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King of the World - Reinventing the Magic Kingdom

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by , 02-15-2012 at 08:52 PM


You've just been crowned monarch of the Disney Parks in North America. You can change anything you want without regard to budgets or corporate politics. As the benevolent dictator you can command your minions to do your bidding. My question to you is "what exactly is it that you want to do?"

A few weeks ago I decided to have a bit of fun and crowned myself king of Disneyland. I love Walt’s little park and have been there so often others have wondered about my sanity. But we know better, right? Many of you rose to the challenge and I highly recommend readers cruise through the comments on that article. There is some brilliant stuff in there.

Now it is time to travel east to the Walt Disney World Resort. We have four theme parks within our realm. The four theme parks that present a great opportunity to take that which we may consider marginal or even regrettable and turn in into something exceptional. The Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom need our benevolence. What to do?

This week, I shall walk through the Magic Kingdom and give direction to my minions. In future editions, we'll cast our eyes to the other parks as well. With crown properly placed and scepter firmly in hand, let's make our first decrees.


One thing I do not want to change is the way my people arrive to the park. The arrival experience at the Magic Kingdom continues to delight me. What is not to like? You start with a choice of a monorail or a ferry. Granted, some may arrive by bus but they benefit from the VIP treatment of being dropped off at the front door.

After choosing which form of conveyance, I enjoy how the journey becomes the experience of passing through a sequence of spaces punctuated by the shear anticipation created by the deflected views of the castle spires. As a person who tends to travel solo and without a bag, I appreciate the fact that my security team can just wave me through at the front door. I should teach my Disneyland minions to do the same.

First, I must inspect Main Street USA. The grand facades of the buildings suggest that this is a prosperous town but the lack of vehicles up and down the street tell me a different story. The movie theater has been closed down and converted into a store. The biggest building on Town Square has been converted into a boarding house for women and is over run with mice and dogs. The city cannot even afford a fire department.


My economic redevelopment department must leap into action and resolve these issues. We begin with a fleet of vehicles that run throughout the day. I recognize that we have a couple of parades but after 57+ years of operating parks I am sure we can figure out something. Considering the Florida weather, I think the convenience of public transportation, as an alternative is more important then ever.

I am glad that the Fire Station is no longer a shop but I am not sure that the minions got it right by letting the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom in to recruit common folks and putting them through a challenge of finding video projections. I understand the desire to be near the front gate but I feel there is a spot in Fantasyland where you would expect to find magic and Sorcerers. They tell me this is temporary. They tell me a lot of things, not all of which are true.

While they are in the Fire Station, can somebody fix the party line phone? There is one that was working in the Chapeau shop the last time I was there but it is hidden.

It is time to head into the world of cinematic exotica. It is time for visit to Adventureland.

I am not a fan of the Aladdin spinner but I understand that the little ones approve. It can stay for now. However, I think my minions missed an excellent opportunity with the Tiki Room. I am not suggesting that I had anything to do with the fire but let’s just say I am happy those two plastic goons have flown the coop. What I would like to see happen is to return to the original show but update the technology to create a whole new magical experience.

This process is not unprecedented. For example, at Disneyland’s Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, Imagineer Tony Baxter and his team combined classic dialogue by Royal Dano and Paul Frees from the original presentation with bits of The American Adventure and topped it off with the most amazing Audio-Animatronics figure at any of the six North American parks. The presentation is legible, compelling, and emotional. The Mr. Lincoln figure is remarkably lifelike. The advanced technology allows for an incredible range of facial expressions. He furrows his brow, his eyes twitch, and he is capable of forming vowels.

Imagine what you could do with the Tiki Room. Clean up the classic soundtrack and install a state-of-the-art audio system with three-dimensional sound. You did it with the Stretching Room at the Haunted Mansion. Rebuild the birds with incredible, fluid, lifelike motion and the watch the little ones eyes light up. Their parents will feel a sense of nostalgia while being awestruck and entertained by the latest technology.


There is one part of Adventureland that I would never want changed. That is the Swiss Family Treehouse. Unlike the heavy-handed story of the Tarzan treehouse at Disneyland, this one lets your mind fill in the blanks. I can always come here and imagine what it would have been like to sleep here. I'd gladly stay the night if the bed was anything near normal size. Did you know that Ray Wallace, the same guy who designed the Columbia at Disneyland, did all of the rope work?

Oh yes. I will be happy to spring for new light bulbs for Pirates of the Caribbean.


