So now that Little Mermaid is here, and Radiator Springs Racers, albiet a darkride/E-Ticket hybrid is coming next year...
What do you think should be the next dark ride at the resort?
I still think DCA needs 1 or 2 more. And I still think a relocation of Monsters Inc. is in order as it does not fit thematically where it currently sits. Hollywoodland is ripe to get a new version of The Great Movie ride, but completely re-designed from it's Florida counterpart. Here's my vision...
Call it The Great Movie Ride: Disney Legacy
Featuring scenes only from Disney's live-action library (maybe including some Touchstone movies). Fill it with elaborate pyro and water effects - depending on the scenes from the movies used. The ride would maybe go something like this...
Scene 1: Riders com face to face with a famous Disney pirate - no, not Jack Sparrow - Long John Silver. Would be great to see a good animatronic sculpted accurately to Robert Newton, and to hear his voice.
Transition scene - maybe a seaside cave with storm sounds coming from an open ocean scene...
Scene 2: The Nautilus, Ned Land, and the giant squid! Use some elaborate water effects here.
Scene 3: featuring Davey Crockett. Not sure if to have him at the Alamo or a scen from River Pirates
Scene 4: Darby O'Gill and the Little People maybe? Make the Leprechauns full size, but put a giant set of feet beside them that belong to Darby.
Scene 5: For uniqueness, since the movie was shot in black and white, have this scene in black and white - Fred MacMurray flying his Model T.
Scene 5: Mary Poppins of course!
Scene 6: Either Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Witch Mountain, Apple Dumpling Gang, or Pete's Dragon
Scene 7: The Black Hole - Maximillian meat grinding Norman Bates... or the giant fireball ripping thru the ship.
Scene 8: Dragonslayer - Peter MacNicol against a big dragon. Use some great pyro effects in this scene
Scene 9: TRON & TRON Legacy - A nod to the old lightcycle tunnel on the Peoplemover maybe? Need an appearance by the Dude of course.
Scene 10: The Rocketeer - It's California Adventure so Cliff Secord is automatically in this attraction.
Scene 11: National Treasure franchise - Ben Gates and family overlooking a giant room full of treasure? Look, it's a giant green man.
Scene 12: Enchanted - one of the musical numbers
As I said in the first scene description - acurate sculpts of the actors' faces would be needed to really be a high-point of this ride, unlike Indiana Jones.
As fot transition scenes for the earlier movies, would be cool to include clips featuring Walt when he was promoting the movies.
Additional scenes: maybe one based on Dick Tracy since it was originally supposed to have an attraction in DCA. Maybe Who Framed Roger Rabbit perhaps?
Since this attraction would require a big foot print, a multi-level building (maybe 3 stories) could be utilized - with ride vehicles making their way up and down between levels. Make it more kinetic than your average 1-story dark ride.
As for the ride vehicle - come up with something new, like Harry Potter in Florida. have it go faster in the transition scenes, slower in the show scenes, and make the vehicles interact with the scenes. As for capacity, 6 to 8 people maybe?
I know I'm not the only one that has brought it up countless of times that the park could use a new version of the Great Movie Ride, but this is how I envision it to be. If they come up with something like this, it could be DCA's much needed dark-ride/animatronic/E-ticket.
PS: Notice I didn't include Jack Sparrow? He has his own ride.