So this is a subject that we have discussed before, but with it coming up on another thread I felt that it was about time to revive it for some fresh discussion and debate.
DLP is in Europe. DLP has made some concessions to being in Europe - the (original) design of Discoveryland for one - but generally could be placed anywhere in the world. The talk of a Ratatouille ride coming to DLP is promising. The film did average business in the US but was a great success in Europe seemingly due to a smart script and a more sophisticated air (and the fact that it is set quite definately in Paris). So will DLP take this further? Will it look at the Disney properties that do well in Europe and introduce those to the park as a way to make it more the continent's 'own'. Perhaps the park would benefit from a more European vibe since many Europeans are far from keen on Americana.
And has Disney got such a property? Do they own characters who appeal to a wide selection of the European market but are still recognisable as 'Disney Characters'? Look no further than (and you know what's coming next if you know me...)... Scrooge McDuck and the residents of Duckburg!
Although Disney comics have not been produced in America for at least 10 years and the UK only produces Disney comics for under-6's, the adventures of Scrooge (as well as Mickey, Donald etc) in print are big business in many European countries - Italy, Germany and the Netherlands to name a few.
So would DLP ever consider developing these characters within the parks as a way to perhaps bring more people in from these countries? Should they? Other (more obscure) characters that have booming comic book careers include Brer Rabbit and chums (Splash Mountain?), the Three Little Pigs and Big Bad Wolf, Jose Carioca, and Scamp (son of Lady and the Tramp). Plus by opening up these doors, the park can then introduce a whole set of supporting characters from the worlds of the mouse and the duck - Gyro Gearloose, Gladstone Gander, the Beagle Boys, Morty & Ferdy, Chief O'Hara, The Phantom Blot, Eager Beaver - the list is almost endless. There are even superheroes - Paperinik and Super Goof!
So what do we think? Should Duckburg be made a third gate? Or a mini-land? Or maybe just even a ride or a meet&greet area (Scrooge recently appearing daily at WDs is a nice start)?