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    Post An Expansion of the Disneyland Resort (HUGE)

    Beautification is a word that can signify many a thing. One may undergo the process of beautification by putting on makeup in the morning, getting their hair done, or shopping for a prom dress. Others may experience it via a change in heart, feeling a first-hand touch of kindness or compassion. Then there are theme parks; Disney theme parks. Disney theme parks in particular are constantly undergoing changes and additions, a true testament to Walt Disney's classic quote of "Disneyland never being complete, as long as their is imagination left in the world." I for one believe that it is safe to say that imagination is left in the world. You just have to look for it.

    Disneyland Park is the original theme park experience centered around fun for the whole family, portals to different lands and times present all throughout the park, taking guests from the dark jungles of Africa in one moment and taking them to the American frontier another. Before the advent of Disney World in Florida, there was no other place in the world where one could travel to the moon or travel back in time to the Golden Age of Piracy via falling down a waterfall. No one had ever been bold enough to explore a haunted plantation home infested with 999 ghosts. And no one certainly had certainly ever traveled the jungle rivers of the world in a matter of minutes. Everything about Disneyland was pure magic, and the magic would always begin through a set of tunnels passing beneath a line of railroad tracks, past attraction-advertising posters, and onto the fresh pavement and beautiful architecture of Main Street, U.S.A., everyone's American hometown at the turn-of-the-century.

    Intended to be a recreation of Walt Disney's hometown of Marceline, Missouri, Main Street undergoes a complete beautification process with new paint, new landscaping, fresh pavement, and a general brightening of the buildings, the fanciful gingerbread-trim and varying-in-size buildings more prominent and colorful than ever. The smell of sugar continues to be pumped to the air, new eco-friendly lampposts illuminating the streets at night to compliment the new eco-friendly bulbs lighting up Main Street's signage and decor at night. As in the days of old, items unique and specific to each shop are carried by each of Main Street's shops, with the exception of the Emporium which serves as the park's mini-rendition of Downtown Disney's World of Disney Store, though themed to an early department store than a character-filled hoedown. The traditional window displays lining the Emporium's exterior are redone to match scenes from the latest Disney (or Pixar) release, a special sneak peek for anxious movie-goers. Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln has unfortunately been suffering from low attendance lately and is scheduled to now play sneak peeks of upcoming Disney features rather than a speech by Mr. Lincoln. As somewhat of a purist, I'm a bit neutral on the subject. Although the concept of playing sneak peeks might sound good, it seems like a quick-fix and an excuse to remove Lincoln. So...this concept will alternate. From now on, Mr. Lincoln will only play during the extremely busy months, particularly in the summer when guests want to escape the heat. On the Fourth of July, a special celebration of American independence and history will be held at the Opera House, featuring the Voices of Liberty, special presentations, an exhibit of historic artifacts, and of course a presentation by Mr. Lincoln. To further celebrate America's heritage, the Main Street Electrical Parade makes its triumphant return to its rightful place, still celebrating America in its red, white, and blue finale. The Parade itself has undergone a decent overhaul to become more vivid, more colorful, and even expanded. Such expansions include a brand-new Cheshire Cat float, a jungle-themed unit featuring The Jungle Book and The Lion King, the return of the Dumbo unit, and a new Tick-Tock Crocodile float, plus much more. Joining the revived nighttime venue is a brand-new fireworks show to top the remarkable Remember...Dreams Come True. As for that show is, you'll just have to wait and see as it is not yet finished. Seasonal fireworks available to be seen by all guests takeover on the Fourth of July, during Christmas, and Halloween respectively. A smaller-scale daytime parade will also be featured. More on that later as well.

    Over at the Main Street Cinema, things are a bit different. From now on, the cartoon short premieres of each member of the Fab Five play, all in black and white, each one separated by old Disney movie trailers done in crackling black and white with muffled sound. Aside from that, the beautification, a new electronic wait time board, and the shop-specific items, the rest of Main Street is left generally untouched. The always beautiful Sleeping Beauty Castle is given a new paint job and a new moat. The moat is no longer a murky green (meaning the moat is cut off from Frontierland and Adventureland's entry-lakes), but a crystal-clear blue, very much like a Hawaiian beach. Beautiful fountains erupt on either side of the bridge. Amongst the beautiful foliage running along the shore, tiny lawn ornaments depicting cutesy woodland creatures (including Bambi and Thumper if one looks hard enough) lurk about, matching the style of Snow White Grotto's sculptures. Snow White's haunting rendition of "I'm Wishing" echoes from the well and all the way into nearby Pixie Hollow. Circling around the Hub, we head straight towards Adventureland, the first stop on our Disneyland adventure.

    More to come!
    Theatrical Roles: Various Roles (The Laramie Project), Fred (Oklahoma!), Oberon (Shakespeare in Hollywood), Hero (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), Valere (The Miser), Moonface Martin (Anything Goes), Thenardier/Laborer/Army Officer/Ensemble (Les Miserables), Franz (The Sound of Music), Tobias Ragg (Sweeney Todd), Tinman (The Wiz), Elles Dad/Winthrop/Ensemble (Legally Blonde), William Barfee/Leaf's Dad/Jesus Christ (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Fiddler on the Roof (Rabbi), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Muff Potter/Ensemble), Shrek the Musical (Lord Farquaad)

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    Re: An Expansion of the Disneyland Resort (HUGE)

    Alright ideas but where is the expansion you are talking about? The title of the thread says an EXPANSION IDEA but I have yet to see what type of expansion you are doing for the resort. This Main Street idea has no expansion to it. You are only listing the things that are already done on a routine basis. Where are your great ideas? I thought there was going to be more than that. No offense but this post was kind of a let down.

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    Re: An Expansion of the Disneyland Resort (HUGE)

    Quote Originally Posted by WDW1971 View Post
    Alright ideas but where is the expansion you are talking about? The title of the thread says an EXPANSION IDEA but I have yet to see what type of expansion you are doing for the resort. This Main Street idea has no expansion to it. You are only listing the things that are already done on a routine basis. Where are your great ideas? I thought there was going to be more than that. No offense but this post was kind of a let down.
    The OP said there was more to come.
    Anyways, nice ideas.

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    Re: An Expansion of the Disneyland Resort (HUGE)

    Thanks, frollofan. WDW1971, there is more to come. I'm doing this in parts so I don't go blind from looking at the computer screen for hours on end haha. Not that I don't do that already, but...yeah, there's more to come!

    ---------- Post added 08-13-2012 at 11:53 AM ----------

    In addition to my last post, I should mention that the expansion plans will come in later. Most of this huge project comes from refurbishments and remodels to the lands, classic attractions, and the addition of several new attractions, some of them huge, others not-so-much. Now, I'll be covering Adventureland.


