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    5/25: A Tale of Two Studios, Part I

    MiceAge welcomes new guest columnist Peter Bell as he writes about what could/should have been, and what did/might happen at the Paris Disney Studios Park. Say hello to Peter, and discuss his article here!
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    Re: 5/25: A Tale of Two Studios, Part I

    Hi there, Peter, thanks for that. You're a breath of fresh air in your chosen industry, not making it clear every four seconds that you know someone in charge or taking side roads left, right and centre on issues of family friendliness. Not that I'm aiming at any specific websites out there, of course, but yes, very good.

    What I'd like to know is how anyone still plans to Extreme Makeover this park into something good. I mean, the most prominent of the Exit Strategies has already been rendered impossible due to the current location of the Tower of Terror. And it seems they're stuck with the current layout, too, which is indeed a trifle too reminiscent of an outlet mall to ever be agreeable.

    But I applaud your optimism.

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    Re: 5/25: A Tale of Two Studios, Part I

    I wonder how Soarin' fits into a movie lot theme? Its fit well enough at a desert air hangar at DCA, and well enough in The Land pavillion at WDW, but at a movie studio park? I just don't see how that makes sense...

    ..But when Disney's desperate, I guess anything goes? What a shame.

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    Re: 5/25: A Tale of Two Studios, Part I

    Thanks Peter, for the article and welcome!
    Though some of the changes don't quite make it in the theming sense, I find it rather delightful to see Bob Iger (for face value) take a serious interest in taking care of all the parks. I know a major overhaul is long overdue at WDW, but hopefully it will come around full circle as well there. Just like P.D. Studios and DCA.
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    Re: 5/25: A Tale of Two Studios, Part I

    First, WELCOME to Miceage and Micechat. We hope to see and hear much more from you in the future. Your story was interesting and well written.

    Secondly, Paris is my favorite of the Magic Kingdom type parks; however, the Studios in Paris have always been my least favorite park. It is such a shocking transition to go from one of those two park to the other. I'm VERY happy to hear about the plans to upgrade and re-theme the Studios. They certainly need it.

    Paris is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. It only stands to reason that if Disney gave people a sufficiently unique reason to visit Disneyland Paris and the Studios, people would make the short trip from Paris to the parks.

    Looking forward to your part two of the story.

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    Re: 5/25: A Tale of Two Studios, Part I

    Great article -- welcome to MiceAge!

    The picture of Animagique is classic. Yet another generic cineplex at yet another generic strip mall. Disney magic indeed.

    Even Disneyland eventually got rid of the dead-end at Fantasyland. How could an "amusement" company even think of opening a park with a non-circular layout. Didn't anyone check out Toontown? Oh yeah, that's right, Disney execs back then were too important to go to the parks.

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    Re: 5/25: A Tale of Two Studios, Part I

    Quote Originally Posted by MasterGracey
    I wonder how Soarin' fits into a movie lot theme? Its fit well enough at a desert air hangar at DCA, and well enough in The Land pavillion at WDW, but at a movie studio park? I just don't see how that makes sense...
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    Re: 5/25: A Tale of Two Studios, Part I

    Thanks for sharing!! Great and very interesting article!

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    Re: 5/25: A Tale of Two Studios, Part I

    Great article! But come on...don't leave us hanging like that waiting for the next article.

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    Re: 5/25: A Tale of Two Studios, Part I

    Thanks and Welcome Peter! This article rocks! I hope to hear more from you in the future, including taking a look at that up coming book of yours.

    All I can say is that it never ceases to amase me the level of short sited ineptitude the Disney Company had under the Eisner... This is a classic example is it not? The Board looks to invest, the company reacts by finding the cheapest possable solution.... ...and then cut it's budget...
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    Re: 5/25: A Tale of Two Studios, Part I

    Hi there everyone. Thanks for the warm welcome! Flattery will get you everywhere, you know.

    It's often struck me that the Walt Disney Studios park is often overlooked by the wider Disney fanbase - to this day, DCA seems to be held up as proof of where the company went wrong. I've always found that ironic, as WDSP makes DCA look positively glamorous! Still, I'm fond of the old place. As a result, it's great to see such a strength of opinion on these boards.
    The second article is nearing completion, so I should have it ready for Al next week, work commitments permitting. In the meantime, if there are any questions, fire away!

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    Re: 5/25: A Tale of Two Studios, Part I

    can't wait! thanx peter

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    Exclamation How many of YOU have actually been there too?

    I'm curious as to how many of you guys have actually been to WDS? Because I've come across way too many people who slam it simply because of the things they've read about it in Al's columns and not because they've actually SEEN it themselves.

    I went a couple years ago, which is exactly why these new things on the horizon seem so intriguing to me.

    That being said, I really loved a couple things there in particular and wish they'd make their way to the US parks someday.

    If any of you ever go, you MUST see BOTH "Cinemagique" and "Animagique." The former is probably the hands-down best movie-based attraction ANYWHERE thanks to its sheer originality and the inclusion of clips from just about every major movie since the silent era, the latter is one of the best-directed, creative and cutest character shows I've ever seen. It's so sad that those two gems get dragged down and are ridiculously underappreciated simply because they are at WDS. (For what it's worth, I'd say it's the same problem that plagued Eureka and a couple other things in the early days of DCA).

    But Peter's exactly right about how WDS pales even in comparison to DCA. Our group walked out of Studio 1 (which is a really well-executed and creative alternative to Tokyo's covered Main Street), looked around (because you can see the ENTIRE park from the center fountain-thing) and said "This is it? Where's the rest of the park?"

    Seriously, I came home from my vacation and my memories of WDS made DCA look like Tokyo DisneySea! If whatever I read last week (about DCA's Placemaking being put aside in favor of new attractions) is true, then WDS is still one place that DESPERATELY needs money for new attractions AND Placemaking.

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    Re: How many of YOU have actually been there too?

    Quote Originally Posted by TweedlDum9
    If any of you ever go, you MUST see BOTH "Cinemagique" and "Animagique." The former is probably the hands-down best movie-based attraction ANYWHERE [...] It's so sad that those two gems get dragged down and are ridiculously underappreciated simply because they are at WDS.
    Unfortunately, that's how it works. If you put Pirates of the Caribbean in a steel box, put it at the WDS and say it's "being on the set of the Pirates of the Caribbean film", the park would still suck, and Pirates suddenly wouldn't seem all that great either.

    Which is why I feel the park doesn't need more rides half as much as it needs more/any themeing. It'll need a steady stream of rides to lure the guests in, but those are not going to make them stay past 4 in the afternoon.

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    Re: 5/25: A Tale of Two Studios, Part I

    So what about the story that Disney had to build on the land? Or is that just a later excuse?

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