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  • [Idea] Pacific Wharf Needs Sea Life

    One of the things that Monterey, Ca. is known for is the biological diversity in Monterey Bay. I have always thought that the "pools " along the parade route by the Pacific Wharf (themed to Monterey's Cannery Row) has needed some animal life (besides ducks and seagulls). Ideally, you could have real sea otters, seals, sea lions, porpoises, and all sorts of fish in those pools. Access to "below ground-level" to provide aquarium-like viewing (Monterey Bay Aquarium-like).


    I realize that real animals might be unduly stressed by the noise and lights of WOC and parades, so maybe some realistic animatronic sea life would suffice. Just nothing from "The Little Mermaid", she already has plenty of representation in the park.
    You could have a shark like USH (periodically jumping up to gnash at the fishnet hanging over the water), or some playful otters swimming around, or floating on their backs cracking open a mollusk.

    I blame Paul Pressler for these things not getting built when they first tore up the old parking lot.
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    Re: Pacific Wharf Needs Sea Life

    Originally posted by Giant Panda View Post
    I realize that real animals might be unduly stressed by the noise and lights of WOC and parades, so maybe some realistic animatronic sea life would suffice.
    I just don't think it's super practical to have real animals given that they would need people to tend for them all the time, not to mention having to watch for people tossing food, trash, etc. I don't think it would be worth the time and effort, just to add something that ultimately doesn't really have that big of an impact on the surrounding area.

    AA's would be a better alternative to live animals. Again though, the maintenance needed on several AA's that are outside exposed to the elements 24/7 and sitting in that water constantly wouldn't be very cost effective either, I don't think. You could have static animals, but I am sure people would start to wonder why the otter on his back hasn't moved in 45 minutes..

    I blame Paul Pressler for these things not getting built when they first tore up the old parking lot.
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      Re: Pacific Wharf Needs Sea Life

      While I think AA's would add a certain element to the area, I don't feel the investment of time and money would be worth it. To me, it would be like the Seagulls at Nemo, interesting for about 2 minutes and then just part of the scenery for the next.

      Most certainly a no on real animals. So much going on to stress them out, not to mention the permits/costs/upkeep that would likely come along with having live animals.

      I like the Pacific Warf as it is, especially when it's slow and quiet at night.
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        Re: Pacific Wharf Needs Sea Life

        Definantly no on the real animals, but animatronics would be interesting. I small little show using the technology used for lucky the dinosaur, but a seal instead would be pretty cool too.

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          Re: Pacific Wharf Needs Sea Life

          Add a compact ride version of the seas at epcot with an omnimover
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            Re: Pacific Wharf Needs Sea Life

            You don't really need to think of the Monterey Bay when getting inspiration for the Pacific Wharf area. Disneyland itself is only about 15 miles from the ocean. Instead of those 3+ day park hoppers maybe some guests should take some time and venture outside of "the box". I think some people would be amazed at how close the actual ocean really is to the place.

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            • #7
              Re: Pacific Wharf Needs Sea Life

              How about some anamatronic, fat sea lions lounging around the pier? Just like the ones I've seen in San Francisco and Monterey.
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                Re: Pacific Wharf Needs Sea Life

                Maybe a little seal animatronic show based off of "Mickey and the Seal"? It'd tie in nicely with the vintage Mickey theme of the pier.
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                  Re: Pacific Wharf Needs Sea Life

                  Originally posted by Chesire View Post
                  Maybe a little seal animatronic show based off of "Mickey and the Seal"? It'd tie in nicely with the vintage Mickey theme of the pier.
                  Meh, that would be nice, but it's not really needed. Plain ol animals would be sufice. There's pretty much zero cartoons in Pacific Wharf...i think it would be best kept that way.

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                    Re: Pacific Wharf Needs Sea Life

                    One huge reason why real animals cannot ever happen is because the water used in the warf is the same water used for Grizzly River Run.

                    & that would definitely make me never want to ride again. lol

                    But I agree with those thinking of adding animatronic into the same area. It would make the area look a lot of better just by adding a seal or two. But we could say the same for GRR too.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Pacific Wharf Needs Sea Life

                      If they want it to be like Monterey, they can add two humpbacked whales and name them George and Gracie.
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                        Re: Pacific Wharf Needs Sea Life

                        I would like to see a group of AA seals maybe.



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                        • #13
                          Re: Pacific Wharf Needs Sea Life

                          It already has a decent group of ducks and other birds that hang around. I saw a group of 5-6 ducks swimming around the wharf last month.
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                            Re: Pacific Wharf Needs Sea Life

                            That land needs more everything. A dark ride, better food, and the animatronic animals would be perfect.
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                              Re: Pacific Wharf Needs Sea Life

                              I've always wished there were fish in the water.

                              I don't think live dolphins, etc would be a good idea, but I wouldn't mind some animatronics or even static animals (sealions sleeping on a floating dock, etc).


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                                Re: Pacific Wharf Needs Sea Life

                                Originally posted by explodingboy View Post
                                AA's would be a better alternative to live animals. Again though, the maintenance needed on several AA's that are outside exposed to the elements 24/7 and sitting in that water constantly wouldn't be very cost effective either, I don't think.
                                They've done ok over at Jungle Cruise.

                                I think a couple of noisy sea lions sitting on rocks would be effective. At the very least, they could pipe in sea lion calls several times an hour.

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                                • #17
                                  Re: Pacific Wharf Needs Sea Life

                                  I agree with adding audio-animatronic sea lions to the area. I lived in Monterey for a year and there were always seals hanging out and barking on the wharf.

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                                  • #18
                                    Re: Pacific Wharf Needs Sea Life

                                    real animals would be cool but you would need a zoo license.

                                    animatronics would be cool, but they would require a huge amount of maintenance all the time. im all for sea otters and sea lions though!

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                                      Re: Pacific Wharf Needs Sea Life

                                      Originally posted by mratigan View Post
                                      Add a compact ride version of the seas at epcot with an omnimover
                                      Better yet add a compact version of Maelstrom themed to California fishermen of the 1890's.
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                                      • #20
                                        Re: Pacific Wharf Needs Sea Life

                                        The wharf was originally supposed to be a semi educational area where people could see how their favorite foods were made. The sourdough bread bakery and chocolate shop still serve that purpose to an extent. I don't think it'd be that difficult to bring back a fortune cookie machine for the Asian place. The Mexican place no longer has its tortilla factory counterpart. Maybe they could relocate the Mexican restaurant to Hollywoodland in the next expansion (the only counter service location Hollywoodland has right now is Award Weiners) and a seafood place could replace it in Pacific Wharf. It does seem weird that the area themed to a fisherman's wharf has no seafood restaurant. I think a fish and chips place would be popular.

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