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  • The "Long-Lost" Disney theme park: WestCOT

    Check this out. www.westcot.com links directly to the Disneyland Resort homepage. Something fishy is going on. Maybe a 3rd theme park!?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WestCOT Check this out!

    WestCOT was a planned park at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. It was intended to be a west coast version of Epcot, a park devoted to international science and knowledge which is located at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Imagineers intended WestCOT to correct any mistakes that Imagineers made in designing Epcot, while at the same time building upon the lessons learned in developing five theme parks. [1]

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    1 History
    2 Features
    3 Cancellation
    4 References
    5 External links



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    History
    Then-CEO of Disney Michael Eisner wanted to build something in Disneyland to compete with Walt Disney World, since he was receiving reports that families spent a week or more at Disney World, but only a day at Disneyland. He reportedly told Imagineers "Amaze me.", and the now-cancelled idea of WestCOT was born.

    Resorts were intended to be built on WestCOT property, a groundbreaking move for a Disney resort, since WestCOT would be the first Disney theme park of its kind to have resorts actually on its property. This resort feature, however, was later implemented into the Hotel MiraCosta at Tokyo DisneySea, and is considered to be a remnant of the original WestCOT plans. [2]

    WestCOT was intended to be built on the former parking lot of Disneyland, and Disney's California Adventure was eventually built on the property that WestCOT was meant for.

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    Features
    There would have been a shuttle system to the center of WestCOT from the parking lot, dubbed Center Court.

    A replica of Spaceship Earth from the Walt Disney World Resort would have been built at WestCOT, but it would have been known as SpaceStation Earth instead. However, when Anaheim residents said they'd see the giant structure from "their backyard", (with SpaceStation Earth planned to be 300 feet tall instead of Spaceship Earth's 180 feet), plans were made instead for a giant white spire to be the center of the park.

    Adventure Thru Inner Space would have been cloned to WestCOT, but it would have been known as Cosmic Journeys, and not only would it have "shrunk" guests to see what being inside an atom is like, the ride would have also "grown" guests to see the entire universe.

    Improved clones of Epcot attractions were also planned: Horizons, Journey Into Imagination, and The Land, all from Future World.

    One of the centerpiece attractions would have been called World Cruise, which was intended to be a boat cruise around WestCOT's planned version of Epcot's World Showcase. World Showcase would have been cloned to WestCOT, as well, but countries would have been grouped by regions, not individual countries. A clone of the attraction The Timekeeper was planned to be built in the European section.

    There would have been a new hotel inspired by the Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa in Walt Disney World according to the concept picture.

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    Cancellation
    WestCOT was announced in December of 1991 and was scrapped sometime around 1995. The cancellation of the project was due to a variety of reasons, but most likely the fact that the Walt Disney Company's Parks and Resorts division was incurring billion dollar losses in the early 1990s due to the ambitious EuroDisney Project of then-President Michael Eisner. However, concerns over the park from residents living just outside the Disneyland Resort also was part of its reasoning for cancellation, slightly similar in a way to the cancellation of Disney's America.

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    Re: The "Long-Lost" Disney theme park: WestCOT

    They bought that URL back in the late 90s (when this thing called the "internet" was heating up) They've never resold it, since it was an actual Disney trade name at one point.

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      Re: The "Long-Lost" Disney theme park: WestCOT

      ^^^ but the thing is...They are renewing it each year.

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        Re: The "Long-Lost" Disney theme park: WestCOT

        Westcot was the name of the original 2nd gate for Disneyland. The niegbors complained and whined and finally took them to court to stop this project and what we wound up with, thanks to the whining neighbors was, you guessed it, DCA! The neighbors didn't want all the noise and dust of construction that would be going on, plus the new management didn't like the cost. So the compromise was DCA, which now will cost more than it did to build to "correct" the mistakes made. Ironic isn't it?
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          Re: The "Long-Lost" Disney theme park: WestCOT

          Originally posted by Lost Boy View Post
          Westcot was the name of the original 2nd gate for Disneyland. The niegbors complained and whined and finally took them to court to stop this project and what we wound up with, thanks to the whining neighbors was, you guessed it, DCA! The neighbors didn't want all the noise and dust of construction that would be going on, plus the new management didn't like the cost. So the compromise was DCA, which now will cost more than it did to build to "correct" the mistakes made. Ironic isn't it?
          Some of your information is not correct. I was deeply involved with Westcot 2000 which was a large group of Anaheim business owners and citizens who were promoting the expansion of the DLR.