Liberty Square is a delight and I enjoy the rich back-story, the high level of detail, the variety of historic architecture exhibited through the building facades, and the little nooks and crannies where one can find a seat and relax. I know that at times I may be a bit naive, but I do miss having shops that reflect, enhance, and embellish the theme of the land. As this is my fantasy, I would return the shops back into examples of early American craft making. People would get to see artisans in the Silversmith Shoppe or a Milliner crafting a hat. Slowly browse through the Olde World Antiques or stop to smell the wonders of Mlle. Lafayette’s Parfumerie.

I am satisfied with the updated Hall of Presidents show, but once again there is a chance to install the latest technologies and “plus” the show. President Barack Obama is a man that is very familiar to the audience. For years, they have seen the man in their living rooms in High-Definition. Take the facial technology used for Mr. Lincoln and do a makeover of our current President. This will take an already excellent and meaningful presentation to a whole new level by making the impossible plausible.

Once you leave the Hall of Presidents it would be a good time to reflect upon this great land of ours by cruising along the Rivers of America. The Liberty Belle is a fine ship but she is a lonely one along these waters. There is no life. That must change. Bring back the Keel Boats. Bring back a second stern–wheeler or maybe even a side-wheeler. To make sure there is demand, show the banks of the river some tender loving care. Once again, Disneyland has set an example and has created a delightful experience. Why can't we do that here as well?



Tom Sawyer Island should be an activity node for the little ones, but it has become almost deserted. The island serves an important function. Kids need a place to run around to let off steam. Walt was smart enough to put a playland within his park. It could use an infusion of life. My minions are very excited about the use of technology to assist in play as seen with the Kim Possible game at Epcot and the Menahune Adventure Trail at the Aulani Resort in Hawaii. Now they are trying the same thing at the Magic Kingdom with the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom. Why not make the island the showplace for this technology and create a singular experience. Limit the number of players and provide them a more immersive experience with greater rewards. Create a sequential adventure that is driven by multiple choices featuring multiple outcomes and you have a repeatable experience that will form long lines on the opposite shore.

As I pass through Frontierland, my requests are modest. The Country Bear Jamboree could use some tender loving care. A better sound system, revamp Audio-Animatronics, and a return to seasonal shows are all called for. As a gift to my colleague Kevin Yee, I command my minions to fix Splash Mountain to its showroom glory and keep it that way.

I shall wait until my minions complete the construction of the new Fantasyland before I comment. I saw the model at the D23 Expo and it sure beats an empty hole in the ground. Progress.

Speaking of progress, the time has come to tear down the Sci-Fi Fantasyland that we have today and to create a truly forward-leaning Tomorrowland.



Let’s start with Stitch’s Great Mistake. I think that Len Testa and Bob Sehlinger from The Color Companion to Walt Disney World summed up best when they wrote Stitch the following letter:
Dear Stitch,

We have to talk. We tried to make this work. We really did. But you’re just not the kind of theme park character we need in our lives right now. We were happy for you when your parent’s gave you your own attraction after one mediocre film and TV series. And the ride’s story about you escaping as prisoner of the galactic authorities when they tried to transfer you to another prison – we totally get the whole “bad boy” thing. But no one likes what you have become. What’s with all the spitting and burping you do on the audience during the show? You never used to do that when we were just hanging out. And why is it that the audience has to sit there, strapped to their seats in the dark, so that parents can’t help when their kids start screaming? Is that what you want? Because it’s like…it’s like we don’t even know you anymore.

You say you’ve tried to improve – keeping the lights on low so kid’s can see what’s going on, for example, and making some of the story scenes less scary. But it’s too late. It’s not you; it’s us. We’ve changed, and we don’t want that kind of ride anymore. We just hope that we can be friends.

Best, Bob and Len
I can’t go in there. It is like a child torture chamber. This attraction is such a nuisance that I want it gone right away. So that means I need to find something that I could poach from someplace else.

Bring in the copy of Stormrider from Tokyo DisneySea. Imagine walking into "The Center for Weather Control" and board a Stormrider, a plane that carries a "Storm Diffusion Device." Our mission is to fly into a storm and detonate the device. Of course, in the tradition of many Disney attractions, something goes horribly wrong. The ride vehicle is a full-motion simulator like Star Tours with in car effects. The show features technology and enhances the current storyline of Tomorrowland as an intergalactic port city.

That's what I'd like to do to poor Stitch, but I leave it to you to tell me what should replace Monsters Inc. Laugh Factory. Why should it go? It does not pass the plausible impossible test. First, what does the world of monsters have to do with Tomorrowland unless they are users of the spaceport outside?

