Started by Anthony, August 20, 2010, 11:56:51 PM
Quote from: "jwagner"=D> =D> =D> WOOOOOOOOOOW!!!! =D> =D> =D> this is brilliant, i even don't know what to say about this everything fits well, would be a great improvement and so on This is just the way it has to be done!!!!!
Quote from: "Columbiad"Out of interest - the area behind the flying carpets - do you think that area could possibly be expansion area? Not that I think they'd have any plans to expand into there, but is it area that could be considered?
Quote from: "Anthony"There are a million more productive things I should be doing, but a few days in DLP really fires you up and a new attraction always seems to leave you wanting more for the Studios.My overriding reaction to Toy Story Playland wasn't so much at the land itself but the feeling I got as soon as I stepped out. It's really shocking - you're suddenly in such an incoherent, messy, ugly place with vast swathes of "nothingness". It almost feels like they did a cheap job of the Animation Courtyard placemaking just for this day, so that the new land feels so much of an improvement and an escape.I always disliked the original Animation Courtyard area but occasionally stuck up for Flying Carpets. Not any more. Even the Toon Plaza and its weird sort-of-but-not-quite Toon Town theme had me annoyed, it's the wrong direction for the land. What I'd prefer is a seamless series of "Toy Story Playlands". The way to take this half of Walt Disney Studios at least might be as if you're George in CinéMagique, stepping from one movie to another barely noticing the transition. I loved something pussinboots said last week about the park simply having lots of good attractions still in their boxes. Toon Studio should be more seamless and the successful areas should be allowed to "unpack" and expand themselves far more into the unthemed/dull spaces, with rich theming right up to the "join". I mean, movies don't trail off with several minutes of a grey screen between scenes, do they? The cut in the celluloid is seamless.Here's the plan:Major must-do number 1: Re-theme Flying Carpets Over Agrabah to Finding Nemo. I was stood on the viewing platform looking over the land when this hit me. Toy Story Playland works because of the multiple rides allowing more space for the "theme" in between. These two are right next door. Let Nemo overlap onto the Carpets, to become...Mr Ray's Swimming SchoolEveryone remembers the scenes with Crush being like a roller coaster, but weren't the scenes with Mr Ray also a lot like the Flying Carpets/ Dumbo ride system? The fish ride on his back, floating up and down with him around the coral reef. It's the perfect theme for this ride, and will finally give those poor kids too young for Crush's Coaster a chance to ride a real Finding Nemo ride! Mr Ray would be perfect to model into a 4-person ride vehicle.Replace the filmset backdrop with a spectacular, towering, textured, colourful coral reef with a giant waterfall cascading and splashing over one end. The whole ride area would be dotted with the ensemble cast of fish from Finding Nemo. Every spinning ride needs something at the top, and this ride's Timothy Mouse would surely be Dory, shouting "Just keep swimming, just keep swimming!" as you glide around.The current "green room" queue would become more enclosed, like undersea tunnels (think Tokyo DisneySea's Mermaid Lagoon), with interactive touchscreen/pushbutton games hosted by Mr Ray testing your knowledge of the seas with multiple choice questions in several languages. This would also be the perfect chance to expand the Crush's Coaster queue line further back, with a non-cattlepen design.Finding Nemo The MusicalGive Studio 3 a modest spruce-up* and a whole new show. Animagique is fun, but will have probably run its course in a few years if no new scenes are added. Finding Nemo The Musical seems like a perfect addition and will make good use of the 1,100 capacity with a top quality broadway-style musical. And we all know DLP desperately needs a big new theatre show. Mr Ray's Swimming School alone wouldn't be easy to advertise, but with a musical beside it it'd make for a popular proposition.* ie: Don't redo it completely as a Finding Nemo theatre, leave it open for other theatre shows in future, but at least take the chance to make it look less awful.Cozy Cone Motel / Radiator Springs Drive-In DinerKnock down the current Toon Plaza and expand the area right back, up to the walls of the Costuming building. More than anything, this area now feels like a whole load of wasted space with empty character locations and a backdrop which gives the feeling of being at the "back" of the park, even though you no longer are. The theming is very poor quality compared to that just opposite, and with a sequel on the way Cars has more than proved itself worthy of more space.The towering Cozy Cones (thanks to Alan for this idea) would provide some good height to make the corner seem less of a dead end, positioned around where the planters current are, and having at least one set up like a real Cozy Cone bedroom would provide a nice walk-in experience a la the Dragon, Statue of Liberty Tableaux. Something to do if you don't want to wait 70mins for the Parachute Drop.Radiator Springs Drive-In Diner could occupy the corner with a counter service style similar to Last Chance Café and a high roof canopy/tent structure shielding a giant movie projection screen above the serving counters and as much covered seating as possible. A Cars merchandise kiosk on the corner opposite Casa Della Tires would also make sense.Disney Animation Studios / Pixar Animation StudiosThe glue between these disparate pieces would be the two flagship movie studios themselves, each represented at the two different entrances. Enter via the first entrance and you'll see an area reminiscent of Disney Animation - the hat building is already there, and the icon Mickey Mouse. The horribly boring planters could be bulldozed for a new bandstand-style stage themed to The Band Concert, with the surrounding area filled with as many colourful Flowers and tall Trees as possible to form a Silly Symphony Gardens area.The meet 'n' greets of the current Toon Plaza could move here behind the stage, and the open expanse of the parade route (something which doesn't do the land and favours) could be put to good use more often as a viewing area for the stage, which would replace Place des Stars - allowing Production Courtyard to follow on with its own redevelopment.Pixar Animation Studios meanwhile would be brand new. The currently empty second walkway into Toon Studio would use the same theming as Pixar Place at Disney's Hollywood Studios, except with a glass atrium roof for part of its length like that at the real Pixar studios. Welcome shelter from the rain and a new space for photolocations for the other Pixar films. At the end, at the junction between Buzz Lightyear, Radiator Springs and Ratatouille, where all you currently see is the corner of the Costuming building, the Luxo Jr audio-animatronic lamp, icon of Pixar, would sit facing you atop the Pixar-style brick walls as a "weenie", popping out every so often to tie the whole area together. The mouse and the lamp both equally represented, tied together in Toon Studio.But maybe all that's getting carried away. Mr Ray's Swimming School (like that pun?) alone would be a simple and inexpensive way to take some heat off Crush's Coaster and make that whole area feel so much less disjointed.