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  • Is Cars Land coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios?

    While the world is captivated by the Olympic Games, it appears that another Olympic-sized competition may be going on between the two major theme parks in Orlando. Two years ago, Universal Orlando stole the spotlight from Walt Disney World with the opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Theme park fans thought theFantasyland expansion was Disney's answer to Harry Potter. However, the DIS has learned of a rumor: Disney's answer may in fact be the opening of Cars Land at Walt Disney World.



    This is strictly rumor at this point, but what we've heard is that Cars Land may be coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios, replacing the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show. This show is apparently very costly to run several times a day, which may be one of the driving factors behind its removal. If more space is needed for the new land, the less-popular Backlot Tour may be the next to go.

    Recently, there was a popular yet plausible rumor that Universal Orlando was expanding the Wizarding World of Harry Potter into the Universal Studios park. These rumors included a train that connected the existing land in Islands of Adventure with the new area, rumored to be developed on the former site of the Jaws attraction. Late in 2011, Walt Disney World announced that Avatarland was coming to Disney's Animal Kingdomand while this announcement was made to mixed reviews, many in the industry still questioned whether this combined with the new Fantasyland would be enough to steal Harry Potter's thunder. If this Cars Land rumor proves to be true, that may be enough to tilt the scales in Walt Disney World's favor.

    Since this is only rumor for now, there have been no specific dates mentioned, but one would expect that it would be at least a 3 or 4 year process for plans, construction and so as to not poach guests from Cars Land at Disneyland.
    This was from DIS

    So what do you guys think? Do you think it may happen? What would your reactions be if it does??

  • planodisney
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    Did someone actually post that alot of what DLR has recieved lately was cloned from WDW? Are you serious?

    Soarin= Original at DLR, cloaned at WDW
    Midway Mania=Original idea for DCA, cloaned at WDW
    TLM=Original idea and attraction for DLR, cloaned for WDW
    Nemo=Original idea and attraction for DL,cloaned for Nemo Seas

    The first 2 were both cloaned to WDW from DCA and are the most popular attractions in their respective parks at WDW.

    The cloaning is the other way around, at least in the recent past.

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  • Bronco21
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    Originally posted by TimmyTimmyTimmy View Post
    You better turn your head to the left then while walking to TOT on Hollywood Boulevard
    Haha I was going to say the exact same thing!

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  • TimmyTimmyTimmy
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    Originally posted by Santana View Post
    Don't want to see the Carthay Circle Theater or the Red Car Trolleys in DHS either.
    You better turn your head to the left then while walking to TOT on Hollywood Boulevard

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  • Right Ear
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    :ot: Just my opinion: I won't mind seeing Carsland at WDW IF it is changed enough to be different than DCA's version. Also (purely theoritical) just cause it's called Carsland should not always imply that it's Radiator Springs.

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  • Santana
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    Definitely don't want Cars Land in DHS. DCA has been underperforming and struggling with it's identity for years, and Cars Land finally gave it that attendance boost it needed and the strength to stand on it's own as a park worthy of being across the esplanade from Disneyland. Replicating Cars Land on the East Coast and plopping it down in DHS would not only further wreck the identity crisis that DHS has been feeling for years but it would also take away potential visitors to the DLR. Park-goers on the East Coast who want to check out Cars Land won't go to DCA to do it, they'll go to DHS. The whole thing also feels really cheap, like they don't want to spend the money to create a new land for DHS so they'll just replicate something that proved successful in California. Don't want to see the Carthay Circle Theater or the Red Car Trolleys in DHS either.

    The rest of the ideas, however, are very good imo and bring about the potential for an all-new identity and marketing plan for the park. Instead of pretending to step into movie and TV production, how about instead actually stepping into the worlds of some of the biggest movie and TV franchises like Star Wars, the Muppets and Pixar? That sounds like a marketing strategy that not only increases it's appeal to adults and children alike, but also gives it a solid identity.