Answer this. The monsters are three-dimensional objects, correct? Why do they appear in real time before us as two-dimensional figures? Are they on a television? It makes sense when I visit Turtle Talk with Crush. He is behind glass as though in an aquarium. But this doesn’t make sense with the monsters. Toss in a bland storyline where many of the jokes are based on making fun of people sitting in the audience and you have a large space that could be used for something else.

I know, sometimes I think about these things too much. Such is my burden as king.


I thought I would say a few words about the Carrousel of Progress, but I keep tearing up and just cannot focus. It is like witnessing the death of a loved one. If you have read Walt and the Promise of Progress City, you know how much this attraction means to me. Not long ago I wanted to jump on stage and fix father’s head, since somebody left a large gap between the latex mask and the costume. And the final scene…(sob).

Sorry.

Just fix it. Build in a process where the final scene is always updated annually. Make it an event. The sharp pencil boys always make cuts to the attractions but they seem to spend money like drunken sailors on the promotions. So hype the changeover. Use the folks who are pimping Innoventions to find sponsors that get a quick mention in the show about their innovative products. Why can’t ASIMO who prowls the halls of Innovention at Disneyland walk on stage and hand Granny a drink? We play our cards right and we can earn a few extra shekels for the realm.

And Autopia. The boring track will give way to something with more visual interest, like the one at Disneyland. You will enjoy your ride in your little hydrogen-powered vehicle sponsored by an auto company. The company will be able to use the experience gained from park operations as a test bed for reliability and people can become familiar with the technology.

While we are at it, restore the bit of the Progress City model on the PeopleMover to something near its previous glory. Make the vehicles move and rehab the model so that it is compelling enough to make folks spin their heads to capture a better view.

Whew. There could be so much more. But that is another story. Time to move on. Time to go over to Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom and see what we can do. But first, I need a royal nap.

Well, what would all you clever kings and queens out there do?




If you enjoyed today's article, then you will LOVE the new book written By Sam Gennawey, Walt and the Promise of Progress City.





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  1. MrTour's Avatar
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    Fun article, Sam! Here's my take: I have two major gripes about the Magic Kingdom; placement of Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain, and stroller parking.

    Having gown up with DLR in my back yard, placement of these attractions at MK is just WRONG. They should be switched, and SM should be placed much farther to the north. At present, they are too close together, making the sight lines across the river convoluted.

    Next up, I HATE the endless sea of stroller parking at MK. So much that I have ditched Disney for a second day and driven to Busch Gardens. Disney needs to find a way to get these parking lots off the main walkways and out of sight. Not sure how they could best do this, but it must be done!
    Updated 02-16-2012 at 07:04 AM by MrTour
  2. MikeT1975's Avatar
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    Thanks for the article! I agree with so many of your comments. My two cents:

    * With today's technology, the Tiki Room could feature a more dynamic show with multiple forms of the show being available at different times of the day. "The Tiki Room performs the Classic show at 12pm, followed by Jose's Salsa Sensation at 1pm..."-kinda stuff. Would it be too fantastical to wish for a Jimmy Buffett-only Tiki Room performance? These kinds of shows can be changed out and updated frequently to keep the show fresh and excting time and again using the same characters but just virtually reprogrammed by WDI and inserted whenever they want to roll out new shows.

    * I love the Carousel. But it needs to vacate Tomorrowland. I say work it into the cost of updating EPCOT and move it to the Wonders of Life pavilion location. It fits better thematically in EPCOT than it does in Tomorrowland, anyway. The entire pavillion can be an ode to the past's dreams of the future and what could have been (flying cars, Jules Verne, kind of stuff). Its a cheap plus to EPCOT and maintains Walt's original attraction.

    * I used to love the Autopia, but the last time I went on it, my wife - who's first trip to MK it was - asked me facetiously if it was a traffic-simulator ride. The lines are long and the thrills the attraction used to give people are just not there anymore. It is a large piece of land that does not themeatically fit in Tomorrowland or Fantasyland. Unless... A total re-do of the attraction, some indoors and some outdoors, using the Winnie the Pooh in Japan technology of an LPS system to direct the cars onto different paths. I would retheme it to Mr. Toad, bringing back a Mr. Toad attraction to the MK!