    Human skulls and bizarre oceanic masks and totems adorn the Polynesian-influenced entrance to Adventureland, a tropical wonderland of nature's own design. An eerie feeling overcomes brave guests as the echo of pre-1935 big band music emit from deep within the visible jungle colony. Mixing with the music comes the drumming and horn-blowing of Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room, a Polynesian paradise held within the confines of an enchanted hut inhabited with a practical army of tropical birds, enchanted flowers, and colorful tikis. In a celebration of music and song, the birds sing words and the flowers croon, with chanting war tikis, a glistening fountain, and a dazzling thunderstorm. To coincide with the recent restoration of Florida's Tiki Room, several new effects are added to the show, including gorgeous new backdrops of a distant island illuminated by a purple sunset shown in the windows, realistic hurricane-like effects projected onto the window scenes, a new lighting setup and 3D sound system, and most importantly, a remodel for each and every last animatronic. Not only do the animatronics have fluid, almost realistic movements, but they have also been rid of their perpetual clacking when singing and moving. With all being said and done, the Enchanted Tiki Room is more bright and vivid than ever before. To coincide with it all, the tiki gods and goddesses in the exterior garden are refurbished with new lighting, paint, and sound, joined by the covering of the Jolly Holiday Bakery's roof which can clearly be seen from the waiting area. To better enhance the attraction's popularity, a new barker bird will make his home on the Adventureland mainland, right next to the attraction's exit (to lure in guests entering from the other side of Adventureland). The boater and bowtie-wearing parrot sings, chats, and laughs with guests, urging them to head on over to Hawaii and experience the magic and wonder of music. Lurking in the small murky stream below are two new details: a pair of human skulls on a tiny wooden plank, a small but intriguing detail.


    Replacing Aladdin's Oasis is the Adventurer's Club, Adventureland's premiere dining location. Resembling the architecture of the neighboring boathouse, the Adventurer's Club is a counter service restaurant filled to the brim with rare and bizarre artifacts from all over the world. Black and white photographs of old expeditions, ancient fossils, cursed idols (including DisneySea's evil Shiriki Utundu), and a guest book signed by countless famous adventurers are all present here, the latter-mentioned idol occasionally opening its eyes and shifting around before cackling and closing its eyes. Other artifacts come to life likewise, of course in their own respective ways, very much like the original Club at Walt Disney World. An outdoor eating deck overlooks the nearby Jungle Cruise's return to civilization, similar to how the Hungry Bear overlooks the Rivers of America. The Jungle Cruise itself also undergoes a refurbishment, just as many other classics found in the park.


    The now-classic boathouse continues to stand tall over the mainland, moss and vines now growing up and down the British-built structure. Over towards the exit of the boathouse rests a war shield hung by duel spears and composed of an animal hide. In crude red lettering read the words "The Jungle Cruise," hung above the pathway of exiting riders. Close to the exit is a fishing net filled with human skulls stuck in a perpetual grimace. If one looks close enough they can read a small piece of paper near the net reading "Remains of Congo Connie: Discovered on October 5, 1932. No Survivors. Skulls Found Near Cannibal Country. Memorial Service Held on October 5, 1932. Memorial Service Crashed by Leopard. No Survivors. Memorial Service Held on October 6, 1932. Eaten But Not Forgotten." Entering the boathouse, we find that it has been completely remodeled. Although much of the usual photographs, artifacts, and details on display, many new details have joined the mix, including new time-appropriate advertisements painted on the exterior walls, worn from rain, chipped, and fading. Upstairs, piranhas held in jars and a small "conservatory" filled with man-eating plants (one of them opens its mouth to reveal an eye that quickly shifts around and focuses on one guest before closing) are present, another detail being a collection of bizarre, seemingly unrealistic insects on display behind glass. Vines and ropes drape from the rickety ceiling, seldom holes of different sizes peering through the ceiling, letting some natural light (and possibly some raindrops) into the old building. As always, the boathouse path leads down to the loading area where bumpers, moors, and boat-netting have been added just recently. New to the loading area is an airplane landing in the watery inlet across from the dock, Indiana Jones' biplane ("C-3PO") resting on the water, a small shack and dock nearby. The foliage surrounding the landing and every other portion of the Jungle Cruise jungle has been expanded upon and densened, creating an "endless jungle" effect and better yet, a barrier from all sights that shouldn't be seen by boats, particularly the back of Main Street which can clearly be seen from the headhunter village, especially at night. The new foliage should take care of this problem. Boarding a boat and departing to the jungle, riders are greeted on hot days by a delightful mist, a new man-made jungle canopy draping above the boats (very similar to the canopy found in WDW and TDL's JC), covered in pink and yellow flowers with giant butterflies and curious toucans lurking along the shoreline. Like the Tiki Room and several other refurbished attractions, a 3D sound system has been added with speakers placed in various vantage points, each playing crystal-clear audio of the current JC sound effects and brand-new sound effects to boot, all played at different volumes. With this in action, it seems as if the jungle is literally devouring boats and surrounding them on all sides.


    The Cambodian Ruins are completely reconfigured and considerably replaced in theming. Gone is the current setting of nothing more than a Bengal tiger and some cobras. In its place is the remains of an ancient city sunken by a devastating earthquake. Some playful orangutans have taken up residence in the wreckage, having opened a humongous stone vault filled with centuries-old treasure, goofing around with the glistening riches. Crocodiles lurking precariously close to the boats, slowly poke out from the surface, giving a delighted groan before sinking back down. The most memorable sight here is the sprawled-out body of a sleeping Bengal tiger. From a top a low-hanging tree branch is an orangutan wielding a large golden gauntlet, raising it high above the sleeping tiger's head. Near the tiger's tail on the other side is another orangutan, ready to grab the tiger's tail. Every now and then the tiger's eyes open as he (or she) unleashes a loud snore before putting his (or her) head back down and falling back asleep. Some giant jungle spiders on their webs and a snapping crocodile welcome riders to the Sacred Bathing Pool of the Indian Elephants where the usual family of elephants take a bath. Other than the expanded jungle foliage and some new sound effects, the only thing new are the animatronics which have been retooled and freshened to rid of any wear or tear from years of sitting in water. Moving past the usual Indian bull elephant, the boats are treated to a glimpse of the tiger from earlier. It seems as if the orangutans have had a successful prank: the tiger, who is MUCH too close for comfort to the boats wears the same golden gauntlet upside down on his (or her) head and his (or her) tail has been tied to a nearby tree. The unseen orangutans can be heard "laughing" somewhere in the rustling bushes, the poor tiger roaring and growling in confusion, unable to decipher what has happened. More monkey mischief occurs just down the river and across continents in Africa (the Congo River) where a group of gorillas have taken over a safari camp. Nearly all of the camp has been refurbished and reconfigured, the animatronics freshened and the surrounding bushes densened. The overturned jeep relocates to a tree to the opposite side of the camp, now crashed into a tree and split down the middle from the impact. In place of the jeep is a new tent attached to the old tent, this tent containing a large hammock swinging back and forth. Resting within the hammock is a large silver back gorilla with his monster hands behind his head, his eyes closed, his mouth opened, and cheerful grunts emitting from his vocal chords. A book entitled "Gorillas and How to Deal with Them" rests upside down on his belly while his "wife," nags at him from a top a nearby dynamite crate, raising her arms and grunting angrily at her lazy mate. The original gorillas get some costume changes, the gorilla trying on a hat now wearing a skirt and tie, the gorilla looking into the gun wearing a pith helmet, and the gorilla holding the baby now holding a large pair of red-and-white-polka-dotted underwear. The baby she once held has moved over to the rope holding the hammock, swinging in time with the motion. Across the waterway is another tent, collapsed, covered in bullet holes, and seeming to be on fire, the result of the gorilla with the gun's poor aim. From inside the tent (a crude sign reading "WARNING: EXPLOSIVE CONTAINMENT. NO FIRES," hangs on a nearby tree) the shadow and crackling of flames are very evident, one or two explosive-filled crates sit outside the burning tent, a gas lantern foolishly placed upon a gunpowder barrel. A new animatronic, a braying pack mule setup in safari gear, stands near the burning tent braying angrily at the ape intruders, joined by a barking dog belonging to the safari group. As with the rest of the ride, the foliage has especially been thickened on this side due to the fact that the gorilla camp is very close in proximity to the Cambodian Ruins and loading area. If you listen close enough when in those scenes you can actually hear the explosions and screeching of the baboons (the baboons will stay).


