand over Universal for their theme parks.
Totally with you, Melissa. I think Star Wars easily warrants a park on it's own. Disney could even take an existing park, Hollywood Studios let's say, and convert it over. Star Wars is as culturally ingrained as Disney...the two together would be insanely successful...so why go so small-scale with it?
I think any Star Wars Land Disney is going to build will (if done right) cannibalize from the other parks and will be to small. So copy a great idea from the masterminds at Universal Orlando and make Star Wars Land a multi park experience! To explain my vision further I would like to see they build on the existing universe of Star Wars but let us explore new adventures. Yes we will see all we know and love but not a rehash of the story in the movies, that's boring, stop doing that Disney, give us an extension of the stories in Star Wars.
The rumor was that the reason they stopped doing the Pixar Pals parade was because the floats were housed in a building behind Start Tours that was going to be demolished to make room for Star Wars Land.... if that gives you any indication as to where it might go.
The huge number of comments here is a good example of the hunger of WDW fans for new lands & attractions. Pay attention TDO.
As a cast member at the Hollywood Studios, I have a pretty good understanding of the layout of the property. I believe that it would make more sense to take out the Backlot Express Restuarant, the ABC Sound Stage (which really isn't used for anything anymore), and American Idol (which has failed to prove a popular attraction and isn't a Disney owned project). These areas are also in close proximity to the Star Tours attraction and would there for make sense in creating a "land".
During low season DHS is a half day park. If Disney is ambitious enough it could transform it in a 1 day + or 2 days destination. If it only replaces attractions it will continue to be a 1 day or even a half day park.
Rumors that I read indicated that the FL version of Carsland will not be an exact replica of the one in CA. Luigi's flying tires definitely will not be done (the ride sucks) and Radiator Springs Racers will be drastically different and probably smaller/shorter and the mountain range is said to be smaller. Talk of adding different C and D attractions instead and also more restaurants that WDW is known for. DCA's transformation took what, 4-5 years total from start to finish? They did it in stages, so I would assume that Carsland would open at one point followed up a year later by Star Wars or visa versa.
I would hate to see Muppets go even if James Rao would. He still hasn't gotten over Miss Piggy dumping him in the seventh grade but whatever... ;)
I can't see them getting rid of both Stunt shows, so I think Indy would stay. I'm tired of all this California should have some things that Florida doesn't have. 95% of those people that go to Florida will never go to CA, and vice versa.
While it is exciting and all to see a state-of-the-art attraction (Cars Land) and a new immersive park area (Star Wars Land), if they do end up shutting down the Studio Tour (which is pretty iffy), I hope they keep the AFI museum at the end of the tour, which is right in the middle of all the potential construction. If that entire area ends up being remodeled, Disney ought to close down the Narnia/Jack Sparrow show (nobody really seems to like them; it has a 4) and replace it with a brand new AFI museum. That way, Mickey Avenue could become the tribute to Disney and Hollywood with its amazing museums. And of course, update the Great Movie Ride in 2015 to make Hollywood Studios shine. Overall, though, I'm excited to see what the Mouse House will do this decade. They better hope that J.J. makes a hit with Episode VII, though.
Don, if I've told you once, I've told you a million times, I dumped HER!!!!
Some people clearly don't get that these places will be completed in 5 years... they always have something going on at Disney. How about that huge Fantasy Land revamp/expansion? I'm not sure why so many comments implied nothing will change for 5 years. I'm sad that the play land may be booted to make way for the changes. It's always a crowded place. My son adored climbing in there. Can't they keep it but rename it so it's more current? There are so many tiny Pixar/Disney character's... oh I know! Repaint it so it's from the Disney Junior show "The Hive"! It's the Disney Junior age kids playing in there anyway.... or even from "Pixie Hallow"? When my son turned 2 we took him for his birthday to WDW, we visited the play land in every park. It was great down time and it helped wear him out so he was more apt to sit in the stroller and wait in line for attractions. I'm excited for both Cars Land and Star Wars Land. We'll definitely be planning to visit shortly after their completion. Just don't wait too long with Cars Land, I'd love to take my son while he's still young enough to appreciate it! (He's 3 now). ;). I hope now that Disney Junior was successfully rebranded and launched it's own channel, that there will be more representation of these new characters/ shows at WDW.
They need to also put some new attractions for the older kids...maybe a new roller coaster???
I'm very happy to hear that some much needed updates are coming to Hollywood Studios, but I would first like to see a complete update of the Great Movie Ride. It's way past time for an update to that attraction. I would also like to see Disney get rid of the very stale Indiana Jones stunt show and replace it with something similar to the Indiana Jones ride in Tokyo or at Disneyland.
Do NOT touch the Muppets! Even though it's dated, it still packs in quite a few people. Update the film and the 3D effects and it's another E-Ticket again!
About time. That park has never been worth a one day visit, except when they do the Christmas lights, and now it will! With it's Hollywood theme it has always had tons of potential. But they obviously don't use the same super fast construction companies Universal does.
Food for thought: Agreed that the Muppets need updating, but I don't think they'll get rid of them. There's already a sequel in the works, AND Broadwayworld.com just reported that Disney is also in the process of workshopping a potential Muppet Broadway Musical, further confirming their support of the Muppet "brand." And has anyone given any thoughts to how the upcoming "Planes" movie will affect the Carsland? Will they somehow be able to combine the two? I'm not a huge Cars fan either, but assuming that another 'boy' franchise does even half as well as Cars, they're going to have to create some attractions, etc. to showcase the new Planes as well. (And then you have your differences b/t the Cali and FL parks) Just throwing those thoughts out there...
