The more time I spend looking at photos of Tomorrowland as it currently is, I have to wonder if it might be worth it to just get rid of the Magic Eye Theatre entirely. I have a few reasons rolling around in my hea
1. It may be safe at this point to say that 4D films are hardly a draw anymore. I can't imagine that Disney would go out of their way to produce a fresh, new one because - frankly - it wouldn't be worth their time. Tokyo's Captain EO is being replaced by Stitch Encounter (the Hong Kong one, not the Florida one) because, what else is there? Given that the Star Wars overlay does happen, I imagine Magic Eye Theatre would either house some 4D Star Wars clip extravaganza or maybe, at best, a "Yoda Encounter." Neither sounds particularly exciting or worthwhile.
2. It takes up quite a bit of space. If it were removed, Tomorrowland would feel incredibly open, creating a secondary central plaza in the land.
3. It dwarfs Space Mountain. Looking at photos, views from within the park toward Space Mountain make it appear quite a bit smaller than it actually is, because it's displaced far from any accessible ground level area (similar to Tower of Terror) and appears as just a slope instead of something tall. The idea that a spinner might be relocated to the top of the Magic Eye is preposterous in that it would appear from almost every angle that the spinner was taller than Space Mountain. It would certainly do a number on the perspective.
I can't honestly say I know what sort of integral infrastructure is located within the Magic Eye, but it seems to me that the area would benefit from losing it once Captain EO has run its course and an aesthetic renovation sweeps through the land. Imagine being able to stand right under Space Mountain from ground level and look up at it like you can at the other parks... It would be a welcome view!
Tokyo's (above) still has a speed ramp, but it leads directly into the mountain. You can still approach the mountain from an open plaza on either side. Disneyland's would obviously be tighter since the corridor would still be there, but at least it would feel more open with room for a Fastpass distribution center and a more dramatic approach, giving you the chance to actually see the mountain's height.
The Starcade could even be used for the queue, including the escalators to the second floor that would then lead to a very small raised plaza right into the current mountain entrance.
Hong Kong's you can actually stand under. This view would be 100% attainable if the Starcade and its escalator were used for queueing...
Just something I got myself thinking about!
What do you think?