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    Heya MiceChatters! How is everyone doing? I wanted to point out, mostly due to Covid and that DLR is closed and other parks are on limited operation, news has been pretty slow. Around this time of year, with the US and Japanese D23, we usually get a lot of news, so it's weird to be a little "out of the loop" for the time being. After the SM fiasco, this forum has been a little dry.

    So, to have some fun (and to get to know my fellow Disney Fans a little better) I'm gonna ask everyone a few questions. If you wanna elaborate, please do, I got time! Hopefully, thinking about the park makes you smile and brightens your day! <3

    1. What's your favorite part of the park?
    2. If there's a specific ride/ land you'd want to bring to your local park from and international park, what would it be?
    3. If you could build your own Disneyland, what would be in it? Would you do anything unique?

    Have fun! My answers are:

    1. Tiki Room! When I was younger, I had cancer, and I was eating my dole whip listening to Pele when I got the call that things were looking up. The next appointment we scheduled at the Tiki Room was my last! Not to mention, it's just an awesome attraction in general!!!
    2. Mystic Point for sure! I actually think you can put this one in California adventure somewhere, if the Manor was styled a bit more in the more traditional Californian Victorian style house. That ride looks so cool, and I think it's different enough from HM that it could coexist at the same resort.
    3. If I could build my own park, it would be similar to Disneyland in many ways, except I'd probably opt for the "New Fantasy Land" option from WDW. I think my park would have a really intense focus on walk-around experiences. I really like the idea of the interactive Pirate adventure at WDW, and I think that could be put everywhere! I think that kinda stuff is super fun, it would be good for the themeing, and it's equally as enjoyable for die-hards and casuals.

  • #2
    Originally posted by YellowTugStrap View Post
    Heya MiceChatters! How is everyone doing? I wanted to point out, mostly due to Covid and that DLR is closed and other parks are on limited operation, news has been pretty slow. Around this time of year, with the US and Japanese D23, we usually get a lot of news, so it's weird to be a little "out of the loop" for the time being. After the SM fiasco, this forum has been a little dry.

    So, to have some fun (and to get to know my fellow Disney Fans a little better) I'm gonna ask everyone a few questions. If you wanna elaborate, please do, I got time! Hopefully, thinking about the park makes you smile and brightens your day! <3

    1. What's your favorite part of the park?
    REALLY hard question. I think NOS and Adventureland are the PURE GEMS of the park. If I had to pick one, NOS, but Adventureland is a VERY close second.

    2. If there's a specific ride/ land you'd want to bring to your local park from and international park, what would it be?
    I want all of Tokyo Disney Sea. It is hands down the best executed park in the world.

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    3. If you could build your own Disneyland, what would be in it? Would you do anything unique?
    It would just be everything West of the hub, but expanded extensively with larger and more in-depth lands. So much potential and the best part of the park. If the East/North sides of the park went away, I would't lose much sleep over it.
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    • #3

      1. New Orleans Square. From a thematic standpoint, it’s food and atmosphere are top notch and from a practical standpoint, it has a lot of shade that is pleasant when it’s hot out.

      2. Any “Port of Call” from Tokyo DisneySea. However the Mysterious Island might be my favorite in terms of landscaping, architecture and even food (The gyoza dog and the Vulcania restaurant has some of the best quick service theming I have seen). Journey to the Center of the Earth is like RSR and Test Track but amped up.

      Very close second would be Mediterranean Harbor for similar reasons (the landscaping is breathtaking, the Italian food is surprisingly good and Magellan’s restaurant is fantastic. Though I would keep our lounges like Carthay. That is one thing we do better than Tokyo).

      3. Probably a Frankenstein of a “castle” park and Tokyo DisneySea. I definitely love the idea of having lands connected by both water steamers and trains. These gentle rides that combine attraction with the function (transportation) give the park a kinetic and magical feel.
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      • #4
        1) My favorite part of the park is the bend in the Rivers of America that runs right in front of Pirates of the Caribbean. I love being on the Mark Twain as it begins its journey and you get to travel through Frontierland into New Orleans Square while you get to see all of the people strolling around that promenade. I love all of the those things combining at the same time.

