We just got back from a one day trip to Disneyland yesterday. We didn't go to DCA because of time (coming from San Diego) and while I was in the park, I was thinking about comments someone made on this forum regarding how Ariel's Undersea Adventure will be a legitimate solid D+ ride DCA has beeen missing. I starting analyzing, as I walked around DL with my family, why I love that park so much. It's not just the E-tickets which get me going, and of course the personal touch from Walt doesn't hurt, but the really good D ticket rides are what give that park it's "meat". Most of the Disneyparks around the world, have E-tickets but how many of them have really really good D ticket attractions??
One of the most loved is Haunted Masion at DL and the Magic Kingdom. Mystic Manor is going to fill that niche at the Hong Kong park eventually, according to Disney. If AUA is one of those solid D tickets at DCA, I think expansion part deux should include a Mystic Manor counterpart stateside to Hong Kong's version. I think the area between TOT and Carsland would be perfect for it. Build out a nice hillside leading over into Carsland with MM right next door to TOT. I think the look of MM will compliment TOT's facade and act as a transition between Hollywoodland and the natural look of Carsland. Plus it will be one more solid D-ticket to fill out DCA as they continue to reimagine this park into a true Disney theme park.
I really would love to take an adventure through that magical mansion they want to build in Hong Kong and I believe they can bring it over to Hollywoodland and it would fit right in.
What are your thoughts? Am I off base here or do we have a great reason for Disney to maximize their investment in MM by using it in another park here in the U.S.??
Here is a proposed storyline:
Imagine something like the Magic Castle (in hollywood) The World Famous Hollywood Magic Castle.
Have you seen this thing?:
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It looks like it would fit in with this park very well, especiall after the renovation of Hollywoodland.
Possible Storyline: A formerly famous magician at the turn of the century, down on his luck after having his best illusions stolen, revamped and used by his archrival....in desperation to regain his noteriety and fame travels to an unknown island in the Carribean to find a sacred talisman. It is rumored to bring the possessor knowledge and power over the physical world we live in....enabling the ability to make things disappear and reapper, or the wearer himself to do the same. The magician decides he needs this talisman so he can claim the title of greatest magician and illusionist of all time.
The magician finds the talisman with the help of a local tracker, who the magician promises to take with him to America, once they have the idol in their possession. They find the talisman in the hands of a feared voodoo witch doctor, and through an elaborate scheme, they steal it and escape into the night. The witch doctor, enraged by this casts a spell and curses whomever possesses the stolen talisman and anything connected with it. By direct contact or through any means the talisman is used to give the bearer wealth, power, health, or any other benefit, a curse will be cast that person and all connections to him.
Unaware of the curse, the magician uses the talisman's power to create amazing and unheard of new illusions, causing him to enseat his rival as the greatest illusionist in all the world and thus aiding in his acquiring his vast wealth. With this newfound power, he builds the Manor and begins to travel around the world, collecting artifacts in order to possess the power any of them may contain. Some items are no more than mere figureheads and decorative while a rare few actually have a bit of power which he harnesses to supplement his skills in magic and illusion.
Eventually, the magician is inquired to invest in a hotel which is to be built down the hill from his mansion. He eventually decides to do so, but on the condition of anonymity which is granted. The hotel is very successful until that fateful night when tragedy struck....and the Hollywood Tower Hotel, becomes the Hollywood Tower of Terror...no one dared stay within it's walls again.
Since the magician's fame, wealth, the manor and the Hotel were obtained by possession of this talisman, they all become cursed by it....the Magician mysteriously disappeared and his manor fell into disrepair. Years later his great nephew takes over the house and in order to afford the upkeep, he turns it into a museum. Over the years, strange occurances have been reported at the manor but it remains open to daring guests who bravely or foolishly continue to visit the grounds to see for themselves what exists within the walls of the house on the hill and run the risk of falling prey to the curse of the talisman themselves...