I was reading the thread about Golden Dreams closing, and thinking about another, more fanciful kind of attraction they could create based on people’s dreams of California.
This would be an animatronics-based, ride through attraction of the type that I know they typically don’t build anymore. Yes, I admit they probably wouldn’t build this – it’s just a hypothetical concept.
It would be a sort of California version of “Horizons”, except representing the different fantasies that people had of what they would find when they got to California, done in a humorous, Marc Davis-esque style.
Here are a few ideas:
Cities of gold resting on high cliffs with the ocean visible all around (Since California was believed to be an island by early explorers). Gold-armor clad “Amazons” riding gigantic gold-decorated gryphons. (Based upon the novel “Las Sergas de Esplandián” from which explorers got the name “California). This is the part that most interests me because it would fit the California theme, yet also bring a fantasy/mythic sense to the park.
Prospectors chipping happily at gold-stuffed mine walls and celebrating their riches in a raucous saloon. Maybe a grizzled old prospector transforming “magically” into a well-to-do gentleman.
A bustling Hollywood Boulevard crowded with agents and producers offering “we’ll-make-you-a-star” contracts to every newcomer in sight (including the riders). A glamorous 1940’s moviestar on every corner.
This may be pushing it for Disney, but perhaps a 1960’s scene where young hippies gather in San Francisco with “flowers in their hair,” like the song says.
Perhaps allusions to the realities that people who came to California faced could also be subtly incorporated.