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Why Isn't There An Attraction Based On ________?

Walt Disney World: What Disney Properties Are Underrepresented in the parks?

From Jay R.
Posted March 14, 2012 at 9:55 PM
Hi everybody! I'm new here and this is my very first post. Looking forward to all the upcoming theme park discussions :-)

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?


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

From Dan Babbitt
Posted March 14, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Welcome aboard Jay R. I look forward to your insights and discussions.

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 P
Posted March 15, 2012 at 3:50 AM
Firstly welcome to TPI and thanks for an interesting first post.

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 Gallagher
Posted March 15, 2012 at 4:18 AM
Rob said: "Not wishing to be the one that shot Jay R"

Boo. Hiss.

From Kelly Muggleton
Posted March 15, 2012 at 9:24 AM
In my head I read, 'why isnt there an attraction based on _____' and filled in the blank with.. 'me!' :-))

From Dominick D
Posted March 15, 2012 at 10:47 AM
Iron 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.

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 Fairleigh
Posted March 15, 2012 at 10:51 AM
JOHNNY SOCKO!! :)

From Jeff Elliott
Posted March 15, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Bambi
Lady and the Tramp
One Hundred and One Dalmatians
Sword in the Stone
Jungle Book
Robin Hood
Rescuers
Fox and the Hound
Beauty and the Beast
Pocahontas
Hunchback of Notre Dame
Hercules
Mulan
Emperor’s New Groove
Meet the Robinsons
Bolt
Tangled
Wreck-It Ralph
Incredibles
Ratatouille
WALL-E
Up
Brave
The Reluctant Dragon
So Dear to My Heart
Treasure Island
Davy Crockett
Old Yeller
The Shaggy Dog
Darby O'Gill and the Little People
Kidnapped
Pollyanna
Zorro
Absent-Minded Professor
The Parent Trap
Babes in Toyland
Mary Poppins
The Love Bug
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Escape to Which Mountain
The Apple Dumpling Gang
Freaky Friday
Pete's Dragon
The Black Hole
Dragonslayer
Tron
Return to Oz
The Great Mouse Detective
Flight of the Navigator
The Rocketeer
Newsies
The Mighty Ducks
Homeware Bound
Hocus Pocus
Cool Runnings
The Three Musketeers
Angels in the Outfield
The Santa Clause
Mighty Joe Young
Sky High
Enchanted
National Treasure
The Princess and the Frog
Prince of Persia
John Carter
The Avengers
Frankenweenie
The Lone Ranger
Into the Woods

.....need I go on?

From N B
Posted March 15, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Jeff, your list is flimsy.... :)

From Karly Tenney
Posted March 15, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Why the heck is there not one about all the 90s cartoons COME ON UNIVERSAL

From Dominick D
Posted March 15, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Well Jeff, some of those movies are featured as parts in attractions :P And I would love an Avengers ride!

From Jeff Elliott
Posted March 15, 2012 at 12:11 PM
I have more.....

Kim Possible
Phineas and Ferb
Wizards of Waverly Place
Little Einsteins
High School Musical
Camp Rock
Harriet the Spy
Princess Protection Program
Desperate Housewives
Once Upon a Time
Wipeout
Dancing with the Stars
Modern Family
The Thorn Birds
Police Squad!
Lost
V

.....need I go on again?

From Jeff Elliott
Posted March 15, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Which is why it @#$^^@#$ me off when someone wants to buy the Smurfs or Avatar or other franchises....

.....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 Gallagher
Posted March 15, 2012 at 1:12 PM
Police Squad? You're my hero, Jeff.

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 Souza
Posted March 15, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Why should an attraction be based in a character or a property?

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
Posted March 15, 2012 at 12:36 PM
@ Mike

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 D
Posted March 15, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Lemme add more:

The Middle
Shark Tank
America's Funniest Home Videos
Last Man Standing
Suburgatory
Cougar Town
The Bachelor
The Bachelorette
Bachelor Pad
Happy Endings
Revenge
What Would You Do?
20/20
Wheel of Fortune
Jeopardy
ABC World News With Diane Sawyer
Grey's Anatomy
Missing
Take the Money and Run
Downfall
Jessie
Good Luck Charlie
The Suite Life
Fish Hooks
Hannah Montana
So Random!
Sonny With a Chance
That's SO Raven
Cory in the House
Austin and Ally

From Dan S
Posted March 15, 2012 at 12:48 PM
I think it would be best for everybody if we kept the family channel out of the empty space............

From James Trexen
Posted March 15, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Dom responds: ABC World News with Diane Sawyer.

I respond: NO, DEAR LORD NO! Had you mentioned Charles Gibson...

From Mike Gallagher
Posted March 15, 2012 at 1:19 PM
Jeff, 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)

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 Elliott
Posted March 15, 2012 at 1:19 PM
Can you only imagine if that were a ride??

"Hey dad, I'm going to go ride Diane Sawyer."
"Ok, but use protection, son."

From Tim Odom
Posted March 15, 2012 at 1:55 PM
Jeff'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.

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.
Posted March 15, 2012 at 2:09 PM
Thanks for the warm welcomes everyobody! (And the Jay R jokes...oh Dallas!!!!)

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 lee
Posted March 15, 2012 at 2:32 PM
Tim: "just what would one do for Old Yeller?"

Worst shooter EVER.

From Jeff Elliott
Posted March 15, 2012 at 3:45 PM
^ Or it is like Adventures Through Inner Space where you are cruising through the inside of the dog trying to kill the rabies.....

From N B
Posted March 15, 2012 at 4:27 PM
"Which is why it @#$^^@#$ me off when someone wants to buy the Smurfs or Avatar or other franchises...."

