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    Armchair Imagineering: Abbey Road featuring The Beatles Experience

    Hi! Ukulele Guy here. I have been Imagineering rides for about two years now, and this is the idea that has gotten the farthest, so here goes.

    Rickenbacker Guitar Corp., MPL Communications, and the city of Liverpool, England proudly present
    ABBEY ROAD
    Featuring The Beatles Experience

    LOCATION:
    Abbey Road would be located in the United Kingdom area of the World Showcase at EPCOT.

    DINING
    • Abbey Road Cafe:
      Small eatery similar to the Writer's Corner at DHS. Various portraits of the Beatles (eating, of course) Bring in the occasional John Lennon impersonator to perform. All other times have the Beatles' acoustic songs (Blackbird, I've Just Seen A Face) playing quietly from a real vinyl record player.


    SHOPS
    • Lennon, McCartney, & Company Outfitters
      The main shop of Abbey Road. Pretty much the Main Street Emporium of Abbey Road. Inside you can get pretty much everything Beatles you can think of- books, t-shirts, toys, albums (CD and vinyl, including a new record of the soundtrack of Abbey Road, including the medley that makes up The Beatles Experience.)
      Theming notes:
      Above the building, there will be windows in the style of Main Street that are marked with the name of the company that the Beatles are associated with (Lennon: Bag Productions Ltd., McCartney: MPL Communications, Harrison: Harrisongs Inc., Starr: Starrling Music)
      Out in front of the store there is a newspaper bin that has this headline:
      4000 Holes In Blackburn, Lancashire!
      All counted, Albert Hall filled
      Also in front, there is a replica of the VW Beetle from the cover of Abbey Road.
    • Abbey Records
      Small record shop featuring both real vinyl records and CDs by The Beatles, and other 60's artists. This area mostly functions as the exit point for The Beatles Experience.


    Attractions
    • The Crosswalk
      A replica of the crosswalk located on the real Abbey Road. Photopass will be available in this area.
    • The Beatles Story presented by Liverpool, England
      A miniaturized version of the museum located in Liverpool. Featuring The White Room and the Yellow Submarine room. On the roof of this building there is a replica of the setup used by the Beatles at their rooftop performance at the conclusion of Let It Be.
    • The Guitar Gallery sponsored by Rickenbacker
      Gallery of the guitars used by the Beatles during their careers, from George's first acoustic to John's famous Epiphone Casino, to Pauls Hofner Bass to, of course, John and George's signature Rickenbackers.
    • Abbey Theater
      Theater similar in setup to the Hyperion at DCA. Features a rotating residency of Beatles tribute groups (The Fab Four, Yesterday and Today, etc.)
      The outside of the theater would be themed to a typical movie theater, but with a mural designed by the design group The Fool (artists of the Apple Inc. building)
    • Fab 4D
      Import of the film shown at The Beatles Story in Liverpool (no more to be said, just Google it) Shown on days when there is no band at Abbey Theater.
    • The Beatles Experience presented by MPL Communications
      The main E-ticket attraction of the area. The show building is housed within a replica of the famous EMI Abbey Road studio. The queue is the parking lot and studio annex. The ride begins when we enter the main studio floor of studio 2 and are greeted by the Beatles, played by the tribute group The Fab Four (shown in the window of the control room above, a la Aerosmith in The Rock n Rollercoaster) They tell us they are testing a amazing new piece of equipment that can actually translate a song into a visual representation, creating what fake Lennon calls "The Ultimate Promotional Film" (called promo film because music videos weren't invented in the time the Beatles where making them) you then led through another queue area, which has old fashioned TVs showing various videos of the Beatles' promotional films and live performances. You arrive at Studio 4 (note Abbey Road only has 3 studios) and board your vehicle, which is basically a rethemed Star Tours vehicle. The motif of the vehicle is basically beige plastic with 60's shag carpet floor. above the window through which you see the film is a tape machine with various tubes and wires attached to it. Once seated, you recieve a safety spiel (narrated by the REAL Ringo Starr!) and the ride begins. (fake) Lennon acts as your narrator through the ride, acting as the ride's equivalent of Rex in ST. You begin in the early days through an aerial journey through a black and white Liverpool to the tune of Love Me Do. At the last notes of Love Me Do, we shoot across the ocean into America (complete with water effects), where we fly past famous American performance spots to the tune of All My Loving and I Want To Hold Your Hand. from there we plunge into the 1965 Beatles, across the snow capped mountains from the movie Help! to the tune of Help, Nowhere Man, and then, as a momentary cool down, Yesterday. We are pulled from the brief rest right into 1966- and into the ocean to the ride's high point, Yellow Submarine! Bubbles come from the ceiling and water splashes on your face as we follow the submarine back to England, with a brief visit to an octopus' garden. When we surface, the Beatles' psychedelic days have begun. We fly across the environment of Pepperland from the 1967 movie Yellow Submarine to the tune of Sgt. Pepper's and Getting Better. After a bumpy landing, we arrive in 1968 real life England, where we fly past Prudence's house, where John is serenading her to come out to play, and the home of Martha, where Paul waves hello. From there we head down the Long and Winding Road back to London, where we narrowly avoid Maxwell and his Silver Hammer, and manage to make it to Apple Studios in time to see the Beatles perform the end of Get Back. After the last note of the song, we crash back into Studio 4. The ride ends, and we pass of a screen that shows The Fab Four performing The End and wishing us safe travels. and we exit into Abbey Records.


