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Could Disney World trade its Dinosaur land for Indiana Jones?

August 14, 2017, 4:37 PM · Building an entire new theme park land doesn't have to cost hundreds of millions of dollars. If a park gets lucky, it can convert an existing land to a more popular IP for a relatively small fraction of the cost of building a new land from scratch.

Perhaps the most famous example of a theme conversion for a major theme park land has been Universal Orlando's switch of the old Merlinwood section of its Lost Continent land into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade. That worked for Universal because the old-England look of the area fit well within the aesthetic of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books and movies. Yes, the company ended up spending those hundreds of millions of dollars to build Hogwarts castle and the various shops on the village's High Street, but Universal saved many millions by retheming a couple of roller coasters and reskinning the old Enchanted Oak Tavern into The Three Broomsticks instead of having to build everything from the ground up, as it did when it razed Amity at Universal Studios Florida to build Diagon Alley.

Disneyland is getting ready to install a much less ambitious conversion of its own, changing Paradise Pier at Disney California Adventure into Pixar Pier. Fans shouldn't expect much actual construction for this "new" land, but rather just an expansion of Pixar characters and decoration throughout, to go with the existing Toy Story Midway Mania and King Triton's Carousel. Still, Disney seems committed to this as a long-term change for the area, as opposed to the quickie overlays it has put up in the past, ranging from Tomorrowland's Star Wars Season of the Force to the long-ago Disney Afternoon Avenue in Fantasyland.

But some fans have conjured a much more ambitious conversion plan for Disney's Imagineers. It seems audacious, but when you look closer at the concept, this might be the easiest major land conversion imaginable right now.

Here's the idea: converting Dinoland at Disney's Animal Kingdom to an Indiana Jones land.

Why would this be worth considering? Indiana Jones remains a popular franchise and with a fifth (no, fourth, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull never happened, I tell ya!) movie in development, Disney could drive more business with an expanded presence for Indy than by keeping its relatively generic dinos around. (Do you remember Disney's 2000 Dinosaur movie? Don't beat yourself up if you don't.)

The switch could be relatively easy because the land's top attraction — the uncreatively named Dinosaur — is structurally a clone of Disneyland's Indiana Jones Adventure. The track layout, ride system and vehicles are the same. Yes, Disney would have to redecorate and reprogram the whole thing, but that's way cheaper than building a motion base dark ride from scratch.

What about the rest of the land? You can keep the Boneyard play area with a light rethemed to an archeology dig. Then tear down the spinner and the coaster to build another clone of the Indiana Jones and the Temple or Peril coaster from Disneyland Paris and Tokyo DisneySea (where it is called Raging Spirits). Copy some of the area decor from DisneySea's Lost River Delta land, and you're good to go. Heck, maybe Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar can move over from Disney Springs, too.

Of course, this would mean the end of dinosaurs at Disney World, following the resort's closure this weekend of Ellen's Energy Adventure — and its dino scenes — in favor of a new Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster.

But swapping dinosaurs for Indiana Jones is not the craziest idea ever. So let's play. What other lands — at Disney, Universal, or other theme parks — would make strong candidates to conversion to more popular IPs?

Replies (49)

August 14, 2017 at 4:55 PM · I say, take the area that's left of Disney's Hollywood Studios, change the current Indiana Jones stunt show to the new Pirates of the Caribbean stunt show from Shanghai Disneyland, and change Echo Lake to mimic Shanghai Disneyland's Treasure Cove. And (a boy you can dream) plop down a clone of Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for Sunken Treasure.
August 14, 2017 at 5:02 PM · I would LOVE an Indiana Jones land, even more so than Star Wars, but I'd hope they'd include at least one original something, instead of just clones.
August 14, 2017 at 5:13 PM · I completely agree. Indiana Jones Adventures should replace the lackluster Dinosaur ride. It's a no brainer. They need a new entrance too. Convert the carnival rides into a lush forest that emphasizes another deep Amazon like location. Raging Spirits was a good ride although a little rough and short, but it's a worthy D Ticket ride. Lets hope they don't skimp on the theming. They should repurpose the spinner and mad mouse coaster. Move them to Rafiki Planet Watch. Or the spinner should be a Pandora Banshee spinner.
August 14, 2017 at 5:18 PM · How exactly does Indiana Jones fit with Animal Kingdom? Pandora was already a stretch but at least there were mystical creatures involved. Indiana Jones would not fit at all.
August 14, 2017 at 5:26 PM · Any idea to get rid of Dinosaur land is a great one in my book, and I hate the fun spot middle part in there but putting the Temple or Peril coaster from Disneyland Paris in there is a bad idea. Although the coaster looks very nice I did the ride (backwards) and it was my second to least favourit coast ever ( worst coaster is the Flight School coaster at Legoland Florida).

