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  • [Fun] what if galaxy's edge had a podracing coaster or another B or C ticket attraction?

    I'm a traditional artist who's been practicing digital art and just for fun, I drew a ride vehicle and land paint over for a podracing ride "powered family coaster" that could possibly be shoehorned into galaxy's edge.

    So what if they actually did that?

    The pods would be a lead car styled as the engines with an empty spacer car for the cable connections to a group of sleds probably six sled segments so you could plenty of riders per train. the track and wheel mechanisms would be below a false floor/ground to create that floating look (think slot cars)
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    You'd have to build it up on the berm where they were going to put that transport ride. The parts where it passes over paths could be set high enough that you could create rock work tunnels for guests. This is how the track could feasibly look via google maps.
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    The station would be built across the way from the droid depot over the Fantasmic barge storage building. Anyways I think it'd be cool. They were at least fun to paint even if I don't think Disney would do anything like this due to their hard-line stance on the land having a timeline and not liking to spend money on stuff they just built.

    Not to be negative but I often marvel at how well space is used in the old lands and how much dead space is wasted in the more modern park designs. I just think they need something kinetic that everyone can enjoy that's not a 77 million dollar E-ticket.

    What do you guys think, Is this the sort of thing galaxy's edge needed? What sort of B or C ticket attraction would you want to see in this massive chunk of the park to help round it out and make it really feel alive?
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    I think it's a neat idea but like you said it would be DOA with the current "brain" trust. I still think Star Tours needs to be moved in Galaxies Edge to make way for a true Tomorrowland Update. Star Tours makes sense in SWGE because it is an outpost and having two transport based rides would not be out of character. They could even have a storyline that interacts with the other two ride scenarios.
    Last edited by Starcade; 10-19-2021, 05:21 PM.
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    • #3
      Agreed, a spruced up and relocated Star Tours would be cool. they could stick it in between the fantasy land side entrance and the cantina.
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      • #4
        They need to add something to justify the land use, I think. I know I harp on this, but with land as limited as it is in DLR, the acreage-vs-value ratio for SW:GE bothers me to no end. More Star Wars attractions would work -- a podracing coaster does sound cool and unique, and I like your art! -- but for my money so would taking some of the under-used land and extending Fantasyland or Frontierland. I think there's definitely an argument to putting in something along the lines of a Frozen ride instead, so the Frozen fans can have something too, rather than keep adding more and more Star Wars at the expense of everything else. I know I harp on this also, but I do think it's possible management overestimated the (certainly still very considerable) appeal of Star Wars.

        If they were to add something to SW:GE I think a "explore the ancient, mythical temple" ride could work, structured a little like Luke's excursion into the cave on Dagobah -- you could have a lot of Force-apparitions from various times and places, light side and dark, moments of beauty and moments of peril. You could make it atmospheric, tasteful in a classic dark ridey way, mix classical effects and projections, not have a huge footprint, and best of all, you could throw in a lot of characters from all eras of Star Wars naturally (as opposed to something like Smuggler's Run which, love it or hate it, is hampered in all sorts of ways by having to exist in a very specific date and place in the Star Wars cannon).

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        • #5
          As someone who once tried to be an artist I want to start by saying that your concept looks great! Excellent work!

          Since the trip is likely to be short at the speeds you're moving I'll bring up two possible ideas to increase ride time:

          1) Pull a West Coast Racers and have the two tracks actually be one long one where riders will engage at a "race" at timed dispatch moments. This option doubles the overall track riders will experience and I think would save on loading zone space. To keep things thematic you could actually have the one loading zone themed to a Pit Droid stop. We'd basically be replacement pilots dropping in and out of a race in progress while the vehicles are being "serviced" (loaded) which would also help explain why we're already seeing vehicles in motion while in queue or boarding.

          2) Send the riders around 3 times. This is probably the easiest choice but I guess is dependent on how long it takes for the vehicles to complete a circuit. It doesn't need any sort of fancier theming or story explanation but may hurt ride capacity?

