Disney World to change One Man's Dream into Disney preview center

August 11, 2017, 7:45 AM · The Walt Disney World Resort announced this morning that it will transform the One Man's Dream attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios into a Walt Disney Presents preview center.

One Man's Dream had been the resort's tribute to Walt Disney, installed upon the 100th anniversary of his birth. Featuring a film biography of Disney, the attraction also featured Walt's office from the Disney Studios lot in Burbank, California, as well as other historic pieces from the Disney Archives.

Over the years, though, Disney's chipped away at that concept. The office was returned to California. Some of the historic artifacts gave way to Imagineering models of Disney attractions around the world. And Disney often stopped showing the Walt biopic in favor of screening previews of upcoming films from its studios.

So today's move just completes that process. In effect, Disney is transforming the space into a larger version of the Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar from Disney California Adventure. Ironically, that space has remained without an exhibit for years and has become basically a private meet and greet space.

The Walt Disney Presents attraction next month will begin displaying models of the upcoming Toy Story Land and Star Wars Galaxy's Edge lands that are now under construction in the park. The preview center also will display concept art from Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway, which is replacing The Great Movie Ride. The film theater will continue to show previews of upcoming films, and the space will continue to serve as a meet and greet area for a rotating cast of characters. And some of the history exhibits will remain. So this is less a change and more a recognition of how this space has evolved.

Now, how about some love - and a Star Wars land model - for the DCA Blue Sky Cellar, too, Disney?

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August 11, 2017 at 8:27 AM · How sad. It sounds like Disney need a better "Remembering Walt" facility.
August 11, 2017 at 8:41 AM · Trow Walt under the bus to make an extra buck. This is what the Disney has become. It's Disney in name only.
August 11, 2017 at 9:12 AM · There are plenty of ways Disney celebrates Walt's legacy, primarily through D23 and its Studio tours, which include Walt's old office, now restored. Was expecting the D23 expo model to show up at the upstairs of Launch Bay in Tomorrowland... glad it's going in a park that needs it as a temporary attraction.
August 11, 2017 at 9:19 AM · I thought the Star Wars Galaxy's Edge model from D23 should fit in Star Wars Launch Bay at Disneyland. I'm disappointed it is going to the east coast, but it's not going into DHS' Star Wars Launch Bay either.

I also thought One Man's Dream was to be partially demolished to make way for the new Toy Story Land entrance. So will they remove the lobby and convert the theater area into the preview area?

That whole back area of DHS is hard to navigate.

August 11, 2017 at 9:34 AM · As the Disney Parks Blog notes...

The One Man’s Dream attraction is currently being reimagined into Walt Disney Presents, which like its predecessor, will continue showcasing historic items from Walt Disney’s history, such as sketches, photos and storyboards.

August 11, 2017 at 10:55 AM · Someone once mentioned something about Disneyland never being completed, and I'm sure that applies to the other parks. The park isn't a museum; while the retrospective was a great thing for Walt's 100th birthday, why would it need to be permanent? And it's not "trowing" anyone under a bus to make a buck - the new space isn't going to make any more money than the last space. It's an attraction in a theme park. Goodness, for everyone complaining that Disney never does anything new, when they _do_ something new, there are just as many people complaining. Pretty much a no-win. I haven't set foot in "One Man's Dream" in ages, although I did enjoy the several walk-throughs I took. I enjoyed the models from the various parks most of all, so it's nice to see that these two new models will end up someplace we can see them.
August 11, 2017 at 11:49 AM · I loved One Man's Dream and never by-passed it when visiting the park, however, it isn't a surprise that it is being transformed. On the plus side it isn't being demolished and absorbed into Toy Story Land, which is what I had feared/expected but simply changing a "Review" for a "Preview" showcasing the $billions being invested. On the downside there was something authentic and magical about the exhibition, which I adored. Nothing in Theme Park World stays the same so let's, literally, look forward to its replacement.
August 11, 2017 at 12:12 PM · Having spent 8 years on the opposite side of the One Man's Dream that used to be the post production facility, I'm curious about what they are doing with the rest of the building. I thought it was slated for demo.
August 11, 2017 at 1:29 PM · Pay full price to see models of what's coming to a park with no attractions. Wonderful concept!
August 11, 2017 at 3:27 PM · That is sad! But like you said, inevitable. Hope that the film biography gets a new home or a digital release of some kind. If only Disney had it's own streaming service. Although it's probably already on YouTube...
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August 12, 2017 at 3:45 AM · How very sad. I loved Ellen's Energy Adventure and I loved One Man's Dream. Cannot bear anything sci-fi, which includes Star Wars. I get that people who just want the thrill rides will always be bored by the slower attractions, but Disney is becoming more and more expensive and less and less attractive to visit.
August 12, 2017 at 5:15 AM · Disney has invested heavily in a strategy of giving people (and new DVC members) something to look forward to. Universal really has no announced projects that gives its marketing team a means to follow suit. No models, no concept art, etc. ... No broad plan.

The dangeours part of Disney's strategy would be if the cancelled or even deayed some of the announced projects ... Which they have done in the past.

August 16, 2017 at 5:44 AM · Why do you need to display models and pre-vis drawings to market future additions? Disney's Star Wars Lands went over a year with no such marketing, and Avatar had nothing but a few sketches more than 2 years after the partnership with Cameron was announced.

This "Hype Center" is nothing more than a way to utilize space Disney has no use for right now, and something park managers can point to as an "attraction" for guests to do while they're twiddling their thumbs waiting for their FP+ reservation on one of the 4 rides in the park. In other words, Disney can point to this as a way to justify charging full price to enter a half-day park.

Just because Universal hasn't announced a broad development plan in Florida (like they did in Hollywood with Evolution), doesn't mean there isn't a wider, long term development plan in place. They clearly have a plan in place to add in-house hotel rooms, and have already announced new attractions to debut over the next 2 years (much further in advance than theme park operators not named Disney), and have already announced a future Nintendo Land that's a bit further down the road. Disney didn't reveal any Avatar details 3+ years out, so why would you expect Universal to be any different. If Universal is working on attractions incorporating new and unique ride systems or technologies, they wouldn't want to spill the beans too far in advance to allow competitors to copy them.

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