Next Walt Disney Challenge 6Walt Disney World: Our final four contestants must design a water ride as we near the finale.
From Andy MilioREMAINING SCHEDULE:
Posted March 9, 2011 at 3:34 PM
6. Water Ride
7. Themed Land
8. Theme Park
This week, we are designing a water ride for a Disney park. Please name what kind of ride it is (boat, flume, rapids, etc.), it's theme, what happens on the ride, where it's located, and an approximate run time.
I have decided that for the final 2 challenges (themed land and theme park), you may use any main theme park (Disney, Universal, Busch Gardens, etc.). If you have another park that you want to use, ask me for permission NOW, so you have time to think or find another solution.
This challenge ends on March 16th.
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From Andy MilioSorry Damond, but you are not the Next Walt Disney. Thanks for playing, and feel free to continue posting your ideas.
Posted March 11, 2011 at 5:05 AM
From James KoehlAndy, you're the "Donald Trump" in this game and can do what you want, but I'm just curious why, in a competition called "The Next Walt Disney" you are opening the last two challenges to any theme park, even those outside the Disney family. Forcing the competitors to keep their ideas in the Disney universe made it a little bit different from Theme Park Apprentice.
Posted March 11, 2011 at 6:11 AM
From Andy Milio^You know, it was fun to keep things different from TPA. But wasn; it you (maybe not..) that said this contest wasn't as popular as TPA because it referred only to Disney, and some people wanted to see their hometown park. Maybe I'll change it...
Posted March 11, 2011 at 2:14 PM
From James KoehlI apologize if you took my question as a criticism. It wasn't meant to be, and I'm not suggesting you change the competition one way or the other. I was just curious as to why, since the heart of the theme is Walt Disney. Walt Disney wouldn't design a new attraction for Cedar Point or Six Flags or Universal.
Posted March 11, 2011 at 3:14 PM
From Andy MilioYou make a good point, James. I think I'll leave it as Disney, and the next competition can be based on Universal or all parks.
Posted March 11, 2011 at 4:13 PM
From Joseph CatlettDarn...I'm going to have rethink some of my preliminary ideas for a land.
Posted March 11, 2011 at 7:43 PM
Universal Florida was going to have a pretty kick-arse new land coming to Islands of Adventure. Oh well, I'll save it for next time.
From Andy Milio^Yeah, me too. I had an awesome idea for a theme park for Universal. Guess it'll have to wait...
Posted March 12, 2011 at 6:33 AM
And btw, I claim a Bugs Life river rapids ride
From Tim WOh man sooooo many choices for this one. I have about 4 ideas but I think Im gonna go with Pocahontas: Just Around the River Bend - Coming soon to Frontierland in Magic Kingdom and Disneyland
Posted March 12, 2011 at 10:15 AM
From Andy Milio
Posted March 13, 2011 at 4:19 PM
A Bug's Life River Rapids
The newest river rapids ride coming to Walt disney World's Animal Kingdom!
From Joseph CatlettComing to the UNITED KINGDOM Pavilion at EPCOT's World Showcase....
Posted March 14, 2011 at 9:19 PM
MONTY PYTHON'S COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE TO THE
Class begins momentarily, don't be late for Professors Idle, Cleese, Palin, Jones and Gilliam's guided boat tour down the River Thames for a Time Traveling Python's eye view of English History.
From Joseph CatlettMONTY PYTHON'S COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE TO
Posted March 15, 2011 at 4:24 PM
THE HISTORY OF ENGLAND
Located in the far corner of the United Kingdom pavilion at Epcot's World Showcase, visitors will find a very ostentatious looking office building with a sign above the door reading "MINISTRY OF HISTORICAL RESEARCH (formerly Ministry of Silly Walks)".
Now, being that our tour guides are the Pythons, this trip is not meant to be taken all that seriously. Real historical events will be shown but with a humorous take on things. Think back to WORLD OF MOTION and its silly take on history and you'll get the idea.
Heading "outside", we find ourselves on the docks of the Thames River at sunset. 10 Riders at a time will climb aboard flat bottomed boats adorned with a coat of arms emblazoned with a large red python with a latin phrase which translates to " Pythons and History make strange bedfellows". The sets in the loading area look like London complete with stylized version of Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and Piccadilly Circus.
more to come
From Joseph Catlett"Well its not quite modern yet, after all its only the middle ages. It was a time of violence, of inequity amongst the people." says Cleese.
Posted March 15, 2011 at 4:20 PM
We pass by scenes of knights riding on horses, peasants being harassed by wealthy landowners, a nobleman looking very warily at a copy of a paper labeled MAGNA CARTA, Merlin the sorceror and a figure made up as Graham Chapman's version of King Arthur (a nod of the hat to the departed Python). "It was a dangerous time," Gilliam says,"full of marauding hordes, knights who say NI, killer rabbits and sea monsters!" At this, a Terry Gilliam designed monster (using his very cartoony art style) bursts out of the water ahead of us, snarling and growling sending a spray of water all over us.
