Disney's Hollywood Studios expansion update: Cars Land parked
We've been tracking this one ever since Disney didn't include a Parks and Resorts presentation on the D23 schedule last month. But we've now heard from enough insider sources that we can confirm for you that Disney has spiked its plans to recreate Cars Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Looks like you'll need to keep coming to California for this view.
Disney's used its D23 Expo to announce new attractions projects in the past, but all we got this year were teases for Avatar and "Project Orange Harvest," which is the development name for the Star Wars land that's still under development for Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Teasing Project Orange Harvest at D23
One of my initial sources who told me last summer about Disney's plans for both Star Wars and Cars Land at DHS warned that if Cars Land ever slipped behind Star Wars on the development schedule, that would be an ominous sign for Lightning McQueen and the gang. Disney liked the idea of bringing Cars Land to Florida not just because it was a proven hit across the country at California Adventure, but also because the plans were finished and could be easily and quickly duplicated in Florida.
Until, someone decided that the they couldn't be.
Of course, if Disney really wanted a second Cars Land, it could throw enough money at the project to make it happen, come heck or high water. But Disney, like any company, has to prioritize its expenses. And, apparently, it's decided that it would rather go big on Project Harvest than expand the budget simply to recreate Radiator Springs Racers and Flo V-8's Cafe in Lake Buena Vista.
So we've removed those from the list of upcoming attractions at Disney's Hollywood Studios. If you want to see a Cars Land in a Disney theme park in the United States, you'll continue to need to book a trip to Anaheim.
Just so you know, it's not "Project Harvest" — it's "Orange Harvest" that was stenciled on the crates, as a sly nod to "Return of the Jedi," which was filmed under the name "Blue Harvest: Terror Beyond Your Wildest Imagination" so as not to attract attention from fans. I think it's brilliant, and was quite funny for the D23 display, but if it is their actual code name, I'm certain it would be "Project Orange Harvest" rather than "Project Harvest."
I had "Project Orange Harvest" in my original story, since that's what was on the crates, but the last insider I talked with dropped the "Orange," so I did, too, when I wrote this post since those words were on my mind. But, I agree, Project Orange Harvest is the better name, so I'll use that going forward unless I hear otherwise from multiple people inside Imagineering.
Cars Land would be an instant hit, still not sure about Star Wars, but I'm sure Disney will do it right. No spinners... please!
Tom, I assume you meant "Lightning"? We will have no disrespect for Steve McQueen here, who clearly could have done the Kessel Run faster than Han Solo, if given the chance to fly the Falcon. ;^)
Good! Cars Land should remain a West Coast exclusive. I'd rather see them bring a rethemed Crush's Coaster from DLP to Orlando with a revamped animation/Pixar land.
At least this will mean more tourists in Anaheim. That resort is still too dependent on locals.
In my opinion, this is good news! There is already a Cars Land in Anaheim for those who wish to visit it. This means we'll get a more elaborate Star Wars land much faster in Orlando. Even George Lucas couldn't kill the Star Wars brand with his terrible prequels, so I think it's safe to assume that Star Wars will be around for a long, long time. This will help Disney get the Star Wars attractions up and running closer to the time that the new movies will start hitting theaters. On top of this, "Cars" was one Pixar film that mainly appealed to children, and Star Wars appeals to both adults and children alike.
Given Disney's current park development strategy, Project Harvest is likely to be interactive queues and a couple of new restaurants. I have no confidence in Disney to delivery anything meaningful anymore.
I bet USF likes this news. Disney cancels a sure hit to gamble on Star Wars and Avatar.
Um ... Star Wars is a "gamble?"
Star Wars is definitely not a gamble. There is already a prominent SW presence in Florida, so why not make it an even larger aspect of WDW? As long as the expansion's done right like Carsland was, it should be a slam dunk/ home run, etc etc etc.
What a disappointment. Radiator Springs Racers is my favorite ride ever! Now I will have to cross the entire country if I want to ride it for a second time.
This may be due to being a Disneyland local, but every time a new attraction is added to Walt Disney World that is simply a clone I feel less and less inclined to visit. Cars Land would have done nothing to entice me to finally make a trip to Florida, and given that the California version is finally starting to lose popularity I'm not so sure it would have been an overwhelming hit in Florida. Star Wars, on the other hand, is one of the very few properties capable of competing with Universal's Harry Potter and I think it will result in a record attendance boost for Disney's Hollywood Studios if not all of Walt Disney World.
I saw this coming from a mile away. It always felt shoe-horned into Hollywood Studios.
