Here's another new idea of mine: I was originally thinking of including a Pinocchio dark ride in this new Fantasyland, but I fear that it would not physically fit in. Then I discovered something else that might work as an alternative, based on an abandoned concept for a possible replacement swing ride for the Orange Stinger at the California Adventure (before they decided to go with Silly Symphony Swings). It's a concept for a Pinocchio-themed swing ride, and it was to be called Geppetto's Workshop. An abandoned concept would finally come to life at WDW's new Fantasyland. Here's what The Neverland Files had to say about it:
When Mouse House management realised they needed to redo Disney's California Adventure and inject some much needed money into the park, one of the goals of the redo was to increase the presense of the characters in the park, something many guests felt was missing. So the Imagineers were challenged with finding some new theme for that giant orange jutting out of Paradise Bay. The Blue Sky Cellar, the display room at the park explaining to the guests why all the work is going on, displays some of this artwork, and I managed to photograph some of the concepts they didn't go with.
The first concept would have themed the ride to Pinocchio, renaming it 'Geppetto's Workshop'. Guests would have become one of the carpenter's puppets, hanging down with their swing chains acting as their strings - a really nice idea! The ride structure itself would have been given a very Victorian look, with a giant clockwork key at the top turning the whole ride into one of Geppetto's toys, and with murals depicting Pinocchio scenes painted all around it.
Here's a piece of artwork for it:
For more information and pictures, go here to The Neverland Files: The Neverland Files: Silly Symphony Swings overlays. Obviously, it would have to be augmented to fit in with Fantasyland, since it was originally intended for Paradise Pier, but it could probably be done, and it would be a fourth spinner ride with panels from another Disney movie. It just looks like something that could actually be built. For the location, I'm thinking maybe out beyond the Village Haus somewhere.
Thoughts, comments, concerns?