Vote of the week: What should replace Cars Land in Disney's Hollywood Studios plans?
Now that we know Cars Land won't be coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios
in Walt Disney World after all, we move on to the next question: What else will Disney do to attract more visitors to this park? We know that Star Wars land is coming, and Imagineers have said privately that a second expansion for the park remains on the table, even if that won't be Cars Land.
So now's the time for fans to lobby for a favorite. We'll offer a few options in this week's vote, and we invite you to make the case for your favorite idea, in the comments.
Inside the Monsters Inc. lobby at Tokyo Disneyland
The obvious place to start is to replace Cars with one of the many other popular Pixar animation franchises. Toy Story's already in Hollywood Studios' Pixar Place, and a Monsters Inc. door room coaster ride long has been suggested for the old soundstage area next door to that. Could the rest of the studio tour space be converted into Monstropolis? Disney's built two other dark rides based on the franchise: one in Tokyo Disneyland and one in Disney California Adventure. Bringing one of those over to join the door room coaster could be an easy way to plus this area.
As for other Pixra franchises, Disney's building a Ratatouille dark ride at DHS' sister park in Paris. And The Incredibles would give Disney the opportunity to build a superhero-themed land even though Universal owns the Orlando-area rights to Disney's Marvel characters.
If not Pixar, Disney now owns several other popular franchises that could slide into what would have been Cars Land's space. How about a new Muppets theater and/or dark ride? And maybe a Muppets-themed play area to replace Honey, I Shrunk the Kids?
Looking for something with more thrills? How about relocating Indiana Jones? Disney probably wouldn't want to bring the Indy ride from Disneyland or Tokyo DisneySea to DHS, as its the same ride system and layout as Animal Kingdom's Dinosaur. But there's an Indy-themed coaster at DisneySea, as well as at Disneyland Paris. That'd fit nicely in DHS' old backlot, next to a new home for the stunt show in the old Lights, Motors, Action facility.
Disney could "pull a Universal" and license someone else's property, too, as it has for James Cameron's Avatar at Animal Kingdom. The top film properties, in all-time box office, that aren't being used in active licenses in major U.S. theme parks include James Bond, Lord of the Rings, and (wait for it) Twilight. Yes, we know that Universal's been after Lord of the Rings. But if Universal could sign Harry Potter away from Disney, maybe Disney could return the favor with an upset signing of the J.R.R. Tolkien classic. (Hey, we're dreaming here….) And I'm suggesting Twilight merely because I want to see some heads explode in the comments.
The final option? Forget bringing anything new. Let Disney load up Hollywood Studios with even more Star Wars, creating a double-sized land that wraps around half the park.
Please tell us your dream scenario for an expanded and improved Disney's Hollywood Studios. And, as always, thank you for reading Theme Park Insider!
Journey to the Centre of the Earth
I would pretty much do this...
I'd think one or more of the Pixar properties would be a natural for that section of the park due to it's proximity with the Pixar Studios area, which in it's present form is quite small. I'd be comfortable with that as long as it was E ticket quality with a smaller C or D ticket attraction accompanying it. My dream first choice would be the DLR Indiana Jones attraction, but there's no way that would happen due to Dinosaur in AK.
The Lord of the Rings is not a good idea. J.R.R. Tolkien hated Disney.
I was thinking last night that it was odd there's no Incredibles attraction yet. It would be a good fit for Florida since they can't do anything with Marvel out there.
My most favourite thing was not in the list and that is a unique attraction/show/ride. I love to see a show based in Hollywood in the 20s. A big show that fits the style of the era with nods to old movies (not from the 20s) like Casablanca and the Wizard of Oz.
I think they should rethink the Cars idea, if not the whole land then how about just the ride and maybe a place for the kids to have a meet n great for photos. Then they could use the rest of the area for expanding Pixar. Just my thought.
The Incredibles could be good.
How about a pixar version of "ToonTown".... Could label it as "Pixar Studios" which is where the characters come to work.
Wow, some of these ideas are fantastic! Even though my personal vote was for MORE STAR WARS, just because the franchise is so near and dear to my heart and the mythology is so incredibly rich for mining, I would absolutely love to see an Incredibles attraction, or Wall-e or even Up. All great ideas. I suppose it's possible that the window of opportunity may have passed on Wall-e or Up, but I'll bet the Incredibles has enough staying power to still draw interest.
As much as I love Marvel, I wish Disney would develop more of their own property into rides instead of spending the money for rights to other things, first. As a kid, the appeal to ride the Fantasyland rides was because I had loved the movies.