I think they should concentrate on expanding Animal Kingdom. There are so few rides & shows! Plus, Animal Kingdom has tons of room to do it! I was't too excited about Avatar, but a Fantasy Land with dragons and other mythical creatures would be cool, not to mention maybe putting a small dent in Harry Potter?
Well, my dreams have come true.
wow this park will be a MUST do every year, for my family, up until this point, its been a once in a decade park LOL
With around 45 sq miles why tear anything down? It's not like they lack space
I personally like the ideas.
It's about time. Hollywood Studios is still my favorite of the bunch. It is the only park that has a few thrills that can compare to Universal / IOA.
In addition to American Idol/Sounds Dangerous, they could take over Pizza Planet. Not the best of quick service and it's out of place (naming wise) considering Toy Story Mania is on the other side of the park.
Another cloned attraction? Disney's problem today: Over-saturation. If it's works well here we'll make it work EVERYWHERE! They just bought the Muppets characters, why tear that down now if that's their plans? The Great Movie Ride, while I love it just as much as the second time I rode, has needed at least a couple new scenes for years and years. What are we about to get? Not great original attractions, but a copy of another ride in California, some Star Wars facades made to sell merchandise and walk-up counter cheeseburgers, and probably another ride made of screens that rips off what Universal has done with Spiderman and Harry Potter.
I would absolutely LOVE to see Star Wars and Carsland added to the Hollywood Studios, but as some other fans have noted, it would be to the demise of attractions emphasizing the production aspect that makes the Studios unique, like the stunt shows. If the new Star Wars area can be based on some backstage premise, that would satisfy the Park theme and refresh WDW guest attraction to it! I must say, though, that I hope Muppets 3-D is moved elsewhere in the park or left in place. And I will miss Indy, Backlot, and LMA! immensely!!! I still miss having all the illustrators being onstage there, and i adore being taught how to draw Disney characters! I also wonder, why can't the Indy attraction out west be duplicated here? Thanks!
I love all these changes, Hollywood Studios is my favorite park. But I have all these memories from the theme park that I'm not sure I want changed. I would be fine with the Indy Stunt Show gone, but not the Muppets. Cars Land sounds like a weak idea but Star Wars Land is an awesome one. I'm really excited about the prospects of more Star Wars attractions. I'll give some ideas about what I would like to see:
^Attack of the Clones??? ;)
While these ideas sound wonderful, if* these rumors are true, I highly doubt they will not be starting any of it any time soon. I was working in DHS this past fall/winter, and everyone was always asking about these rumors. First of all, they just closed down Backlot tours for a couple months this past fall for renovations (why spend so much time/money on renovations for an attraction that's going to be taken down soon?), and, LMA is one of the most popular/highly attended shows on Disney World property, so I honestly don't see them getting rid of it any time soon. With the imagineers working on the new Avatar land in DAK, I can't see them taking on such an enormous task of cars land and stars wars land at the same time. Also, with cars land (in CA) being vastly larger than the new fantasyland expansion, and looking at the time it took to complete fantasyland, I don't see it taking only 5 years to complete Cars land AND Star Wars land AND Avatar land.. Like others have said, I'll believe these rumors when I see a press release.
Go across the service road behind Star Tours. Using Star Tours as a draw.
Lets be real here...Most of WDW's visitors are East coast residents and foreigners that are NOT going to go to California just for Cars Land so replicating it in Florida should not impact DCA's attendance whatsoever. That being said I do believe (hope) that California gets a huge Marvel presence for its signature whereas Star Wars will be the East Coast signature.
I have to say, I love the idea. But, I'd be a little bit upset to see Mama Melrose go, me and my family went to Melrose for the first time 2 years ago and we all think it is one of the best restaurants we've been to in WDW (however, i am open to suggestions).
I don't know how credible this all really sounds. These aren't new ideas, a Star Wars land has been circulating in rumor form for many years. The idea of wiping out nearly all the back half of DHS, not to mention a huge stage that is only 8 years old seems too far fetched. I would love to see a Star Wars land don't get me wrong, but CarsLand deserves to stay unique to DCA, they don't need to copy and paste every successful thing they do. Simply saying many insider sources have told you this isn't much of an actual confirmation because without credible names, it's all still just rumor. I've been hearing "confirmations" that the Hat is going down pretty much every year I've worked there and look, it's still there.
Please, no "Cars Land " at DHS! One in CA is MORE than enough.
^Not for people who don't go to CA!
I've seen the Muppets 3-D show many times, and I never get tired of it. It is a classic, and possibly the last movie Jim Henson ever made. I wouldn't mind an update to it, but I'd rather keep the current version than lose it to new development.
Darth Vader force-chokes and kills Goofy for screwing up.
I cannot wait to see what they come up with for Star Wars... the mind bends at the possibilities and the worlds.. Only Disney can do it justice - but they need to get on it! My husband's generation (the ones that owned the original Star Wars bed sheets) needs this to happen while they still have little kids. :-)
^ I doubt they will put the Radiator Springs racing ride (the one exactly like test track) in Cars Land in Orlando. They will probably put something entirely new. It would give people something different that have been to the CA version of Cars Land and give people here in Orlando something completely fresh compared to test track.
I'm delighted to hear that the rumors of *something* happening at DHS are finally starting to migrate closer to reality. And I don't understand this notion that Soarin' or other features should be "exclusive" to Disneyland or DCA. I've been to DL several times and the addition of DCA several years ago would not remotely compel me to make the trip west rather than to WDW. I surely wouldn't object to a Florida-themed film for the WDW Soarin'.
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