          The choice for me would be tricky, but I think there is a good middle ground in there somewhere. Again, well done and thank you for sharing your work!
          Last edited by Blurr; 10-20-2021, 02:23 PM.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by BasilOregano View Post
            They need to add something to justify the land use, I think. I know I harp on this, but with land as limited as it is in DLR, the acreage-vs-value ratio for SW:GE bothers me to no end. More Star Wars attractions would work -- a podracing coaster does sound cool and unique, and I like your art! -- but for my money so would taking some of the under-used land and extending Fantasyland or Frontierland. I think there's definitely an argument to putting in something along the lines of a Frozen ride instead, so the Frozen fans can have something too, rather than keep adding more and more Star Wars at the expense of everything else. I know I harp on this also, but I do think it's possible management overestimated the (certainly still very considerable) appeal of Star Wars.

            If they were to add something to SW:GE I think a "explore the ancient, mythical temple" ride could work...
            I still think that they should expand Fantasyland into the Autopia/Motorboat Cruise/Subs area. They could probably fit two dark rides in there, plus restrooms and food and retail. If they wanted to be REALLY clever they could do a generic "Flight Through Fantasy" ride that would take you soaring through classic Disney moments, like "Circle Of Life", "A Whole New World", "Let It Go", "I See The Light", "Out There", etc. That would be a cool way to include a ton of the most iconic Disney moments that currently aren't represented in Disneyland or Disney World, and they could update it every few years by swapping out certain scenes for new ones.

            As for Star Wars Land, I still think they need to use the space between ROTR and Pooh for an enhanced Jedi Training experience for all ages, set inside an ancient Jedi temple, complete with things that move, light up, etc as people use the Force on them.

            Star Tours can go into the expansion space between the Falcon and Toon Town, with the planned dinner show restaurant built on top of it (maybe incorporating the space projection technologies used for the Space 220 restaurant in Disney World).

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            • #7
              I love it! Would absolutely make Star Wars Land more enjoyable. Good on you for being creative like this and coming at us with your visual representations! I’d really like to see what’s going on inside the company at this level.. what’s being proposed; rejected, etc..

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              • #8
                I like it at the concept level. I'm definitely envious of your ability to actually create the things that I can only imagine in my head. Very cool.

                As far as actual implementation goes, it would be challenging to get many cars moving at the same time in a pretty small space. You'd have to find a way to be loading multiple vehicles in a staggered fashion. Maybe something with multiple tracks.

                I would certainly enjoy some version of what you're describing and it would be a great addition to the land. The details could be tricky though.

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                • #9
                  I love the idea of a B or C ticket ride, but given that everyone here seems to complain when every new ride isn't an E++ ticket, you'll likely get a lot of enthusiasm for the idea and then when said ride is opened, complaints.

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                  • #10
                    Allow me to pile on some more compliments on your concept art. It looks great! Looks like you could drop it into the land and it would fit perfectly. My only comment is that some of those tight turns are giving me Rocket Rods flashbacks.

                    I do think Galaxy's Edge needs another attraction like it was supposed to have in the first place, until the land got Chapek-ed. Do we know if the issue(s) with the 'animal' ride were more intractable engineering things, or budgetary considerations? Because that still seems like a viable idea. We know they at least got as far as a prototype of the internal structures from that brief video glimpse.

                    I've definitely been a fan of moving Star Tours towards GE. They already have the Batuu landing sequence, so just put it there. I think there's still a good lifespan on the concept, especially if they would theoretically buy new motion simulator bases, build up the Star Speeder a bit more substantially than the painted wall, and throw in a few more planets and maybe a Mando cameo too.
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                    • #11
                      [QUOTE=Sonicrumpets;n8648558]I'm a traditional artist who's been practicing digital art and just for fun, I drew a ride vehicle and land paint over for a podracing ride "powered family coaster" that could possibly be shoehorned into galaxy's edge.

                      So what if they actually did that?

                      I love this idea, you’re hired! That area REALLY needs something else.

                      rode Disney railroad , which goes by this. Families looked towards “Tom Sawyer’s” Island, the kids were amazed at all the “animals” they saw… gotta love those kids. (:

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