- I'd love to see a re-theming of Test Track into Cars Land. It could house a huge darkride part and a nicely themed exterior.
- The Circus tent store in MK could be rethemed as an actual circus where the fab 5 perform a fun show.
- Muppet 4D could become the actual Muppet theater where you can see the real muppets and not a movie. Eatable pizzas at the rat place would be a plus.
- The Osborne Family christmas lights could get a new life at Disney Springs (no more street of mediocre trees please).
- The tiki birds could become part of the adventurers club expansion when the Sinbad spinner and that whole area gets Mystic Manor.
- The Mexican pavilion could be replaced with Russia changing the temple into the Pokrov cathedral. The boatride could retell the love story between Trump and Poetin.
- Tower of Terror should get a Frozen makeover. The lifts are now sleds and you slide up and down. (I know, bad idea). And I probably shouldn't mention my idea to change the castle into a inflatable pie for their next anniversary either because that didn't go well the last time.

August 14, 2017 at 5:31 PM · I still say universal should have taken the sharks from jaws and rethemed twister into sharknado for Halloween horror nights. That would have been amazing.
August 14, 2017 at 5:59 PM · Dinoland USA is the worst themed land in any American Disney park IMO, so I'd be thrilled to see it go, even for a dated IP without much cultural cache in 2017 like Indiana Jones (hell, they built an entirely new land for one with Pandora and it's doing gangbusters). It's tacky and cheap where the rest of the park is lush and immersive, and the vibe is absolutely jarring.

The rest of Lost Continent needs to be absorbed into Wizarding World. I'm not against removing Dragon Challenge; the coasters are eyesores in the otherwise perfectly designed land, the queue is a thousand miles long, and the coasters lost most of their appeal when they stopped dueling. But wouldn't it have been preferable to keep the Dragons and build the new attraction in the current Lost Continent area, which is devoid of anything interesting and serves merely to add steps to your day.

I'd like to see USF add some thematic cohesion, too, but I'm not really sure what they could do. Transformers is an incredible attraction but the building sticks out like a sore thumb, and the "movie set" theme is pretty incoherent at this point. Any ideas?

August 14, 2017 at 6:17 PM · I think it could make a great South America themed section of the park, to compliment Asia and Africa, and Indiana Jones could fit nicely under that theme.
August 14, 2017 at 8:32 PM · The Indiana Jones ride wouldn't be able to be a direct clone of prior versions. In order to simulate the lava cavern with the bridge, the existing ground for Dinosaur would have to be razed and dug up into trenches, which is where water tables come into play.
August 14, 2017 at 8:38 PM · Yes, they have let Dinosaur slide. It would be better as IJ (but get Harrison Ford to do the voice work, please). And only if they add another E ticket attraction as well.

I whole heartedly second the removal of the Atlantis at IOA. It is bad and taking up space.

Since Disney will not do a fifth gate in Orlando, I say they fix the people mover in Tomorrowland in DL and the TTA in MK with an actual positive futuristic journey through spaceports with projections and other imaging. Then rip out Stitch and make a Mission to the Moon or something similar. Since they are going all in on Star Wars (for which I can't wait), why not bring back the positive dream f tomorrow as a counterpoint to the futuristic space combat (and, yes, technically Star Wars is in the past).

Back to Universal, the Toon area in IOA seems out of date. Seems like they could use some real estate for better things, but ripping out a significant chunk. I know people like Dudley Do Right and Popeye, but those are in just about every theme park everywhere, and do kids nowadays even know who they are?