Maybe Disney has a thing for characters that are blue....

From Joey I
Posted March 15, 2012 at 4:37 PM
Jungle book. I mean really. Your ride vehicle is a palm tree and... well thats all i got.

From Tyler Bell
Posted March 15, 2012 at 6:19 PM
A FJ typed ride but based on Superman
A Michael Jackson rollercoaster like RRR

From Tony Bartlett
Posted March 28, 2012 at 3:27 PM
Just 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.

From Mike Gallagher
Posted March 28, 2012 at 4:58 PM
Man, 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...

The coaster concept itself is actually pretty cool.

Welcome to TPI!

From Thomas Caselli
Posted March 28, 2012 at 5:27 PM
There should be a Tron ride. That would be awesome.

From Mark Fairleigh
Posted March 29, 2012 at 4:24 AM
Yo, Jay! Welcome aboard if I haven't said that already and honored to inspire your first post! :)

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 Mooney
Posted March 29, 2012 at 5:50 AM
An 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.

From Amanda Reeves
Posted March 29, 2012 at 6:55 AM
I would love to Tron legacy become an
attraction :)

From James Trexen
Posted March 29, 2012 at 7:25 AM
Video 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.

From TH Creative
Posted March 29, 2012 at 8:45 AM
The Loch Ness Monster (EPCOT at the back of the UK pavilion).

From Mark Fairleigh
Posted March 29, 2012 at 9:19 AM
TH, that side of the World needs SOMETHING besides a movie about Canada. Loch Ness sounds great to me!

From Beth Jo
Posted March 29, 2012 at 9:55 AM
DCA:
-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!

DL:
Understandable that you can't make a ride for EVERYthing disney...but here are somethings I would like to see change/added:
Alice in Wonderland: Does this movie really deserve TWO rides?? Can we please take out the teacups!
Pinocchio: Keep the ride, change the Village Haus Restaurant and theme it to a movie that isn't a ride already.

From Manny Rodriguez
Posted March 29, 2012 at 2:30 PM
Welcome Tony and Jay.

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 Rodriguez
Posted March 29, 2012 at 2:32 PM
Oh and Flavio Jungle Cruise was based on The African Queen a Disney Movie i may Quote.

From Caroline Davis
Posted March 29, 2012 at 3:11 PM
Unfortunately 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.

From Jay R.
Posted March 29, 2012 at 3:23 PM
Here are a few ideas:

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 Cruz
Posted March 29, 2012 at 3:42 PM
I love the pochahoontas idea.This is my want list
1.tron
2.up
3.wall-e
4.incredibles
5.the avengers
6.phines and ferb
7.tangled
8.101 dalmatas

From Mike Gallagher
Posted March 29, 2012 at 6:36 PM
Manny, the African Queen was not a Disney movie.

From Tony Duda
Posted March 29, 2012 at 8:21 PM
"Twin Peaks" was an ABC show. Would make a great attraction. Or should that go into the Bad Idea Park?

From James Koehl
Posted March 29, 2012 at 8:36 PM
Tony, 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.

From Mike Gallagher
Posted March 30, 2012 at 4:13 AM
Shouldn't Twin Peaks be at Dollywood? Just sayin'..

From Rob Pastor
Posted March 30, 2012 at 6:15 AM
Mike: A big +1.

From Dominick D
Posted March 30, 2012 at 8:33 AM
For 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:


http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2012/03/marvels-the-avengers-themed-monorail-to-debut-this-spring-at-walt-disney-world-resort/

From Jeff Elliott
Posted March 30, 2012 at 8:50 AM
Jees.....getting abused and I haven't said anything on this thread for weeks.....

From Tony Duda
Posted March 30, 2012 at 11:42 AM
I 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)

From James Rao
Posted March 31, 2012 at 12:41 PM
I 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...

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 Trexen
Posted March 31, 2012 at 1:42 PM
Mr Rao, your mention of a Mr Deeds ride frightens me of another Superstar Limo.

From Mike Gallagher
Posted March 31, 2012 at 2:19 PM
I just hope it features Gary Cooper and not Adam Sandler...Then again, no one's really thinking Sandler when they're thinking Capra.

From Tony Duda
Posted March 31, 2012 at 3:14 PM
James, 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).

From Mike Gallagher
Posted March 31, 2012 at 3:38 PM
^Animatronic gophers, anyone?

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 Rao
Posted March 31, 2012 at 4:10 PM
Good question, Mike. Kind of like asking, "What part of the steer is the angus?" You don't wanna know.....

#jackinthebox

From Anthony Murphy
Posted April 1, 2012 at 7:36 AM
Tron

Meet the Robinsons (perhaps an example of a so so movie spouting a hit ride)

Fantasia (LOTS of Options)

From Christopher Sturniolo
Posted April 1, 2012 at 11:56 AM
I'd like to see the following movies portrayed in the Disney Parks (sorry if I'm a little vague in terms of descriptions):

*Fantasia (dark ride or 3D movie)
*The Jungle Book (indoor/outdoor flume ride at Animal Kingdom)
*TRON (lightcycle thrill ride)
*Princess and the Frog (dark ride)
*Tangled (live show/interactive meet and greet (ala the future Belle meet and greet)/restaurant (based on the pub from the movie)
*Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (big E-ticket ride)
*WALL-E (dark ride)

From Beth Jo
Posted April 2, 2012 at 9:56 AM
Jay R: Love the idea of an "Up" ride! I think it would be cool if it was kindof like Soarin' over California.

From Jay R.
Posted April 2, 2012 at 2:52 PM
Beth,

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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