    Well, that just about covers all of it. I hope you have enjoyed reading about my ideas. Please comment or offer your suggestions.

    Thanks!
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    Re: Armchair Imagineering: Abbey Road featuring The Beatles Experience

    Very nice idea. And original, also.

    My only criticism would be the location. It's so extensive - with exhibits, shopping, dining and the attractions - that locating it at EPCOT would overwhelm the current UK pavilion.

    Maybe if Walt Disney Studios Paris were re-segmented with film, television, animation & music areas, it could anchor the latter.

    Or if the failed Hard Rock Park in South Carolina had been done at the Disney level of themed design, your Abbey Road could be part of the British Invasion section.

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    Re: Armchair Imagineering: Abbey Road featuring The Beatles Experience

    Quote Originally Posted by RandySavage View Post
    Very nice idea. And original, also.

    My only criticism would be the location. It's so extensive - with exhibits, shopping, dining and the attractions - that locating it at EPCOT would overwhelm the current UK pavilion.

    Maybe if Walt Disney Studios Paris were re-segmented with film, television, animation & music areas, it could anchor the latter.

    Or if the failed Hard Rock Park in South Carolina had been done at the Disney level of themed design, your Abbey Road could be part of the British Invasion section.
    Interesting point, and I think you're right, having all of this in the UK pavilion may overwhelm the area. maybe another good spot would be the former Backlot Tour area at DHS (possibly as a side street to New York Street)? But then again, we'd then have 2 flight simulator attractions in the same park, so I don't know if that would affect anything...
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    Re: Armchair Imagineering: Abbey Road featuring The Beatles Experience

    Good God I hope that doesn't get built. The Beatles, really? They wrote some good music but their songs sounded so much better when someone else sang them.

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    Re: Armchair Imagineering: Abbey Road featuring The Beatles Experience

    I really like this idea, the only thing I would do differently is I wouldn't make the headliner attraction a traditional simulator. I had an idea like this when I was doodling my own version of Hard Rock Park. Much of the attraction I scribbled was based on the animatics from Beatles Rock Band, which are fantastic if you haven't seen them, btw. I think that a hybrid dark ride/simulator much like has been seen with Spiderman and Harry Potter could match the experience nicely. I think it would be cool if the ride vehicle itself were to morph as the story progresses, becoming a balloon for "Sgt. Pepper", transforming into a yellow submarine, etc.

    Great Post, Awesome Idea! Do you have any sketches of what it could look like?
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    Re: Armchair Imagineering: Abbey Road featuring The Beatles Experience

    Quote Originally Posted by RandySavage View Post
    Very nice idea. And original, also.

    My only criticism would be the location. It's so extensive - with exhibits, shopping, dining and the attractions - that locating it at EPCOT would overwhelm the current UK pavilion.
    That's what many people thought about Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure, but it looks like Universal made it work. I agree with the placement the OP suggested, I think it fits thematically better at Epcot. The Studios just isn't the right environment, it's too "hip" and abstract to work. Epcot could set up the right feel and create a more intimate and individual experience.
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    Re: Armchair Imagineering: Abbey Road featuring The Beatles Experience

    Interestingly enough, the visuals of The Beatles: Rock Band where what I had in mind for the visuals of The Beatles Experience, so much so that at one point, I thought of having Harmonix be the sponsor of the attraction, until I realized that it is too small of a company to sponsor a huge, E-ticket attraction.

    Having not seen the Forbidden Journey or Spider Man (at least until June!) I have no idea if it would work for the attraction or not. The idea of a morphing vehicle is intriguing, though.

    There is concept art that I drew on notebook paper, but its not too good. I need to sit down and work with Sketchup for a while to see what I can come up with.
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