August 14, 2017 at 8:47 PM · I'd rather they turn Dinosaur back into Countdown and rip out the spinner and cheap coaster in order to build a pirates of the Caribbean level all ages dinosaur dark ride therefore making Dino land kinda cool. But if they did go the Indy route, please Please let the magic kingdom railroad have an enclosed dinosaur section like Disneyland. I hear Epcot has many dinosaur animatronics suddenly needing a new home. And it will give a reason to ride the train again.
August 14, 2017 at 8:59 PM · Sounds good to me. As awesome as Indiana Jones is, I wonder if kids these days actually know what it is. It is due for a reboot/sequel soon so that may help.

OT, I like your idea of Russia land, but I picture the main ride being a Pinocchio theme. Putin is the puppet master pulling the Strings Of The orange ego monster, who then decides that he's going to be his own boy, and subsequently goes around lying to everyone.

August 14, 2017 at 9:12 PM · I'd like to see an Indiana Jones land...at Hollywood Studios. Nothing about Indy fits in with Animal Kingdom (well, unless it's a land about snakes), and even though the franchise was once extremely popular I don't think there's enough interest right now to justify a full land themed to the property. Personally, in the case of DAK I think Zootopia is their best play for another IP-based land, and a replacement of either Dinoland or Rafiki's Planet Watch would be an excellent use of that property (the latter would be more immersive but also more expensive).

Honestly, a conversion of a single attraction to a new IP works well, but if a full land is desired it really needs to be built mostly from scratch in order to feel right. Changing the decoration is fine, but it's impossible to go for something immersive when you're essentially doing a permanent overlay.

August 14, 2017 at 9:16 PM · Disney, and anyone who thinks that Indiana Jones fitting into DAK is ok, has no concept of theming and storytelling. And this is the end of quality theme parks as we know it. Pandora was a ridiculous addition to DAK and one that barely fit into the theming but, alas, theming enough that after a good head scratch it worked. Indiana Jones doesn't. It's bad enough that DHS is now totally without a cohesive theme and Epcot is rapidly losing its theme but now they're destroying DAK too?? MK better hide its virtue while it still can. Since DHS is in a massive refurb/overhaul why not just add this in place (or addition to) the current Indiana Jones themed area of the park since, I don't know, it's already themed and, well, a park that's for movies (Indiana Jones is more about treasure hunting and fighting Nazis than conservation and animal rights). But whatever Disney doesn't care about storytelling, theming or Walt. It's all about money now anyway
August 15, 2017 at 3:47 AM · It's an interesting rumour. Dinoland is what it is: a mish-mash, disjointed afterthought done on the cheap. Very, very un-Disneyesque! With Disney force-feeding us everything Disney IP the logical next fully immersive land is Indiana Jones, following it's big budget purchase from Lucas. However, what story, setting, immersion will Disney create for it to fit into Animal Kingdom? Pandora gets in because of its mythical animals theme. My guess would be Egypt but we'll just have to wait and see if this rumour gathers momentum.
August 15, 2017 at 4:29 AM · With IJ5 being based in Nepal, I think re-theming Expedition Everest to an Indy coaster is a sure thing.
August 15, 2017 at 4:41 AM · I don't want to see this happen. Yes, Dinoland is pretty bad but I truly love Dinosaur. Maybe I should wait until I get over to Disneyland to ride Indy before I decide if I want it over here...
August 15, 2017 at 4:56 AM · Indiana Jones is an archaeologist. That field of study falls under Anthropology. That's the study of humans.

Animal Kingdom is supposed to be "A kingdom of animals; Real, ancient and imagined."

Yes, both archaeology and paleontology can require digging to obtain evidence for analysis, but that's as far as the comparison goes. Their fields of study are literally over 60 million years apart.

If you thought Arendelle in Norway was incongruous at World Showcase, that's nothing compared to putting Indiana Jones into Animal Kingdom. And I say this with Raiders of the Lost Ark being, hands down, my favorite movie of all time.

The problem with Dinoland USA is that it was actually a little too successful in its design: Disney went out of its way to create a replica of a seedy little carnival, set up in a parking lot, in a dirty little town. What they ended up with was a seedy little carnival, set up in a parking lot, in a dirty little town - Yay?

If they want to redevelop Dinoland, they need to raze Chester & Hester's Dino-Rama roadside carnival, keep the boneyard, and expand the Dino institute with quality educational entertainment - they're dinosaurs! You can learn AND have fun with them. They are literally giant monsters from earth's past. That's AWSOME.