    * With a move of the CoP to EPCOT, removal of Monsters Inc and Stitch, enough land can be cleared in Tomorrowland for some genuinely new and exciting E and D ticket attractions. A TRON light cycle ride is the first thing that comes to mind, though there's no reason why an original non-IP idea ala Space Mountain or Big Thunder couldn't be installed here. I would love to see a modern-day throwback to Mission to Mars or Adventures in Innerspace! The ideas are boundless!

    * One more totally blue-sky change: an expansion to Pirates. Nothing sacreligious, just a HUGE plussing project. I recently visited DLR for the first time and PotC in DLR blows the East coast away. I would love to see a truly swashbuckling Pirates ride for the MK.

    Looking forward to your articles on EPCOT, AK and DHS!
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    Fun article, Sam. Interesting how much mention the lack of neck-connect on that one Dad figure in CoP has been getting various presses lately. It's been that way for so many years - wonder what can be done?
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    I'm a Disneyland man myself (grew up in So.Cal.)... I've only been to the Magic Kingdom a couple of times so I have little to add... except:
    Put a crowbar in your wallet and finally build the Western River Expedition! You've made enough off the merchandise from Pirates to fund the entire project. Hell, it's already designed. Build something in Florida that California will be envious of!

    I LOVE the Carousel of Progress... I loved it when it was in California and when I worked for the mouse, I took an extra long lunch one day on a business trip so that I could travel to the Magic Kingdom and only ride it once... Here's my idea: Start at 1920 and instead of jumping 20 years each turn, jump 40. You already have 1920 and 1960 (World's Fair version?)... Then create 2000 when the internet started to take off and DVR's were starting and Cel phones were becoming more popular... Then jump to 2040 for the finale... THAT's where you start using your Innoventions ideas to project where we could be... and don't make it all about Electricity, make it about all the different technologies & fuels: gas, gasoline, solar...

    Good luck & have fun!
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    I would love to see a modern-day throwback to Mission to Mars
    I kind of assumed that's what Mission: Space was.
  6. spajadigit's Avatar
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    Yeah, Western River Expedition. Bring it.

    Seriously, if I were King here, the first thing I would do is add more rides, period. Being from California, one of the things that annoyed me the most about WDW in general was how few rides each park had, despite the disproportionate size of the place. I recently worked it out, and excluding shows (which aren't my cuppa-T) the DLR has more attractions than WDW, despite having twice as many parks.

    So...

    Main Street definitely needs more Gurr-mobiles. And having the movies back in the theater would be nice too, although I really do like MK's Main Street as it is.

    Adventureland needs a E-ticket attraction, like Indiana Jones (though it doesn't have to be Jones). Although, a roller coaster dark ride combo like the Mummy ride wouldn't be a bad thing- it could even incorporate the everything but the kitchen sink idea from the original Indy attraction by melding the roller coaster hybrid with the Jungle Cruise and the train. There's enough space behind Pirates to do it up. I would also get rid of the Aladdin spinners, I think it's terrible that MK will have a total of four similar rides in one park once the duelin' Dumbos gets done.

    Frontierland? Yeah. Western River Expedition. Incorporate it into Big Thunder. Yeah. That would be best. Make Splash Mountain work. Consistently.

    I'd also bridge Frontierland into Tom Sawyers Island somehow. It's always kind of annoyed me that there's a dead end in both Frontierland *and* Liberty Square, and the walk from one to the other is difficult to negotiate via the parade route... During the parade. What might be nice is in Frontierland some kind of passage under the river, like a cave for river smugglers. And on the other side, something akin to a wine cellar in the mansion that has a broken wall with a passage behind it to get to the island. And one of the walls in that cellar could pay an homage to Cask of Amontillado with someone asking for help to get out...

    Liberty Square? I too would like to see it return to it's roots. The update to Hall of Presidents would be awesome, but I do like the existing show.

    Frontierland has needed an upgrade for years now and I'm glad to see they are trying to make it timeless. Here's hoping.

    Finally, Tomorrowland. It's gotten so far away from the future it's almost in the past. I would update Space Mountain to have more of the anime quality it's California and Japanese cousin have adopted. The place still feels 2001-ish on the inside instead of 21 century. The model of the city should totally be restored and upgraded- There's this amazing model of Shanghai in the preshow area of the Shanghai World Financial Center that cycles through 24 hours in fifteen minutes while you're waiting to ride to the top. If they can do it that spectacularly (there's fireworks, a sun/moon rise, accurate scale lighting, cars trucks, buses and trains... Wow) then certainly Disney could. And having the night to day effect as your Peoplemover passes by? That would be cool.

