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California Adventure Expansion: Phase 2

Disneyland: We know what will happen for phase 1, but what do you think will happen for phase 2?

From Nick Markham
Posted August 25, 2010 at 7:53 AM
So, everyone is mostly excited for and already knows about everything going on for Phase 1 of the DCA Expansion. But It has been confirmed that there will be a phase 2. So what would you do? Add a ride to Bug's Land? Expand Disney's Hollywood Backlot? You decide!


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From Tim W
Posted August 25, 2010 at 3:12 PM
Definately expand Hollywoodland. Just updating the name won't change much to the land. I'd like to see a bug's land leveled to be honest, but I doubt this will happen. They will need something to replace the mailboomer, so I'd like to see something put there. I'd like to see the Golden Zephyr and Jumpin Jellyfish removed as well. Animatronics added to Grizzly River Run would finally make it a great ride!

From Victoria Jurkowski
Posted August 25, 2010 at 4:23 PM
phase 2 is the entrance, isn't it? making it more of a main street, adding the trolley, more of a california feel, and redoing the front entrance (which i will be sad to see changed).

i agree on the GRR. it wouldnt be that hard to hook up some bears and deer...

From Nick Markham
Posted August 26, 2010 at 7:46 AM
^No, the entrance comes in phase 1.

I would like to see a new coaster added to Hollywood Backlot, like Crush's Coaster in Paris, as well as some sort of interactive show like American Idol Experience.

I could see them also add some sort of Finding Nemo the Musical in the Pacific Wharf area. Any other suggestions?

From Tim W
Posted August 26, 2010 at 8:38 AM
Some of the shows sound good! And definately a new coaster would be great! The only thing I fear about another pixar movie entering the parks is that it just may be too much with 2 pixar themed lands, and hollywoodland being overtaken by pixar. Hollywoodland is also rumored to have the Toy Story Musical replace Aladdin in the future.

From Nick Markham
Posted August 27, 2010 at 6:25 PM
Tim, PIXAR deserves its own park, but at the moment has to share with the rest of Disney.

No longer should anyone think PIXAR so different from Disney. I mean come on: Disney owns it, and almost every single PIXAR movie is "Disney-PIXAR"! I even have a plausible idea for a PIXAR park if anyone is interested in hearing it...

From Tim W
Posted August 27, 2010 at 8:02 PM
I agree. I even have my own version of a Pixar park. I'm sure the ideas are pretty similar.

From Nick Markham
Posted August 27, 2010 at 9:31 PM
It is pretty easy to come up with a PIXAR park actually: a land for each movie and at least three attractions or more per land. That would make a well rounded family park now wouldn't it?

From Erik Avila
Posted August 31, 2010 at 10:00 PM
They should built a similar attraction 2 indiana jones in Hollywoodland using the theme of the Narnia movies. How about rebuilding the Country Bears show where the redwood trail currently is located (bring a Disney classic to California Adventure). Also adding some kind of similator attraction to carsland. Maybe Sarge's off road trainning or something

From Noah Villaverde
Posted August 31, 2010 at 10:16 PM
Erik: Disney lost the movie rights to Narnia to 20th Century Fox.

From Erik Avila
Posted September 1, 2010 at 8:06 AM
didn't know about Narnia. in that case make the theme National Treasure

From Nick Markham
Posted September 1, 2010 at 8:18 AM
They don't own Star Wars and can still make rides off of it. They can just sign a deal with Fox for a Narnia attraction.

From M.J. Taylor
Posted September 7, 2010 at 11:27 AM
1) Love the Narnia ride idea a LOT!

2) Adding AA characters to GRR would be a wonderful idea - it would improve the whole ride experience!

3) Would definitely NOT like to see Bug's Land go away... it's a place that takes a whole lot of the "stroller set" out of "circulation" throughout the park! :-D
Plus, gives parents/grandparents a much-needed respite in a cooler, shaded "play" area.

I feel the same about anyplace that holds a big chunk of the younger crowd populations (Mickey's Toontown for instance!)... Can you imagine how much more crowded the rest of the parks would be without those high-volume activity areas to keep the toddler set occupied?
I've always wondered why people would want to eliminate those lands - other than putting something else there... They really are helping out a lot with main traffic flows... keeping a large portion of crowds in a separated area, and definitely help out parents/grandparents a LOT.

From Jay Finch
Posted September 25, 2010 at 3:29 PM
1. I would like to see something done with the old millionaire building, and see the muppets closed. They could combine those two buildings to put a rock'n'roller coaster, great movie ride, or an original e-ticket ride in there. 2.They could throw philharmagic where playhouse disney is.
I realize most these ideas are recycled from other parks.
3. I agree with the animals in GRR
4. A classic dark ride in a bug's land if they want to keep it, otherwise it's just to boring for anyone over 8.

From Nick Markham
Posted September 26, 2010 at 7:11 AM
^ well, some good ideas, but Muppet's is practically a classic, and great noi matter how many times you see it, and Playhouse Disney and Bugs Life are huge with those under 8, probably the biggest target audience of Disney. I would like to see the Millionaire building be replaced with a permanent attraction, but for now, it is being used for ElecTRONica.

From Javi Badillo
Posted September 26, 2010 at 8:50 AM
philarmagic is also for young ones

From Nick Markham
Posted September 26, 2010 at 1:07 PM
^I think at Disneyland they should take down the theatre for that princess show and replace it with Phillhar Magic.