Lets stop the dumbing down of Disney entertainment.

August 15, 2017 at 5:05 AM · I agree put Indy....at DHS!

Indiana Jones does not fit at Animal Kingdom. They made a stretch with Pandora, but they made it work. You actually learn something of Animal worth on Flights of Passage.

August 15, 2017 at 5:06 AM · Exxons World of Energy was great until it switched to Ellens World of Energy. It became just a joke. Some attractions, like Small World, are better left alone.
August 15, 2017 at 6:38 AM · I remember the Disney Decade and all of the things that DIDN'T happen. We'll see with all these proposed changes. I'll be AMAZED if this happens.
August 15, 2017 at 6:51 AM · In other areas, for IP changes, might I suggest these two:
- At Magic Kingdom, removal of Storybook Circus, and a return to more of a "Toontown" concept (never liked the overt circus theming). The circus can be in town (for Dumbo), but return the rest to a visit to toon-town. A dark ride would be nice, in the vein of Roger Rabbit's over on the West coast.

- At Hollywood Studios, when the dust has settled from Star Wars, eliminate and restart the whole Echo Lake section. Remove what's there, and make a land/tribute to the history of Disney's Live Action I.P., much the way the Great Movie Ride was; 20,000 Leagues, Absent Minded Professor, Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Herbie, Pete's Dragon, Black Hole, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Return to Oz, Tron, Rocketeer, all the way up to National Treasure, Alice in Wonderland and The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. There's a rich history there, that would be wonderful to ride through and see if done right with modern sets and audio-anamatronics. And no need to borrow anybody else's IP.

August 15, 2017 at 7:38 AM · Indy does not belong in Animal Kingdom, despite how easy an overlay might appear. Disney has already ruined the original concepts of EPCOT and DHS, making DAK the only WDW park that still works under its unifying theme of animals and conservation. Doing an Indy overlay is the easy way out, and is exactly what most people criticize Disney for doing too often. Avatar works perfectly in DAK because the movie (and presumably the sequels) embrace the conservation theme, but Indy would destroy that

I think it's smart to figure out a way to re-imagine Dinosaur to take advantage of the motion base ride system, but simply copying California's attraction is not the way to go. People have always hated the tacky Dinoland USA, but it serves its purpose as a place for the little ones to hang out and kill a couple of hours. Any replacement would need to include multiple attractions (more than 2), and not just a reskin of Dinosaur and one new D/E ticket. The park needs to have more flat rides, not less, and simply dumping Primeval Whirl and Dino-Dumbo in favor of another coaster won't make things any better.

I'm more inclined to keep the dinosaur themes, but strip away the tackiness in favor of a more serious tone. The only issue would be trying not to step into Jurassic Park territory while still making it exciting and authentic.

"Remove what's there, and make a land/tribute to the history of Disney's Live Action I.P."

Talk about stale. Sure, such an application would bring back some nostalgia, but there's not enough there worthy of mentioning, let along basing a ride on. If Great Movie Ride wasn't pulling them in, then what makes you think a similar ride featuring old movies that have long since left the public consciousness will? Why don't they just make an entire ride around The Cat From Outer Space while they're at it.