        2) One of my favorite Disney daydreaming activities is armchair Imagineering and thinking about potential new attractions. At one point I was thinking about a new Adventureland attraction where you got to go into a volcano deep in the jungle. I’d call my attraction “Mysterious Island”. I didn’t know at the time that Tokyo Disneysea already had one of these! I’m really excited to visit that resort one day so I can see this idea in reality.

        3) The first thing that comes to mind about changing Disneyland would be to make larger walkways. It's so crowded now that it's difficult to navigate. New attractions can come and go over time, but the overall footprint will change very little so those kinds of improvements could make a big difference in my enjoyment.

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        • #5
          1. Adventureland, though I greatly miss Swisska Polka playing there.
          2. I'm with you on Mystic Manor. Oh, but I also love the Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Car - a very close second.
          3. I'd leave most of Disneyland as it is and just fix Tomorrowland and Critter Country. In Tomorrowland I'd want a super retro, Googie feel and rides that fit that theme across the board. Star Tours and Buzz are great, but they need to relocate. No Pixar in Disneyland! In Critter Country, Pooh can go to Fantasyland where he belongs. Bring back the Country Bears and my Sun Bonnet Trio, Trixie, and Teddi <3
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Co Foo View Post
            1) My favorite part of the park is the bend in the Rivers of America that runs right in front of Pirates of the Caribbean. I love being on the Mark Twain as it begins its journey and you get to travel through Frontierland into New Orleans Square while you get to see all of the people strolling around that promenade. I love all of the those things combining at the same time.
            You are officially leaving the Rio Grande and entering the Mississippi. The rivers from the North going clockwise are Missouri, Rio Grande, Mississippi, and Columbia. The Mississippi extends from the Twain's dock, about to Hungry bear. The Columbia has the falls, about to the Trestle. The Missouri has a brief jaunt where the rapids are/used to be, and the Rio Grande is where you start to see Big Thunder Butte.

            Matt's 40th Birthday Disneyland Trip. Club 33, Napa Rose, and Adventureland Suite!!! ~~|~~ Katherine's 11th Birthday Dapper Day trip with Club 33 ~~|~~ Matt's Review of the Art of the Craft Tour at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel ~~|~~ My Spring, 2017 Dapper Day Trip Report ~~|~~ My Fall, 2016 Dapper Day and Club33 Trip Report ~~|~~ My Summer, 2016 Walt's LA tour with Bob Gurr and Marty Skylar ~~|~~ My Summer, 2016 Family Firsts Trip Report ~~|~~ Matt's September, 2015 Solo after the Safari Sunrise Trip Report ~~|~~ World Famous Jungle Cruise Safari Sunrise Premium Experience Trip Report ~~|~~ My February, 2015 Dapper Day Trip Report ~~|~~ My October, 2014 Family Vacation with Mickey's Halloween Party ~~|~~ My September, 2014 Dapper Day Trip Report ~~|~~ My August, 2014 Solo Trip Report - 1901/C33 Jazz Club ~~|~~ My June, 2014 Solo Trip Report ~~|~~ My February, 2014 Dapper Day Trip Report ~~|~~ My Epic May, 2013 Trip Report ~~|~~ My October, 2011 Trip Report ~~|~~ My October, 2010 Trip Report

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            • #7
              Originally posted by whoever View Post

              You are officially leaving the Rio Grande and entering the Mississippi. The rivers from the North going clockwise are Missouri, Rio Grande, Mississippi, and Columbia. The Mississippi extends from the Twain's dock, about to Hungry bear. The Columbia has the falls, about to the Trestle. The Missouri has a brief jaunt where the rapids are/used to be, and the Rio Grande is where you start to see Big Thunder Butte.
              Solid gold.

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              • #9
                1. New Orleans Square - I mean, it’s the most perfect land of any Disney park, world wide. It contains the two best rides, the best immersion, excellent food options and the best way to view the Rivers of America.

                2. This is a tough one. In DLP, I loved the different takes on the classics. I suppose, I’d bring the DLP version of Space Mountain. It’s more exciting, has inversions and barrel rolls, and is just the best Space Mountain hands down.