"Don't be ridiculous", says Cleese,"and now for something completely different. The Renaissance."
Our boats enter the next scene, this room representing the English Renaissance/Tudor period features singing and dancing figures, William Shakespeare directing a scene from Romeo and Juliet (Romeo seems to have forgotten his lines and is reciting from Hamlet), Queen Elizabeth at court welcoming back explorers Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh.
We round a bend and down a waterfall to find the Spanish Armada firing on the English coastline, cannonballs whizzing over our heads and landing in the water next to our boats. London is ablaze in the night sky.
We then enter a final fog filled tunnel as our narrators say " Thank you for joining us on this trip through the history of England. Hope you were taking notes, there is a test at the end. We didn't tell you that? Oh we must have. Well feel free to ride through again if you need to....or better yet cheat off the girl next to you. She looks cute. No, not her, the other one. The one with the glasses. She looks smart."
You then enter the exit station and disembark from your boat with the theme from Monty Python's Flying Circus playing in the exit hallway. You then exit through the gift shop full of Monty Python merchandise, souvenirs of the U.K. and books on English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish history.
From Joseph Catlettapproximate run time : 11 minutes.
Posted March 15, 2011 at 9:27 AM
From Eric SI claim a Steamboat Willie ride
Posted March 15, 2011 at 10:28 AM
From Andy Milio
Posted March 15, 2011 at 5:18 PM
A Bug's Life River Rapids!
The newest river ride coming to Animal Kingdom!
Background: Flik has decided to come up with a new invention: bottle cap river rafts. The ants are constantly finding discarded bottle caps all over the ground, so Flik has decided to put them to good use. He attaches seats and a rail onto dozens of caps, and decides to use the newly made rafts in a river ride!
Queue: In the queue, guests seem to have shrunk. As they walk through the line, they see all sorts of common items you would litter (plastic, soda cans, etc.), but they are much larger: larger than YOU! Guests see different sights before they approach the loading area, which is in constant motion with one of those moving floor things.
Ride: You board your raft, and the ride begins. You start out going slow, heading through large blades of grass, going towards Insect City (located under a large, artificial trailer). You head down there and float through the city, viewing the different insects commuting on the streets. At one point in the city, P.T. Flea (animatronic, of course) appears and warns guests.
"You guys better hurry to your little ant colony, you odd little insects! I hear that Hopper is back for revenge!"
The current grows stronger, and the raft turns and starts heading out of the city towards the ant colony (also artificial). Just for laughs, as the raft turns, guests can hear P.T. say:
"I wonder what kind of bugs those weird creatures are..."
About a minute later, the raft approaches the large anthill looming over them. They enter through the side of the hill, and things go dark, except for some light shining through holes in the roof. Things are eerily quiet, until you hear crashing, and light pours in. Hopper! The current grows extra strong, and seems to be pulling the guests down deeper into the hill. Guests can hear Hopper talking to the ants.
"Look, little ants, this is going to be easy. Just give over your food supply, and nobody gets hurt." (by the way, Hopper is a hologram, like the ones in the Forbidden Journey's queue). Hopper notices the raft's movement, and he drops down in front of them.
"Hey! Quit moving! I can see you trying to esca-" He stops and starts freaking out.
"HUMANS! HUMANS! THEY MUST BE EXTERMINATORS! MEN, FLY FOR YOUR LIVES!!!" Hopper and his grasshopper goonies escape the hill, and the ants cheer and celebrate. You pass by an AA Flik, you thanks you for your service, as well as for riding his rafts. You exit the colony and arrive back at the loading area, where guests can exit and shop at the Bug's Life gift store.
A Bug's Life: River Rapids could be located at 2 places: 1) the old Kali River Rapids area, or 2) in the large open area of water. For a map, see this link. (my own map :D)
Thank you for riding A Bug's Life River Rapids!
From Joseph CatlettAndy, that's a fun concept. It seems to me that the only logical place to put it would be where Kali River is now. I've never been a big fan of the theme of that ride and yours is an improvement. On top of that, having two rapids rides in one park seems extraneous. Kali has got to go.
Posted March 15, 2011 at 5:16 PM
From Andy MilioEric and Anthony, ideas are due tomorrow
Posted March 15, 2011 at 5:19 PM
From Anthony MurphyI am sorry, but I am really having writers block. I am bringing back an old one. I will try and think if this is not fair, but it won't be til Thursday!
Posted March 15, 2011 at 9:52 PM
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Situated in the new music section of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice will take place in the castle of Yen Sid who has a Waterfall Coming out of his castle... The boats will be in the “round” (Like Kali River Rapids or Popeye’s), but will be fashioned like buckets.
