Why Isn't There An Attraction Based On ________?Walt Disney World: What Disney Properties Are Underrepresented in the parks?
From Jay R.Hi everybody! I'm new here and this is my very first post. Looking forward to all the upcoming theme park discussions :-)
Posted March 14, 2012 at 9:55 PM
This question is actually inspired by Mark's observation that the Lion King should have a bigger slot in AK. So I started thinking, what other Disny properties do you think would make great attractions or are just severely underrepresented in the parks?
For me, I thought of these two.....
Steamboat Willie - I think this would make an interesting water ride. The queue area (and entire attraction) could be in black & white & it could be a cool homage to the first cartoon with the mouse.
Pocahantas: You could have a canoe based water ride in Frontierland.....
What are some of your ideas?
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From Dan BabbittWelcome aboard Jay R. I look forward to your insights and discussions.
Posted March 14, 2012 at 10:22 PM
This is a very interesting topic. First they tried Pocahontas at the parks when the Animal Kingdom first opened called "Pocahontas and Her Forest Friends" which closed in 2008 due to low attendance. So I see her as meet and greet character only but the canoe idea could be a good one.
Second Steamboat Willie is in Fantasmic! at DHS. Not many of the casual fans know him so I dont see him as a big draw. Personally I would love something with him.
Jay R. we have 2 competitions called Theme Park Apprentice and The Next Walt Disny Challenge that contestants come up with rides, shows, hotels, water parks, theme parks, restaurants, and merchandise locations and much more! So stay tuned and join the competition and use these ideas!
I would love to see Wall E being used in Tomorrowland or EPCOT.
From Rob PFirstly welcome to TPI and thanks for an interesting first post.
Posted March 15, 2012 at 3:50 AM
Not wishing to be the one that shot Jay R ( sorry I couldn't resist that one ) but we already have the canoes at Disneyland so it would simply mean a change of theme there. I love this attraction and it would get my vote to be recreated at Magic Kingdom whatever the theming. Pocahontas is as good an idea as any.
I've always been surprised that we don't see more attractions based on The Jungle Book. That would lend itself well to Animal Kingdom.
From Mike GallagherRob said: "Not wishing to be the one that shot Jay R"
Posted March 15, 2012 at 4:18 AM
From Kelly MuggletonIn my head I read, 'why isnt there an attraction based on _____' and filled in the blank with.. 'me!' :-))
Posted March 15, 2012 at 9:24 AM
From Dominick DIron Man: Ever since the Spider-Man update, Iron Man is nowhere to be seen in MSI (yes, I look very carefully), making him valid to come to WDW. It's either him, S.H.I.E.L.D, or a lesser known character. Iron Man would work great in Tomorrowland with a ride housed in Stark Enterprises or Stark Expo. Not to mention Robert Downy Jr. would make the ride 10x better.
Posted March 15, 2012 at 10:47 AM
WALL.E: It's the perfect fit for Epcot, mainly The Land. WALL.E is enviormental and futuristic, 2 of Epcot's biggest subjects. It could replace The Circle of Life, as the film is outdated.
To Rob: Little known fact that there was a Jungle Book show at AK when the park opened, but it only lasted a year.
From Mark FairleighJOHNNY SOCKO!! :)
Posted March 15, 2012 at 10:51 AM
From Jeff ElliottBambi
Posted March 15, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Lady and the Tramp
One Hundred and One Dalmatians
Sword in the Stone
Fox and the Hound
Beauty and the Beast
Hunchback of Notre Dame
Emperor’s New Groove
Meet the Robinsons
The Reluctant Dragon
So Dear to My Heart
The Shaggy Dog
Darby O'Gill and the Little People
The Parent Trap
Babes in Toyland
The Love Bug
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Escape to Which Mountain
The Apple Dumpling Gang
The Black Hole
Return to Oz
The Great Mouse Detective
Flight of the Navigator
The Mighty Ducks
The Three Musketeers
Angels in the Outfield
The Santa Clause
Mighty Joe Young
The Princess and the Frog
Prince of Persia
The Lone Ranger
Into the Woods
.....need I go on?
From N BJeff, your list is flimsy.... :)
Posted March 15, 2012 at 11:54 AM
From Karly TenneyWhy the heck is there not one about all the 90s cartoons COME ON UNIVERSAL
Posted March 15, 2012 at 11:54 AM
From Dominick DWell Jeff, some of those movies are featured as parts in attractions :P And I would love an Avengers ride!