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  • Coastierox
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    I'm not a huge fan of park cloning, but I do have to say from a business standpoint bring the Cars franchise to DHS is a cash cow that makes sense. Put aside for a second that most of us micechatters on this side of the boards are frequent WDW visitors and a handful of us visit both coasts. WDW base is mostly people who come occasionally or rarely so they need something with popularity that is going to draw the crowds and expand the park. Also, we can't forget that DHS is no longer a working studio, it is merely a movie themed park trying to find its way in the world...

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  • Bronco21
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    Originally posted by Coastierox View Post
    Maybe Test Track is boring and uninspiring to you but I thought that the queue and the ride theme was great! And I work in a shop... That aside it appeals to the gearhead in many of us. What a great way to see how cars are made and tested, which is one of the intentions of the attraction.
    As far as RSR goes I cannot say what the ride is like as I have not been on it yet, but I can say that it is built on the same/updated(?) ride system. So... completely different rides? Yes and no. It's the same as Indy at DL and Dinosaur. Same ride system and track layout, but completely different theme.
    Don't get me wrong I enjoyed test track, but it didn't have that wow factor for me. I'm a gear head also, but the ride was dated when they opened it. The preshow video is corny, the sets are simple, and the exterior section is just a fast speed ride over a backstage parking lot. The dark ride sections are fun, but nothing breath taking. Honestly though, if Test Track were built anywhere but EPCOT, I would probably love it... It just reminds me of the gradual decline of EPCOT in the late 90's.

    As for RSR, test track feels like a rushed dark ride section with a high speed section at the end. RSR really is the opposite with a more drawn out dark ride section and a shorter less thrilling speed section. IMO other than using the same basic ride system, they aren't even close to the same ride. TT's main draw is the speed, where as the wow factor on RSR is the dark ride section. I think both rides are lots of fun, RSR is just a different more detailed fun...

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  • flynnibus
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    More like a 'wish list' then actual substantial rumor.

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  • redrhino54
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    I love the Hat. Is it in the wrong location? Yep. I hope they find a place that it can appreciated. Make it a snack bar at the AoA poolside.....lol

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  • toonaspie
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    Is A Huge Expansion “In Production” For Disney’s Hollywood Studios? | WDW News Today

    Is this for real??? It looks like a bad April Fools joke. The only upsides to this are losing the Sorcerer's hat, expanding Star Wars Land, and the Monsters Inc coaster. But replacing the Chinese Theater facade with CCT is bad repetitive idea, same with Carsland and adding trolleycars. DCA and DHS go by different themes so their offerings should be as different as they can too.

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  • Rave
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    Originally posted by Bronco21 View Post
    Test track and RSR are two completely different rides. Test Track has little to no theming (at least the original incarnation did)
    Don't discredit the designers saying it has no theming. The ride is highly themed on the inside its just more contemporary, edge, and modern than usual. It may not be the greatest but the designers did add a lot of theming to the ride.

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  • Coastierox
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    Originally posted by Bronco21 View Post
    Test track and RSR are two completely different rides. Test Track has little to no theming (at least the original incarnation did), a very poor "story", and a boring uninspired queue. It excels only at having high speeds (for a car is 60 mph really that fast?). RSR on the other hand has immense amounts of theming, a fun easy to follow story, wonderful animatronics, and a super detailed queue (no matter how long it is). The only area that RSR does not accel at is thrills/ speed.
    Maybe Test Track is boring and uninspiring to you but I thought that the queue and the ride theme was great! And I work in a shop... That aside it appeals to the gearhead in many of us. What a great way to see how cars are made and tested, which is one of the intentions of the attraction.
    As far as RSR goes I cannot say what the ride is like as I have not been on it yet, but I can say that it is built on the same/updated(?) ride system. So... completely different rides? Yes and no. It's the same as Indy at DL and Dinosaur. Same ride system and track layout, but completely different theme.

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  • Bronco21
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    Originally posted by magicalmoments View Post
    I've been on RSR and while it's fun I was bit disappointed. It doesn't nearly as fast as I thought it would. I'm heading to WDW in two weeks and I was hoping to try TT but sadly it's down for refurb, but it sounds a lot faster than RSR.

