I know this is long, so if you'd like to skim over the details, I've underlined the main points and put them in red…
I'd like to share an idea for an E-ticket Audio Animatronics show for the Condor Flats area. In this concept, I aim to:
1. Place Condor Flats during WWII, to give it a more intriguing story and to celebrate this period in California history.
2. Establish Condor Flats as its own land with a unique identity, rather than the window-dressing around Soarin'.
3. Include this area in the new goal for the park to share the story of Walt Disney's experiences in California.
4. Provide an immersive & entertaining opportunity to let guests slow down on their DLR experience, and provide DCA with some depth by offering a variety of pacing in its E-tickets.
5. Re-imagine a beloved Yesterland attraction by drawing on source material that has proven its staying-power.
6. Realize one of Walt's concepts for his park that has not yet been incorporated.
7. Provide DCA with a sought-after dining location, taking the Blue Bayou concept of in-attraction themed dining to a new level.
8. Create an original show & story, that subtly incorporates classic Disney characters in the most historically accurate and thematically appropriate way to be found in this park.
So, without further ado, I give you:
I guess it should be fairly obvious at this point which classic Yesterland attraction is the inspiration...
America Swings! would use the concept of the rotating theater to take you to a USO Lounge at an air force base for an all-star concert for the officers and servicemen & women at the Condor Flats base:
The attraction would use the area of the current Taste Pilot's grill, like so:
This is scaled for the maximum possible size of 142 feet in diameter (slightly smaller than the original Carousel Theater). This would narrow the path somewhat, but as I'm rather partial to intimate walkways, I think this is all for the best. It's not a portion of the parade corridor so it shouldn't be a problem. Here is a panoramic mock-up of the full structure:
Elevators are on either side of the stairs for accessibility, and the lower-level doors are exits. It's largely based on Hickam Air Force Base (which--I know, I know--is in Hawaii, but I couldn't find a CA base of the time period that would accommodate the size & shape of the show building) since I found it offered the perfect look of art-deco-meets-military-might for a romanticized view of this time period. For the purposes of this show & Condor Flats theming as a whole, this building would be the administrative headquarters of the base, in which the USO took some available space and dressed it up into a swing-dance lounge. Soarin', next door, would have its exterior distressed to resemble a wartime hangar (on the left of the rendering).
The main show mechanism would be the reverse of the original America Sings!, in that the audience would remain stationary while the stage of Audio-Animatronic performers would rotate (a curtain would of course lower at these points):
The entrance would be on the second floor with the queue, reception area for the restaurant, and elevators down to the show floor:
The next posts deal with details of the attraction. They are:
Theater & storyline
Thanks for reading about America Swings!