Great news! I am glad Cars Land will remain exclusive to DLR. This "news" makes my upcoming SoCal trip even more special!!
I have a feeling that Disney is now headed into Universal's direction of their attractions.
I don't think Avatar is a risk at all. Even if the movies completely fail (which I doubt), the source material is strong enough to create great attractions, which is what people will care about when visiting a theme park.
I refuse to waste my time in Avatar Land. I think the decision to keep Cars Land exclusive to DLR is a good one. DLR needs to stand above the rest of the parks as the Grandam of the parks. Also what is the draw to visit DLR if everything in it is at WDW. Keep things unique to both DLR and WDW so people will wish to go to both.
If cars land is shelved then some one needs to go to imagineering building at studios and destroy the huge model of it for where it's going at studios and destroy sign for 2018
Pats himself on the back for not falling in line and assuming Cars Land was a sure thing at DHS even though no official source ever confirmed it.
I'm really happy to hear this news. There's only so much money to go around, and I can't help but have the feeling that if Disney tried to do Avatar Land, Cars Land East AND Star Wars Land, they would all be less than what we expect from Disney. I'd absolutely hate to see them do a half-assed job with the new lands because of financial concerns.
You might laugh, but when I read this today I felt that same kind of relief I'd feel whenever my sister would break up with a guy that was bad for her: THANK GOODNESS that Disney isn't going to clone Cars Land in Florida. That was such a terrible idea...and one that was being driven by the idiot executives in TDO who just liked the idea of doing something as cheaply as possible, since "the plans were already drawn up for California". Let Cars Land be unique to California. If they want to clone it in Paris or Tokyo or Shanghai, fine...but the Florida and California parks need different attractions.
"I'm really looking forward to what James Cameron and Disney come up with...and I am thrilled that Cameron is so notoriously picky and difficult to please because that means that Disney will not be able to go cheap with Avatar."
Oh, and more thing... (puts on his mock turtleneck), just because Disney isn't doing Cars Land, don't assume that Star Wars land will be the only expansion at DHS. Star Wars has taken over the number one spot, but I'm hearing the plan still is to do two projects at the park. Eventually. No word, though, on what the second project might be.
Well, Cars Land seemed like a great Family friendly addition for Hollywood Studios. Sad we will not get a Radiator Springs Racers. Maybe they will do something cool with Star Wars (besides the current ride) that will still be a family friendly attraction. Hollywood Studios has a tendency to be the only Disney Park with more attractions that not everyone in the family will want to ride or can ride together. It is the closest to a thrill park that Disney has. It could use an attraction that balances being new and exciting with also being fun for an entire family. Radiator Springs would have been that. Maybe they can get something that meets those check marks with Star Wars. Maybe.
So it's still pretty safe to assume that Lights, Motors, Action and the Studio Backlot Tour are still on their way out, although it won't be because of Cars.
This is great news. Every Disney park should have at least 1 unique land and 1 unique e ticket imo. Its nice to know that little CA adventure gets to stand up with the best that Disney Parks has to offer with their unique carsland!
Disney imaginering promised the Test Track clone would work this time and wouldn't be as expensive as it's Orlando original but what I've heard it doesn't. Also the upkeep of all the big AA's is an uphill struggle so I'm not amazed this nice ride of Pixars lesser franchises is kicked to the curb.
Nice to see O T is completely impartial in his speculation of Disney's forthcoming star wars land. It should be recognised that Disney has pioneered themed lands and whilst Harry Potter has been a phenomenon, it has simply stepped up what Disney has been doing for years. Potterland has created a sensationally themed land with a castle and a fantastic e.ticket ride, and rebadged a couple of roller coasters with minimal theming.
While Disney continues to drag its feet in regards to building new attractions at the park and do so at a snail's pace (REALLY? 3 years to build a kiddie coaster??), Universal will reap the benefits of opening new attractions.
Disney makes mistakes just look at Mission Space, and Body Wars. Those were thought to be Home run attractions.
Good article. It's interesting to note that while Disney is waffling on capital improvements to its Orlando parks, Universal up the street is accelerating its capital expenditures:
@Grant Crawford I haven't mentioned Harry Potter so why do you defend Disney by trashing a very successful attraction?
wow I love how people are hating on Avatar and disrespecting it at every turn. It is the "next" trilogy. Think Star Wars, think The Lord of the Rings, Avatar is on that level. It fits completely into Animal Kingdom's environmental conservation basis, and it will be the only thing to "compete" with the WWOHP at Universal which is dominant. Sure I've heard CarsLand is great, and I know they will do a StarWarsLand very good as well, but with Avatar Land comes the chance to really take us into a different world. With James Cameron working with Disney on this and with the sights set on challenging Universal this is the only real shot Disney has. It is the 2nd highest grossing movie EVER, domestic and world wide, how you people can just simply ignore that is mind blowing.