August 15, 2017 at 8:16 AM · Indiana Jones in Animal Kingdom? Why not. At this point, theme parks are loosely based on a unifying theme anyways. Indiana Jones in DisneySea seems to work. For Animal Kingdom, place it in a South American setting like mentioned above, and it works, kind of.
Why isn't The Jungle Book represented in AK? The live-action remake was hugely successful. Maybe if there were four more sequels to come, then maybe it would be considered.
Zootopia? Why not, as long as there are more sequels to come. It's not just the IPs that are coveted, its the IPs that become franchises with multiple sequels that are most valuable, so that the lands remain relevant for decades to come. That's what Indiana Jones is, as well as Star Wars, Toy Story, Harry Potter and Jurassic World.
August 15, 2017 at 8:59 AM · I'll be the tired cranky Disney Fan who inserts the line, "Put Beastleigh Kingdomme" (or even "Beastly Kingdom") in there instead!
August 15, 2017 at 9:07 AM · I think Disney is missing a golden opportunity to retheme the "Rafiki Planet Watch" area into a Zootopia area. You can have the train ride by like the Harry Potter one, screens showing the Zootopia landscapes and a remake of the main buildings with a focus on animals but the fun characters too. Just makes a lot more sense.
August 15, 2017 at 9:18 AM · Russell Meyer - I don't think it would be stale at all, if done properly. The park is, after all, Disney's Hollywood. I don't think showing some nostalgia for those works that helped build the studio is a poor idea - and could be a fantastic ride, with lots of room for growth, and innovative changes as the years go on, updating presentations and expanding.
Part of the reason that G.M.R. wasn't "pulling them in" was because Disney had clearly lost interest in promoting other studios' work. That ride had become stale, true, but it also hadn't been updated in any meaningful way since its opening.
And, to put in perspective, G.M.R. is a ride that lasted longer than 20,000 Leagues' Submarine Journey, and Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.
Changing and running to the next trendy thing is Universal's approach. I think Disney should pay attention to the past as well. Maybe Cat From Outer Space doesn't deserve its own ride (Anamatronic Henry Blake and Col.Potter together??? Maybe it does) but it is a part of a rich cinematic history that could be explored in a very entertaining way.
August 15, 2017 at 9:18 AM · Russell Meyer - I don't think it would be stale at all, if done properly. The park is, after all, Disney's Hollywood. I don't think showing some nostalgia for those works that helped build the studio is a poor idea - and could be a fantastic ride, with lots of room for growth, and innovative changes as the years go on, updating presentations and expanding.
Part of the reason that G.M.R. wasn't "pulling them in" was because Disney had clearly lost interest in promoting other studios' work. That ride had become stale, true, but it also hadn't been updated in any meaningful way since its opening.
And, to put in perspective, G.M.R. is a ride that lasted longer than 20,000 Leagues' Submarine Journey, and Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.
Changing and running to the next trendy thing is Universal's approach. I think Disney should pay attention to the past as well. Maybe Cat From Outer Space doesn't deserve its own ride (Anamatronic Henry Blake and Col.Potter together??? Maybe it does) but it is a part of a rich cinematic history that could be explored in a very entertaining way.
August 15, 2017 at 9:20 AM · Indy is fine in DAK, after all humans are animals too. ;-)
Anything to get rid of the awful Dinoland.
August 15, 2017 at 9:34 AM · @B. Goodwin - I'm all for celebrating movie history, and I, for one, love the classic Disney live action films. I would personally line up for your concept, but I think the general public would take a pass on a Don Knotts-Animatronic-Flying-Antique-Car-Extravaganza. The Disney live action library just doesn't move the needle anymore.

I tried to get my son to sit down and watch Black Hole, and he lasted about 15 minutes before "I'm bored" started ringing through the house. There's just not a lot of material in the catalog that has lasting power.

August 15, 2017 at 9:49 AM · I'd love to see this swap made. There are plenty of animals in Indiana Jones. It could be a good excuse for some snake exhibits. I've been hearing a lot about a Bantha ride that didn't make it into SW land... how about making an elephant ride? Or a circus train ride?
August 15, 2017 at 9:55 AM · How about Changing Toon Town over to a Pixar Land instead of Pixar Pier the "Attractions" would work well and the Two wasted Mickey & Minnie houses could go away ( not soon enough. When TT was planned I knew it would be a waste. It was built in the DOB (Dump out Back area) it was literally DL trash dump. The space was limited and connecting it to the park was difficult. A separate area( Land) for Little ones is good but not always a wise idea look at Bugs land at DCA it's going away too.
August 15, 2017 at 10:01 AM · "Indiana Jones is an archaeologist. That field of study falls under Anthropology. That's the study of humans."

Yet the Yeti is based on a human myth and the Dragons are similarly based on human mythology and nothing to do with actual creatures. The connection between Indiana Jones and Dinosaurs are quite loose, but it can be made to fit regardless. It's just a dig site where dinosaurs were discovered by accident when Indiana was looking for ancient artifacts. It's a 2 for 1 deal. Maybe 3 for 1 since Indiana Jones hates snakes so they can bulk up the snakes, reptiles, and spiders exhibits.