    Moving past the invaded Safari Camp, boats pass a humorous battle between an angry gorilla and a snapping crocodile, an effect long-since missing from the attraction since 2005. New sound effects consisting of grunts from both animals are added in addition to two other crocodiles lurking in the waters across the way. Schweitzer Falls returns to its original glory, pouring down a thundering cascade rather than a tiny one. Turning onto the Nile River, riders find themselves in "Big Game Country," the home of some of the most feared animals in the jungle, including the African bull elephant. Suddenly the bushes begin to rustle on the left-hand side, seeming to chase the boat. As if from nowhere, a huge bull elephant emerges from the bushes, grunting in irritation as if to scare away the unwelcome riders. His lonesome mate appears across the way with their young baby. The supposed story here is that the male bull elephant is only trying to protect his family. The distressed trumpeting subdues into the sound of barking and other animal noises, a noisy echo to the untamed African Veldt. The humongous rocks now appear covered in moss and miniature trees, waterfalls of sides pouring down into the river, right near some curious water buffalo poking out of the surface. Their eyes peer to the west, leading us to witness a swarm of wild dogs, zebras, giraffes, and wildebeest all making lifelike movements while watching a family of ferocious lions dining on a zebra. The Pride Rock-like cavern has vacated the Veldt to make way for a more savanna-type setting, a feature from the olden days of this classic attraction. The main feast featured a trio of lionesses (one of the lionesses' tails being played with by two cubs) and a male boasting a beautiful mane. The male dines on the zebra with his face lowered, slowly lifting his head up, throwing his head back and unleashing a mighty roar before going back down to dine some more. Nearby, two lionesses fight over a zebra bone, another male and a female poking up from behind a thorn bush, each one holding a zebra leg in their mouth, ducking back down to poke back up and stare at the next boat. The Lost Safari remain relatively the same, although their movements have been improved, better matching the original Lost Safari scene as seen in the 60's.


    The Hippo Pool, now renamed to "Hippo Swamp" is a mist-filled swamp littered with reeds and a swampy jungle thicket. The hippopotami animatronics have much better fluid movement and general tuneups to take care of any issues caused by water or aging. Taking advantage of the mist and reeds, the appearances of the hippos is much more surprising and unexpected. Grunting sound effects emit from the hippos facing each other with open maws, also emitting from the "charging hippo" which actually charges the boats and gets in close proximity with them before sinking down in fear of the gunshots. Headhunter Territory, renamed "Cannibal Country," is a much more intense experience (as I mentioned before, the foliage is densened to hide the backside of Main Street). The cannibalistic natives are celebrating the kill of a large male lion hung upside down from a straw-thatched canopy also hosting various tools and cooking utensils obviously stolen from British explorers (in tribute to the cannibals seen in Dead Man's Chest, a powdered-wig can be seen on a skull placed on a table). The usual native chanting is hidden from earshot of the boats in Hippo Swamp, only heard prominently in Cannibal Country. Three tribal dancers wearing masks dance in circles wildly around a roaring campfire. Once night has fallen, the fire boasts ghostly images of the silhouettes of the natives hunting the lion, along with the appearance of wildlife roaming the plains peacefully) a Knott's Berry Farm Mystery Lodge-type effect. Human skulls impaled on bamboo poles join the traditional skulls found in the docked canoe (the canoe now rocks back and forth), the bamboo poles (which I also should mention are decorated in animal hides with painted war markings on them) turn into torches at night with burning flames. Off to the side of the three dancers are three non-masked-musicians pounding on two bongos and a rhinoceros horn-made trumpet, the three bouncing up and down with the music. The shield featuring the face of Mufasa from The Lion King on Broadway remains hidden outside one of the huts. Moving down the river, the attacking war party now consists of large shields implanted along the shore, joined by human skulls and war tikis hidden in the bushes. A masked-warrior hidden behind a shield quickly pokes his head out to get a glimpse of his prey, quickly going back into hiding. He shouts something angrily and sparks the entire row of shields (all with warriors who poke their heads out after his shouting) to launch a barrage of poison darts at boats, air blasts hitting riders and mini-geysers leaping from the water to simulate an attack. The sound of the darts hitting the boat can also be heard. In tribute to the original war party, a warrior simply wielding a spear and rising up from the bushes threateningly is seen near the end of the attack, right near the trip behind the backside of water.


    The Amazon scene changes from a piranha attack to an anaconda attack. A capybara and a pair of toucans look to the right-hand side at something moving in the water. As if from nowhere, a huge anaconda leaps from beneath the surface with a mighty screech, barely missing the boat. Moving quickly, the snake-like shape of the reptile moves in the water, full-on chasing riders, obviously hungry. Escaping the chase, the boats pass by the former home of the giant python and the water buffalo. In their place is a silent inlet. The skipper stops his or her boat, claiming that something is wrong with the engine. The problem is quickly revealed when the anaconda LEAPS out of the water with a mighty hiss and launches with open jaws towards the boat, the boat magically starting and just missing the giant snake. Trader Sam and his baby elephant Ellie continue to reside in their usual spot with a few changes. For starters, Sam once again wears his grinning mask, continuing to hold a basket and handful of shrunken heads. Ellie wears the exact same headdress that Sam is currently wearing, along with a necklace seeming to be composed of some kind of animal fangs. Joining Sam's inventory is a collection of painted skulls, tribal masks, a bongo, a broken umbrella, and some ancient idols. As mentioned earlier, the Adventurer's Club has an outdoor eating area on a dock overlooking the waterway. Thus finishing the new and improved world famous Jungle Cruise.


