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    Talking A Boutique Park at WDW

    I am wondering, if Disney built a Boutique theme park at WDW would you go?

    For those not familiar with the Boutique park idea, Sea World built Discovery Covea few years ago. This park really only has six attractions

    1. Dolphin Swim
    2. Coral Reef
    3. Aviary
    4. Tropical River
    5. Ray Lagoon
    6. Resort Pool

    Now something you should know. 1 Day at Discovery Cove costs $279.00, there is no difference between an adult and child. This includes the Dolphin Swim (encounter), all your food and beverages (including beer and wine), gear (wet suits, snorkel gear), and a 7 day pass to Sea World.

    This being said, they never admit more than 1,000 people into this park.

    The difference really starts when you park (there is no fee), as you enter the entrance you are greeted by amazingly friendly and attentive staff, that take you to a check-in Kiosk (there are no turn styles here), the check you in, schedule your dolphin encounter, they take your photo and they give you a lanyard with your photo on it, and you are escorted into the park by a guide.

    As you go through the winding jungle path, you are greeted by an animal handler with a small mamal. You get your first animal encounter here. You move further into the resort, with your guide giving you advice and informing you when lunch is served, and you are shown the equipement area, where you get a locker key, get your equipment, and then you get changed.

    It is a wonderful experience never having to pull your wallet out. After you change, you begin to explore this tropical park. You start to discover! Sure when you read about that line up of attractions you weren't sure you would really enjoy a full day here, but as you start to experience each one, you start to realize you are going to have to budget your time!

    All this time while you are exploring each hyper themed area, there are photographers taking pictures of you. Lunch time comes, and the selections are plentiful, and the food is simply amazing. You get different dishes because you really want to sample everything. Again, you are never asked for your wallet.

    Your dolphin encounter finally comes, and you get preped andthe time comes, you become one with your dolphin friend, and there is always someone taking pictures of you (you feel like a rock star).

    The dolphin encounter ends, and you are back to exploring the rest of the areas that you do at your pace.

    The end of the day comes and you think (oh my I don't have any pictures), as you walk towards the exit, you meet with another memeber of the amazingly friendly staff, and they show you all the pictures that were taken of you and your party throughout the day! They are professional and candid! You have vacation photos like you have never had before (unless you are rich enough to have a full time photographer follow you around on all of your vacations). But now you reach for your wallet, and you are thrilled to, because you were never asked for it before now. You drop a lot of money on these amazing memories, and you exit returning to Central Florida.

    You talk about this experience, this escape for weeks and months to all of your friends and family.

    Ok. Now this isn't all about Discovery Cove. What it is about is....

    If Disney built a Boutique Park with a complete experience like this what kind of theme would you like to see?
    And what lengthy and immersive attractions would you like to experience?
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    Re: A Boutique Park at WDW

    Wow, I have heard really great things about Discovery Cove but I had no idea it was like that! Thanks for the summary there Eric.

    I think if Disney did something like that it would be very popular, maybe utilize some locations that aren't used anymore like Discovery Island for example. (no pun intended) As to what kind? I really have no good suggestion that doesn't come across as some elaborate tour through WDW. LOL So I'll wait to read others suggestions on this one.

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    Re: A Boutique Park at WDW

    Quote Originally Posted by SummerInFL View Post
    Wow, I have heard really great things about Discovery Cove but I had no idea it was like that! Thanks for the summary there Eric.

    I think if Disney did something like that it would be very popular, maybe utilize some locations that aren't used anymore like Discovery Island for example. (no pun intended) As to what kind? I really have no good suggestion that doesn't come across as some elaborate tour through WDW. LOL So I'll wait to read others suggestions on this one.
    Discovery Island would be a PERFECT location for a park like this (except for during firework time)

    Have you seen "West World"? It is about parks like this but people interact with Robots instead of humans, then the robots go crazy and kill everyone!

    Let us be cliche and say disney did a

    "Pirates of the Carribean: Experience" on the Old Discovery Island.

    you check in over by Fort Wilderness Camp Ground (maybe staging could be river country) you change into your Pirate Clothing, you board a large Ship similar to the Columbia (maybe The Black Pearl) you are surrounded by Disney Pirates and you are given a role, and a set up. You then land on the Island and your journey begins.

    You have been given a map for a treasure, one that will take you through caves, and peril, and will take you to swamps to meet with a voodoo witch, and interact, all the while you are enjoying great carribean food, and ale.

