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  • Why doesn't DL have a Lion King attraction?

    Finally, it has been announced by Disney that the "Snow White"
    of the 2nd Golden Age will FINALLY have a Dark Ride in DCA!!!
    Of course, I'm referring to Ariel, the Little Mermaid! And of course,
    this will be one of the most anticipated attractions in YEARS!

    SO, now my attention goes to the movie that gained the
    Lion's share of the Box office during the 2nd Golden Age,
    it also was the inspiration for one of Broadway most successful
    musicals, it also gave DL one of it's most popular parades ever,
    and at least a couple of floats since then. The Lion King at
    DL is virtually unrecognized, and THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE!

    The Lion King definitely deserves it's own attraction in Disneyland
    or DCA. The storyline is beautifully done, and the characters
    are all fun, Scar is one of Disney's best Villains EVER, BUT
    SELDOM IS SCAR SEEN IN ANY FORM at Disneyland ~ not
    even during Halloweentime. And let's not forget those heinous
    Hyenas, who add so much to the movie, as well.

    Disneyland, it's time that The Lion King is given it's due honor
    with a Dark Ride!
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    Re: Why doesn't DL have a Lion King attraction?

    I could see a Lion King attraction in Disneyland, but where would it go?? AND what kind of an attraction would it be???


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    • #3
      Re: Why doesn't DL have a Lion King attraction?

      It does. There's a throne back in TDA.

      Oh wait, that's for the Lyin' King

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      • #4
        Re: Why doesn't DL have a Lion King attraction?

        I always liked the idea of somehow expanding FantasyLand and adding dark rides of the modern classics like Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Etc...

        Maybe put it where the fantasyland theater is now.

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        • #5
          Re: Why doesn't DL have a Lion King attraction?

          well Disney world has given it attention to the movie with the all those stage shows over there. But I think the Broadway version has prevented Disney from creation a truly unique experience that pays homage to the movie. You just cant get any better than the live Julie Taymor show!

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          • #6
            Re: Why doesn't DL have a Lion King attraction?

            Both Bambi and Simba deserve elaborate allegorical attractions at D.A.K.

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            • #7
              Re: Why doesn't DL have a Lion King attraction?

              Bambi would require elaborate and extremely lavish set design which could be nice but vary dull because the film is based in realism.
              Last edited by Sir.Mouse; 10-25-2007, 05:33 PM.

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              • #8
                Re: Why doesn't DL have a Lion King attraction?

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                • #9
                  Re: Why doesn't DL have a Lion King attraction?

                  At The Magic Kingdom in Florida they did a wonderful show in the Mickey Mouse theater (that was changed out to Mickey's Philharmagic) using giant puppets of the characters. It could be done by taking out that Aladin's thing in Adventureland (It totally does not fit in that area anyway) and replace it with a good sized theater to do the show, or something similar. They need more in Adventureland anyway. It only has two rides, Jungle Cruise and Indy. The Lion King would fit right in Adventureland and a theater type show would be a great place to sit down for awhile. The show in Florida was very well done and it would be nice to see something like that done here.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Why doesn't DL have a Lion King attraction?

                    Who here remember the Pride Rock concept that one guy from Theme Park Review made. That would have made an amazing ride.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Why doesn't DL have a Lion King attraction?

                      Here is the specific problem I see in this. Adventureland is one of the most crowded areas in DL. An attraction requires space that currently just isn't there. The most likely scenerio would be to remove the current Aladdin show, re-theme it to a more generalized Jungle theater, and then use it for a combination of Aladdin, Jungle Book, Tarzan, and Lion King. The "venue" would need to be a typical show stage that could be broken down and enhanced quickly by removable sets and various props. I do not mean a combination show, I mean 4 unique shows having their own show times on either specific days, or specific times of the week. At night the venue could then be converted to Adventurer's Club. This would greatly enhance the theme of the entire area and fully utilize a rather stagnant venue with a total of 5 different show offerings.

                      The main cost would be show development, construction, cast, and costumes. If done correctly this would really be something. It would also require Guests to read a map and pay attention to the time. Instead of the "everyone gets the same experience" this would provide a different show, with a different experience, each show time.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Why doesn't DL have a Lion King attraction?

                        Originally posted by PragmaticIdealist View Post
                        Both Bambi and Simba deserve elaborate allegorical attractions at D.A.K.
                        NO! Disney's Animal Kingdom remains, for the most part, incredibly realistic and film-based attraction free. Even Dinosuar is done rather lightly. Harambe Village and the Kingdom of Anandapur are very realistic environments that need not be disturbed. Also, at least as it was planned, Bambi would have been absolutely out of place in the European section, Beastly Kingdomme.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Why doesn't DL have a Lion King attraction?

                          The main problem I see is that the only thematic fit in DLR for an attraction based on TLK (The Lion King) is Adventureland, and there simply is no room left in Adventureland. So as much as I'd like one... (my MiceChat name, 2DieFR, is a licence-plate style allusion to "...To Die For," the name of the musical score during the wildebeest stampede) ...I don't see it happening here in Anaheim. However, if interactive AA technology progresses far enough, perhaps we might see AA Simbas and Mufasas roaming the jungle sometime soon.

                          I have written up my own idea of a TLK attraction, using vehicles very similar to Indy's, but again, probably better suited for WDW's Animal Kingdom.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Why doesn't DL have a Lion King attraction?

                            A Lion King attraction? Easy. Just deep six Toontown and expand Fantasyland beyond the berm, filling it with attractions based on the 'modern classics'. Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, they should all be there.
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                            • #15
                              Re: Why doesn't DL have a Lion King attraction?

                              Originally posted by Aladdin View Post
                              BUT
                              SELDOM IS SCAR SEEN IN ANY FORM at Disneyland ~ not
                              even during Halloweentime. And let's not forget those heinous
                              Hyenas, who add so much to the movie, as well.

                              Disneyland, it's time that The Lion King is given it's due honor
                              with a Dark Ride!
                              I believe Scar is going to get his rightful (or undeserved - it's up to interpretation) time in the spotlight when Disney's World of Color begins performing at California Adventure. In the concept art Scar, as well as the hyenas, can be seen on the right-hand side of the image. (See below)



                              As for a dark ride...I posted an idea a few months back that I thought would be knd of neat. As much as a thematic mess it would be, I came up this idea back when TSI was getting Pirated. I figured why the heck not just change it into Pride Rock. (Yeah, I know, quite the thematic mess.) Anyway, here it be, and enjoy!

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