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  • Plussing Pacific Wharf?

    In covering the redo of DCA it sounds like we've heard about pretty much every area except Pacific Wharf. While it obviously was built originally to be a glorified food court (though what part of DCA wasn't really?) its turned out to be one of the better themed and immersive areas of the park. The only problem is its a little static. While the bakery and tortilla walk-throughs are decent if you need a free snack, they don't exactly have a huge re-rideability factor and everything else is a restaurant. Since both Mission and Boudin have contracts they probably aren't going anywhere for a while. What's already gone though is the Fortune Cookie Chinese restaurant, leaving behind its exorbitantly expensive neon sign. This leaves a decent-sized two-story building adjacent to the on-stage boundary. Seems like an easy place for a dark ride! Since I couldn't think of a Pixar movie that would tie in with San Francisco/Monterey theme I figured to go old-school and come up with an original idea.

    You could use a ride mechanism like Roger Rabbit and make it a crazy tour of the streets/waterfront of San Francisco and Cannery Row and the canneries. Think Soarin meets Roger Rabbit. You could even include 3D glasses to make the close-calls with the trollies, cyclists, fishing boats, trucks, etc. seem even closer. The scent technology could be incorporated with fishy smells in appropriate places. The rides could vary with different projections along with AAs. It could at least be something for kids to go on while their parents get food. Just an idea! Anything is better than an empty building!

    Any other ideas?
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    Re: Plussing Pacific Wharf?

    How about a run-away cable car doing a crazy tour of SF? More like Mr. Toad.
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      Re: Plussing Pacific Wharf?

      Originally posted by goofypirate View Post
      In covering the redo of DCA it sounds like we've heard about pretty much every area except Pacific Wharf. While it obviously was built originally to be a glorified food court (though what part of DCA wasn't really?) its turned out to be one of the better themed and immersive areas of the park. The only problem is its a little static. While the bakery and tortilla walk-throughs are decent if you need a free snack, they don't exactly have a huge re-rideability factor and everything else is a restaurant. Since both Mission and Boudin have contracts they probably aren't going anywhere for a while. What's already gone though is the Fortune Cookie Chinese restaurant, leaving behind its exorbitantly expensive neon sign. This leaves a decent-sized two-story building adjacent to the on-stage boundary. Seems like an easy place for a dark ride! Since I couldn't think of a Pixar movie that would tie in with San Francisco/Monterey theme I figured to go old-school and come up with an original idea.

      You could use a ride mechanism like Roger Rabbit and make it a crazy tour of the streets/waterfront of San Francisco and Cannery Row and the canneries. Think Soarin meets Roger Rabbit. You could even include 3D glasses to make the close-calls with the trollies, cyclists, fishing boats, trucks, etc. seem even closer. The scent technology could be incorporated with fishy smells in appropriate places. The rides could vary with different projections along with AAs. It could at least be something for kids to go on while their parents get food. Just an idea! Anything is better than an empty building!

      Any other ideas?
      It sounds like a great idea! I love how it would incorporate all the technology used throught the park! :0)
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        I'd be happy with them just bringing back the Chinese food!
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        • #5
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          I didn't even walk through Pacific Wharf during my last visit!

          Maybe they can use some old Jolley Trolleys and run trolleys through the area.
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          • #6
            Re: Plussing Pacific Wharf?

            Don't those factories supply the tortillas and bread used in the Disney kitchens around the resort? Might as well keep them on view, but they need a stunt show taking place over there on the roofs of the buildings, maybe themed to "The Sting" or some other Roaring 20's style shootout.

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            • #7
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              Cue music....

              Da Da Da Da Da Da, Da Da Duh, Da Da Da, Da Da Da, Da, Da Da, Da Da Da....

              (The theme from "The Sting")

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              • #8
                Re: Plussing Pacific Wharf?

                I've only been through that area once and it always seem dead to me, certainly could use some ideas like yours in there.

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                • #9
                  Re: Plussing Pacific Wharf?

                  It definitely needs a ride of somesort! And I think if they do go ahead and jettison the "california" aspect of the park, it could most certainly become "any" wharf. And if they do that, the possibilities start rolling in.


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                  • #10
                    Re: Plussing Pacific Wharf?

                    put ANYTHING there that is not food..there i plussed it!!
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                    • #11
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                      Cue "The Sting" music.

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                      • #12
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                        If they do decide to do something to celebrate the SEA LIFE off Monterey Bay, I say do an aquarium that doesn't mimick the real Monterey Bay Aquarium or rival the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Just make it an underwater Disney world with glass windows and fish swimming by, not an obvious 'aquarium' mock-up. More "Living Seas with Nemo" than "Monterey Bay Aquarium stand-in." Maybe something that looks a bit like Mermaid Lagoon at DisneySea.

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