    I love the Stormrider attraction, that would be an amazing addition (and it's in the future!) but I would also love to add an undersea simulator there, too. One that has a gigantic elevator that takes you down to the sea floor/boarding area and throws you around underwater. Anything to add another E-ticket there as well. I'd rip out the Laugh Floor, Stitch and the Autopia just to make room for more excitement. I'd also change the theming so it didn't feel so cheap. I kind of liked it when it first was built, then over the years it hasn't fared so well.
  7. spajadigit's Avatar
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    I'd also put a budget in place to keep the maintenance up to previous Disney standards, with a surplus of parts to instantly fix broken AA and replace burned out bulbs.
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    I think I agreed with almost all of your fixes (I didn't so much mind the Under New Management show, but that's just me). Other than Len and Bob needing to learn how to use apostrophes, your article was spot on!
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    The park obeyed one of your commands last month. While I was there in late January (light crowds, great weather), I noticed something I had not seen for years. Both the double decker bus and the taxi were running up and down Main Street!

    Oh Great exalted leader, they have listened! (at least a little bit)
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    If this were a Disneyland column, I would totally get the gripes about how Tomorrowland has gotten away from its ideals and everything, but it's different in WDW. I'd argue that Future World has usurped the role of Tomorrowland, leaving the actual Tomorrowland free to become the Sci-Fi Fantasyland. Future World is pretty much a bigger and better version of everything Tomorrowland always wanted to be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crlachepinochet
    If this were a Disneyland column, I would totally get the gripes about how Tomorrowland has gotten away from its ideals and everything, but it's different in WDW. I'd argue that Future World has usurped the role of Tomorrowland, leaving the actual Tomorrowland free to become the Sci-Fi Fantasyland. Future World is pretty much a bigger and better version of everything Tomorrowland always wanted to be.
    There is indeed a Disneyland version of this entry: http://micechat.com/blogs/samland/33...isneyland.html. Go take a look.

    Anyway, I have tons of ideas for improving WDW's Magic Kingdom. For one thing, the Carousel of Progress would be updated big time! It too will be updated to consistently go every 40 years, but in my case, it will continue with the 1900s as usual, then jump to the 1940s, then the 1980s and then to the 2020s. For the sake of history, the song "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" will be retained. I actually did mull over whether to include that song or the other song ("The Best Time of Your Life") until I saw this article on the show at Widen Your World (Widen Your World - Carousel of Progress), after which I decided on "Tomorrow".

    I have many other ideas, but this is just the tip of the iceberg.
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    Am I the only person who does not want to see Western River Expedition shoe-horned into one of these parks? It seems as if ideas from WRE were integrated into so many other attractions, a full-blown WRE might seem redundant. It certainly wouldn't be the original Marc Davis concept, which was a log flume ride, a walking trail and a runaway mine train coaster. All of that stuff already appears in that location of the MK. For me, Frontierland might be the most complete of the lands in MK. (With the exception of the mechanical issues on Splash Mountain and a lack of a dynamic Country Bears stage show.)

    Thinking about it, I agree with spajadigit: Adventureland does not live up to its theme without an "adventurous" attraction. This area needs an "E" ticket, bad. Perhaps the Priates ride being designed for Shanghai? Though none of us know anything of it, it does sound like they are developing something more "adventurous" for the Shanghai Pirates concept than the MK existing dark ride. It might be a fun mini-land ala Harry Potter that would really play up the Pirates/Princess marketing - especially since the park has a respectable Princess presence already.

