How are there no backstories in these rides? Many rides, attractions, and restaurants have extensive backstories. Recently, Big Thunder Mountain was given a backstory with a painting that resembles Tony Baxter (although I thinks it looks like Donald Sutherland). Just because there's a backstory doesn't mean the rides have them as well. The Indiana Jones Adventure ride doesn't have a storyline although it has an extensive backstory, which is clearly told as you enter the caverns.Quote:
And there are no characters and backstories in Pirates of the Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion. Don't buy into the myth of the linear narrative.
I'll throw out a completely different idea-- what if WDI had a concept for an addition to AK, and the Avatar licensing helped it get funding?
As we've seen so many times before, ride and show plans often get stuck at the concept stage until they're matched with the right venue and theme. Imagine if there were an effort to bring a version of Tokyo DisneySea's centerpiece, Mysterious Island, to a US park. AK is the only candidate that has the space, theming, and need for such a major area.
Mysterious Island contains two attractions, "Journey to the Center of the Earth" and "20,000 Leagues under the Sea" along with a couple of themed restaurants, all packed inside a highly-themed volcano.
The rides themselves involve exciting visits to strange areas (one underground, the other undersea) filled with fantastic neon-colored imaginary creatures. The rides are fun, though the stories are somewhat lackluster and lack a commercial property tie-in to help merchandise the new land. It would seem that a Avatar re-theming would fit easily into these frameworks, replacing the animatronics and sets with those that match the world of Avatar and its sequels, much as Indiana Jones was turned into CTE/Dinosaur.
And those in charge of making budget decisions might be swayed to make a major investment around a theme from James Cameron and the highest-grossing film of all time rather than the public-domain writings of a 19th century writer.
Mysterious Island's volcano theme would certainly be exciting, and the fire show would be visible from far away and add a dynamic element, especially at night. On the other hand, Avatar is centered around a certain giant tree, and the wienie at the center of AK is certainly in need of an upgrade.
What do you think of my concept?
Interesting idea! I think people dislike the theme/ip of avatar though, and also dislike cloned land as seen by the mild backlash towards the speculated cars land at DHS.
I probably won't be going to Tokyo Disney anytime soon though, and would love to see mysterious island even if it is blue.
The "everything must have a structured backstory" conceit that still clings to the parks is the inheritance of those days, and is continued by many of the execs who Michael hired, trained and promoted, and those who they in turn hired.
Mr. Wiggins quotes author Neil Gabler "With the acquisition of Marvel and now of Lucasfilm,
Disney may have finally found the grail. You don't need imagination or art. All you need is a brand."
Um ... Didn't the Company's namesake begin that approach several decades ago? Mr. Disney did not write Snow White, Cinderella, Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty, Robin Hood, etc. Rather he gripped those stories (created in the imaginations of persons outside of the Company) and found success by altering their presentation.
Mr. Gabler's assertion could (justifiably) be met with a resounding ... "And?"
Put "Journey to the Center of the Earth" in Magic Kingdom to replace the Speedway. There's enough room and the theme bridging Fantasyland (Fantasy) and Tomorrowland (Tech) fits.