Posted March 15, 2012 at 12:03 PM
From Jeff ElliottI have more.....
Posted March 15, 2012 at 12:11 PM
.....need I go on again?
From Jeff ElliottWhich is why it @#$^^@#$ me off when someone wants to buy the Smurfs or Avatar or other franchises....
Posted March 15, 2012 at 12:18 PM
.....and I left out a bunch of movies that Disney pretends like they never had anything to do with like Home on the Range, Chicken Little, and Brother Bear among many others....
From Mike GallagherPolice Squad? You're my hero, Jeff.
Posted March 15, 2012 at 1:12 PM
Remember the opening sequence of the P.O.V. of a police car traveling through a car wash, women's locker room, etc. ? Wouldn't THAT make a great simulator ride...
From Flavio de SouzaWhy should an attraction be based in a character or a property?
Posted March 15, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Sometimes it makes sense, some doesn’t, it should not be mandatory!!!!
Many of the best Disney’s attractions were not (originally) based on any cartoon or film character; Jungle Cruise, Space Mountain, POTC, Haunted Mansion, Small World, Horizons…
By exaggerating in this cross-selling policy Disney is not only ruining some good attractions and lands, but also losing some good opportunities do develop new attractions.
From Jeff Elliott@ Mike
Posted March 15, 2012 at 12:36 PM
I love the Police Squad and Naked Gun movies....
The show aired on ABC, but the movies were distributed by Paramount.....
I miss Leslie Nielsen.......and OJ Simpson before he became a career criminal.....
From Dominick DLemme add more:
Posted March 15, 2012 at 12:41 PM
From Dan SI think it would be best for everybody if we kept the family channel out of the empty space............
Posted March 15, 2012 at 12:48 PM
From James TrexenDom responds: ABC World News with Diane Sawyer.
Posted March 15, 2012 at 12:50 PM
I respond: NO, DEAR LORD NO! Had you mentioned Charles Gibson...
From Mike GallagherJeff, I still consider both Airplane! movies and the first Naked Gun the funniest movies I've ever seen (even though the Airplane sequel was not made by the same creative team)
Posted March 15, 2012 at 1:19 PM
Leslie Nielsen DID do a lot of garbage films, though..Repossessed, anyone? How about Dracula: Dead and Loving It? But he was also good in Forbidden Planet and the Poseidon Adventure before he turned to comedy.
From Jeff ElliottCan you only imagine if that were a ride??
Posted March 15, 2012 at 1:19 PM
"Hey dad, I'm going to go ride Diane Sawyer."
From Tim OdomJeff's list, the first one, is why I am not now (nor will I ever be) in favor of Disney adding non-Disney properties into one of their parks. I know they have Lucas properties in their parks, but I think that should be the exception.
Posted March 15, 2012 at 1:55 PM
Disney flat out owns so much stuff that they are not using before you even start thinking about the unusable-in-Florida Marvel properties. While not all of them can be made into attractions (just what would one do for Old Yeller?) others are easy to make attractions for (see: The Incredibles.) Before Disney looks outside, they should look inside.
From Jay R.Thanks for the warm welcomes everyobody! (And the Jay R jokes...oh Dallas!!!!)
Posted March 15, 2012 at 2:09 PM
And I was thinking the same thing Tim.
Obviously, Disney is welcome to venture outside the box / company for attractions, but there's so much within the co. in terms of properties.
With the exception of maybe Rat., the Pixar films (as we can see with Carsland, TSM) lends itself to some great attractions.
Up would make a great simulator as you "board" the balloon covered house and take flight....
I guess I was just thinking of the renaissance films of the 90's. The classics are (and should) be represented, but there are popular / new classics that could easily fit in.
From steve leeTim: "just what would one do for Old Yeller?"
Posted March 15, 2012 at 2:32 PM
Worst shooter EVER.
From Jeff Elliott^ Or it is like Adventures Through Inner Space where you are cruising through the inside of the dog trying to kill the rabies.....
Posted March 15, 2012 at 3:45 PM
From N B"Which is why it @#$^^@#$ me off when someone wants to buy the Smurfs or Avatar or other franchises...."
Posted March 15, 2012 at 4:27 PM
Maybe Disney has a thing for characters that are blue....
From Joey IJungle book. I mean really. Your ride vehicle is a palm tree and... well thats all i got.