          We attended monthly meetings at local hotels, held informational rallies while the original studies were being done. It was Disney that suddenly cancelled the Wescot idea NOT the neighbors' griping.

          It was at this time that they also announced the building of "Disney's America" in Virginia.

          A few months later Disney contacted us about the new plan for DCA and DD. We became active once again and attended planning commission meetings, environmental study meetings to show support. There was a very tiny group of very vocal neighbors around Cerritos and Walnut that also attended and voiced their opposition but the homework was done, revised and the final OK was given.
          "America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between." Oscar Wilde

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          • #6
            Re: The "Long-Lost" Disney theme park: WestCOT

            Renewing a domain name annually is not exactly a financial burden on Disney :P If they have a name and don't want others to have it even though they aren't using it, they'll keep it.

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            • #7
              Re: The "Long-Lost" Disney theme park: WestCOT

              Well Disney doesn't have thirdthemepark.com reserved anymore, back when DCA was so high and mighty and they thought another park was a good idea. But I am sure some kind of third park will hit Anaheim in the future and you never know...it could be WestCot.

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              • #8
                Re: The "Long-Lost" Disney theme park: WestCOT

                Is it just me, or does WestCot sound like a type of spreadable jam?
                I don't mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that's how it comes out. - Bill Hicks

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                  Re: The "Long-Lost" Disney theme park: WestCOT

                  Originally posted by Loomis View Post
                  Is it just me, or does WestCot sound like a type of spreadable jam?
                  :lol: :lmao:

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                    Re: The "Long-Lost" Disney theme park: WestCOT

                    Originally posted by Loomis View Post
                    Is it just me, or does WestCot sound like a type of spreadable jam?
                    Great on whole weat toast for a complete breakfast! )


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                      Re: The "Long-Lost" Disney theme park: WestCOT

                      Originally posted by TanyAnnette View Post
                      Great on whole weat toast for a complete breakfast! )
                      And each jar contains a piece of fruit in the classic Mickey shape! Kids, see if you can be the first one to find the "Hidden Mickey" each morning!
                      Sarchasm- The gulf between the person using sarcasm and the person who doesn't get it.

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                      • #12
                        Re: The "Long-Lost" Disney theme park: WestCOT

                        Originally posted by barfownz View Post
                        Check this out. www.westcot.com links directly to the Disneyland Resort homepage. Something fishy is going on. Maybe a 3rd theme park!?

                        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WestCOT Check this out!
                        Oh...I would love to have a Westcot at Disneyland! The World Cruise part with a hotel like the Grand Floridian would have been wonderful!!
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                        • #13
                          Re: The "Long-Lost" Disney theme park: WestCOT

                          Then here's a couple pics everyone may be interested in seeing:



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                          • #14
                            Re: The "Long-Lost" Disney theme park: WestCOT

                            what i find funny is that EPCOT, the e doesn't stand for East. So what were they thinking by naming it West?
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                              Re: The &quot;Long-Lost&quot; Disney theme park: WestCOT

                              Originally posted by kickcows View Post
                              what i find funny is that EPCOT, the e doesn't stand for East. So what were they thinking by naming it West?
                              Probably because it sounds better than Epcot 2 or something like that. I chalk it up to Disneyland is to Magic Kingdom so it would be Epcot to Westcot. Yes, the meaning true meaning is lost, but the general public would get it.
                              Stalking is when two people go for a long romantic walk together but only one of them knows about it.

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