August 15, 2017 at 10:12 AM · "Yet the Yeti is based on a human myth"

The Yeti is not real, and is not an animal??? Don't tell me that Leonard Nimoy lied to me for all those years of my childhood!

August 15, 2017 at 10:45 AM · Disney should buy SeaWorld, build a aquatic themed area within Animal Kingdom and move the animals as well as Manta and Mako over to Disney.
August 15, 2017 at 12:07 PM · Russell Meyer-I would like a theme park based on "In Search Of"!
August 15, 2017 at 3:29 PM · This is a tricky question. Indiana Jones may be an old movie, but the ride is a classic. Jungle Cruise, Big Thunder Mountain, Space Mountain and Haunted Mansion didn't need IPs to make them relevant to today's or any generation. Even Pirates of the Caribbean really didn't need an IP to make it more relevant, people would have still ridden it.

I would have bigger doubts whether Guardians of the Galaxy, which depends more on video screens and also depends on the familiarity of 1980s songs and pop culture, will stay relevant to future generations.

The question of whether Indiana Jones fits in AK is another thing. Temple of the Forbidden Eye has a Hindu-like god which fits in an Asia or India themed area. If the god were changed to South America, like in Raiders of the Lost Ark, it could be in a new South America area. If they had one or two more additional attractions themed to South American animals, it might work. Maybe a South American rainforest ride, although it might be similar to Navi River Journey. But I'm sure the Imagineers could come up with something great and different.

I don't see how carnival type flat rides would fit in any immersively themed land. Dumbo and Tea Cups might have been ok for 1950s Fantasyland, but they wouldn't fly in 2000s Hogsmeade or Star Wars Land.

I also don't see how Zootopia, which takes place largely in a big city, would fit in AK. People think Zootopia equals animals, but I think they forget that the animals are basically people types living in a big city. You might as well put Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck in AK and call them animal themed.

August 15, 2017 at 3:21 PM · @B Goodwin Great idea and maybe they could put Song of the South in there too. Yeh that is as unlikely as most of the other films you mention.
In the past Disney pulled in the Lucas film ip's to become relevant for the tween/teen demo. And it's why they bought Marvel and Lucas eventually.
The well of selling nostalgia is clearly drying as can be seen by the declining visitors as WDW. Disney needs to become relevant again and build rides guests actually want to pay so much money for.
August 15, 2017 at 4:55 PM · They can have dinosaurs AND Indiana Jones: just create a land where the story is Indiana Jones on an expedition into South America to find dinosaurs that have survived in a lost world. There could be a few rides about Indiana Jones encountering different dinosaurs. The area could also feature South American animals and also "living fossils" (whatever animals still exists that have direct ties to ancient animals). And it could all be themed like a South American village and then the excavation and exploration areas that Indiana Jones goes to in his search for dinosaurs still alive today. So it would shift the focus from the dead prehistoric dinosaurs to a fictional world where Indy goes on the search for living relics still alive today.
August 15, 2017 at 6:21 PM · Dinoland: Just re-themed it to Frozen!!
August 15, 2017 at 6:43 PM · Declining visitors???? What decline???? Even with the huge price increase there was no decline.
August 15, 2017 at 7:20 PM · Would much rather see it maintain the Dinosaur theme but wth a major overhaul... like the entire land is a step back millions of years. Not the Dino-carnival. But I would be okay with Indy if it was one aspect of a larger theme (I.E South America) The entire land should not be Indy though.
August 15, 2017 at 11:24 PM · No Please Disney No! Dinoland is a classic. Kids and adults of all ages love seeing dinosaur models in theme parks, and Dinoland, while cheesy looking, was a success.

It's supposed to look cheesy since it's representing prehistoric times, and we didn't have technology back then, so things needed to look simple.

I've been to T-Rex Cafe at what is now Disney Springs 8x and it's a magical cafe that immerses you in prehistoric times, and I had the idea that, like the Rainforest Cafe, there should be an addition in Animal Kingdom, and that Dinoland would be the place.

As good as Indiana Jones is for California, Animal Kingdom isn't a good place for it, and besides, Disney is just making new attractions from corporate movies as a form of marketing so they would make more money, which is why they're closing great attractions down, like they did with The Great Movie Ride at Hollywood Studios and Ellen's Energy Adventure, and it's the same reason why they closed down DisneyQuest and might even think about closing down Tower of Terror and even Space Mountain, after the high demand of the new Tron ride.
If they keep closing stuff like this down, I might never go to Disney again.