    Moving back to the Adventureland mainland, we find that an architectural remodel has been implemented to all the shops and restaurants. In lieu of the Adventurer's Club and the Jungle Cruise boathouse, the buildings have each become composed of weather-worn wood paneling and other makeshift features, unifying the land (with the exception of the Tiki Room and Tarzan's Treehouse) as India's Lost River Delta. Every last structure has been redone in the style mentioned, all of the shops given shop-specific items and two of the shops receiving new names. South Seas Traders becomes General Bamboo's Taste of Hawaii. Although a rather long and weird name for a shop, the story goes that General Bamboo, a British general and expansionist has traveled the world, his favorite place being Hawaii. When he heard of the the excavation of the Temple of the Forbidden Eye he immediately wanted to cash in on the surge in tourism by opening up a shop themed to his favorite place on earth, selling nothing but Hawaiian clothing and souvenirs. A portrait of the good general hangs above a dormant fireplace in the shop alongside a couple of ugly fish on plaques and some animal skulls and miniature tikis on the mantle. The Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost loses its current title and simply becomes the Archaeologist Outpost, only selling Indiana Jones merchandise, pith helmets, plastic swords, and pop-guns. Cap guns are sold at the Adventureland Bazaar. Another merchandise addition of note is the return of plastic skulls and shrunken heads to Tropical Imports. All of the volcanic rocks and other somewhat cartoonish elements in Adventureland are removed. In their place are small stone walls done in the same style and coloring of the Temple of the Forbidden Eye. The only place where the volcanic rocks aren't replaced by ruins is outside the bathrooms near the entrance. They are completely removed, replaced by a small fountain-like well. Bengal Barbecue remains in place with the nearby River Belle Terrace receiving a full-on facade remodel on the side facing Adventureland with wood paneling, moss, and a painted advertisement or two.


    Tarzan's Treehouse remains in place, albeit freshened a bit with general tuneups and new paint. Like the Jungle Cruise, Indiana Jones Adventure also undergoes a large-scale refurbishment, starting with the replacement of the volcanic rocks and leading right into the indoor portion of the queue. New lighting and new sound effects create a convincing atmosphere within the rotting temple walls, all of the old interactive elements restored completely. The only thing new in the queue are a few animatronic rats with glowing red-eyes lurking in the rafters and alcoves above the loading area. After boarding a jeep, riders find that the first major change occurs in the chamber once intended for a revolving trio of doors leading into the Hall of Promise. Since the effect tends to not work, only one door remains, the other two doors removed and the sides of the room redecorated. Seemingly endless chambers, gritty rockwork, broken-up mine tracks, abandoned mine cars filled with rocks, and some other mining quipment line either side of the jeep's path. Mara's ominous, booming voice welcomes guests to the Hall of Promise, the main door to the Hall of Promise lighting up in gold and opening into the Hall of Promise. The Hall of Promise is a combination of all the former effects to distinguish each treasure of Mara from one another. Now they are all represented here. The shimmering reflection of gold and riches project upon the walls and ceiling as if water, while actual water (the fountain of youth) trickles in brick-made streams on either side of the room. In place of the ceiling is a starry night sky with glistening stars, shooting stars, and other magical sights. The music is no longer here. Instead it has been replaced by the trickling of water droplets in a distant corner of the temple. Of course a foolish guest looks into the eyes of Mara and in an instant she begins to shout at the guests' mistake, sending them on a rapid turn into the Tunnel of Torment with the whole room lighting up blood-red. Everything in the Tunnel fo Torment is restored and seemingly new, lightning bolts continuing to surge through the walls with the cobra statues baring glowing green eyes with haunting black slit-like pupils. Perhaps it's a trick of the light, but it seems as if the eyes are actually following the jeeps' every move. The soundtrack returns into earshot here and continues on until the Mummy Chamber when it is silenced. An improved Indy animatronic appears smashed between the doors as usual, "Night on Bald Mountain"-style spirits and demons attempting to break through the vivid green dimension beyond the doors. Because the Indy animatronics are known for not baring any resemblance to Harrison Ford, the animatronic now features a face completely covered by the shadow of his fedora, adding a bit of mystery and intrigue. Is it really Indy? Or is it just a figment of imagination?


    Moving through the darkness and up the giant stairs, the Cavern of Bubbling Death appears up ahead, a geyser of flame erupting nearby, the mutated-face of the Mara statue unleashing a vortex of green lasers intended to create an explosive effect and a signal for the flames to go off. The Mummy Chamber mummies have more fluid movements and are rather eerie in new black-lighting, joined by new mummies and zombies. Popup ghosts similar to those found in the Haunted Mansion launch up from behind rocks with horrible shrieks, other mummies falling upside down from the ceiling, ready to claw onto guests' heads. Wheeling into the darkness of the Bug Room, the projections are now HD and projected upon actual physical 3D figures of bugs glued onto the walls. By projecting the fake bugs onto the 3D bugs, it actually seems as if actual bugs are moving on the wall. To boot, little mechanisms inside the jeep seats move up and down in a manner similar to It's Tough to be a Bug, making the illusion of bugs being inside the car. The air blasts are a bit more prominent to join the addition of large venomous spiders reeling down on webs from above, creating nasty screeches while moving. The soundtrack returns in the Bug Room and ends in the Snake Temple. The lava beneath the rickety suspension bridge is much more realistic and well-lit with full-on magma waterfalls slowly pouring into the lake of fire. The Snake Temple as mentioned is now silent with the exception of the hissing and heavy breathing of the massive cobra which has been completely redone with scarier eyes, larger fangs, a more intimidating tongue, and better yet, a quicker launch at the jeeps. Moving into the chamber filled with skulls (the official name of this section slips my mind), the giant looming spirit of Mara is brightened and given a new roar. Passing by huge boulders moving around in the stone walls (simulating an earthquake in a manner similar to Big Thunder), a new chamber has been added, a mossy-corridor of stone walls, human skeletons lining the way. At the end of the corridor the jeeps make a sudden stop, face-to-face with a statue of a large eye inscribed into the wall. Mara's laughter can be heard before a humongous smoke ball emits from the pupil of the eye and forces the jeeps to speed up and move into a Dart Corridor where 3D statues of skeletal warriors shoot powerful "poisoned-darts" at guests.


