I've separated this idea from a previous thread. I've been considering working on this project on a larger scale for a competition. Let me know what you think.
We all know that if the Toon Studios at DLRP are a success that they will inevitably find their way to the states. I consider this to be almost a certainty. So with this in mind, I drew up plans for a Toon Studios area at DMGM. The area will consist of two new attractions (plus Toy Story Mania), a new feature restaurant, a revised attraction, and accompanying stores.
1. Toy Story Mania (currently under construction)
2. IncrediCoaster! - This rollercoaster will be almost exactly identical to the Crush Coaster under construction in Paris. Nemo as a franchise has already been successfully used at both Epcot and DAK, so the further use would be creative overkill. The theme for this coaster would have to do with aiding the Parr family in an epic battle against the minions of the newly re-emerged Syndrome. The coaster cars would be hijacked gliders from Syndrome's island, albeit slightly modified. Like Crush, this coaster will combine a dark ride with a roller coaster. One exception is that the coaster cars will be carried to the top of the coaster circuit by elevator lift, this would allow the dark ride elements to continue even into the lift of the coaster components. The coaster segment would have guests flying through the streets of Metroville narrowly dodging an array of evil robots and zero-point energy bolts. This attraction would be constructed in the building that currently houses the Narnia attraction and the One Man's Dream attraction, with the entrance located on the Northwest corner of the building. (Observant readers may note that this particular corner is off-limits to guests, this will be explained).
3. Playhouse Disney (revised to include new shows as they immerge).
4. Cars: Mater's Tractor Tipping Twister - This is my favorite of the new ideas. In theory, this attraction would be very similar to the new Cars attraction already in development at DLRP, but I have made some modifications. This ride would combine a Scrambler (known in the RCT world as a twist) with flawless Disney creativity and craft. The ride itself would be made up of four interlocking turntables, one center, and three satelite. This would allow for 36 cars, each capable of holding 1-3 people. The ride would load and unload in a prone position, with the cars looking similar to a tractor from cars that has been tipped. The sides of the cars would resemble these tractors with the nose pointing skyward. After boarding, the cars would gently recline, making it appear as though the tractors are balanced on their hind wheels. The real signature of the attraction is what lay between the cars. All of the control mechanisms for the twist will be located under the vehicles, which would leave the origins of the turntables clear. Inside those turntables would be a character, three in total: Lightning, Mater, and Frank (the big red beastie). What's awesome is that each character is a functional AA. Now when the ride is boarding, Frank is asleep while Mater and Lightning chat to one another, they blink thier eyes and such. Then when the ride begins, the tractors recline. At this point, either Lightning revs his engine, or Mater honks his horn, sending the twist into action. The sensation would be very similar to a Scrambler, only in the reclined postion. All of this would be happening in an area similar to the Ornament Valley backdrop that is found at Toon Studios in Paris. During the ride, Mater and Lightning shout things to each other, laugh, scream, etc., as if they were in the middle of a tractor frenzy. Frank, who was also awakened by the horn or engine, grunts and growls like he is chasing the other two. Because of the setup of the turntables, the three characters are perpetually chasing each other. At the end, in a hilarious nod to the movie, the seats will fall back to the initial position, but before the restraints unlock, several of the cars will do what tipped tractors are known to do (if you've seen Cars, you know what I mean). At this point the restraints release, and while the guests exit the attraction, Lightning and Mater have a good laugh, while Frank falls back asleep. This attraction would be located on a site behind the current exit of the Walt Disney Theater. Half of the Animation Building would be torn down to account for a segue into the new area. This area will encompass what is now a parking lot. It will house the Radiator Springs set as well as some character greeting spots and possibly a Cars gift shop. The area will stretch from the animation building to the path between Toy Story Mania and the home of the IncrediCoaster!. Whew!
5. Magic of Disney/Pixar Animation - The current animation tour will be radically changed to more closely resemble the offerings at DCA. A changing exhibit of recent Disney and Pixar Animation releases would be included. In the future, a possible Pixar Stage Show could be constructed just to the north of the current building, which may be annexed anyway for Animation bldg. expansion. This area is located between Rockin Roller Plaza and the Animation Courtyard, next to the Sunset Farmer's Market.
6. House of Mouse Restaurant - Mickey Mouse will invite guests into the House of Mouse Restaurant, where classic Disney cartoons are always the feature and the menu has something for everyone. This restaurant will be located in the current Little Mermaid show building, with the Art Deco facade taking over the current entrance to the show. The main entertainment will be a theater screen, with occasional introductions made by an AA Mickey, Donald, or Goofy. This will add to the already superb dining choices at the studios, and will be a truely family-friendly experience. This eatery will be quick-service.
7. Shops - The current shop at the exit of the Little Mermaid will become a new House of Mouse gift shop, which will also serve as the main exit of the restaurant. A Cars gift shop will be built next to the Radiator Springs set, and could look similar to Luigi's Tire Store. Knowing Disney, they would probably want some kind of Toy Story tie-in as well, but I'm leaving that out for the time being.
Well folks, that's what I have for now. I'm currently drawing up concept sketches of what the proposed area might look like. For those out there that wonder about the displaced attractions, don't fret, I have solutions... As part of a park renewal program, the Little Mermaid dark ride from the DVD will be installed in the Magic Kingdom where Ariel's Grotto is currently located. The models and exhibits from the One Man's Dream attraction will be divided and sent to both the MK, and also to a new attraction at the Studios located in the current Sounds Dangerous Theater. This attraction would be a reiteration of the previous Imagineering Labs exhibit at Epcot, only it would be reworked to be both a museum of Imagineering achievements, as well as a place to bring the Cyberspace Mountain attraction once Disney Quest closes (tear). The film and other pre-Disneyland exhibits would be brought to MK and installed in the Main Street Exhibition Hall as a more suitable Walt Disney Story attraction.
If you're still reading, thanks a bunch. Like I said, I'm making sketches of these attractions and layouts, and if you like, I can post them later on, but I don't know how long they will take. I also have plans for the conversion of the Disney Studios into a guaranteed full-day experience, but those need to be fine tuned a bit more.
If you're wondering about where these additions may be located, check out live.com and the bird's eye views of the studios, you'll see that there is plenty of room.