                3. Honestly, I’d keep the current DL with only these changes:

                - Remove the Fantasyland Theater and add a new E-Ticket attraction. Perhaps the Mary Poppins idea that was going to Epcot. Rebuild the interior of IASM to be fully flooded like MK and improve the flow and aesthetic to be not just a warehouse full of dolls, but a proper tour of the world.
                - Retheme Tomorrowland: return the TL’67 look and feel, but update the attractions. I’d keep Star Tours and the Subs as is. I’d restore the Rocket Jets to their 3rd floor home. Replace Space Mountain’s guts with the DLP version. Tear Down the revolving theater & Autopia and replace them both with new attractions (Don’t have a good idea for that area yet so TBD). Tear down the Peoplemover tracks and replace them with a DL exclusive version of the TRON Light cycles coaster that roughly follows the old path, but with proper new design to not break down or damage the tracks like Rocket Rods did.
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                • #10
                  1) Fantasyland, with Main Street and NOS tied for a close second. I love the quasi-medieval feel you get as you pass through the castle into FL, but it's not just that- it's that once you take that first breath in FL, you begin to see the fantasy elements, like Dumbo, Alice/teacups, Storybook land boats, etc. Granted, it gets a little off-track as you approach IASW, so maybe that's an area for a new land of some kind. I think Pooh would fit over there, better than in the main part of FL. And it would allow a lot of growth/change in CC, which would be nice (though I rather like CC ...but maybe I just like Pooh).

                  2) I haven't been to any of the overseas parks, but from what I hear, bringing anything from DTS to DLR would sound fun to me. Or maybe Tron, though I don't think that's in Tokyo.

                  3) Oooh boy, this is a big one. I don't think I'd change much honestly, except Tomorrowland: I like the idea of building up instead of out- that direction seems to say "future" much more than outward sprawl. Maybe the back sides of the new buildings (facing the rest of the park) could be disguised as forest, or mountains? Take out the carousel theater, move Star Tours (to SW:GE) and Buzz (to DCA, if we even keep it). Get rid of Autopia unless a good revamping would make it more relevant. Definitely get rid of the revolving theater and the preview theater and replace them with rides/interactive experiences.

                  I think I'd keep Splash Mountain, and enhance the queue with information giving it some cultural context (i.e. acknowledge that slavery was unjust, that Reconstruction was flawed, and that racism continues to be a systemic problem. I think the queue for Soarin' is cool because of the stories on the walls, so maybe something like that). I'd convert the rest of CC to a sort of bayou, and build a ride like the raft to TSI to ferry you across the wooded bayou to an entry into SW:GE and back (imagine fireflies at night!). Maybe then remove the path between Hungry Bear and the river, to restore that awesome spot. I love the idea of a Princess and the Frog ride, but I'd put the building outside the berm, and have you enter under the RR tracks, maybe like you go through Facilier's door, then follow Louis and Ray or Tiana and Mama Odie to escape him. I'd love an expanded Adventureland too. So many options there.

                  And I'd add or restore more quiet, "secret" spaces like COA, the caves on TSI, the fort, etc. I love how the park can still feel intimate, even when it's crowded.

                  DCA, now that's another story.... To go: Hollywood. The backlot. There instead: Pixar? Zootopia theme? Restore Paradise Pier, Screamin', the carousel, the menu at Paradise Garden, and for heaven's sake, bring back the Ellis Island Boys. Little Mermaid should be completely torn out, redesigned, and rebuilt. Maybe that's how we fill out the space between IASW and the rest of FL.

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                  • #11
                    1. My favorite part of the park is New Orleans Square. To me, Disneyland is at its best when it takes a place that is charming in real life and brings it on in a perfected, idealized manner. The other part of DL that does this perfectly is Main Street. We all wish we lived in a town with a Main Street like the one at DL! But NOS will always be the it place for me, because I love the real New Orleans so much!

                    2. If I could have any attraction at DL, it would be Mystic Manor -- same as the OP. Just haunted house obsession, I guess.

                    3. If I could have a super-sized DL, my dream would be to have a World Showcase like at Epcot. It's so much fun spending a day "traveling" through our interesting world.

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                    • #12
                      This is a fun thread idea, thanks.