    At the end of the evening you take the Black Pearl back to shore!

    Just a thought.
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    Re: A Boutique Park at WDW

    Eric -

    So, what would you want in a boutique park? Because I'm such a big fan of Paris, I'd want a Parisian themed park, maybe a dark ride through the Louvre, and a Seine River experience. And Berthillon ice cream! Since there are already Disney animated features based on France, those could be built in as well.
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    Re: A Boutique Park at WDW

    Discovery Island sounds amazing! The idea of a boutique park does sound really awesome and I'm sure Disney would do a teriffic job with it, but it's difficult for me to be completely in support of this concept knowing that my family would not be able to afford this. I wonder if this park would seem almost snobbish to a lot of people.

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    Re: A Boutique Park at WDW

    What would I want? Well since you asked.... lol

    I personally would like to see a science fiction park (based on no francise)

    I imagine that you are first 'recruited' to join an armed force. You are given training, gear, and weapons (kind of like a really awesome preshow where you get to practice all you need to survive).

    You are then sent to a space station where aliens have destroyed all life and you must 'control the situation'

    So you have a really bumpy flight, as you sit an wait for your chance to fight.

    You enter the space station in your small group 4-6 and you start to explore. You have a locator type map on your gear that tell you roughly where you should go. Doors open before you and close behind you, aliens attack, zombie humans attack, you are completly immersed in this idea, that you are trying to fight for your very exsistence.

    You are allowed moments of reprive, when you find the mess hall, and as you try to put together the missing pieces and begin to find out there is much larger plan and you are just a pawn, and it is your groups oppertunity to really save things.

    Anyways I think it would be awesome and could last quite a few hours. I personally think it would be terrifying and would be like living a video game like Doom.

    That is what I would personally like to see.
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    Re: A Boutique Park at WDW

    Quote Originally Posted by OFTEric View Post
    What would I want? Well since you asked.... lol

    I personally would like to see a science fiction park (based on no francise)

    I imagine that you are first 'recruited' to join an armed force. You are given training, gear, and weapons (kind of like a really awesome preshow where you get to practice all you need to survive).
    That sounds like Halo!

    I actually would probably enjoy it, but I see that as more of a male boutique park.
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    Re: A Boutique Park at WDW

    I think girls would enjoy it too!

    The day would be conducted in 3 acts
    1. Training.
    2. The Trip
    3. The Fight

    In training you get dressed up learn how to use everything, learn the rules, learn about the enemy, you do scrimiges, you really build your team! You all have different roles, Captain, Engineer, Weapons Specialist, and so on. Then all of a sudden you are called to duty.

    Then your team boards the Ship.. It is bumpy, you have to go to the gun turrets and shoot astroids, and other space ships, you narrowly escape damaged and shaken.

    Once you dock with the Space Station the war begins, as I described.

    Then after it all, you take a journey back home, and debrief.

    YAY
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    Re: A Boutique Park at WDW

    How about an adventure on Fireworks Island in the middle of the 7SL?






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    Re: A Boutique Park at WDW

    Quote Originally Posted by WDW Monorail View Post
    How about an adventure on Fireworks Island in the middle of the 7SL?



    Come on seriously... what kind of boutique park would you like to see? What hightly themed immersed attractions would you want to experience?
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    Re: A Boutique Park at WDW

    A scaled down DisneySea that equals the phenomenal theming and attention to detail of the original one in Tokyo.
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    Re: A Boutique Park at WDW

    Well, I sat here typing my idea but realized I was being waaay to fantastical.

    I do like Eric's idea however.



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    Re: A Boutique Park at WDW

    Quote Originally Posted by WDW Monorail View Post
    Well, I sat here typing my idea but realized I was being waaay to fantastical.

    I do like Eric's idea however.
    Come on... there is no such thing as way tooo fanatical! I want to hear real ideas! lol
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    Re: A Boutique Park at WDW

    Quote Originally Posted by TDR_Fan View Post
    A scaled down DisneySea that equals the phenomenal theming and attention to detail of the original one in Tokyo.

    Ok... but if you could have a boutique park, like TDS what would it include? If it were to only admit 1000 people per day? What kind of long immersive attractions! Remember there is no queueing here.
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    Re: A Boutique Park at WDW

    Maybe something to do with being a movie star where you're transmitted to the lot by limo, treated like a star all day, and get to work in your own movie and play a role in which you get to take home with you when you leave?

    I don't know, I'm not really a big fan of the boutique parks.

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