    I hope this is not true because there's another thing I'll pass because I can easily ride it 'back home' since I'm an AP holder within 1 hr of DLR.

    I'm already planning to skip TSMM and Soarin' while I'm in WDW.
    Test track and RSR are two completely different rides. Test Track has little to no theming (at least the original incarnation did), a very poor "story", and a boring uninspired queue. It excels only at having high speeds (for a car is 60 mph really that fast?). RSR on the other hand has immense amounts of theming, a fun easy to follow story, wonderful animatronics, and a super detailed queue (no matter how long it is). The only area that RSR does not accel at is thrills/ speed.

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  • magicalmoments
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    I've been on RSR and while it's fun I was bit disappointed. It doesn't nearly as fast as I thought it would. I'm heading to WDW in two weeks and I was hoping to try TT but sadly it's down for refurb, but it sounds a lot faster than RSR.

    I hope this is not true because there's another thing I'll pass because I can easily ride it 'back home' since I'm an AP holder within 1 hr of DLR.

    I'm already planning to skip TSMM and Soarin' while I'm in WDW.

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  • PSUMark
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    Originally posted by Kamerun View Post
    The general consesnus of how attractions are created and built follows this simple time line. As Disneyland has a very loyal local fan base of the 300 million plus people of the Southern California population, the management of Disneyland tends to put new attractions in more frequently as well as pays for much of the research and development of those attractions. This is logical given Disneyalnd has a higher rate of repeat customers who demand regular improvements and attractions. Walt Disney World has a vastly different management approach. Thier customers tend to visit every few years and given the shere number of theme parks and "other" attractions to choose from, do not need to update and reinvent themselves nearly as often as their older sibling in California. Since Disneyland tends to be the more inovative of the parks, they tend to get the newer concepts and larger scale budgets. Walt Disney World tends to scale the size of the attractions down (sometimes rather considerably) and have them built on a significantly smaller budget.
    This is true now, but really only because TDO is pretty terrible. Prior to 1994, this was not the case - in fact the entire concept behind WDW when it was first built was to be similar to Disneyland but "scale the size of the attractions [up] (sometimes rather considerably) and have them built on a significantly [higher] budget." We can hope (perhaps in vain, but who knows?) that WDW will receive its Matt Ouimet sooner or later and realize its potential under better management.

    Originally posted by Kamerun View Post
    Much of why nothing has been done in the way of improvments to the studio have been because Burbank cannot decide if they want to actually keep the theme park as a working studio or turn it into a full blown thempark based on a studio concept.
    This doesn't really make a whole lot of sense. DHS is already "a full blown thempark [sic] based on a studio concept." DHS hasn't been a working studio in any sense for over a decade at this point.

    Originally posted by Kamerun View Post
    I seriously doubt Management would have ever approved the money to fix up and improve Test Track if they knew that Carsland would be coming to the Hollywood Studios.
    Disney management didn't. That's all being paid for by GM - that's why it's happening.

    Originally posted by Kamerun View Post
    If Harry Potter World has done anything, is the folks at Universal have gotten Disney Management to actually start to be creative again.
    Rather optimistic viewpoint there - I think this one's more realistic.

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  • Kamerun
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    I have been following the tread of comments. I have noticed they range from logical and probable to emotional and outright rude. (which seems to happen on this blog when empassioned people are faced to recognize their "opinion" has some major flaws in its concept.

    I worked for Disneyland from 1990-1992. Durring my time there I had the opportunity to have long conversations with Marc Davis, John Hench, Ollie Johnson, Frank Thomas, Toni Baxter and many other "unknown" yet very talented Iamagineers. The general consesnus of how attractions are created and built follows this simple time line. As Disneyland has a very loyal local fan base of the 300 million plus people of the Southern California population, the management of Disneyland tends to put new attractions in more frequently as well as pays for much of the research and development of those attractions. This is logical given Disneyalnd has a higher rate of repeat customers who demand regular improvements and attractions. Walt Disney World has a vastly different management approach. Thier customers tend to visit every few years and given the shere number of theme parks and "other" attractions to choose from, do not need to update and reinvent themselves nearly as often as their older sibling in California. Since Disneyland tends to be the more inovative of the parks, they tend to get the newer concepts and larger scale budgets. Walt Disney World tends to scale the size of the attractions down (sometimes rather considerably) and have them built on a significantly smaller budget. Now there are many of you who will be tempted to prove me wrong. I am telling you now, I will not be drawn into an argument. For the sake of my posting, please respect the time I took in writing this before your ego shows how ingnorant and selfish you are capeable of being.