    Last but not least is the famous boulder scene. Indy (with a covered face once more) says his usual dialogue before a better-lit boulder (to hide any mechanisms) comes rolling forward. The same sequence occurs before the jeeps break through the mud and fall back down into the loading area. This time Indy better resembles the actual Indy, his face no longer hidden in shadow. His fluid movements and realistic appearance truly make the attraction a much more realistic and convincing adventure, and with that being said and done, Adventureland's remodel is complete.
    Theatrical Roles: Various Roles (The Laramie Project), Fred (Oklahoma!), Oberon (Shakespeare in Hollywood), Hero (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), Valere (The Miser), Moonface Martin (Anything Goes), Thenardier/Laborer/Army Officer/Ensemble (Les Miserables), Franz (The Sound of Music), Tobias Ragg (Sweeney Todd), Tinman (The Wiz), Elles Dad/Winthrop/Ensemble (Legally Blonde), William Barfee/Leaf's Dad/Jesus Christ (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Fiddler on the Roof (Rabbi), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Muff Potter/Ensemble), Shrek the Musical (Lord Farquaad)

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    Re: An Expansion of the Disneyland Resort (HUGE)

    New Orleans Square, Walt Disney's vision of the 18th Century Delta City remains practically the same with the exception of shop-specific items, general beautification, and major refurbishments for both Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion. Our rehab adventure will begin with Pirates of the Caribbean.


    To coincide with the architectural remodel of neighboring Adventureland, the side of the French Quarter manor house facing Adventureland will be draped in fanciful leaves and vines, jungle-like in appearance but also well-kept and tamed, a perfect thematic transition between lands. The other sides of the manor are left generally the same, save for some new paint to make the building to appear as if it has been aged by decades of rain, very much like Tokyo Disneyland's version of the attraction. Once inside, the major changes begin, for on the sandbar across the water, the talking parrot has vacated to make way for a screeching seagull a top a partially-submerged treasure chest. The massive treasure map is gone, in its place another, this map taken directly from the classic attraction pre-Jack Sparrow. Sprawled across this map in sparkling gold lettering is the title of the attraction, fading in and out, starting as blank paper and ending in glittering letters. A collection of other chests filled with glistening jewels and a shovel jammed into the ground all offer a glimpse of the adventure to come. Moving through the somewhat darkened Lafitte's Landing and into the loading area, guests are still greeted by Corey Burton's now-classic safety spiel. Directly following is the Blue Bayou which has undergone the first major changes. The night sky is darker than ever, continuing to boast rolling clouds. Even the water has been darkened to hide the occasionally visible bottom and make the waters seem endless in depth. The darker lighting provides a better setting for the restored fireflies whose suspension strings are no longer visible and an improved staging for the painted bayou on the wall, allowing it to seem real and actually present, not a 2D mural. A crate floats in the water near the rather hidden alligator, a flickering gas lantern on top of it. The dim light provides some illumination for the grinning lizard and an ominous glow for such a peaceful setting. As usual, the old man continues to rock back and forth on his porch, this time joined by a companion: an old hound dog. The droopy-eyed canine lays down peacefully, looking at passing guests and slowly wagging his tail. Also joining the old man are two new banjo tracks in addition to his current track, these tracks being tracks that were actually recorded but ultimately cut from the attraction before opening. An eerie blackness overwhelms guests as they approach the first drop, pass beneath the grinning Jolly Roger, fall down two drops, and end up right in Dead Man's Cove.


    Dead Man's Cove receives the first change in the grotto sequence, starting with the return of an old favorite: "No fear have ye of evil curses sez you..." Paul Fress' classic, chilling monologue echoes once more in the grotto, albeit in a different location, a perfect backdrop to the eerie sights of Dead Man's Cove. One feature present throughout the whole ride, especially in Dead Man's Cove is some undetermined tuneup that will keep the sides of the boat canal invisible to guests. Going into such a realistic setting and seeing the canal your boat is strapped to is very anti-climatic. Moving past the subsequent scenes which are untouched, the next change occurs in the Treasure Room where another bit of old dialog is returned: "Perhaps ye knows too much..." The haunting organ music of Davy Jones proceeds as usual, the waterfall alternating between the faces of both Davy Jones and Blackbeard as it does now. The Bombarding the Fort sequence occurs as usual, new lighting and new sound effects creating a much more convincing sea battle (it seems as if real explosions are happening all around) with Captain Barbossa continuing to lead the assault. An entire change is about to take place throughout the entire ride, a change in storyline. No longer are the pirates looking for Jack Sparrow. Instead, they're exclusively looking for the town's treasure. Because of this, Barbossa's dialog will be edited accordingly to remove all mentions of Sparrow, only focusing on the treasure. All of the Spanish soldiers popping up and down behind the fortress now actually pop up and down rather than just getting stuck in one place staring blankly. The pirates continue to dunk Mayor Carlos in and out of the well, the interrogator having been restored to his former glory, using the original dialog from the original voice actor, no mention of Jack Sparrow. Jack of course remains in place, still looking around. It is implied that he too is looking for the treasure, although on his own. The Auction scene follows untouched. The Chase scene though...well this is where one of the major changes happens.


    Paul Frees' wonderful performance as the Pooped Pirate returns to echo throughout the town as he brandishes a frilly pink underskirt stolen from a beautiful young lass, the lass who pokes out from her hiding in the barrel behind him, ducking back down when barked at by a nearby dog. The pirates are back in action here, chasing women around for love rather than food or gold. Jack Sparrow makes his second appearance here, this time near the entrance to the scene rather than in the barrel behind the Pooped Pirate. Jack now finds himself in a sticky situation. A fat pirate has fallen asleep on a barrel in between a horse and a goat. In his lap rests a map to the town's treasure and a key to its location. Jack lurks behind the buccaneer's shoulder, attempting to grab the map and key. This is a struggle as the goat and horse keep waking up the pirate by making some kind of noise. First the goat baa's, causing Jack to retract his arms as the pirate opens his eyes with a snore, closing them shortly after. Jack begins to reach again, this time the horse giving a neigh and waking up the pirate once more, the pirate muttering some gibberish. Jack of course retracts, but quickly gets back to his reaching. In this scene (along with every other scene in the town), new lighting has been installed, creatig a more realistic yet more "adventurous" (that's the only term I can think of) atmosphere. Perhaps the biggest addition to the Chase is the inclusion of three characters taken directly from Disneyland Paris' version of the attraction: two sword-fighters and a distressed maiden. Standing in place of the large woman chasing the bearded-pirate (those two have replaced another couple on another turntable) is a grungy pirate and a brave villager locked in an epic sword duel while a beautiful maiden watches from a nearby opened-window, dabbing her eyes with a handkerchief. The next generation animatronics literally clank swords with one another, all done to the tune of an accordian rendition of "Yo Ho" played throughout the background of this season. Over in the Burning Town, the sound has been digitially remastered (something that occurs throughout the whole attraction) and better yet, the old flame effects are replaced by extremely realistic flame effects unlike anything else in the park, rather than just flapping curtains. New lighting also strengthens the effect, all the way into the Arsenal where the new flame effects continue. As soon as guests begin the ascent up the waterfall they pass by Jack inside the treasure vault as he chats with himself about his success. The parrot currently seen in the sandbar relocates to Jack's side, singing with him and chatting as he does in Florida and Tokyo. Davy Jones' unseen voice is removed from the lift-hill although the organ music stays.


