Also, any plan should target Grand Circuit Raceway's land before anything else imo :P Not that I've been there but it looks only slightly less lame than WDW's and only because the track wiggles back and forth a couple times..yipee
Interesting. I wonder what's being planned? I could see the diamond mine coaster and maybe a beauty and the beast dark ride along with a be our guest restaurant.
Ideally I'd love to see a wonderland area - I think that has a lot of potential for a theme park land
I'd love to see Beauty & the Beast at TDL - it would make me go there! And it would be VERY popular with guests.
Your Wonderland idea is even better, though. Especially in Japan, Alice has a HUGE - I mean cannot be overstated - crossover fanbase in many, many Japanese fan cultures. Japanese people LOVE Alice, and this would be totally original. Imagine walking through an outdoor "forest" area as "shrunken" because everything around you is so big, and then entering a queue and becoming a "giant" because everything in the "house" is so small - like Toy Storia Mania, but more immersive, with more consistent scale, and a mix of indoor and outdoor environments. This idea has extreme merit! It would be unique, perfect for the particulars of the Japanese market, and merge well with the existing Queen of Hearts restaurant.:clap:
If you ask me there's a lot of filler in the Tomorrowland section across from Grand Circuit Raceway that could be used for something else if they just moved Star Jets (see picture). Toontown is very popular in Japan, especially Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin so that will not be going anywhere. TDL's Tomorrowland is a disaster anyway and this way they won't need to expand out towards the parking lot.
Something I just threw together to see what they might be able to do with the space from the Speedway and the rest of that area-
I left Microadventure/EO for two reasons- the first being that Tomorrowland's entry would look horrid without that structure flanking the right side when you enter from the hub. The second reason is that all of the parks have these exact theaters and I'm sure Disney is cooking up a replacement for EO in the near future (PLEASE BE A WALL-E 4D SHOW!!! ). I couldn't fit Be our Guest but the rest of MK's new Fantasyland would fit just fine in a configuration similar to mine. The scale is supposedly correct according to a few topo maps and Googles "eye altitude". For those of you who think Mermaid is going to/belongs at TDS- Disney has always had rides from the same movie scattered around resorts at different parks/locations. Honey I Shrunk the Kids set at Disney Studios vs Honey I Shrunk the Audience at EPCOT; The Seas with Nemo vs Finding Nemo the Musical. Toy Story Mania vs Buzz Lightyear and so on. I don't think they have the space to place Mermaid at TDS and then there's the obvious problem of having the ride mimic the entire land that's already there. When all is said and done I think it's a better logistical fit at Disneyland instead of Disneysea.
^ While everyone wants unique experiences and there seems to be quite a distaste for "clones", having something on the other side of the planet be cloned isn't a big deal. Honestly if TDL can do what Magic Kingdom did with Mermaid (take an already developed ride and plus the heck out of it) then I'd be overjoyed for them to get a New Fantasyland. The "unique" factor is being way overplayed when it comes to foreign properties. I would venture a guess that less than 1% of all people that visit WDW, Disneyland or Tokyo Disneyland live across the pacific. That's probably much too high of a number of you're just talking specifically about people who live in the US/visit TDL or visa verse.
When all is said and done, it really comes down to the money. Disney spends an enormous amount of money on R&D for new ride systems/concepts and if those can be exported to other parks then it saves Disney and their client (TDL/Paris/China) quite a bit of money- which can be better spent on the queues, theming and minor tweaks to make the ride better. They've already done this with rides like Indiana Jones, Splash Mtn and Tower of Terror. Those are all superior/headliner attractions at TDR despite them starting with an already great ride system/concept here in the states. Honestly those three attractions in particular have some major capacity/reliability problems that were fixed with Tokyo's versions. Think of it like Buzz at WDW vs all of the other ones, the second version is a much better attraction.
Their Fantasyland right now is abysmal, to the point where it drags the rest of the park down. The rides are all in good condition and obviously TDL's great operations means you're not going to have a "bad" time there, but it really is still stuck in the 70's and their Dumbo is an embarrassment. I've always wondered how they've gotten away with having such an outdated/pitiful Fantasyland (and Tomorrowland to a lesser extent) without drawing the ire of people who sing Tokyo's praises. I love TDR and am planning a trip back there right now, but those two lands really do need a big overhaul. Between Marvel, Star Wars and New Fantasyland I'm sure Disney has Tokyo's execs salivating at the possibilities in the future!