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    Your Original Attraction

    The thread on theme inside Disney Parks had me thinking about the dearth of original, non-character or film based attractions in recent years. It seems there has been nothing new on the horizon for any of the Magic Kingdom parks for a long time.

    Which lead me to think about what the folks here at MiceChat might think about the subject.

    Do you have an idea for an original show or attraction? What type of ride is it? What land would it go in? E-Ticket, or below? Is it cobbled together from other discarded ideas, or is it something completely new- something no one has seen before?

    What's YOUR original attraction?
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    Re: Your Original Attraction

    Great way to put armchair imagineers on the spot. This should be interesting.

    The only ride for Disney I've ever fantasized was a "Tinkerbell's Flight" high speed roller coaster in the dark as you follow Tink through london and neverland. Think Space Mountain only instead of stars there would be projections of Peter and the darlings and some scenic set-ups.

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    Re: Your Original Attraction

    Magma Mountain... 'nuff said.

    I don't want to ruin anything, because we all know that when I someday end up getting a job as an Imagineer this will come into existence.

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    Re: Your Original Attraction

    I think a "Cave of Wonders" would be fun.

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    Re: Your Original Attraction

    I had an idea based on actual science... though the queue for the ride captured peoples attention far more than the attraction itself which actually was rather flattering.
    http://micechat.com/forums/disneyland-resort/116856-mycroft-presents-armchair-imagineering-idea.html

    I've also toyed with an idea for an entire theme park based on the elements (earth, air, water, fire) and having major attractions where the lands meet that blend them together as well as element specific attractions. The park draws heavily on steampunk and retro-futuristic design.
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    Re: Your Original Attraction

    Heh too hard to summarize here given the in-depthness, but please see these threads:

    Adventureland walkthrough:
    Adventureland Jungle Ruins Walkthrough

    DCA Redwoods Cryptzoological Museum:
    DCA Concept: Redwood Creek Museum of Monsters
    when the spooks have a midnight jamboree....

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    Re: Your Original Attraction

    I always thought a quick tunnel ride a la the gummy bears cartoon would be a good one.
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    Re: Your Original Attraction

    ^^ Used to have the Motorboat Cruise to Gummi Glen for a VERY short time. From what I recall it was largely plywood cutouts and flats.

    Our revels now are ended. These our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits and Are melted into air, into thin air: And, like the baseless fabric of this vision, The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff As dreams are made on, and our little life Is rounded with a sleep. mycroft16 on Twitter

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    Re: Your Original Attraction

    I took a theme park design course at a prestigious art school a while back that was instructed by a member of the WDI R&D team. The assignment he greenlighted me to create was essentially Fire Mountain.... though I named it Kilauea to keep it 'non-disney'.

    Date of creation: 2002
    ride type: thrill ride roller coaster inside a volcano
    location where I imagined it built: Adventureland WDW

    Story: a team of explorers discovered an 'inactive' volcano and build a series of mine car tracks to explore the many caverns and see the magma formations. They sell tickets to tourists to help fund the dig.

    While exploring the formations, you come across a sculpture that resembles Pele, the goddess of volcanoes and fire. Your car comes to a stop and the place starts to rumble.

    Lava bursts through the wall where the Pele structure is... simultaneously as the track you're on shifts over to another track... and you fall perilously backwards through all types of volcanic activity.

    You slow to a stop while the switch track ahead of you changes and then your coaster begins to move forward through the rest of the attraction and through the climatic room full of fire and lava and escape just in the nick of time.


    Kilauea is the most active volcano on Earth.

    Expedition Everest opened in 2006. Four years after I turned in my switch track concept. Coincidence that their next coaster had that neat switch track idea? More than likely just a coincidence. But still, I'm satisfied that I turned in something that would more or less become reality in some shape or form.

    The last time that happened was with my concept for a flying coaster I did in 1992 in my spare time. Stealth was the first large scale flying coaster to open in the States, in Northern California in 2000.


    I should dig through my old doodles to see if i can find something else and patent it already!


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    Re: Your Original Attraction

    Not to be a kill-joy, but the Tink coaster (while good) and the Gummi Bears thing go against the OP. The OP mentioned "no character-related attractions".

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    Re: Your Original Attraction

    I'm working on some semi-developed ideas, but I'd say my earliest concept is a majestic, scenically beautiful attraction based on Walt Disney's classic 'Bambi' called Bambi's Forest Adventure. 'Bambi' is truly one of my favorite Disney films, not to mention it is legendary and highly beloved, but it has no representation in the park. It was mainly its absence that inspired me to start dreaming up what an indoor 'Bambi' ride would be like.

    To put it very basically: the facade is a modestly-sized grassy hill with rocks all around it. There's a fallen tree with 'Bambi's Forest Adventure' carved into it that arches over a cave opening. Friend Owl is perched on top of a tree on top of the hill moving his head around, looking at different people and occasionally speaking to them (maybe use the same technology as Mr. Potato Head). You enter the cave and wind through the queue, which is basically all contained inside this mossy cave. The loading area is the largest part of the cave - you can see sunlight coming from up ahead, where the cave opens back up into the forest. Once you board your vehicle (will most likely have that wooden, hand-carved look with Flower & Thumper on it), you approach the "exit" to the cave (which is really the "entrance" to the ride). Your transition to the first scene is much like the Pooh ride, but instead of the cutouts moving away from you on a hinge, they'll be moving straight into the walls at different speeds to simulate the effect of a multiplane camera.