    Now when it comes to Carsland at Disney Hollywood Studios; IF Team Disney Florida green lights a version of Carsland for the Hollywood Studio park, you can bet there will be significant cut backs on size, scale, and the budget. Imagine the beautiful rock work of Radiator Springs simply being a large painted back drop. YUCK! Chances are there will be one giant show building, and some of the rock out cropings you race around. No real street to walk down, no junkyard jamboree and no flying tires. The truth sucks at times.

    For those who do believe something needs to be done to update Hollywood Studios and give it more of a Studio feel rest assured the constant argument at WDI is how to keep the Studio as an actual studio and theme park at the same time. There is a very limited footprint to the park and a carefull balance has to be achieved. Much of why nothing has been done in the way of improvments to the studio have been because Burbank cannot decide if they want to actually keep the theme park as a working studio or turn it into a full blown thempark based on a studio concept.

    Now if one was to let go of the idea of an actual working studio in Orlando Florida, this frees up a considerable amount of land which can be rededicated to exciting attractions and shows. Much of what are considered "Attractions" at Hollywood Studios are nothing more then live performance shows put in during the Eisener Years where the management belief was to build a cheap covered theater, and put a stage musical version of the movie. I honestly believe if Esiener could have convinced WDI to put in Giant TV Screens which showed an edited highlights from the animated films where people can shop while the watch the "attraction" he would have.

    I agree much of the Hollywood Studio needs to be addressed as to theme, attractions, food, shopping, and live entertainment need to be reworked. Until there is a true decision as to weather the Studios will be a theme park AND working Studio or it becomes a full blown theme park, we will continue to see very little in the way of new attractions at the Studios.

    Now for the people who want to see the damn dunce (sorcerer's apprentice) hat removed, I firmly agree with you. The hat is a major disconect and a very ugly shop selling pins. (Of which personally belive the pins could be sold in a much more attractive and subtle TENT)

    Carsland is cute and beautiful. It would really stand out against the Florida climate. I agree with those who feel each of the Disney Parks need to have their own identity and unique attractions. Florida has Test Track. I seriously doubt Management would have ever approved the money to fix up and improve Test Track if they knew that Carsland would be coming to the Hollywood Studios.

    Rest assured Disney purists, Catastrophy Canyon will be coming down at some point. The Car Stunt show and Indy Stunt show will be coming out as well. Much has been learned in the rebranding of California Adventure and I am sure management would like to make sure the top 10 theme parks in the word are Disney Parks. If Harry Potter World has done anything, is the folks at Universal have gotten Disney Management to actually start to be creative again.
    Last edited by Kamerun; 08-08-2012, 09:36 PM. Reason: grammer

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  • SpectroMan
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    A cloned land is just a bad idea. Let's be a bit more bold than that and come up with something unique for DHS.

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  • Susan Hughes
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    I personally don't think WDW would spend the money to build Cars Land. They're already sinking a ton into the new Fantasyland and Avatarland. Honestly, WDW never spends money. Just look at the neglected maintenance, decades old shows and worn out parades.
    Cars Land is a huge hit here at The Disneyland Resort. And it would naturally stir up the rumor mills that one would be coming to WDW. But all the other "hits" at Disneyland and California Adventure rarely make their way to Florida. Never heard any rumors about World of Color heading east. The only things that go to WDW are the ones Disneyland doesn't want anymore so they get shipped out there; Carousel of Progress, Electrical Parade, etc.

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  • JEANYSANCHEZ
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    I hope this is true! I love Cars and Cars 2!

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