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  • #21
    Re: Soarin' to Port Discovery

    Originally posted by LizCatMom View Post
    Just curious, did the book mention why they didn't build Soarin at DisneySea? Was it, as most things tend to be, a money thing where they planned to build it eventually once they had the funds? And are there other attractions in the photo that haven't been built yet?
    There are no other attractions in that model photo what were not built. But, to clarify, the building being discussed in that model is not Soarin', but another theatrical venue that was apparently cancelled late in development (it's a standard theater layout, not Soarin's distinct double-omni). One reason no Soarin was planned at opening was that the existing ride film was of California landscapes.

    If Soarin were to go to Port Discovery, the only available pad I can see is where Raven mentioned (Soarin's footprint is about half that of Indy), but would present major sightline challenges from Lost River Delta.

    It would also be interesting to see how, assuming it is a single ride film, Soarin II would be adapted for four very different themed locales:
    -Historic pulp adventure (assumed Shanghai Adventureland)
    -California airfield (DCA)
    -A pavilion about the land (or a modern airport) (EPCOT)
    -And a stylized future marina(DisneySea).

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    • #22
      Re: Soarin' to Port Discovery

      Couldn't Soarin' be built in the backstage area beetween Port Discovery, Mermaid Lagoon and Mysterious Island ?

      with so many Huge buildings around it, no sightline pbs and it could be a good place with the rear Plaza of Port Discovery in front of it.

      but how could they thematically fit an "actual" movie in a fantasy future port ? That is the question....

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      • #23
        Re: Soarin' to Port Discovery

        Originally posted by Jeff2Stras View Post
        Couldn't Soarin' be built in the backstage area beetween Port Discovery, Mermaid Lagoon and Mysterious Island ?
        In short, no. At least not cost-effectively (no room, space there needed for backstage). What lends this rumor credence is that the empty area between the River Delta and Port Discovery is the easiest place to expand at TDS (no required infrastructure changes). The key will be to get the berm dense and high enough so while anywhere in Lost River Delta, the sense of remote jungle is preserved (the Soarin building is completely obscured). There is already a jungle berm in that area, but will it be tall enough?

        I put together this piece of what I see as the likeliest location:




        but how could they thematically fit an "actual" movie in a fantasy future port ? That is the question....
        That is a good question... Maybe frame it around time travel?

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        • #24
          Re: Soarin' to Port Discovery

          Or, put the boats in the basement of a Soarin' structure?

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          • #25
            Re: Soarin' to Port Discovery

            Originally posted by CaliforniaAdventurer View Post
            Or, put the boats in the basement of a Soarin' structure?
            I suppose that could be done - TDS is already an awesomely multi-layered theme park.

            I'm assuming Soarin' II will feature wonders from around the world, both natural (e.g. Angel Falls, Serengeti, Himalayas) as well as manmade (e.g., The Great Wall, The Acropolis, New York City, and, according to Al's report, Disneyland). Getting the modern sights to jibe with Renaissance Era Med Harbor would seem even more challenging than future-set Port Discovery. Would they go to the length of filming dedicated sequences for each version of the ride?

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            • #26
              Re: Soarin' to Port Discovery

              Originally posted by RandySavage View Post
              Would they go to the length of filming dedicated sequences for each version of the ride?
              Don't hold your breath.

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              • #27
                Re: Soarin' to Port Discovery

                I get that Soarin' is a popular ride, but I'd be very disappointed if it took the precious remaining expansion space in the park. That land seems tailor-fit for a more expansive and frankly, better, E-ticket.

                Admittedly, Port Discovery is the only lacking land in the park, but I feel as though two flying-themed simulators in the same land is the definition of the word "overkill."

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                • #28
                  Re: Soarin' to Port Discovery

                  DisneySEA has not built an original E-Ticket since opening day (Tower of Terror is improved, but only a revamp), so don't hold your breath.
                  Born in a shoebox and making the most of it.

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                  • #29
                    Re: Soarin' to Port Discovery

                    Originally posted by RandySavage View Post
                    It would also be interesting to see how, assuming it is a single ride film, Soarin II would be adapted for four very different themed locales:
                    -Historic pulp adventure (assumed Shanghai Adventureland)
                    -California airfield (DCA)
                    -A pavilion about the land (or a modern airport) (EPCOT)
                    -And a stylized future marina(DisneySea).
                    My bet is that they won't. Which is a shame.

                    Originally posted by RandySavage View Post
                    In short, no. At least not cost-effectively (no room, space there needed for backstage). What lends this rumor credence is that the empty area between the River Delta and Port Discovery is the easiest place to expand at TDS (no required infrastructure changes). The key will be to get the berm dense and high enough so while anywhere in Lost River Delta, the sense of remote jungle is preserved (the Soarin building is completely obscured). There is already a jungle berm in that area, but will it be tall enough?

                    I put together this piece of what I see as the likeliest location:

                    Hate to say it, but Soarin' seems like a complete waste of that plot. The area described is large enough to accommodate a new land matching any of the other lands in scale, with the opportunity to take guests anywhere in the world or in fiction, and it's being spent on a single cloned ride that barely fits in the park as is. Here's hoping they hold out for something better.

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                    • #30
                      Re: Soarin' to Port Discovery

                      Originally posted by pli1018 View Post
                      I get that Soarin' is a popular ride, but I'd be very disappointed if it took the precious remaining expansion space in the park. That land seems tailor-fit for a more expansive and frankly, better, E-ticket.

                      Admittedly, Port Discovery is the only lacking land in the park, but I feel as though two flying-themed simulators in the same land is the definition of the word "overkill."
                      This. Every word of it.

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                      • #31
                        Re: Soarin' to Port Discovery

                        Originally posted by MarkTwain View Post
                        Hate to say it, but Soarin' seems like a complete waste of that plot. The area described is large enough to accommodate a new land matching any of the other lands in scale, with the opportunity to take guests anywhere in the world or in fiction, and it's being spent on a single cloned ride that barely fits in the park as is. Here's hoping they hold out for something better.
                        Agreed!

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                        • #32
                          Re: Soarin' to Port Discovery

                          There's plenty of space to build out both parks into the rear parking lot where they meet. You're going to see a parking structure go up toward the front of the parking lot and both parks expand into the back area of the current parking lot. It's inevitable.
                          Born in a shoebox and making the most of it.

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                          • #33
                            Re: Soarin' to Port Discovery

                            i think OLC is already having the expansion pads and the long rumored multi story parking is set to construct at a time and when multi story parking lot is done the expansions at both parks are good to go.

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