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  • #21
    Re: Is Disney's Hollywood Studios' theme a bit loose?

    Originally posted by ttintagel View Post
    Originally posted by CaliforniaAdventurer View Post
    Thank you, ttintagel

    It never worked because the actors and crew are in New York or California, not Orlando. Nobody wanted to relocate there for a few months, to work on a movie.
    Did anyone notice the late John Ritter at the 24 second mark?

    But I wonder how the person who wrote that piece was able to see Eisner's apparent eye roll. The area around his eyes were too dark for me to see it. The only thing I did see was his waving his hand to get the ball rolling.
    Last edited by stitchfanocala; 03-22-2013, 10:38 AM.
    "Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children." - Walter Elias Disney


    • #22
      Re: Is Disney's Hollywood Studios' theme a bit loose?

      Eisner even considered building a Disney-MGM Studios minipark/ministudio/mini mall in Burbank...

      What’s hilarious about this concept is just how many Eisner-era fetishes and tropes it features: A stranded ship, much like Typhoon Lagoon. Nightclubs much like the plans for Pleasure Island. Wild visions of backlots and studio tours and buildings with false fronts that you can walk behind and see that they’re fake. Something based on Splash. And, most importantly, a Ferris wheel. Always a Ferris wheel.
      Neverworlds: Burbank’s Disney-MGM Studio Backlot « Progress City, U.S.A.


      • #23
        Re: Is Disney's Hollywood Studios' theme a bit loose?

        From the same article:
        In June 1987, MCA filed suit to overturn the deal and force public negotiations with other companies. MCA accused Disney executives of blackmail, and claimed that they had offered to pull out of Burbank if Universal would abandon their plans for an Orlando park. Disney denied the accusation.

        But MCA wasn’t Disney’s only legal issue. The chairman of MGM-UA, Lee Rich, claimed that Disney had no rights to use licensed MGM properties or names outside of Orlando. “We were very upset about it,” Rich said of the Burbank deal. “We’re going to do anything we can to get them not to use it.” For his part, Eisner felt that it was “crystal clear” that Disney was perfectly within its rights, and pointed out that they already planned to use the MGM name in multiple overseas projects.
        As the year passed, more problems emerged. In October 1987 Disney claimed that they’d had problems attracting major retailers to the project and that the Backlot may have to be “scaled back” to become sufficiently profitable. By February 1988, the estimated cost of the complex had risen to $618 million, although Disney had entered talks with British retailer Harrods. Mitsukoshi of Japan, although not yet contacted by Disney, openly expressed interest in the project as well.

        But it was not to be. On April 8th, 1988, Disney sent a letter to Burbank officials withdrawing from its agreement to buy the land. Alan Epstein, Vice President of the Disney Design Company, called the decision “extremely difficult” and claimed that Disney had already spent $2.5 million and 22,000 working hours developing the concept.

        In the end, the death knell for Burbank’s Backlot was a familiar and unwelcome line; in the words of Disney spokesman Tom Deegan, “We gave it the pencil test, and it didn’t pass.”
        Apparently no one told him about BEEF LIVING IN THE SEA.
        Neverworlds: Burbank’s Disney-MGM Studio Backlot « Progress City, U.S.A.


        • #24
          Re: Is Disney's Hollywood Studios' theme a bit loose?

          Has anyone read this article by Kevin Yee (Universal Formula)? It shows that Universal's studio section doesn't even try to pretend that you're not being immersed in the ride, but just simply riding through a movie set.
          My top favorite Disneyland attractions:

          1. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
          2. Pirates of the Caribbean
          3. Splash Mountain
          4. Mad Tea Party
          5. Peter Pan's Flight
          6. Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin