a disneyland prospectus

May 20, 2013 4:53pm
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I thought this was kind of interesting – a 10-page write-up from 1954 painting the picture of a new theme park that an up-and-coming animator from Chicago had his heart set on building.

http://craphound.com/Disneyland_Prospectus.pdf

Though I’ve heard the stories a thousand times over for their WDW-equivalent, it’s still need to read the excited descriptions of recreating early America along Main Street USA, and see descriptions about some of the infamous scenes from the Jungle Cruise, and even the misguided anticipation for the Tomorrowland Speedway, which still rings out to me as pretty much the worst Disney attraction of all-time!

Still, I suppose it’s a little more appropriate than the picture of the riverboat … complete with a hint of that good, old-fashioned 1950s racism that you always hear so much about.  😯

Even in death, that man is never going to live that movie down…

Diluting Wizarding Around the World

May 17, 2012 2:49pm
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I just read this article over at Attractions magazine about Universal Studios expanding The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to two of their other parks out in California and Tokyo. Some people are excited about this, thinking that it will allow even more people to experience this amazingly designed attraction, but I guess I didn’t exactly share that same sentiment from what I read…

To me, this sounds like just another example of the same problem I see with Disney right now where they’ve been developing attractions for multiple parks around the world at the same time. Sure, it may end up being cheaper for them to re-use the Imagineering efforts rather than creating unique experiences for their other parks, but from my perspective, what’s the incentive for me to visit any of those other parks if I’ve already experienced the same things here in Florida?!

The reasoning might simply be that they’re just not targeting me with these efforts – for all I know, maybe they assume that guests aren’t going to visit multiple parks so it’s not a big deal if they duplicate efforts, but it does bother someone like me who is a huge fan of pretty much everything they do and as such, wants to eventually experience all of the Disney theme parks around the world! When I look back a couple of years ago at when we visited Disneyland for our anniversary, the ones that really stood out to me weren’t Toy Story Mania or the Tower of Terror or even the ones that started first in California and got transplanted in Florida like Soarin’ and a big chunk of the original Disneyland attractions … it was the attractions like Aladdin and The Matterhorn and The World of Color that were truly unique to the California parks made a lasting impression on me because they were new experiences that I’d never seen before.

Maybe you can get away with it in smaller spurts here or there, but entire lands just seems really excessive. What will make Universal Orlando’s version of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter stand out when all is said and done, other than it was the first one???

Mini Main Street Electrical Parade

May 7, 2012 3:24pm
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As much as the soundtrack just drives me absolutely nuts, this is still pretty cool. I’ve seen some of these miniature buildings and parade floats in The Art of Disney and needless to say … they’re not cheap! … so it’s pretty amazing not only to see such a huge collection of the models assembled to look just like the park is in real life, but then to also animate the beloved electric parade to tour the streets in a glowing spectacle of music and lights? Very cool.

You can find more by the artist at bygeorgeithinkyouvegotit.com.

Admittedly I was a little skeptical about the idea of an entire theme park area devoted to the Cars franchise, but seeing some previews of the actual completed work out at Disney’s California Adventure makes it look pretty cool! And don’t get me wrong – I actually really enjoyed the first movie (#2 sucked, though), but I just wasn’t sure if it had enough staying power to hold a whole land on its own … really, not a lot of single movies do, which is why the Magic Kingdom and Disneyland use more generic themes like Fantasyland and Tomorrowland that movies can be dropped into, but not dominated by.

Also just for the record, while I’m looking forward to venturing back out west in a few years again to see the final product, despite any success I still hope that they keep these new attractions exclusive to DCA and we don’t catch them razing Lights, Motors, Action! anytime soon to give Hollywood Studios its own Cars Land … but that’s really an overarching philosophy that has nothing to do with Cars and more to do with believing that Disney’s parks should provide unique, not cookie-cutter experiences around the world…

Anyways, check out the video … I’ll bet Radiator Springs looks pretty darned sweet with all of that neon lit up at night! 😮

http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/business_tourism_aviation/2008/03/theme-park-atte.html

I’m very amused by this study that was published last week comparing theme park attendance numbers from 2006 & 2007, basically because it spells out just how big the gap still is between Disney Parks and pretty much every other venture out there. I love how all of the Busch properties combined (two SeaWorlds and two Busch Gardens) still barely match the attendance at the Magic Kingdom alone, and the Animal Kingdom, arguably the redheaded stepchild of the four Disney parks, still doubles attendance of most other parks!

And lastly, my favorite statistic of all (how dorky am I?!) – the four parks that make up Walt Disney World together saw an average of 47 million guests in 2007. All of the other parks in the top 15 (minus Disneyland, that is), combined come to a total of only 46.4 million guests. And that, my friends, is what we call a landslide…

Lego Disneyland!!!

March 6, 2006 12:17am
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http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=169866

Seriously, the only way this could’ve been better is had it been Disney World instead. If I didn’t have a job and had a ton of cash to mess around with, that would be such an awesome project to undertake…

Lori – check it out…it’s a Disney version of that Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Guitar Display!

Maybe we need to take a trip to California – this is so cool…

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