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Pixar's 'Good Dinosaur' Evicts Walt from 'One Man's Dream'

October 2, 2015, 9:43 AM · Disney announced today in-park locations for extended previews of its latest Pixar film, The Good Dinosaur.

The preview starts October 16 at Disney California Adventure in the Bug's Life theater and at Disney's Hollywood Studios in the... wait for it... Walt Disney Theater in the Walt Disney: One Man's Dream exhibit.

Walt Disney Theater

The preview replaces the film biography of Walt Disney that concludes the One Man's Dream exhibit. With Disney having removed the display of Walt's office from the attraction, cutting the bio film seems likely to heighten speculation that Disney eventually will close the entire exhibit.

Walt's office

Disney has said that the Walt bio will return to the theater on Dec. 5. But with the new Toy Story Land expanding into the space around the neighboring Toy Story Midway Mania ride, many fans wonder if that expansion eventually will force the closure of all of One Man's Dream.

Walt Disney: One Man's Dream opened October 1, 2001 as part of the celebrations for the 100th anniversary of Walt Disney's birth.

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October 2, 2015 at 10:44 AM · Now, I know I have been touting the "Progress as Promised" mantra, but I am against this move. There should be something at the resort to introduce visitors to the man who started it all. And the Good Dino could easily be shown at Epcot instead of that awful Captain Stink-O film.

Long run, One Man's Dream needs a safe home - it can be on Main Street, USA, somewhere in Disney Springs, in one of the onsite hotels, or somewhere else in one of the parks.... but it absolutely needs a home.

October 2, 2015 at 11:55 AM · I love the idea of putting it at Disney Springs. That entire complex is growing to be so large it needs some attractions to balance out the shopping and dining options. Putting a Walt Disney Museum there would absolutely raise the place into something more than just a shopping district. I've already said I think Osborn Family Lights should go there too. One Man's Dream would be perfect.
October 2, 2015 at 11:56 AM · Any chance that with the new "flex theater" being built next to Rock N Roller Coaster that the area there could be opened to guest traffic and looped around the side/back of it? The dead end wall would be knocked out and pedestrian traffic could go from there to all the way around to the area in front of/near the old Jack Sparrow attraction. Or, potentially where pedestrian traffic is currently located in front of One Man's Dream and Toy Story will become back stage and what is the back will become the front? It would stop the dead end traffic that happens...
October 2, 2015 at 12:37 PM · Why not put a museum in Disney Springs. For a fee they could offer the content they have and work with the excellent Disney Family Museum on the west coast who has more then they can show. Add a souvenir store and restaurant into the mix (Walt's favorite food) and it could be a hit and would offer Disney Springs a bit more then the next Sunglass hut and generic overpriced restaurant.
October 2, 2015 at 1:08 PM · Another blow to the stomach, ouch. It seems like Disneyland pays a lot more homage to Walt, with keeping classic rides, the cartoon theatre still on Main Street, etc. I guess it makes sense, that was his park but this really does just pile on to the thought that WDW is losing its heart to me. Maybe I was just a naive kid when I fell in love with it and it never really had one, but who knows. Although, I will say I love his idea of putting it at Disney Springs, I might actually go there then. Put it somewhere at least. Don't forget the principles of where Disney came from, those are my favorite parts of the place.
October 2, 2015 at 2:40 PM · I think it's great! Maybe then Disneyland can get the office back from WDW that they "loaned" them.

And James, I like Captain EO. It took me a minute to realize what movie you were talking about. Maybe you should have said something like, "Captain Pee-O".

October 2, 2015 at 3:29 PM · I'm against the tribute for most people just don't care. They should have the show on continuous run on a dedicated channel in their resorts. I also think Epcot or Magic Kingdom are the better places to have the tribute. Epcot for the space where there is plenty. And Magic Kingdom for Walt created the Disneyland parks and Epcot too in concept only. It's just that 20 minutes is too much of a commitment for a theme park attraction. Maybe a 5 minute reminder in a classic Disney attraction is a better alternative. How about a preshow at the Hall of Presidents?
October 2, 2015 at 10:02 PM · Just more of Disney pushing their long term legacy aside in favor of short term gain. That's been the M.O. since Eisner, and Iger is even worse.
October 2, 2015 at 10:49 PM · Bring it back to California where it belongs.
October 3, 2015 at 4:30 AM · I think they should bring it back to DLR. It seems like it should be in the park Disney spent a lot of time in, and people very interested in Disney history would be more likely to visit Disneyland I think. I don't know where the office was in DL before it moved to WDW, but couldn't they set it up in one of the shops on Main Street so people could look in on it as they walked past on the street?
I like Anon Mouse's idea of running the movie on a dedicated channel in the resorts. It would be cool if they had a handful of very short documentaries about Walt and some about making rides in the resort/past attractions or making animated movies. It seems like that would be interesting and more effective advertising for the Disney brand than the happy family running around the resort and disney vacation club things they run on a loop.
October 3, 2015 at 6:52 AM · Hulk coaster going to a dump and one mans dream cloasing? Sad week for theme park news.
October 3, 2015 at 5:38 PM · But hulk will be back with all new track and hopefully better restraints. It was riding really rough when I went on it last year.
October 4, 2015 at 7:23 AM · Re: Kenny Vee

Disney's still been pretty protective of it's older attractions through the Eisner Era and beyond, at least when compared to Universal.

But you know what guys? As much as I hate to say it, maybe we, the theme park junkies, are the ones to blame for the removal of all these Disney attractions. What's been the popular opinion on this website for what feels like an eternity?

"Oh, Universal is so totally the best around right now, Disney's pretty much just second rate! Why? Because Universal has the backbone to build awesome new attractions like Harry Potter and Transformers. What's the last E-ticket WDW built? Expedition Everest? Gimme a break..."

And it's not just this website, either! I remember a couple weeks before D23 I read an article in themeparktourist involving rumoured and confirmed upcoming developments at WDW and the comments section was almost the exact same thing! With such a large portion of the theme park fan community demanding some big new additions to the "Happiest Place on Earth," due in large part to archcompetitor Universal constantly churning out new, highly-praised attractions year after year, it put a lot of pressure on Disney to make some big changes ASAP. And when you make big changes, some old stuff is gonna have to be sacrificed in it's place. And yes, Disney is doing this because they heard from us that this is what we want. Because, believe it or not, Disney actually cares about and listens to what their customers want, otherwise people would slowly stop visiting and the parks would eventually start to lose profit. We've been saying that we want some new major upgrades, so we're getting some major new upgrades. So when tears start rolling down your face after you see the last showing of Osborne Family Lights, One Man's Dream or Aladdin, just remember, you asked for this.

October 6, 2015 at 2:43 PM · Nothing is sacred when it comes to promoting their latest flick. Low class move by Disney.

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