Star Wars- Marvel- Pixar.. what's it going to be? Disney announced a proposed expansion of Disneyland. The question is what's going in, and where??
More Yoda? Natural, it would be. The Star Tours ride has been running since 1987, and the stories and characters from “Star Wars” could generate even more rides, restaurants and maybe some stuff that hasn’t been invented yet. Plus, “Star Wars” movies are coming back.
Consider this: To kids born in this century, Buzz and Woody mean more than Mickey and Goofy. Pretty soon, they’ll be buying their own tickets (and taking their kids) to Disneyland. But Pixar is more than two cool dudes – it’s a stream of iconic characters and stories. They’re already all over both parks but, as with many things Disney, more is more.
With all the princesses and fairy dust in Anaheim, there’s probably room for some straight-up action. Iron Man, Captain America, Spiderman? Their movies already feel like thrill rides. Disney’s challenge would be to create an experience that keeps up.
The top-grossing animated movie of all time? Yeah, that might work. Forget what we just said about princesses – this would simply rock. Plus, Anna and Elsa aren’t your grandmother’s royalty; they’re tough. And at Disney, tough equals fun.
Mapping out the usable territory:
Big Thunder Ranch — LESS LIKELY
Mostly used for holiday events and private parties, the area includes a petting zoo and barbecue restaurant. The area is a money-maker for the resort, mostly because of these private events.
Mickey’s Toontown — LESS LIKELY
“Star Wars” Land has long been rumored to be going here, but because of the popularity of this area for families with children, and its closure each night for the fireworks show, it’s unlikely Disney would build a popular land here.
Tomorrowland — MORE LIKELY
The area covered by Autopia and Innoventions is a big footprint, making it prime real estate for any new land. It also includes the area covering the old Motorboat Cruise.
Hollywood Land — MORE LIKELY
The area encompassing Muppet*Vision 3D, Stage 17, Monsters, Inc. Mad Tea Party and another structure is currently underutilized. There is a lot of room in this area for attractions based on any of Disney’s intellectual properties, though more likely they would be either “Frozen” or Pixar-related.
Behind Cars Land — MORE LIKELY
This used to be a parking lot for visitors, and still is for employees — making it the easiest area to develop into a new land. As to whether it is Pixar-related, “Star Wars,” Marvel or something else … who knows?
Behind California Screamin’ roller coaster — LESS LIKELY
There is enough land here to support an attraction as large as Pirates of the Caribbean and New Orleans Square. But there are key backstage support buildings for things like the daily parades here. Thematically, this would probably be ideal for something additional based on the “Toy Story” movies.
THE LAST TIME DISNEY SPENT THIS MUCH
You don’t have to look too far in Mickey’s history book to see what a billion Disney Dollars will get you at the Happiest Place on Earth.
Disney California Adventure started on a five-year, $1 billion-plus makeover of the park beginning in 2007. For that amount of money, the park updated some rides, got new attractions, new restaurants and a new land.
Toy Story Midway Mania! — 2008
World of Color — 2010
The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure — 2011
Buena Vista Street — 2012
Cars Land — 2012
NEW LANDS AND ATTRACTIONS
Disney experts say either “Star Wars” or Marvel is the most likely possibility, with a land based on the highly successful Disney film “Frozen” also in the running. Most observers agree that “Star Wars” is the most obvious. Another option: standalone attractions based on those movies.
Expansion means the need for more places to eat. Restaurants at both parks are always busy. The most obvious would be a restaurant or lounge based on the Mos Eisley Cantina from “Star Wars.”
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