    Out of New Orleans Square's two main attractions, The Haunted Mansion receives the biggest refurbishment, an "X-Scream Makeover" if you will. Because of this, I won't be covering the makeover until a later time. Let's just say that it involves a new sound system, new characters, new scenes, and much, much more, including the restoration of classic effects, the entire soundtrack, and an old favorite...but you'll just have to wait and see all that for a later day. For now, we'll be taking our business from the French Quarter shops and eateries and be taking our business to Frontierland.
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    Re: An Expansion of the Disneyland Resort (HUGE)

    Loved reading this so far Can't wait to see more

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    Thank you!

    Up next is Frontierland. I have Frontierland and Critter Country completed, I just want to save them for tomorrow (or tonight). I'm still working on Fantasyland, Toontown, and Tomorrowland.
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    Re: An Expansion of the Disneyland Resort (HUGE)

    This is great

    Go visit my theme park website!!! http://kolbykonnection.com


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    Thanks!

    Frontierland, although not as bad as Tomorrowland, is a land which unfortunately falls victim to becoming outdated quite often. Unlike its futuristic neighbor across the Hub, Frontierland has never truly undergone a proper remodel, limiting itself to a few new paint jobs, some new shows, and only one major attraction in the past 33 years. That's all about to change. The very second guests pass through the beautified stockade gates of Frontierland, an entire world straight from the reels of a western movie surrounds them. The recently-remodeled Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (a real-life refurbishment is scheduled to start this fall and end sometime in 2013) continues to stand tall over the mainland, overlooking the remodeled Rivers of America and re-themed shops across the street. Replacing the Westward Ho Trading Co. is the Indian Trading Post, an exclusive shop selling nothing but Native American arts and crafts, marked by a cigar shop Indian outside the shop's entrance. A special stage is held inside the new shop intended for a storytelling show with Pocahontas and Meeko (yes, I know they're technically not located in the American Southwest, but they still fit the theme). Next door, the Frontierland Shootin' Exposition remains exactly the same, albeit some general tuneups for the effects and scenery in need of them. Pioneer Mercantile becomes the Davy Crockett Wilderness Arcade. This is a bit of an odd new exhibit. Old-fashioned arcade games in lieu of Teddi Barra's Swingin' Arcade are located here, along with most-interestingly enough, miniature dioramas of some of the frontier's most historical events, ranging from the Lewis and Clark Expedition to the famous wrestling match between Davy Crockett and the bear. Bonanza Outfitters is renamed to General Store and doesn't limit itself to just outfits and whatnot, but also western-themed candy (root beer barrels, rock candy, etc.), old-fashioned sodas straight from a soda fountain, frontier woodcraft and souvenirs, and most notably, the classic coonskin caps. The General Store takes up the remainder of the main gift shop building, right up to the perimeter of the Golden Horseshoe Saloon where good times await.


    Making its triumphant return is the Golden Horseshoe Revue, a modern-day revival of one of the longest-running stage shows of all time. Although a bit modernized to reach the level of comedy present in today's world, the Revue continues to keep its classic charm and old-timey feel, including Pecos Bill, Slue Foot Sue, cancan dancers, a brawl in the saloon, a Native American dance featuring a dancing buffalo (baring the goofy-face of Disneyland's old reindeer costumes), and other classic elements of a western melodrama. Ice cream sundaes and other forms of desserts (provided by Ghirardelli) are sold here for guests to dine on while enjoying the show, a perfect treat for a perfect day at Disneyland. The Stage Door Cafe and River Belle Terrace remain next door to the Horseshoe, as does Rancho del Zocalo a little ways down the pavement. Laughing Stock continues to perform before the threshold of the Saloon.


    The Mark Twain Riverboat and Sailing Ship Columbia continue to traverse the wilderness-surrounded Rivers of America, extensively refurbished and expanded. To capture the drama and adventure of the frontier, the Rivers of America kick off quite a few new additions, ranging from hungry alligators to a full-on ghost town submerged into the earth. As in the case of the Haunted Mansion's remodel, I won't be covering the Rivers of America until a later time. Pirate's Lair at Tom Sawyer's Island will also receive an extensive refurbishment, another chunk of juicy details in which I will reveal at a different time.

    Up next is Critter Country!
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    Re: An Expansion of the Disneyland Resort (HUGE)

    Guys I don't meen to through water on your parade but I think DCA may have taken some of the air out of disneyland and I have a feeling it will be some time before we see anything new, beyond the new meet and greet area
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    Re: An Expansion of the Disneyland Resort (HUGE)

    Quote Originally Posted by bigwavedave View Post
    Guys I don't meen to through water on your parade but I think DCA may have taken some of the air out of disneyland and I have a feeling it will be some time before we see anything new, beyond the new meet and greet area
    I believe the OP is using this thread as a way to share his ideas on possible expansions. We're all fairly aware that with the latest addition to DCA, expansions for the Parks will be a bit long in showing up. What's Micechat for is not for a little Imagineering of our own?

    Maneatingwreath, you have some good ideas and concepts here... I'm still reading through them all. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts!
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    Re: An Expansion of the Disneyland Resort (HUGE)

    Thanks!

    Yeah, this is just for fun. It's been a long and quiet summer, so I have plenty of free time on my hands. But, yes, I know none of these ideas are ever going to happen. I just like thinking that they would. I should note that in the update in this post, I've started to bold major things.

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    Quirky orchestrations welcome guests to the backwoods refuge of Critter Country, the postwar American South as it appeared when inhabited by talking bears and singing alligators, a lazy part of the bayou where everyday is a zip-a-dee-doo-dah-day. Standing tall above the backwoods are the red clay riverbanks and rolling green hills of Chick-a-Pin Hill, otherwise known as Splash Mountain. Like many other E-Tickets found throughout the park, Splash Mountain undergoes an extensive rehab as well, resulting in a new paint job for the exterior mountain and barnhouse, tuneups and maintenance for all of the animatronics in the interior ride as to appeal to years of water damage and age, and a completely remastered soundtrack. To join all of this, new characters, new scenes, and new dialogue have all been added to the mix, proving that this 1989-born E-Ticket is still as relevant and adventurous now as it was then.


