Mystic Manor is the one theme park attraction under construction I am looking forward to the most, representing that rarest of the rare, an original E-ticket dark ride unconnected to any pre-existing franchise or film.
The 2009 D23 Expo artwork and model were very, very promising.
I noticed, however, that the current display in Hong Kong shows a maquette of the monkey (and an illustration of Lord Mystic) that are far more stylized and cartoony than the D23 renderings:
2009 D23 on Left, 2011 Display on Right
I have a sinking feeling (since the maquette is on display) that this may be the direction the character representations within the attraction have taken, and would be a radical change in tone: less Hotel Hightower, more Tarzan's Treehouse (with cartoon representations in tangible backdrops). I realize some people (and many kids) may react better to the cartoony execution of the attraction... I'm not one of them.
Can anyone with inside knowledge confirm or assuage my fears?