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No regarding the subs. First off. NO MATTER WHAT, the monorail will not be moved one inch as any time the word monorail is mentioned to WDI the price tag of even a minor change is unfathomable to the corporate accountants. So we will see what ever attractions replace Autopia and The Subs will have to work around the foot print of the Monorail. However what we may see is finally having a street parade that originates from Town Square each and every time. This idea has been bouncing around WDI for at least 30 years or longer. When one realizes the depth of the subs show building and how much room is truly there once one takes those attractions out, moving the monorail is an unnecessary endeavor. I know everyone has very nostalgic feelings about certain attractions. Sometimes we have to let go of the old attractions in order to get new ones. Disneyland is a very limited foot print and when one really grasps how tight back stage is, they will be more forgiving when it comes to replacing attractions. Both Autopia and the Subs are a huge liability to the company. The lawyers are probably the ones behind the removal of these attractions as more cast members are hurt operating Autopia than any other attraction in the park. The subs are a nightmare from an operational stand point and they have outlived their usefulness. Walt himself said, "Disneyland will never be completed as long as their is imagination left in the world." Yes other than Star Tours and Space Mountain, pretty much all of Tomorrow Land needs to be bulldozed and re imagined. Perhaps we can have a return of the Flying Saucers now they have managed to rework the technology. Perhaps we will see the Astro Jets return atop of the people mover as the height is part of the appeal of that attraction. Perhaps we may just seem some really amazing attractions which nobody has seen yet except for those creative minds at WDI who have been patiently awaiting for the Executives to realize money needs to be spent to get people through the gates. When I worked for the park in the early 90's there was quite a bit of buzz about re-theming. It was canceled because they basically had to demo the whole land and rebuild it. Eisner did not want to spend the money. The concepts I saw at WDI at that time where some pretty groovy attractions. No good idea ever fails at WDI. The best ones are the ones where we have waited a very long time to see.
I for one am very happy to hear we will finally see the demise or Autopia and the Subs. I have enjoyed both attractions more than my lifetimes allotment. It is time for us to build new memories with our children and let them fall in love with a fresh Tomorrow Land which does not look like a reworked 1960's Southern Californian Outdoor Mall.
I foresee a day where we read about the removal of the Storybook Canals for a reworked Dumbo's Circus themed area which outshines the one in Florida. I foresee a day where Hollywood land finally lives up to its name and give us some classy attractions. I am still waiting to see WDI create the Ink and Paint Club and move Roger Rabbits Cartoon Spin over to Hollywood Land. Toon town was cute for its purpose. It is a dead end in the park. Perhaps we will see the original concept for Princess Meet and greets moved to the back half of Fantasyland and into toon town where they can actually plant a ton of trees to cool the area down.
Bugs Land I am sad to say was a huge mistake. It has nothing to do with California and really looks as if it was forced into the park. Oh wait, it was. Perhaps we will see something themed to the Californios era or even China Town. Who knows. We have only seen the first act of this drama playing out. The curtain has fallen and while we discuss how we are enjoying the performance, the Imagineers are rapidly working on reinventing the Disney theme parks in the Post Eisner Bob Iger years. So enjoy your wine, remember the lobby bell will be ringing soon and we will see the lights flashed reminding us to return to our seats. Until that time, let us dream of all the possibilities and worry less about what we will be missing.