Posted March 15, 2012 at 4:37 PM
From Tyler BellA FJ typed ride but based on Superman
Posted March 15, 2012 at 6:19 PM
A Michael Jackson rollercoaster like RRR
From Tony BartlettJust joined TPI and love reading threads/posts and articles. Robert Niles has done a wonderful job with the site.......I was thinking of posting something similiar to this so glad I came across this thread. I know this show may not have been a popular Disney cartoon from the late 80s/early 90 (?) but I felt Disney missed the boat creating a ride based off of the Gummi Bears cartoon and the Quick Car ride they took on the show. My brother and I always felt that would have been the coolest ride to experience as that would have been an indoor type rollercoaster ride. It could have resided in Fantasy Land but set "underground" under the Gummi Bear's Lair. I really felt Disney let a potential good ride slip through their hands. I use to always hope that I would hear news that Disney was gonna create a ride off the Quick Car when Gummi Bears was on. Also I think Disney could have done a ride off the Gargoyles series/franchise. A little of a dark ride but possibly interesting.
Posted March 28, 2012 at 3:27 PM
From Mike GallagherMan, I forgot there even WAS a Gummi Bears cartoon. There's a thread below about amusement park dreams. This may cross the boarder into the "n" word...
Posted March 28, 2012 at 4:58 PM
The coaster concept itself is actually pretty cool.
Welcome to TPI!
From Thomas CaselliThere should be a Tron ride. That would be awesome.
Posted March 28, 2012 at 5:27 PM
From Mark FairleighYo, Jay! Welcome aboard if I haven't said that already and honored to inspire your first post! :)
Posted March 29, 2012 at 4:24 AM
The original question was about Disney franchises, so I'll pull something from the classic age of Disney live action films and say, Herbie the Love Bug...could easily retrofit the Speedway attraction or create something totally new ala Carsland in Cali. :)
From Andrew MooneyAn Epic Mickey dark ride in Fantasyland or ToonTown would be awesome. I'd love to see Mickey battle it out in the Wasteland, turing the theme park back into colour. Perhaps a "paint brush" on the ride vehicles could be used for the guests to erase the Shadow blot, with projection technology being used to fairly accurately colour in the landscape. With a sequel to the game coming in Fall 2012 for all current consoles - the first was for the Wii only - I could see this franchise having a colourful future.
Posted March 29, 2012 at 5:50 AM
From Amanda ReevesI would love to Tron legacy become an
Posted March 29, 2012 at 6:55 AM
From James TrexenVideo game wise, I'm surprised Tokyo Disneyland hasn't used Kingdom Hearts yet. I doubt we'd get it here in America, but it's popular enough in Japan.
Posted March 29, 2012 at 7:25 AM
From TH CreativeThe Loch Ness Monster (EPCOT at the back of the UK pavilion).
Posted March 29, 2012 at 8:45 AM
From Mark FairleighTH, that side of the World needs SOMETHING besides a movie about Canada. Loch Ness sounds great to me!
Posted March 29, 2012 at 9:19 AM
From Beth JoDCA:
Posted March 29, 2012 at 9:55 AM
-TRON: I know they have the elecTRONica at night...but for something so cool and futuristic I think it deserves its own ride! Back in the day the People Mover was based on the first TRON movie that came out...kinda miss that ride!
From Manny RodriguezWelcome Tony and Jay.
Posted March 29, 2012 at 2:30 PM
My list of movies and tv shows and games that should be turned into Attractions.
Walking Dead, Dead Space , Skyrim ,Batman Arkham City, Matrix, 007, Delta Farce, Adventure Time (Recomended my sisters) Billy and Mandy, I could go On.
From Manny RodriguezOh and Flavio Jungle Cruise was based on The African Queen a Disney Movie i may Quote.
Posted March 29, 2012 at 2:32 PM
From Caroline DavisUnfortunately elcTronica is finishing soon. Maybe there will be an attraction themed to it in Disneyland Shanghai, I'm sure I've heard a fair few people say that's a good idea.
