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    Consider this a bit of an age question. As hard as I try I can't remember what Storybook was like before the Aladdin addition? and I am also unsure if Little Mermaid was added at the same time? I haven't been on in ages, mainly because nothing has changed.

    I often wondered what Walt's plans were; display models, bring his animations to life; refresh with each new feature or simply update for the "big ones". Did he make them small because he loved models, or to fit the theme of Alice when she was a "Giant" and everything shrank?

    The other questions are more down to Earth. What is missing, animated feature wise, from the book? How much room is there to add new models? Which older models can be compressed, downsized, or re-themed to make new models? should anything at all be done to it since it has achieved "classic" status?
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    I used to love that ride. I was so afraid of going on through Monstro! I think what they could add Rapunzel's village/castle.

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      i say put in kuzco's palace from emperors new groove
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        I've always thought adding Grandma Willow into the ride would be neat. And then as the boat goes past her face would turn around and then go back to "normal."

        ...Joe...

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          The Mermaid/Aladdin scenes were added about 1997. Before that, Wind in the Willows (Toad Hall & Rat's house) was where Agrabah is. The Cave of Wonders was the 7 Dwarves' Diamond Mine. Mermaid was created new. The little "wing" w/ Eric's castle and the ship was added special. The bit behind the waterfall where Triton's castle is now was designated as Never Never Land. Why? "Because we never, never take you there."

          The plans originally were for models of world landmarks. Unfortunately, by opening day, none of these had even begun to be built. The whole attraction is meant to mimic a ride down England's canals, which people still do to this day. You can charter a little boat like the ones in the ride and your guide will point out the sights, or you can just sail down the river and have a picnic.

          If you want to see a really funny take on this popular English weekend pastime, watch the British sitcom "Keeping Up Appearances." There's one episode where the lead characters take a canal ride--with very wet consequences!
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            This ride gave birth to Legoland.

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              Originally posted by Diznyfan View Post
              This ride gave birth to Legoland.
              That made me laugh.

              I went on once, and the story-telling Cast Member said (as we passed the forest near Snow White's place) "And that's where Bambi's mother... Oh wait. We aren't supposed to talk about that!" And then swiftly started talking about something else. It was funny.

              But about adding...THey have everything that matters to me... but maybe something like said above? Kronk's place would be awsome.
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                Originally posted by Broadway Guru View Post
                The Mermaid/Aladdin scenes were added about 1997. Before that, Wind in the Willows (Toad Hall & Rat's house) was where Agrabah is. The Cave of Wonders was the 7 Dwarves' Diamond Mine. Mermaid was created new. The little "wing" w/ Eric's castle and the ship was added special. The bit behind the waterfall where Triton's castle is now was designated as Never Never Land. Why? "Because we never, never take you there."

                The plans originally were for models of world landmarks. Unfortunately, by opening day, none of these had even begun to be built. The whole attraction is meant to mimic a ride down England's canals, which people still do to this day. You can charter a little boat like the ones in the ride and your guide will point out the sights, or you can just sail down the river and have a picnic.

                If you want to see a really funny take on this popular English weekend pastime, watch the British sitcom "Keeping Up Appearances." There's one episode where the lead characters take a canal ride--with very wet consequences!
                Thank You, I know I have seen Toad Hall since so it was simply relocated. My next question is real estate... Is there any room for additions without compromising what is already there? Where? Can some scenes be "shortened" to improve real estate and update with some of the current beloved Animations? And again does anyone have a comprehensive list of what is missing? What scenes could be added from those features, and where?
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                  Originally posted by techskip View Post
                  Thank You, I know I have seen Toad Hall since so it was simply relocated. My next question is real estate... Is there any room for additions without compromising what is already there? Where? Can some scenes be "shortened" to improve real estate and update with some of the current beloved Animations? And again does anyone have a comprehensive list of what is missing? What scenes could be added from those features, and where?
                  I don't know about the "where" you're refering to, but here are some that are missing.

                  - Grandma Willow from Pocahontas.
                  - The palace that is featured in Mulan.
                  - Notre Dame catherdal from Hunchback.
                  - Pride Rock from The Lion King. (If they can make Cave Of Wonders work they could get Pride Rock to work - trust me.)
                  - The steamboat from The Rescuers.

                  There's a few more that could probably get added, but that's all I can think of right now.

                  ...Joe...

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                    they should put something from every disney movie that would make it really cool and kinda crowded.... hmm

                    aladdin has alot in that ride


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                      I always thought the Cave of Wonders needed that Cat-Head entrance like the one from the movie. (Paris' version has one I think.)

                      As for space, there's the whole "Patchwork Quilt" area. Originally there was supposed to be a sleeping giant's head (from "Brave Little Tailor") sticking out from underneath it.

                      http://www.jimhillmedia.com/mb/image...ping_giant.jpg

                      Without that extra theming I always thought it was a waste of space. I mean, think of all the Pixar films that could be represented here!
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                        its not a waste of space its beautiful i love it its one of my favorite parts


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                          I'm surprised that Eric's ship isn't The Black Pearl now...
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                            how 'bout the city of atlantis or the benbow inn from treasure planet or the emperors palace from mulan
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                              Originally posted by JosephTNielsen View Post
                              I don't know about the "where" you're refering to, but here are some that are missing.

                              - Grandma Willow from Pocahontas.
                              - The palace that is featured in Mulan.
                              - Notre Dame catherdal from Hunchback.
                              - Pride Rock from The Lion King. (If they can make Cave Of Wonders work they could get Pride Rock to work - trust me.)
                              - The steamboat from The Rescuers.

                              There's a few more that could probably get added, but that's all I can think of right now.

                              ...Joe...
                              I'll have to disagree on those ideas and I'll explain why...

                              -Grandma Willow would be cool to see. A Pocahontas attraction would be even cooler. But Pocahontas is not a "storybook". It's a real girl that Disney spun into a fictitious story based on facts.

                              -The Forbidden City in Mulan is a real place in Beijing, China. It's HUGE. There's a model of it there and it would literally take up a great big chunk of the entire canal. And... it's not a "storybook". It's a Chinese legend that was written into a poem. Based on a real incident? Nobody knows for sure.

                              -Notre Dame Cathedral is also a real location. Hunchback of Notre Dame isn't so much a storybook either but a novel. The 'fantasy' element isn't really there.

                              -Pride Rock... maybe that could work somewhere. But again, not a storybook.


                              I think EPCOT could have a really cool attraction if they showcased real locations in Disney animated films... that would be wonderful actually. So above, you'd have Pocahontas in the United States. Forbidden City in China. Notre Dame in France. Pride Rock in Africa (though it's made up), etc etc.

                              The space in Storybook Land is extremely limited. I would like to only see real storybooks take up ownership in that attraction.


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