Saturday, March 10, 2012

A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow

One of the key observations that has been made about the new Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom interactive game is that every land except Tomorrowland has a tie-in to the game. This has led many to speculate that Disney does not want to spend to add SotMK elements only to have to remove them for a giant upgrade to the land that may be in the planning stages right now.

The new Disney parks leadership (aka Tom Staggs) and Walt Disney Imagineering agree that Tomorrowland at both the Magic Kingdom and at Disneyland is in great need of help. Cars land opens in June at DCA and New Fantasyland opens in November at the MK. This is fortuitous for the prospects for a new Tomorrowland. If the crowds and spending come to DCA and New Fantasyland as predicted, WDI will get the greenlight to move ahead with plans to update Tomorrowland in both parks.

Historically, Disney management has been much more likely to green light an attraction if it can be duplicated and used in multiple parks. They now believe they can get two Tomorrowlands for the price of one (so to speak). Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom would get clones of a new E-Ticket, clones of a C or D ticket,  and updates to theming that will be nearly identical at both parks.

Everything would be tied up around space travel and a very futuristic vision of far off places and new creatures. The C or D ticket is tentatively scheduled to be a WALL-E based next-generation omnimover (a more varied range of motion for the cars and onboard screens to interact with). The E-Ticket you've probably already heard of.

It will be more than just a single ride, but rather a whole pavilion. Everyone knows that Avatarland has been put on hold at Disney's Animal Kingdom. The reason might be because Imagineering has long held an interest in graphing an alien world onto Tomorrowland and the Avatar movies might provide the perfect vehicle. It also lets Disney have a working concept that won't see the park needing to re-invent the land every 15 years again.

That's all I have for today. Looks like we could be in for a very interested next 5 years.

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Gavin said...

I second this rumor, it is definately a possibility, I think this may be happening.

Anonymous said...

I hope Disney does NOT put Avatar in Tomorrowland. Avatar is not a Disney movie. I don't this swap meet mentality.

The Tron Cycle indoor coaster they're building for Shanghai would make a much better choice.

Anonymous said...

I pray that the project picks up for Avatar in Animal Kingdom. Animal Kingdom was originally going to have a land full of fantasy creatures. I think this is the perfect opportunity to bring this into fruition in a new way. Avatar was a story about conservation. That theme was the center of that film. If done right, that theme could be brought over into Animal Kingdom's Pandora. Imagine the bestiary of creatures we could encounter, Imagine Animal Kingdom being open at night! I don't think Disney is bold enough to brave enough to jump into this project. I think its sad. Pandora at Animal Kingdom has the potential of being one of Imagineering's greatest creations.

Anonymous said...

Of course, Star Tours and the Indiana Jones Adventure are not Disney movies either, but it's the Disney magic that allows them to tie into Disneyland thematically so seamlessly. Avatarland would be no different.