    The changes are evident the very second guests pass The Haunted Mansion and towards the looming figure of Chick-a-Pin Hill. The now-iconic Critter Country sign encircled by wood-carved critters remains in tact, now joined by complimenting wood-carvings of two new critters: Brer Rabbit and Brer Frog. Near the entrance to the New Orleans Square-side of Splash Mountain's queue is a new sign in the shape of an arrow, appropriately reading "THIS WAY TO THE LAUGHING PLACE." A top the sign is a colored wood-carving of Brer Rabbit, the crafty critter shielding his eyes from the sun and looking towards the Rivers of America. In between the Brer Rabbit and the Critter Country sign is a large tree branch covered in moss, hanging above guests' heads from the right-hand side of the path. Suspended from the branch is a makeshift sign labeled "SPLASH MOUNTAIN," joined by a colored wood-carving of Brer Frog who sits a top the branch, a fishing pole in one hand, and a can of worms at his side. Progressing further into the wilderness, guests eventually make a turn into the barnhouse queue which has been completely repainted to appear more rustic and worn by weather. Inside the queue are a couple of new details to join the existing details, some of the most notable including paintings of life in the postwar South, a testament to the times of Uncle Remus. One such painting depicting a mighty sternwheeler hangs above the stone fireplace, the sights and sounds of the Mississippi at sunset all around. Another painting also hangs above the mantle, this one being the image of Uncle Remus spinning a tale for Ginny and Johnny, two of the main children from Song of the South. Heading upstairs, a plethora of new details have been added to the rather barren second-story, including very primitive photographs (Splash Mountain is set in 1845, the first permanent photograph was made in 1826) of various Southern establishments, including an old plantation (which just so happens to be The Haunted Mansion in its glory days, various guests in fancy attire (a la Gone with the Wind) approaching its gates, dated "1839"), a logging company (complete with smiling loggers presenting a log in which will serve as a ride vehicle later), Chick-a-Pin Hill, an old mill, a steam engine, and the Mark Twain Riverboat. By this point, guests have entered the cavern portion of the queue where everything is relatively the same. Now, guests have begun to leave the real world and have entered the world of Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, and Brer Bear, a magical world where the folks are closer to the critters, and the critters are closer to the folks. Guests then board a log, the logs in which are brand-new, each made lighter as in the case of the boats in the recent It's a Small World refurbishment. Rather than exclusively featuring the head of Brer Rabbit at the bow of each log, each log now features the carved-face of either Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, Brer Bear, or Brer Frog.


    Departing from the loading area and climbing up the first long lift-hill, riders find that the owl wearing a scarf is gone. In its place is Brer Frog, realized in full animatronic form. The deep-voiced frog (voiced by James Avery) sits a top the pipes, a fishing pole and bait at hand. Brer Frog spins a yarn about Brer Rabbit, reciting such selections as "Mark my words...Brer Rabbit's gonna put his foot in Brer Fox's mouth one of these days! If you ask me, sooner or later, Brer Fox and Brer Bear are gonna catch that Brer Rabbit for sure!" Easing off the lift-hill, riders drift into the first stretch of river, a brief tour of the red clay riverbanks home to Brer Rabbit and many other critters. Aside from everything being repainted, nothing is new here, the real changes come once inside the mountain. All of the animatronics throughout the attraction have been freshened-up and given general maintenance as to clear up years of water damage and age. The seemingly thousands of geese present in the opening scene are given matching outfits, each wearing blue overalls with seldom patches, Tom Sawyer-like straw hats, and a fishing pole for each. Magically enough, the pumpkin snowman right at the entrance has come to life via internal projections and moving mechanisms within its new body, often turning to face (and sing to) the goose next to it, the goose singing back naturally. Serving as an impressive new backdrop for the duration of this scene is a dim blue sky, an effect that has since been turned off since the attraction's early years. The darkened blue skies add a bit of atmosphere from the Song of the South film while still allowing the ride to keep its organic, deep-in-the-earth feel. To compliment the skies, new lighting is implemented throughout the attraction, especially in this scene. The new lighting will also provide a better setup for several new scenes and details which take up in residence shortly after the singing geese. Moving ahead, Brer Fox and Brer Bear are encountered for the first time, replaced by brand-new animatronics to better resemble their film counterparts and to be given more fluid movements (Brer Bear actually moves up and down in the rabbit trap rather than being static as he has lately). The silly-faced donkey across the way makes way for a replacement: Brer Gator, the monster alligator seen biting Brer Fox in the ride's finale. Brer Gator (still huge), stands on his hind-legs, peering out from behind a tree at Brer Fox, grunting in hunger, his yellow-eyes shifting around.


    Continuing down the river, riders pass by a small jugband composed of a hound dog on the guitar, a pig on the cornjug, and a beaver on the banjo. A country-western instrumental of "How Do You Do" emits from the band, perfectly blending with the cheerful orchestration. In very close proximity to the jugband is the Briar Patch, boarded-up by a new animatronic of Brer Rabbit, joined by Brer Turtle and Mr. Bluebird. Following the Briar Patch are several mushrooms with homes embedded into them on the right-hand side of the river, a much larger mushroom on the other side of the river serving as the home of two female bunnies of a very young age sweeping their front porch. The two little bunnies sing "How Do You Do" as well, a compliment to the singing possums hanging above. On a tree branch high above the right-hand side of the river sits the relocated owl wearing a scarf. The roadrunner continues to look up at the railroad trestle where another new Brer Rabbit animatronic rolls by on a handcar which moves once again. Also on the handcar is Brer Rabbit's knapsack, a fun, new detail. The hitchhiking alligator now wields an 1840's-era suitcase and a guitar case, the relocated donkey on the opposing shore, wearing a saddle and hole-filled hat, standing nearby ANOTHER new Brer Rabbit animatronic who rolls around in a flowerbed laughing. Up ahead, the source of his laughter is seen: Brer Bear (not a new animatronic) has gotten stuck in a thicket, Brer Fox (a new animatronic) attempting to push his big behind through. Brer Fox shouts angry words at Brer Bear, only for the two to break through the ticket and fall alongside riders into the Laughing Place, a Goofy-like yell accompanying the drop. All of the whirring bees actually spin around the beehives (rather than getting stuck there), subduing into the first sign of Brer Rabbit's capture. Brer Bear rolls around with a beehive jammed on his nose (not a new animatronic), a giggling Brer Rabbit (new) laughing at his enemy while shouting, "I didn't say it was your laughing place, Brother Bear. I said it was mine!" Brer Fox (new) hides behind a nearby alcove with a beehive raised high above Brer Rabbit. All of the characters in the Laughing Place remain the same, better-lit and joined by a plethora of glistening diamonds jammed into the walls, floors, and ceilings. Any broken effects are turned back on (as throughout the rest of the ride), and a couple of signs of the Laughing Place being an abandoned diamond mine are added, including a rusted-mine car filled with gems (a grinning fox poking out of the jewels, wearing them as a hat), and some uprooted bits of track.


