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Your Dream Disney's Hollywood Studios

Walt Disney World: Tell us you dream Disney's Hollywood Studios(Change the name if you like).

From David L.
Posted July 11, 2010 at 1:06 PM
So, last week we had Animal Kingdom where many people liked ideas of the excavator, World of color, none of them, south america, no south america, Beastly Kingdomn, Arctic land, and Australia. Now let's move on to DHS: DHS is a well known half day park. Recently it has had tons of additional ride and attractions but that still isn't enough. Think about new rides, lands, shows, exhibits, and how you can update current rides, attractions, exhibits and shows. Remember, this has to make Universal Sutdios look like a simple movie attempt park,(because currently, it think it's better than DHS). Have at it:


Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.

From Adam Nodjomian
Posted July 11, 2010 at 3:22 PM
First, level the Backlot tour. It's a shell of what it used to be.

This provides plenty of extra place for a new land. Pixarland. Rename Pixar Place to Pixarland. Keep Toy Story Mania. Put in a Monsters Inc. Doors Coaster. Change the HISTK Play Area into a Bug's Life Play Area. Make Light Motors Action stunt show into a Cars theme.

Next in line, an Indy E-Ticket to replace the show. I love this show, but its run its course and needs to go.

Third, re-vamp the Great Movie Ride in the following fashion: Using the extra land opened up by the Backlot destruction to extend the ride towards the back of the park. I know what everyone will say. "How do you get to Pixarland now?" A new pathway through the ride will allow guests to get where they want to go as well as see others enjoying the ride making them want to join in the fun. Keep the existing ride, but add this new section on as a contrast to the "classic" feel of the first part.

I would only do one of these at a time. Not all at once. I know these are quite extensive, but I think they'll work nonetheless.

Any suggestions/complaints/praises would be welcome!

From Tim W
Posted July 11, 2010 at 3:59 PM
First off, shorten the name. I've never liked that they added Hollywood to the name. Instead use a shorter version like Disneywood Studios or Disney Studios.

Holywood Boulevard/ Echo Lake:

Update the Great Movie Ride. I would probably remove about 50% of the scenes to become more modern movie scenes.

Indy Stunt Show should become the Indiana Jones Adventure like they have at Disneyland, or maybe even the coaster from Paris.

Just close Sounds Dangerous. Its seasonal anyways, and has always been a really bad show. Not sure of a replacement, but maybe a restaurant or echibit.

From Tim W
Posted July 11, 2010 at 4:14 PM
Streets of America: Turn HISTA Movie set into bugs life theme, turn Lights Motors Action into cars theme, Demolish Studio Backlot Tour

Pixar Place: Expand into Streets of America and Mickey Avenue, Add Monsters Inc Coaster or Ride and Go Seek, Add Cars Race Rally that is opening at DCA, and Add an incredibles 4d ride

Mickey Avenue: Move One Man's Dream to MK and use Narnia exhibit for Pixar Place Expansion.

Animation Courrtyard: Bye bye Playhouse Disney and Little Mermaid, Hello Animagic (show from Paris), Silly Symphony Swings, and Goofy's Sky School.

Sunset Boulevard: Replace Beauty and Beast with Enchanted Musical or Marry poppins musical.

From Tyler Bell
Posted July 12, 2010 at 10:20 AM
A better rock n rollercoaster
a starwarsland

From Victoria Jurkowski
Posted July 13, 2010 at 9:11 AM
an indy ride would be fantastic, but having it in such proximity to the dinosaur ride would just show how similar they are. i would rather see an indy coaster so the indy ride stays unique. i agree with expanding pixar, although that does run the risk of pixar completely taking over the theme parks. its already getting bigger in DCA and theres pixar place in paris already.

From James Rao
Posted July 13, 2010 at 7:33 PM
I completely echo Adam's changes for Pixar land. They seem quite plausible, and leverage much of the park's existing infrastructure. I would also like to see Tim's Incredibles ride, however, if there is extra room I would rather have Toy Story Pizza Planet moved into Pixar Place. Once moved, the place needs to be completely revamped to incorporate most (if not all) of the design elements that were showcased in the first Toy Story movie. And the pizza needs to be A LOT better.

As for Indiana Jones, I am more inclined to vote for highly themed, immersive, indoor coaster based on the mine car chase from Temple of Doom. I would love for the ride to be a unique layout, unlike anything we have seen before, but still suitable for the whole family (no more than a 44" height requirement).

Streets of America needs to be something more than just a place to showcase the Osborne Xmas lights one season each year. A year-round attraction is needed. I would love for the Imagineers to go back into the past and resurrect the plans for the The Great Muppet Movie Ride (a Muppet version of the Great Movie Ride). While I am not a huge fan of the Muppets, I do think they have their place, and their following.

As for the existing Great Movie Ride, it should be replaced by another old "Blue Sky" idea: the Chinese Theater's Villain Ride. If done correctly this attraction could finally be the Spider-Man killer Disney always wanted (too bad Universal already beat Disney to the punch with their own Spider-Man killer, HP and The Forbidden Journey).

Sounds Dangerous must go, and if we also purge the park of that American Idol crap and its audition building, we should have plenty for room for a major, new attraction. Could we possibly see an attraction based on the Tron films here? Light Cycles, anyone?

We're getting Star Tours II, which should be a lot of fun, and the Jedi Training Academy is great for the 5 - 12 crowd, but can we put the Academy indoors and enhance it with 3D visuals and even more light saber interaction? Seems like there is a lot of untapped potential here...