From Anthony Murphyhe attraction will start out with Yen Sid making items out of thin air at the loading area. It will then go down the water and see Yen Sid animatronics point to Mickey to fetch water as he goes up the stairs. The next scene has Mickey put on the hat and cause one of the brooms to come to life. We follow them up the stairs (a lift hill) to the signature sound. When we get up, we see Mickey in a chair and fall asleep. Fog surrounds us and we are now in Mickey’s Dream with him on a mountain directing stars in the air and causing waves to crash around his mountain, causing rapids to get the guests wet as they travel around it. However, Mickey is awaken by a splash. The well above the patch is overflowing causing water to fall on the guests. There is a short drop and we see Mickey chopping up the broom in a shadow. We then see that the brooms multiply as they start marching into the water around us. The next big scene is Mickey floating around a whirlpool that we are caught in, causing the raft to spin. We then make it to our final assent with the lift hill being surrounded by brooms that overturn their pails and pour water on the guests. Right before we are to go down the big drop. We see Yen Sid above before we fall trying to stop the water by raising his arms and causing water to hit the sides, but it’s too late for us as we fall through the waterfall flume into the moat. After going through the moat, we enter back into the castle through a hole and see Mickey giving back the hat. As we exit the ride, we see Yen Sid smacking Mickey’s Backside with the broom.
Posted March 15, 2011 at 9:54 PM
From Anthony MurphyBTW, this is my favorite idea!
Posted March 15, 2011 at 9:54 PM
From Andy MilioVery good, and I am totally fine with you using your previous ideas (you are the only one who has competed in TPA besides me).
Posted March 16, 2011 at 4:02 AM
From Andy MilioEric, I need your idea TODAY
Posted March 16, 2011 at 4:03 PM
From Eric SDisney's Hollywood Studios proudly presents their first water ride, replacing The Voyage of the Little Mermaid, in the heart of Animation Courtyard:
Posted March 16, 2011 at 10:42 PM
Steamboat Willie's Timeless River
Background: Mickey has always dreamed of being the captain for the Steamboat Willie. Unfortunately Peg-leg Pete is in charge. He is always throwing Mickey around, not being nice, and taking over the wheel any time he wants to.
From Eric SQueue: The exterior of the queue is very colorful. As the riders get further into the queue, the colors fade and the entire ride is black and white. The queue winds its way through a re-creation of the Steamboat Willie's dock.
Posted March 16, 2011 at 10:42 PM
From Eric SRide: The riders board a 12 person round raft. The whole ride is a dark, indoor, rapid ride. The ride starts out with screens to your right and left. The screen plays the famous scene of Mickey steering Steamboat Willie, as you are on a lift. After this video, all of the rest of the scenes are animatronic. Right before you go over the edge, Steamboat Willie whistles and sends the raft down into the rapids. Mickey's whistling is loud as the rapids begin to pick up.
Posted March 16, 2011 at 10:43 PM
From Eric SWe see Minnie Mouse waving to be picked up. Minnie Mouse attempts to jump on to the Steamboat Willie. As she jumps, she drops sheet music in the water. When the music hits the water, everything goes dark and the sound of instruments blasts.
Posted March 16, 2011 at 10:45 PM
From Eric SThere are different water cannons from both sides of the river, as well as from directly above. The rapids get rougher and the sounds are louder. The sound of the instruments is so loud, that Peg-leg Pete gets annoyed. He threatens to throw Mickey off of the Steamboat Willie and into the water. Minnie whistles to get Pete's attention. The riders can hear Pete talk to Minnie. While Pete is distracted, Mickey kicks him over the edge of the boat and into the water. This splash is gigantic and makes one wave over the boat. The last scene is Mickey sailing the Steamboat Willie, whistling with Minnie next to him. In the background of this picture, you can see Pete hanging off the edge of the boat, trying to climb aboard.
Posted March 16, 2011 at 10:47 PM
The ride would take about 4 minutes.
From Andy MilioREVIEW!!!
Posted March 17, 2011 at 1:34 PM
Joseph- Your ride idea was great. I love Monty Python (:P) and it sounds like the perfect fit for a boat ride. The dialogue was a good inclusion, but 11 minutes seems like a long ride...anywho, runner-up to favorite.
Anthony- Ah, Anthony. One of your best ideas! You recycled one of your ideas from TPA, and you recycled the right one. This sounds like an excellent ride, and would be a perfect fit for Disney. My favorite this week.
Eric- You had a good idea. I like the idea of bringing back Steamboat Willie (I want a comeback too!). Having the whole ride in black and white would perfectly fir the theme. One minor complaint: I think this would fit better as a boat ride than a river raft ride.
The poll shall be up soon!
From Joseph CatlettAndy, thank you for the praise. Now, regarding the length of 11 minutes, its actually relatively short for a boat ride at Disney. Pirates in California clocks in at about 18 minutes, Small World about 15, The Land Boat Ride at EPCOT is just about 16. 11 really is on the short end...that being said, for current Disney attractions it is a tad longer than the average.
Posted March 17, 2011 at 8:48 PM
From Eric SYeah I went back and forth between boat and raft ride. I mostly stuck with a raft ride because I thought that the feel of Steamboat Willie would be much like Popeye at Islands of Adventure.
Posted March 18, 2011 at 6:05 AM
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