    You are gracefully ushered into the first scene which is a huge forest, complete with a graceful waterfall, towering redwoods, and grassy meadows. Up ahead, a new Prince has just been born. Of course, it is Bambi. From here, you are ushered from scene to scene as we watch the peaceful animals of the forest interact with each other and act out snipets from the 'Bambi' film. A few showstopping scenes would involve Bambi and Thumper sliding across a frozen lake, a gentle rain set to "Little April Showers", the meeting of Flower in...well, flowers, and the climax which sets you in the middle of the forest ablaze.

    It will be very tame physically, and will be reminiscent of the Fantasyland dark rides except on a more grandiose scale. Still working many kinks out, but that's the idea more-or-less.

    EDIT: Wow, I feel stupid, I forgot this was supposed to be an original idea. I have one I'm working on but it's very primitive right now, I will share at another time. I'm all for pushing more original attractions.

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    Re: Your Original Attraction

    Kelani River Mining Co. If I told you more, I'd have to kill you!
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    Re: Your Original Attraction

    Quote Originally Posted by anziodogface View Post
    Not to be a kill-joy, but the Tink coaster (while good) and the Gummi Bears thing go against the OP. The OP mentioned "no character-related attractions".
    Good point. My mistake I read the OP wrong.
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    Long, involved answer(s); if you have the attention span of a gnat, please pass right on by... No Offense taken!

    I think that the ONE, original, non-Character-based attraction created for DCA - Soarin' Over California - is an example of what Disney Imagneering came do - when given the support; it is (and will remain for some time) brilliant.

    Part 1:
    While DCA was being built, my parents still lived less than a mile from the Resort, so we would drive by every other weekend and watch the progress of the New Park Next Door. One of the sights that got my imagination stimulated was watching Grizzly Peak rise above the construction, and - knowing that it was going to be a white water rafting attraction - I just knew that it was going to have that "Disney Imagineering Magic" built right into it! I pictured the attraction starting off just like it does - heck just like the Magic Mountain version from 25 years ago - and I expected the ride at some time to take a "Disney Twist"...

    ...down a not too severe drop into a dark cave, where you feel the mist as the raft splashes, slows, and come to a halt (on a huge conveyer belt - the first of a series of conveyers that move you about the inside of the 'mountain') and you find yourself in a woodland, a Spring pastoral AA-laden Real Life Adventure of fawns, cubs, families of skunks, racoons, possums, etc; lush and beautiful, smelling of wildflowers, hearing the buzzing of bees and the sounds of Nature - with nothing "man-made" in sight. As Spring gives way to Summer and Fall, the animals all grow and become increasingly interested in the 'interlopers' drifting past, until as the skies darken and snow covers the scenes you encounter elk butting their great racks of antlers against each other and a full sized grizzly, on his hind legs, teeth bared, hot breath practically right in front of you!

    ... and your raft suddenly pitches you out and over a crest, and you've left the interior of the attraction (which had gradually been lifting you throughout the inner portion of the ride) and back out into the "real" exterior as you are now ready to go down the final drop and back into civilization!

    Imagine just how crestfallen I was to find: no "interior", no AAs, no story, no imagination, no surprise, nothing to distinguish this "New!" attraction from its predecessors at Knotts or Six Flags. Still...

    Part 2:
    My idea for the Wharf area of DCA: Perhaps too closely linked to the Pirates of the Caribbean (for its own good), I've always wanted to see an attraction based on San Francisco - from the Gold Rush to the 1906 Earthquake. Gliding across a darkened bay, the sound of water lapping against the huge bows of wooden ships that we pass beneath - their mast heads and jibs jutting above us, the great masts outlined against the moon, the sounds of dancehall music and drunken laughter echoing across the water, the lights of the City by the Bay off in the far distance... the fog rolls in, engulfs our boat, and we are suddenly in the Gold Rush hey day of San Francisco: steep streets veer up from us at every angle, offering us scenes of miners buying their equipment, Miner 49-ers heading out in search of the Mother Lode (or having one last campfire dance to the sound of banjos and harmonicas - with one or two burly woman literally being the "Belles of the Ball"!), immigrants plying their trades, foreign languages coming from everywhere, laundry strung up across the 'street' on which we travel, merchant seamen and world travelers encountering saloons and dance hall girls (and some of the more 'seedy' elements of that time) to the tunes of pianos tinkling and fights breaking out just behind the lit doors what we pass, the boon of architecture and transportation: horses, bicycles, rickshaws, motor cars, cable cars; the change of fashion - and culminating in the Great Quake: the city reduced to rubble, bricks and broken steaming pipes (and dreams) and smoke. I picture the last scene being a beautiful woman, face dirtied and hair mussed (but otherwise still in period clothing, a la Jeanette McDonald) singing "San Francsico!" to cheer the injured and those tending to them, the outline of the city in ruin behind her, and as we turn away from this last scene, we see the skyline continue, and realize that it is actually the current recognizable silouette of the current San Francisco - still a century away!

    The ride system is unimportant to me: I picture it being via boats, as in 'Pirates', as the city is so closely tied to the ocean on all three sides, but a trackless system over dry land is OK by me - I will leave it to the Imagineering guys to decide. Perhaps I just loved the old World of Motion and Horizon attractions in EPCOT so much (and now that they are gone...), I wanted a 'west coast version' of our own.
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    Re: Your Original Attraction

    Jungle Mountain Caravan Canoes. Water flume mountain with dangerous twists and turns.

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