I will never accept the same ride system layout argument for not bringing the Disneyland Indy ride to WDW. Universal proved that you can have the same ride tell multiple stories. Hell Disney's dark rides more or less use the same system to tell different stories. Really though they should relocate Indy to Animal Kingdom and completely gut the Dinosaur area to give him plenty of space.
It's not just that Indiana Jones is the same ride system as Dinosaur. It's an identical track layout, too.
I wish they would build an Incredibles area because my sons LOVE that movie. They really love superheroes. The thing I love about the Incredibles is that I think it encourages kids to invent their own superhero characters, because in the Incredibles movie there were all sorts of these background heroes that no one had ever heard of before. I think Disney could blow Superhero Island out of the water if they wanted.
I voted for "One of the other Pixar properties," but really I want several of the other Pixar properties. It's right near Pixar Place, so let's get a lot of them represented instead of just Toy Story and one other. Throw the Monsters Inc Coaster in next door to Midway Mania. Build an Incredibles ride, a Ratatouille ride, heck even a Brave ride. Let's get some diversity. I want a little of everything.
To really get the park up to scratch i think in addition to star wars land they need to expand pixar place and add a really big and thrilling Indiana Jones mine coaster. Plus it's
Actually regarding Indie roller coaster, the original plans were a much bigger and more immersive coaster then what has been built, including an indoor dark ride portion, but like everything Disney Paris, they got a scaled back cheap version of an otherwise spectacular ride concept. I think if DHS got that original Indy roller coaster concept it would be amazing.
EXPAND!!!!! PIXAR PLACE come on out incredibles ride , up , and radiador springs racers make the land pixar looking type of ALL the pixar movirs and rebuild pizza planet and make it exactly like in the movie ad ratatoulie restaurant
The Villains land is actually a great idea. I was at "Unleash the Villains" last night at the Studios, and it was insanely busy and the crowd was fanatical. It felt like Christmas week at the park. Took us 45 minutes to get from the toll plaza to a parking spot (part of that was poor planning as to how busy it would be). I think that proved just how crazy people get over villains, and a villain land would be very popular.
I'd like to see Pixar Place expanded to represent many different Pixar films, especially those not at other Walt Disney World parks. Perhaps an E-ticket Incredibles ride and a copy of the Ratatouille dark ride opening in Paris could anchor the expansion and C/D ticket attractions could be added representing Wall-E, Up, and possibly Brave, along with one or two restaurants and shops.
I've always said that WDW needs an Indy ride. A new one, based on the later movies, maybe. At least it should be different from all the other Indy rides around the world.
Disney Hollywood Studios has long has entertaiment from the Indiana Jones and Star Wars movies, but I thought it has been long overdue to be upgraded from the Indiana Jones stunt show and Star Wars motion simulator ride.
I really wish they would build the Mystic Point ride from Hong Kong over here in America. Failing that...then yes, I like the idea of doing something with the villains.
I am disappointed that Cars Land will not be coming to Hollywood Studios, I thought that would have been a great addition with Toy Story. I don't think we need any more Star Wars. I think they ought to get rid of Indiana Jones and maybe even get rid of Stitch. I think those two have pass their time. I think some other Pixar type attraction should be put near toy story and keep with the theme of Pixar.
DHS suffers from being a half-day park. Disney can't seem to get past the idea that if people will pay to visit a park, it must be ok. DHS is not OK.
Stitch needs a good attraction. Wasn't he developed at the Studios before they shut down the animation studio?
I've been saying for years they should do something with The Incredibles. I know the creator probably wouldn't green light something like that unless he had a spectacular idea, but what a great way to segue into an Incredibles 2 movie than to usher it in with a ride?
Not just more Star Wars -- but all Lucasfilms! Re-theme the entire park. Show Universal that Disney does not compete with them by scrapping the whole movie studio as a theme idea and re-imagine the park as a land of Lucasfilms! Starwars and Indiana Jones will be the primary anchors, but Rock-n-Roller Coaster could be re-themed to the Tucket movie...or American Graffiti. The tower of terror would have to be re-themed as well -- perhaps an Indy plummet of some sort -- A live action Howard the duck show? LOL -- Disney owns all of that, right? Move Fantasmic! to Animal Kingdom and create a whol enew water theater show with lasers and the entire Star Wars crews....The pratically shut down Disney's California Adventure when building Buena Vista Street and Cars Land...they can do the same in Florida....with a promise to bring all of George Lucas' films to life....and don't forget...Willow looks like something out of LRR ;)
Here's my plan that will consist of a general Pixar Place expansion and the area itself will be like walking around the Pixar studio lot in Emeryville. Here is what would be situated in this area:
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