Friday, August 24, 2007

Indiana Jones Adventure to get effects from fourth movie

Disneyland's Indiana Jones Adventure is going down for rehab August 28-30. Rumor has it that Imagineering will be looking to see if they can incorporate some of the plot and effects from the upcoming fourth Indiana Jones movie into the attraction. That would be cool. But I also heard the rumor that the fourth movie is drawing some of its ideas from the attraction. So don't get too excited.

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Ratatouille Roller Coaster

Also rumored to be on the fast track to ground breaking at Disney's Hollywood Studios is a Ratatouille themed roller coaster based on the same coaster technology behind the very popular Crush's Coaster at Walt Disney Studios Paris. This would be a mostly indoor coaster located inside Soundstage One, very close to the current location of Toy Story Mania.

Crush's Coaster is the hot new attraction at Disney Studios Paris with long lines forming as soon as the park opens. Expect the same sort of excitement when it opens state-side. Crush's Coaster is built using the Maurer Sohne coaster pictured here. The same technology is expect to be used at the DHS attraction.

Frankly, I don't know why they don't just import Crush's Coaster lock, stock, and barrel. We could have a Finding Nemo themed attraction in three of the four Florida parks. Then we could all look forward to how they could shoe-horn the clown fish into the Magic Kingdom.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

May The Force Be With Disney?

Rumors of a new land at Disney-MGM Studios, excuse me Disney's Hollywood Studios, themed to two of the most popular worlds created by uber-movie producer George Lucas continue to grow. Could Star Wars and Indiana Jones find an increased presence in the park with new or revised attractions and possibly a whole land themed to Lucas' properties?

Right now the plans appear to be small. They'll start by adding a new stage for a permanent "Jedi Training Academy" show. Then slowly they'll expand the existing Star Wars theme to include the nearby "Backlot Express" eatery.

The generic movie making props and theme will switch over to Star Wars and Indiana Jones themed props. This will effectively blend the two Lucasfilm attractions together. At Celebration IV, Anthony Daniels let slip that a new version of the Star Tours attraction is in the works. That would likely be the next step for Lucasland. It's also possible that the Indiana Jones Stunt show will be updated with a few scenes from the fourth and final installment in the series.

I've heard rumors that the plans for "Lucasland" are much more involved. But the powers that be are proceeding trying to get George Lucas back on board first with careful wooing. Apparently Lucas lost some of his taste for Disney after the way Michael Eisner treated a few of his properties. But now that the Walt Disney Company is spending a ton of money on digital effects with his ILM division, everyone is feeling better about things.

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