                      1. What's your favorite part of the park?
                      Fantasyland. Lots of movement from Dumbo, the carousel and Mad Tea Party, and I love the cute look of the dark ride facades. The whole area is like a storybook come to life.

                      2. If there's a specific ride/ land you'd want to bring to your local park from and international park, what would it be?
                      I'd like to have Journey to the Center of the Earth from DisneySea. I have sadly never been to the Japanese parks, but that ride looks amazing and I'm a big fan of the book so I'm very interested in it.

                      3. If you could build your own Disneyland, what would be in it? Would you do anything unique?

                      Some things I'd want to do:

                      -Build a suspended monorail instead of the traditional kind, I think they look super cool
                      -The castle: I'd use Arendelle castle as the model, it has a design that's unique from the other park castles and I've always found it pretty. Also I'd give the castle an expanded interior that guests can walk through.
                      -Instead of Tomorrowland I'd have an area themed to space travel, both past and future, real and sci-fi, and attractions changed up accordingly (no Autopia, subs or Buzz at my park)
                      -Add an Alice in Wonderland restaurant in Fantasyland with a tea party theme.
                      -I'd have a Chipmunk Country completely themed to Chip and Dale (the classic, not the Rescue Rangers) instead of Critter Country, and steal the treehouse from Adventureland (also themed to the chipmunks. In case you can't tell, I'm a fan lol).
                      -No garishly-colored and exaggerated Toontown, I'd instead have a more realistically designed town themed to Mickey and friends with plenty of greenery and shade. Runaway Railway seems like a good attraction so I'd put it there as-is. I'd also add a walkthrough attraction showing Mickey through the years, pieces of art, and highlights of the classic shorts. Something relaxing for people who want to escape the crowds for a bit.

                      Well that's all the ideas I have at the moment, but it's fun to think about.

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                      • #13
                        Ah!!! Thank you everyone who has responded so far! it's great to read these all on DL's birthday! You all have really cool ideas and it's great to see the parts of the part you all adore. Have a great day. and keep posting!!!

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                        • #14
                          Favorite part of the park: Main Street, especially during the sheltering time; it’s the mood setter for the day, walking down, maybe walking through some of the stores, watching the castle getting bigger at each step...actually, I’ve never considered Main Street as a favorite, until now...just miss it...

                          international Disney ride to Disneyland: geez, I don’t know...I don’t follow much of what’s up at the other parks...have heard lots of good stuff about Tokyo Disneyland...as long as it’s not a ride simulator or turns you upside down, or has a steep drop, or turns you rapidly...

                          my Disneyland: no ride simulators, etc...I’m rather happy with what’s at Disneyland currently...some attractions from Yesterland would be nice...less stores and more restaurants...no shows or parades that clog up the place...administration that really give a damn about the place, and have actually been to Disneyland or worked at Disneyland...and lower addmission prices and other prices for food, souvenirs and other things since we really know that all the profits don’t go back into upgrading the park, but into deep pockets...

                          I am old. But still love Disneyland.

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                          • #15
                            1. Tough call. I'd have said Tomorrowland before the '98 redo, but now I'd probably pick New Orleans Square. Hard to beat the one-two punch of Pirates and Haunted Mansion. Runner-up: Galaxy's Edge. Even as a big Star Wars fan I wasn't that keen on having a whole land devoted to it, but now that it's here, I think it's pretty great. My kid and I will just go and hang out at a table watching Chewie go by as he occasionally stops to pose and hug the little ones. I love the whole vibe.

                            2. TRON! At this point I think you could rip out the Innoventions building and just about anything else except Space Mountain (and Star Tours if I could help it) to make room. I will never -- I repeat: NEVER -- stop wearing my "Bring back the PeopleMover" shirts to Disneyland, and I will always mean it. But if I'm not getting it back, at least the TRON ride would bring some of that kinetic energy back! And at night it would look amazing.

                            3. My nostalgia for Disneyland is tied up with the original, so I guess I don't see much point in my own copy. If anything I'd like to see a completely realistic VR version, maybe with different timeframes available so I could see, say, the pre-'83 Fantasyland with Skull Rock or the pre-'95 Tomorrowland. I'd like to ride the Skyway and the PeopleMover again.

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