From Reggie Templeton
Posted February 6, 2011 at 5:37 PM
I don't understand all this negative feedback for California Adventure. My only problem with it is that Northern California, where I'm from, isn't mentioned much in the park. I think it would be cool if they added a Bay Area place somewhere (if they had more land.) Now that they've taken down the Maliboomer, they can replace it with a D-ticket ride or something. And Golden State could use an E-ticket ride.

From Reggie Templeton
Posted February 12, 2011 at 2:29 PM
Now that I think about it, Golden State is huge. They could split it into two areas: Yosemite and the Bay Area.

From Josh Morgra
Posted February 14, 2011 at 4:18 PM
I think they should go back to the Walt Disney days. When I say that I mean make a new ride not based off of any movie. Becuase the only rides made into movies where the ones walt did. So I think that is what disney would be most succsuful at.

From Nick Markham
Posted February 14, 2011 at 5:18 PM
You do make a good point about those kind of rides, but it is not like the rides made today are totally about movies. There is still Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (movie was made after the ride, not the other way around), Soarin', Grizzly River Run, and California Screamin', all of which do not correspond to a movie.

Then at Disney World, there has been Soarin', Everest, Mission Space, Tower of Terror, and more made very recently.

Still, the more themed rides the better, especially ones not made after movies.

From Reggie Templeton
Posted March 29, 2011 at 6:38 PM
i know many people, myself included, want an SF land in DCA. However, there is no land left for any more lands, so the only way DCA could get any new lands (besides Bug's Land getting demolished) would be to use land from the 80 acre Strawberry Farm / Parking Lot adjacent to the resort, or the 25-ish acre employee parking lot. Which could be done, and, I belive, should be done. The 80 or 25 acres of land could eventually host a lot more lands than just the SF land, (like a "Spanish California" land) and they could connect to the rest of the park with a Skyway, like the one that used to connect Fantasyland and Tomorrowland, which could connect the new SF land to possibly Condor Flats, in terms of theme, or a Bug's Land, Cars Land, or Hollywood land, in terms of location. So that problem would be solved. the next problem is, the SF land could be a little boring. But you could fix that by making it, instead of a land themed twoards SF, a land showcasing the history of SF. SF has a rich history, including the Gold Rush, 1906 Quake, Alcatraz, etc., and this new land could have parts about each of these. In the Gold Rush part, you could experience what the 49ers went through. You could truly mine for "Gold" and use it to buy things in the shops in this part of the land. there could also be a mine cart ride. in the 1906 Part, you could visit turn - of - the - century San Francisco. There could be patches of land there that would shake, a ride in which you would ride a Cable Car during the 1906 earthquake, and there could be a building where you could experience what people went through during the 1906 earthquake, and build something and see if it'd survive the Quake (a similar attraction to that at the Tech Museum in San Jose.) In the Alcatraz part, you could explore Alcatraz when it worked. There would also be an attraction called "Alcatraz Escape," in which you experience what people went through when they tried to escape Alcatraz. you could climb, race, etc., and there would be two mini-rides: one where you hang-glide off the roof, and another where you raft from Alcatraz to the mainland. there could also be a ride where you "Bike" around the land as it changes over time. i don't know which part of the land it would be in though.
As for Paradise Pier, it could have a "Paradise Bay Boat Ride" or something like that, as well as a couple waterslides where the maliboomer once was.
And for Golden State, Condor Flats could have a helicopter ride in which you fly above Grizzly Peak and the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. This ride would be EXTREMELY expensive. People have talked about the Grizzly River Rapids getting Audio-Animatronics, and I think that's cool. However, I disaggree with those who want to take away the redwood Creek Challenge Trail. I love that thing.
For A Bug's Land and Buena Vista Street I say keep as is. A lot of people want a Bug's Land demolished, but I believe that the only way that could happen would be if Cars Land got like 4 new kiddie rides.
Speaking of Cars Land, I think the idea of Cars Land having a drive in theater is pretty cool! And I also think it would be AWESOME if Cars Land got Bumper Cars. Not like those kiddie Bumper Cars at a Bug's Land, but instead, LEGIT Bumper Cars.
And for Hollywoodland, I think that the part of the land that is currently "Hollywood Pictures" and includes Muppet Vision 3D and the Monsters, Inc. ride should be changed to "Pixar Studios." Monsters, Inc. could be changed to be less lame (I've never been to Tokyo Disneyland, but i heard that it has a "Ride and Go Seek" ride that sounds cool), a WALL E ride could be added, and also a preview center for what's coming next for Pixar. Of course, Muppets are not Pixar, so they could divide the theater MuppetVision 3D is shown in into two theaters: one to show the original MuppetVision, and one to show somthing like "The Muppets invade Pixar City."
All these changes would cost a LOT more than half a billion dollars, though.
and the good thing about this is, it would leave a lot of opportunities open for phase III (if they're doing it)

From Reggie Templeton
Posted March 29, 2011 at 8:14 AM
And just for fun, if there WAS a phase III:
* Cars Land gets like 4 Kiddie rides
* Bugs Land gets demolished except for "It's Tough to be a Bug!"
*The Right Half of Bug's Land gets used for a new sub-land for "Golden State": Silicon Valley!
*The left half of Bug's Land gets used for a Hollywoodland expansion. Something NEW and ORIGINAL!!!!!!!!!!!
* A new land next to SF (read post above) called "Spanish California" which is about the missions and Spanish explorations.

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