^ If Avatar is the second highest grossing film ever made, what is first? I must have missed it during its theatrical run and would love to catch it on DVD....
Adjusted for inflation, that title belongs to Gone With the Wind, so I'm fairly certain you didn't catch it in theaters.
I am a fan of both Disney and Universal in Orlando. Having grown up there in the 80's I have seen a lot of change. Universal used to be orange groves and Epcot had just opened. Since Disney has bought out the universe (ABC, ESPN, Lucasfilm) I find it hard to believe how long they let failed attractions hang on. EPCOT takes center stage with Journey into Imaginations, Captain EO, and Universe of Energy. What really kills me is the old Odyssey restaurant that connects Future World to Mexico. It has been shut down for years and looks horrible. We all know the money is there, but maybe Universal's growth will drive Disney to change. Seven Dwarfs mine ride construction is beyond efficient. Avatar to take 3 years? Give us all a break. Universal has similar attractions that need to be updated starting with T2, time for a new franchise. Fear factor and all the kiddie land areas need to be updated. They are all dead zones, literally for HHH.
If you want to go by the adjusted inflation rate, then the gauge just gets more and more inaccurate due to the variety of inflation rates around the world, as well as the re-releases of many older films before there was a video/DVD/Blu Ray after market. That's why the adjusted for inflation number is largely ignored, as it should be.
I sure hope you're wrong about the trilogy part. If Cameron wants to stay at the head of his game, he'd stop after 3 movies. I can't think of a single good 4th movie.
Yep, the rumors are true. There will be
@ O T. I mean no disrespect to WWOHP, I think it is a sensational area. The themeing is brilliant, and the ride is one of the best in the world. I do feel that the other rides have let it down a little and could have been themed better. Universal hit a home run with the area and it has singlehandedly turned the parks around. To say the forbidden journey has extended out from the films/books is a bit rich though, you fly on brooms and escape dementors and dragons, more or less straight of the stories, there hasn't been much true creativity in the story line (nor does there need to be).
Cars land should stay at Disneyland resort. Walt disney world has enough stuff as of right now. Stars wars should be at DHS.
I still have my fingers crossed for the Great Muppet Movie Ride.
I am really irked by those who think Carsland should be exclusive to DL.
I like that Cars land will stay in California. I wish Disney would bring some of the cool rides from their international parks instead. I can make it to CA and FL pretty easy but Hong Kong and Japan not so much. I like some enticements to hit both coasts.
Star Wars will not be a 'gamble' at all. Just look at how many people show up for SW Weekends. If they build a proper SW land or even create a whole SW theme park, fans like myself will totally freak out. If they can re-create the Cantina and other key locations, I will literally be in tears just walking into it.
I've been going to Disney World every year since it opened in '71 (sometimes twice a year). its a shame to see those guys starting to slow down on producing new "ride" attractions in favor of more tame "meet and greet" themes and semi lame revamps. lets face Disney fans, the Magic Kingdom IS always going to be a must see/revisit classic, BUT, IT NEEDED THE FANTASYLAND FACELIFT and fact is technically, the only new rides it got were the Little Mermaid and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (Barnstormer and Dumbo were really already there). I keep hearing the word "budget" thrown around. while they're revamping rides with different scenery (test track, living seas) the thrill stayed the same as the year it opened, Test Track got some neon lights and glow in the dark paint effects and the Living Seas got a new theme with a Nemo look ...with nothing really new in the past few years except for Soarin' (a movie screen with your seat lifted up in the middle)and Mission Space takin over for Horizons. Disney scrapped the Monsters Inc roller coaster for the Studios and some other projects and now I understand Avatarland is giving AK a much needed bump ..... but going back to the word I keep hearing "budget", why is Disney spending the "budget" money on ventures like the "Springs" project at Downtown Disney... where is the thrill for the kids or grown ups for that matter. the Springs" project will be nothing more but places to shop and eat AND WITH THE NEW PARKING GARAGE, YOU'LL HAVE TO PAY FOR THAT TOO !! Not taking anything away from the 36 year old Star Wars franchise, Disney shoulda/coulda done both..Cars and Star Wars... Bottomline, I think Disney's arrogance and thirst for wanting more and more money by "budgeting" to build places to spend your money instead of breaking ground for the thrill attractions is not only the wrong way to market the empire, but it slaps the face of the very ones that have made the empire..... i'm just sayin'
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