    The Laughing Place sequence quickly ends with the capture of Brer Rabbit (new), caught in a crumbling-beehive. Brer Fox (new) actually holds onto Brer Rabbit's ears, glorifying his success through taunting words. From then on out, the better-lit Burrow's Lament scene occurs, leading into the vultures. The vultures (I like to call them the Vulture Bros., they'll have a use later in Critter Country) in recent years have been broken-down, tired, and somewhat inanimate. This is all about to change. Donning top hats, tuxedo shirts, and bowties, the Vulture Bros. move once again, surrounded by the rumbling of thunder and flashing of lightning, continuing to taunt riders as they make their ascent to the mountaintop. Towards the top, a new Brer Rabbit animatronic shivers from within his rope-containment, the darker silhouette of Brer Fox taunting him as usual. A large, bubbling cauldron joins this scene now, an upside down copy of "How to Cook Rabbit" on the floor next to an over-sized wooden spoon. The climactic plunge into the Briar Patch ensues, followed by the showboat finale. Other than new lighting and the restoration of fluid movements to the animatronics, nothing is really new here. Brer Gator, now evil-eyed and grinning, harshly pulls backwards on Brer Fox's (new) tail who attempts to escape with Brer Bear (not new) who has once again gotten his behind stuck in a thicket. Brer Fox naturally yells at Brer Bear for his stupidity, blaming him for freeing Brer Rabbit. As he does in the Walt Disney World version of the attraction, Brer Fox also gives Brer Gator a nervous greeting. A new animatronic of Brer Rabbit rests outside his Briar Patch home with Mr. Bluebird, singing of his victory. Professor Barnaby Owl is replaced by a new photographic professor: Professor Peter P. Possum. An LCI animatronic (a la Roz), the glasses-wearing possum hangs upside down from a giant root, commenting on guests' photos and bragging about his shop: Professor Peter P. Possum's Photographic Art Studio (which obviously replaces
    Professor Barnaby Owl's Photographic Art Studio). Disembarking from their log and leaving the loading area, guests pass one more photograph before exiting the barnhouse. This photograph, hung prominently in the center of a large wall features the backside of Uncle Remus, Johnny, and Ginny, hand-in-hand as they walk down a country lane. If one looks close enough, they can see the hand-drawn figure of Brer Rabbit peering out of the nearby bushes.


    Near the exit of the barnhouse is a new feature to Critter Country, The Crackling Fire, an outdoor fireplace only activated during colder days for Splash's riders to warm-up and get a little bit dry. Hot chocolate, coffee, and other warm beverages are served here to fight the bitter (and wet) cold. To me there is no better atmosphere in Disneyland than riding Splash Mountain in the rain. Warming up by a down-home fireplace and drinking hot chocolate would strengthen the experience all the better. Just a few steps away from the Crackling Fire, guests find that the Winnie the Pooh meet-n-greet has gone to the big meet-n-greet in the sky, gone from existence. In its place is a lush little garden-area (the existing trees and planters) for rest and relaxtion. The removal of the meet-n-greet stanchions will also allow expansion for the queue of the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh's replacement: Goin' Down the Bayou (tentative title), an extensive dark ride themed to what else, but The Princess and the Frog.


    Looming in the distance is the treetop-home of Mama Odie, a trick of forced-perspective, surrounded by swampy foliage and tall trees. Crossing the covered-bridge utilized in the structure's former two attractions (the title plaque now features the carved-faces of Naveen and Tiana in their frog forms, Louis the Alligator, and Ray), prospective riders cross above a crystal-clear creek, the miniature dwellings of little critters embedded along the river, still there after all these years. Due to the sheer size of the new attraction, the former Pooh building will have to either be torn down and expanded, if not demolished and rebuilt completely, having to be expanded further backstage. Done in the style and quality of Ariel's Undersea Adventure, guests enter an indoor loading area (built within a lengthy sheltered-red clay cave), right alongside a traditional dark ride mural, this one of course showcasing the many characters of the film. Boarding a giant firefly suspended a la Peter Pan's Flight, riders embark on a journey into the Louisiana Bayou on a trip to find Mama Odie and get home, rather than directly following the plot of the movie. But more on this attraction later. For now, we'll be focusing on the rest of Critter Country, starting with the fate of Pooh Corner. The far right-hand side of Pooh Corner (the bakery) is transformed into the Vulture Bros. Gift & Carrion Shop, a sweets shop owned and operated by Splash Mountain's undertaker-like vultures. They even appear as wood-carvings perched upon the tree-like entrance, which remains, minus the Pooh Corner plaque. All Pooh-related details are removed from the three shop buildings, simply replaced by more rustic details reminiscent of what frog-catchers would use when exploring the bayous of the Deep South. The center portion of the shops (the signage for "Teddi Barra's Swingin' Arcade" remains somewhat hidden) becomes the home of the Swamp Palace, a Princess and the Frog-themed gift shop which also sells other Princess-related gifts (although not bayou-themed merchandise, they will be sold in bayou-themed display objects), and finally to the far left-hand side is the return of Crocodile Mercantile, a swamp shack-themed shop belonging to presumed alligator-catchers as evident by photographs and other knickknacks. Sold here are items relating to Disney's critters, such as Bambi, Thumper, Pooh and friends, Dumbo, etc.


    Back towards Splash Mountain is the Briar Patch shop (Song of the South, Splash Mountain, and even Country Bear merchandise). The Hungry Bear Restaurant receives some new paint, a new menu, and nothing more, while the neighboring launch for the Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes becomes the launch of the Beaver Bros. Explorer Canoes, a quick retheme to the Beaver Bros., whose wood sculptures pop-up all over the queue. And with those changes being said and done, Critter Country's massive remodel has been complete. Next up is Fantasyland.


    The Crackling Fire idea is not mine...it comes from a user over at MiceChat whose name slips my mind. Credit goes to him or her.
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    I love the Crackling Fire. One of the best ideas I've seen online.

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    Re: An Expansion of the Disneyland Resort (HUGE)

    Not mine though haha. Will the user who came up with it come out of hiding and tell us all? Haha.
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    Re: An Expansion of the Disneyland Resort (HUGE)

    Oh, boy, that's great! Keep up the good work.
    My top favorite Disneyland attractions:

    1. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
    2. Pirates of the Caribbean
    3. Splash Mountain
    4. Mad Tea Party
    5. Peter Pan's Flight
    6. Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin

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