The Animation Courtyard needs to be revitalized. I like the idea, but the attraction is really nothing more than a meet 'n' greet now. Let's get back to showcasing more animators at work and more hands on exhibits.

And finally, both the Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast shows are ready to be retired. Time for some new productions...

From David L.
Posted July 13, 2010 at 8:08 PM
I will probably submit my own idea in a week or so. I'm focusing on three main themes: Hollywood with hollywood boulevard, Sunset Boulevard, Vine St., and Echo Park, A working studio(yes disney brings back a branch to do animation and live action films) using animation courtyard a a large back lot area, and finally 3 out post studios using different filming ways including Lucasfilm studios, pixar studios, and muppet studios. I would also try to make as many unique attractions as possible by eliminating toystory mania and fantasmic but they will be replaced.

From James Rao
Posted July 13, 2010 at 10:38 PM
David, I think that eliminating TSMM would be a huge PR fiasco. It is currently the #1 attraction at the park. Sometimes duplication is justified, especially when the attraction is so wildly popular.

As for Fantasmic, it can go, I guess, but I'd dupe DCA's World of Color as a replacement. However, I am good with Fantasmic as is.

From Andy Milio
Posted July 14, 2010 at 5:45 AM
Hey James, did you know that Muppet Movie Ride is on http://www.theneverlandfiles.com/?

From James Rao
Posted July 14, 2010 at 6:59 AM
Thanks, Andy. I did. There is also a great wiki page with a summary of all the "never-built" attractions as well.

From David L.
Posted July 14, 2010 at 6:57 AM
IF i gave mine a 10 year time line, Toy story would be removed in the last couple of years. I would also have to make American idol come later because i imagine it is still attracting healthy crowds but it is in my future pixar studios area(along with sci-fy diner, sounds dangerous, and the HISOS playground).

From Manny Barron
Posted July 14, 2010 at 12:46 PM
I don't know where but SuperStar Limo needs to be at the Studios.

From James Rao
Posted July 14, 2010 at 4:54 PM
Manny, that would be awesome in a really sad way! That was one of those attractions that was so bad it was good!

From Tim W
Posted July 14, 2010 at 5:05 PM
The incredibles rides that I stated were created by the brilliant minds of Nick Markham and Anthony Murhpy in their participation in Theme Park Apprentice.

From Manny Barron
Posted July 14, 2010 at 8:14 PM
Yeah James, SuperStar Limo was in a class of its own in the Disney repertoire.

As people have said the Indy show is over 20 years old and an Indy mine train coaster would be welcomed in that area. It could be fully indoor inside a soundstage(since most attractions at that park are like this) or it can be out door like the Paris one.

Like the Epcot letters on Spaceship Earth the giant hat has overstayed its welcome and it would be nice to see it go.

From Colin Sullivan
Posted July 15, 2010 at 10:40 AM
I think the Indy coater would be a great addidition as i watched the shhrw two or three times, and now dont even hesitate when i visit DHS. I think that replacing THe beauty and the Beast show with a Princess and the fROG musical would be great. ALso adding a Monsters Inc.:Danger Zone family coaster to Pixar Place would help to make DHS a full day park. Finally i would add a whole new land to the left of LIghts Motors Action and in the back of Streets of america. Inside the land you could have Luigi and Guidos crazy tires: a ride using the new test track technology that invites you to try L and G's new tires on the dirt race track in Radiator Springs. ALso a tame flying coaster could be themed to a tour of Radiator Springs on one of DInocos helicopters. For the kids there could be FIllmores Peace Jubilee where you sing and dance to 70's music with disney characters and an interactive FIllmore like the MR.Potato head on TSMM. Finally a Sarges Bootcamp could also be there where you can run and play on the army grade bootcamp center.

From Tim W
Posted July 17, 2010 at 7:31 AM
Agreed about the hat! Return hollywood boulevard to its former glory by removing it!

I'm definately game for the Indy Coaster. DHS only has one coaster and could definately use another!

David, can we get an Epcot thread soon??

From David L.
Posted July 17, 2010 at 10:24 AM
I'm adding a new one every sunday.
Disney's Hollywood Studios:
-Hollywood, California:
*Hollywood Boulevard:
Hollywood boulevard would have a couple different attractions. the Great Movie ride would be redone and each year a new scene would come. Hollywood brown derby would be reshaped so that the building, the gate around it, and an alcove on sunset blv. would create the missing ear. Sunset Boulevard would be moved so it intersects into the head making hollywood blvd. longer. A new attraction would be the Hollywood Wax museum.

From David L.
Posted July 17, 2010 at 10:26 AM
*Sunset Boulevard:
many of the attractions would include, the Guitar Center with Rock 'n Roller coaster, the Twilight Zone: Tower of terror(sorry teenage girls, there aren't any vampires here), the Roxy theater for various performances, the Cinerama Dome with a store a small movie theater, the Hollywood Dream crash(a unique experiance with coaster parts, walking parts, and dark ride parts) and many stores.
That's all i have for the Hollywood California section but the mini studios are likely to come soon!

From David L.
Posted July 17, 2010 at 10:30 AM
*Vine Street and Echo Park:
Hollywood and vine would stay. Indy's entrence would be relocated towards Star Tours. That would leave space for more park space and a playground for a possible night time spectacular here. The four ladies gazebo would also be here.

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