August 16, 2017 at 3:54 AM · @ OT - I have to respectfully disagree.

The Song of the South is actually a perfect example that, even though the movie might be forgotten (even intentionally so), if done properly it can be the base of a great ride. Splash Mountain continues to be one of Disney's most popular attractions. Nostalgia doesn't have to be stale.

And, my understanding is that WDW's attendance continues to grow each year. I am unaware of any decline.

And lastly, being the owners of Star Wars, Pixar, ABC, ESPN, Marvel, not to mention all things specifically Disney, the only way Disney could be any more relevant in today's society, is if we all were assigned a six-foot-tall mouse to sit in our living rooms.

August 16, 2017 at 8:57 AM · Indiana Jones as an attraction at DHS, maybe but a Land itself...UGH! No connection to AK at all.
August 16, 2017 at 11:23 AM · Welp, O T is now my favorite comment contributor ever.
August 16, 2017 at 3:22 PM · Turning Dino Land into "Indian Jones" land, would be an interesting idea. One of my favorite rides in Disneyland is "Indiana Jones Adventure." Even though it's an older ride, it still holds up pretty well. Indiana Jones has been a successful franchise, however, I would like to see Disney World insert other rides and/or lands into Animal Kingdom.

I never understood why Disney never incorporated a Lion King ride or land into their parks? The Lion King is one of the highest grossing films of all time. It's been successful on Broadway as well. I know the Disney parks have had shows based on the Lion King. However, I just never understood why they never built a land, or had some sort of dark ride? It would fit perfectly in Animal Kingdom. Disney is also in the process of making a live action Lion King movie. Which is supposed to come out sometime in 2019. It's one of Disney's movie successful movies, along with Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, and Snow White.

Another idea is a Frozen land. Frozen was a huge success for Disney. Frozen 2 is expected to be released in 2019. Although Disney does have a Frozen ride in Epcot. I'm surprised they have no plans to build a Frozen land? Especially with Frozen 2 coming out in the near future. The same could be said for Disneyland. I know Frozen is present at Disneyland, including the Frozen show, at California Adventure, which I enjoyed. I just hope they build a Frozen land, maybe a min-land, with some sort of dark ride.

The Jungle Book could be an interesting idea as well. It makes sense to have a Jungle Book land in Animal Kingdom. Especially since the live action movie was popular, along with the original movie. They could have a dark ride based on the Jungle Book. As well as a land, or even a mini-land.

August 17, 2017 at 6:22 PM · As much as this doesn't fit in with Animal Kingdom's allegedly animal theme, anything that gets rid of DinoLand is fine in my book. That said, it would be easy enough to MAKE it fit the theme by making the land South America (or the Americas or Latin America). It's an area not served by AK, so they could just present it as that and have an Indiana Jones archaeology camp (or two) just be within it. The story of this area has always been about an archaeology camp, so they can just make that part of the story about Indy. It would fit thematically as the first temple Indy steals from is in Peru, and the final film was in Peru and the Amazon (when people weren't flying around in refrigerators). They can include a South American animal walkthrough and they would avoid all the sniping about how Animal Kingdom isn't about animals anymore.

The original idea, though, was to remove everything in the Echo Lake area and expand the land there. But that was before Toy Story, the world's cheapest land. Similarly, the idea was to just plop an Indiana Jones clone in here, which would mean two exactly-the-same rides, just with different theming, so getting rid of Dinosaur is actually a better idea. So the next step is, what happens to Echo Lake? Frozen? There are plans out there for mini-Frozen lands in at least two different parks. A new Star Wars galaxy? (They better not overdo this.) Whatever the idea, they better start getting to work on it, because BOTH of these parks will still be half-day parks, as Star Wars and Toy Story only add four new attractions, which is still less than the number they have closed.

August 21, 2017 at 2:22 PM · Although Disney does well with little ones, there is very little for the 13-30 demographic to enjoy there. Disney needs to keep a competitive edge to Universal because Universal is growing and they could start losing attendance, especially with the teenagers and young adults.

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