I've been thinking of ways for a Toontown-type land to return to WDW after Toontown Fair left as a way to add in a Mickey-themed area that would be more permanent than something like Toontown Fair or Camp Minnie-Mickey, which is likely to be wiped out for Avatarland; they've already relocated Mickey and Minnie someplace else at DAK and there's even plans to relocate the Lion King stage show elsewhere, too. Thus, I felt that there had to be something Mickey-related that would be permanent.
But I was just really confused as to what I wanted, because I'm used to having areas like Toontown in castle parks and no place else. Everyone seemed to think that a Toontown would work perfectly in Disney's Hollywood Studios. But I was not so sure. Granted, the theme of Toontown seemed appropriate at first blush; in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit", it was located in Hollywood, the theme of the Studio obviously.
But Disneyland, which has a Toontown, is also located in Southern California, where the real Hollywood is located. And I really thought that cartoon shorts, the theme of Toontown, didn't really seem to work as well in a park such as the Studios as it does in a castle park. To me, Mickey's House, as it exists in Disneyland, doesn't really fit the Studios theme. I also didn't think that cartoon-like, balloony architecture really seemed to fit the Studios, either. I thought that anything regarding a Toon Studio would work against the park's move to drift away from an actual working studio. Setting up a studio theme for an area like this, to my way of thinking, just seems to serve as a reminder of the park's past, and was a cop-out to boot, similar to the setup of Star Tours in Florida (which, of course, is located in the Studios). I agree with a website about the Studios (http://www.studioscentral.com/column...ending-studios), when they said that introducing the "working set" idea creates a whole extra layer of stuff to get between the guest and the experience. And, of course, DHS isn't located in California, but in Florida.
Then, I discovered this one article on Passport 2 Dreams: http://passport2dreams.blogspot.com/...ok-circus.html. Here, it seemed to dislike Mickey's Toontown for the balloony, cartoon-like architecture it had, thinking it was themed to one thing and one thing only, "Roger Rabbit", and that it didn't feel very Disney-like (I personally think it does, but I digress). Meanwhile, the article seems to show some praise for Mickey's Birthdayland/Starland, even though it was always considered a temporary area, albeit done on a big scale. Here's what the article said:
[T]he area did have a classic "Disney" feel appropriate to the Magic Kingdom, even if the "Disney" feel was decidedly... low rent. [...] [T]he best thing about Mickey's Birthdayland is that, by getting out the door just before the Roger Rabbit craze hit, it managed to realize Disney cartoons in a classically Disney way. It really did look like Mickey's house, the way you always imagined it[.]
I explain all this because when Birthdayland/Starland became Toontown Fair, it was in 1996, three years after Toontown in Disneyland opened. And so, I feel that the Disney feel here can work again in Mickey Avenue, a section at the Studios to be expanded greatly and improved on. The article stated that the Disney feel in Birthdayland/Starland was decided low rent, but that can probably be rectified here.
Okay, now we can start brainstorming.