What would make you visit a Disneyland Australia?
Rumours of Disneyland Australia have been on the cards for many years now. My question to everyone is... what would make you come to Disneyland Australia?
Previous debates have included population numbers, location, etc. but there are other threads for those where you can talk about them. My question is what would have to be in a Down Under Disney park for you to make the trip here? Obviously an exact replica of another park would not be enticing enough to make you hop on that plane, so what would be?
Looking forward to hearing all your ideas!
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From David L.
Posted May 19, 2010 at 11:43 AM
hmmm... this would have to be a relatively small park due to population but needs to be able to expand.
-similar to Magic Kingdom's in theme.
-Main Street Theater presenting various broadway plays throughout the year
-Train around the park
-Walt Disney Studios: an animation pavilion with exhibits and drawing sessions
-The Haunting on Main: an intense version of haunted mansion
-about the size of the Magic Kindom's land
- Finding Nemo in the Great Barrier Reef: a D ticket dark ride(so better than the other dark rides) where you in a submarine come and scares everyone and Nemo gets lost in the process.
-Jungle Trek: a version of the jungle cruise in large jeeps around the world including the Himalayas, the Sahara, Brazil, the outback, and the Rocky Mountains in Canada.
-Pirates of the Caribbean: not at all like your typical pirates ride. You board a pirate ship sitting about 60 people. Then the crew of the ship including jack sparrow tells you that you're going on an adventure. The ship is a motion simulator that rocks back and forth. Screens around you show other ships firing at your and much more.
-Great Barrier Reef: a water play area
-The enchanted Tiki Room: just like the one at Disneyland but with better animatronics
thats all i have time for now but i'll get the rest in later including the Wild West, Fantasyland, and 2075 and Counting.
From Tim W
Posted May 19, 2010 at 2:16 PM
I like the australian additions to Adventureland, David. Yea, i as well believe this park needs to stand out from the others. It should have unique rides, but retain classics.
From David L.
Posted May 19, 2010 at 7:00 PM
the Wild West:
-there would be a smaller version of the rivers of america
-one island would be tom sawyers island, The other would have a Pocahontas show and Indian villages
-a shoot em up attraction themed with a western style would be hosted in a small town with a bank
-Thunder Mountain would be more intense with a 50 mph launch
-A western bar would host a show and dinner
-the main castle would be Belle's Castle
-in it would be a ride similar to Tower of Terror drop ride where you get locked in the prison, a restaurant, and a B&B dark ride in an adjacent building
-Cinderella's Carousel and Mad Tea party would be the only midway rides
-peter pan, sleeping beauty, and snow white would be additional dark rides
-Fantasy everywhere: a 4-D show similar to philar magic but whith out mickey and the gang
i'll get the rest later
you guys have amazing ideas, I agree that disney classics need to target a more mature audience too, regarding dark ride and more intense rides. Maybe a flight simulator like soaring with peter pan. Also in Australia a safari ride with all native animal species.
I think one thing we may be missing here is the Australian experience, and by that I mean the cultural outlook held by the people of that continent. When a concept like Frontierland is bandied about for this park, we automatically think of the American Wild West, when in fact Australia had its own version of the Frontier experience. I think an Australian Disney park deserves its own identity apart from its theoretical American cousins.
From Tony Duda
Posted February 1, 2011 at 5:51 PM
I was thinking the same thing. Australia has it's own wild west history and their Adventure land or Wild West land should center on that. I don't really want to go to Australia and see USA centric attractions. I do love the idea of combining Belle's Castle with the Tower of Terror. Hopefully, Australia doesn't have that 200 foot FAA limit on buildings that the USA has.
Exactly Tony. Unlike the Japanese who specifically requested an American style park because of the pop cultural fascination with the States, overseas Disney parks should incorporate the local culture. Euro Disneyland for example (can't bring myself to call it Disneyland Paris)styled their Tomorrowland as Discoveryland and focused heavily on the stories of European futurists like Jules Verne.
For Disney-Down Under, I say find out what the locals think of when you mention "the good old days" and use that for Main Street. What they think of when the concept of "adventure, exploration and the frontier pioneer spirit" and use that for Adventureland and Frontierland. Its really pretty simple and would go a long way to ingratiate themselves with the public and get the locals to support the park.
That being said, Australians currently get their Disney fixes at Disneyland and Tokyo Disney. Castmembers at those parks will tell you about the Aussie holiday crowds that swarm the place throughout the year. Nice folks, by the way.
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