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
Featuring The Beatles Experience
Abbey Road would be located in the United Kingdom area of the World Showcase at EPCOT.
- 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.
- 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.)
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:
Also in front, there is a replica of the VW Beetle from the cover of Abbey Road.4000 Holes In Blackburn, Lancashire!
All counted, Albert Hall filled
- 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.
- 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.