Posted March 29, 2012 at 3:11 PM
From Jay R.Here are a few ideas:
Posted March 29, 2012 at 3:23 PM
Up: The lift off sequence from the film almost seems like a ride (the 3d version of the film), so I could easily see a balloon bound adventure simulator
Disney Villians: It would be cool to have a ride, or even a walkthrough attraction, that had all the classic disney villians together, jafar, scar, the queen, etc. They usually only get a scene in their respective rides (well, the ones that actually have rides)
101 dalamtions: Just picturing all the spots, this could be a cool fantasyland dark ride, along the lines of their classic dark rides. It's a popular movie (the animated & live versions)
From Giovanny CruzI love the pochahoontas idea.This is my want list
Posted March 29, 2012 at 3:42 PM
6.phines and ferb
From Mike GallagherManny, the African Queen was not a Disney movie.
Posted March 29, 2012 at 6:36 PM
From Tony Duda"Twin Peaks" was an ABC show. Would make a great attraction. Or should that go into the Bad Idea Park?
Posted March 29, 2012 at 8:21 PM
From James KoehlTony, would the "Twin Peaks" attraction involve putting the Matterhorn next to Expedition Everest? Get it? Twin peaks...side-by-side...uh, never mind. Jeff Elliott told me to say that- yea, that's it- it was Jeff's idea. Boy, Jeff, that was a really bad idea! You should be ashamed of yourself.
Posted March 29, 2012 at 8:36 PM
From Mike GallagherShouldn't Twin Peaks be at Dollywood? Just sayin'..
Posted March 30, 2012 at 4:13 AM
From Rob PastorMike: A big +1.
Posted March 30, 2012 at 6:15 AM
From Dominick DFor those who want Avengers as a ride (like me), their ride will be debuting at the Transportation and Ticket Center of Magic Kingdom this weekend. Here's a peek at the monorail:
Posted March 30, 2012 at 8:33 AM
From Jeff ElliottJees.....getting abused and I haven't said anything on this thread for weeks.....
Posted March 30, 2012 at 8:50 AM
From Tony DudaI wondered how long until Dollywood would be mentioned. Not long. But I think that would be the greatest ride ever. (Twin Peaks at Dollywood, that is)
Posted March 30, 2012 at 11:42 AM
From James RaoI won't make things worse by describing the slip 'n' slide version of the Twin "Peeks" ride at Dollywood's sister park, Splash Country, but I will mention that the folks at Busch Gardens Williamsburg would not be too happy with a Loch Ness Monster ride at Epcot...
Posted March 31, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Speaking of Smurfs.... there used to be a Smurfs attraction at Kings Dominion, but thankfully it was replaced with Volcano The Blast Coaster.
Finally, why in the world do we not have an attraction based upon the collected works of Frank Capra? Honestly, who would not love to take a virtual ride to town with Mr. Deeds, or to Washington with Mr. Smith? How about Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Ride"? What a missed opportunity.
From James TrexenMr Rao, your mention of a Mr Deeds ride frightens me of another Superstar Limo.
Posted March 31, 2012 at 1:42 PM
From Mike GallagherI just hope it features Gary Cooper and not Adam Sandler...Then again, no one's really thinking Sandler when they're thinking Capra.
Posted March 31, 2012 at 2:19 PM
From Tony DudaJames, when you said slip-n-slide version of Twin Peaks at Splash Country, all I thought of was the Chevy Chase baby oil scene from Caddyshack (which may be a fun attraction too).
Posted March 31, 2012 at 3:14 PM
From Mike Gallagher^Animatronic gophers, anyone?
Posted March 31, 2012 at 3:38 PM
I honestly don't remember a scene involving baby oil. But if corn oil is made from corn and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, exactly what is baby oil made from?
From James RaoGood question, Mike. Kind of like asking, "What part of the steer is the angus?" You don't wanna know.....
Posted March 31, 2012 at 4:10 PM
From Anthony MurphyTron
Posted April 1, 2012 at 7:36 AM
Meet the Robinsons (perhaps an example of a so so movie spouting a hit ride)
Fantasia (LOTS of Options)
From Christopher SturnioloI'd like to see the following movies portrayed in the Disney Parks (sorry if I'm a little vague in terms of descriptions):
Posted April 1, 2012 at 11:56 AM
*Fantasia (dark ride or 3D movie)
From Beth JoJay R: Love the idea of an "Up" ride! I think it would be cool if it was kindof like Soarin' over California.
Posted April 2, 2012 at 9:56 AM
From Jay R.Beth,
Posted April 2, 2012 at 2:52 PM
That's what I was thinking originally! But then I thought, it would be be cool if it wasn't just watching the screen, but if the ride actually moved throughout the building & there were huge IMAX atyle screens abouve & below the ride vehicle
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