Mar 16, 2015

Pixar Place Pondering | Magical Mickey

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A lot of things that Disney does, like most large visible companies, does not go on in complete secret. They can only hold onto things for so long, before the rumors catch up to the truth. That cross over usually occurs before the official announcements. One of those not well kept secrets I want to do some "what ifs" about is the topic of this week's post. This week I'll be talking about...

Pixar Place Pondering

There is currently a lot of changes going on at Disney's Hollywood Studios. There have been several attraction closures, such as the Backlot Tour, the Legend of Jack Sparrow and the American Idol Experience. There's the recent announcement of the much needed extra track of Toy Story Midway Mania. The Sorcerer's Hat has been removed from it's place in front of the Great Movie Ride. There are still rumors of more closures: on the chopping block Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular as well as Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show. Bob Iger even let slip that the name for the park will be changing. This all leads to one question: what is going one?

The two currently large rumors are on two themed editions, a Star Wars based area (expanding out from Star Tours) and an expansion of Pixar Place. Today, I want to ponder about the latter. This post isn't about spreading rumors, or what's true, or what's not. This is purely about thinking about what you'd want to see. It's a thought exercise in "money is not object" and "technical feasibility aside".

The first attraction to throw out there is one from Walt Disney Studios Park in France. The attraction is Ratatouille: The Adventure. This is supposed to be a fantastic attraction where you shrink to the size of Remy and see the kitchen from his point of view. It does have a rumored exclusivity to France for an amount of time, so we won't likely see an export too soon. There are several other Pixar based attractions there, that could also possibly get the export treatment. Several seen on the list are Crush's Coaster, RC Racer or Slinky Dog Zigzag Spin.

Many people of course would love to see Radiator Springs Racers travel across the country. While this ride is supposed to be fantastic, an outdoor ride such as this wouldn't really work in the "every afternoon shower" environment of Florida. Have you ever been caught on Test Track as it starts raining? Or just any roller coaster. The pin needles to the face is not exactly a pleasant experience. We could instead talk a modified version of the ride, indoors. It wouldn't be a full size version inside, but maybe with some sort of modified ride car with a combination of some movement with screens and 3D elements that could make it work.

Now let's forget the export route. This is one ride I've always wanted to see. I'm also not alone on this. I'd like to see a roller coaster based on the door hangar scene of Monster's Inc. The scene itself is just perfect for a hanging coaster. Zipping around, trying to stay away from Randall, maybe through a closet into the real world before some tight turns back into the factory. Add in some additional effects beyond the standard coaster, and you've got a lot for the Imagineers to work with. It's actually a rumor that pops up every once and a while as a possibility, but never materializes. Maybe now is the time.

Maybe we'll see some more of you Boo.

I don't have any solid ideas just yet, but I'd also like to see something Incredibles based. I think you could easily get something out of the super hero based story. The most important part is I want to see it be PIXAR Place and not TOY STORY Land.

What ride would you like to see? Is there any particular Pixar movie you'd like to see get the Imagineering treatment?

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  1. I've got to say that having visited California Adventure, a recreation of Cars Land would be absolutely wonderful! I'm ok with getting pelted in the rain! :) I'd also love a Monsters Inc themed ride and play area!

  2. But Radiator Racers is what I wish Test Track would be. I loved that ride!