That's where I think we differ in opinion. I'd want something more like the Country Bears as opposed to America Sings. To me, that ride system was put in place for The Carousel of Progress witch emphasized the unique ride system by incorporating it into the story("most carousels just go round and round without getting anywhere, but on this one, at every turn we'll be making progress"). Going off of the concept of America Sings(having never actually experienced it in person), the old Carousel of Progress ride system seemed to have little to do with the show. Also, you can have a rotating center stage without another audience behind to allow AA changes.Hi pianoman,
I guess my question basically boils down to, why do you think the rotating show makes it more complicated? To my mind, it seems like the ideal way to present multiple performers (which I think is essential to keep it interesting) in the most stylistically straightforward way: one singer performs, then another takes the stage. Without the rotary mechanism, you'd need to have AA's in different places--like Country Bear Jamboree, where you have characters on balconies, the stage, the wall, the ceiling--which makes it MORE complicated from a story-telling point of view.
And that ride system takes up a huge footprint and it's very distinctive from the outside. Even if you were to make it look like a normal building on the outside with rectangular edges, it would have to be a lot larger to encompass the circular ride system inside, and that's getting to the point where it's a waste of space. No matter how awesome or elaborate it could be, I think that giving that much space to a show is over doing it a little. I could however see it being like the country bears with a lot of different elements up and around the theater, plus, that adds interest to the show as opposed to it just being one area that you're looking at the whole time. I know that capacity would be impressive with a rotating theater, I'm just not convinced that it would be necessary.
This sounds great, I'm just not sold on the rotating theater.I think the scale is similar to the other classic Disney AA shows. I feel it's significant that it's not just a big band concert--it's a big band concert in the tumult of WWII (and the script & ambient action would play that aspect up). Capturing the zeitgeist of that era was a major priority for me in the design, and I think it "raises the stakes" a bit as far as the scale of the attraction.
Sometimes I'm confused by my own vagueness . Anyways, I guess what I mean by "general elaborateness" is the rotating theater taking up a lot of space. Definitely not that I don't like detail, that's always a good thing.I really do appreciate the feedback you've given, and I hope you don't mind that I'm still a bit confused as to what you're getting at in some places. I guess I'm not quite understanding what you refer to as the "general elaborateness," but if you could clarify I'd be happy to toss some ideas around about how things fit together. Thanks for your thoughts all the same!