    The only other idea I had after my original post was Villain Mountain. I love this idea! The villains don't really have their own presence in the park, except for one here or there in the attractions. An E Ticket where the villains conspire to take over the MK from Mickey Mouse and the Fab Five! At the end of the attraction, Mickey foils their plans and escapes right into the heart of Fantasyland! I've always loved this idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeT1975
    Am I the only person who does not want to see Western River Expedition shoe-horned into one of these parks? It seems as if ideas from WRE were integrated into so many other attractions, a full-blown WRE might seem redundant. It certainly wouldn't be the original Marc Davis concept, which was a log flume ride, a walking trail and a runaway mine train coaster. All of that stuff already appears in that location of the MK. For me, Frontierland might be the most complete of the lands in MK. (With the exception of the mechanical issues on Splash Mountain and a lack of a dynamic Country Bears stage show.)
    No, you're not the only one against having Western River. It would have been a nice concept to have back in the day, to be sure, but I really don't think it's physically possible to include the ride in the park now. Maybe in a fifth park somewhere down the line, but not at the Magic Kingdom now.
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    Bring back the Skyway!..
  15. spajadigit's Avatar
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    I'm not sure WRE would have to be shoehorned in. There's so much empty land over there. I certainly don't think that the original concept would survive, but using elements of Marc Davis show would certainly be appreciated, especially since WDI has gotten away from environmental attractions like Pirates or the mansion in recent years. I guess what it is for me is seeing if they could still pull something like that off- an environmental show featuring AA, music and some fun thrills all themed around a western motif. Yeah, sure there's Thunder Mountain for the roller coaster, and Splash Mountain for the flume ride, but let's see if they've still got the magic in them to do an epic, unfranchised attraction with all the bells and whistles.
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    An E Ticket where the villains conspire to take over the MK from Mickey Mouse and the Fab Five! At the end of the attraction, Mickey foils their plans and escapes right into the heart of Fantasyland! I've always loved this idea.
    Hmm, that sounds an awful lot like Fantasmic! doesn't it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by WorldLover71
    Hmm, that sounds an awful lot like Fantasmic! doesn't it?
    Yeah, plus it would make Fantasyland the center of attention here!

    Anyway, in regards of Mickey, I've been resigned to Mickey's Toontown Fair's succumbing to the Fantasyland expansion. Everyone keeps insisting that, as per the Imagineers' say-so, Mickey and the gang actually live in Disneyland (hence that park's Toontown), while Toontown Fair was merely their vacation/country homes, and that a Toontown at WDW would fit best at the Studios. I really didn't want to leave the Magic Kingdom out in the cold, Town Square Theater (the new meet-n-greet for Mickey, located on Main Street) notwithstanding. I've been grappling with trying to fix the problem of the old classic shorts of the 1930s not having a presence here, because I really don't think the shorts are too simple, too folksy for a park like the Studios. Another attempt at a Kingdom Toontown has apparently not amounted to much, either.

    Then I finally discovered, almost by accident, another in a long line of abandoned concepts for Disneyland attractions. It's called "Mickey's Mad House", and it would have been part of the abandoned Dumbo's Circusland back in 1976. According to Davelandblog: "Dumbo's Circusland [was to feature] 'Mickey's Madhouse'—essentially a wild mouse roller coaster in a dark ride environment, set in the world of early black-and-white Mickey Mouse cartoons (think of the former Mulholland Madness at Disney California Adventure, but indoors, with no clear view of where the track ahead was going)." Wikipedia simply says, "A funhouse adventure featuring clowns and such." But of course, Dumbo's Circusland never came to be, thanks to it being part of Discovery Bay, based on "The Island At the Top of the World", a movie which just plain flopped at the box office.

    But now, Storybook Circus is being added as part of WDW's Magic Kingdom (in the spot that used to be Mickey's Toontown Fair), which may be as close a thing to Dumbo's Circusland as we're going to get. Anyway, I think to compensate for the loss of Toontown Fair, I would add a ride like Mickey's Mad House (but not exactly the same ride), to Storybook Circus.

    What do you think?
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    Why can’t ASIMO who prowls the halls of Innovention at Disneyland walk on stage and hand Granny a drink? We play our cards right and we can earn a few extra shekels for the realm.
    That's genius! But I wondering: why is there nowhere a mention of Space Mountain which is in dire need of some TLC (preferably the replacing track one)?
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    why is there nowhere a mention of Space Mountain which is in dire need of some TLC (preferably the replacing track one)?
    So true, Twist1234. I, along with many others, I'm sure, really wished the tracks would have been replaced during the last rehab. Last year I got to ride the Disneyland version of SM and I was really hoping that the same experience would come to Orlando. The tracks just... feel... so much faster and smoother!

    To expand upon Space Mountain and the comparison between MK and DLR, one thing MK is missing is the Halloween overlay of this and other attractions, inclusing the Christmas overlay of HM and IaSW. I cannot believe that there is no way to reduce the downtown required to overlay these attractions once a year - even if for one week each during downtime weeks - to give people on the east coast the opportunity for these wonderfully plussed experiences.
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    "The only other idea I had after my original post was Villain Mountain. I love this idea! The villains don't really have their own presence in the park, except for one here or there in the attractions. An E Ticket where the villains conspire to take over the MK from Mickey Mouse and the Fab Five! At the end of the attraction, Mickey foils their plans and escapes right into the heart of Fantasyland! I've always loved this idea."


    I also love this idea! People love the villains, they should get their own ride! IT would be my favorite (after HM of course). Best suggestion by far