Friday, May 11, 2012

In Need of a Transplant

Welcome to those of you joining me from TheCanaDisney Blog and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 2nd stop on our Magical Blogorail.

When we started talking about this month's Magical Blogorail Blue topic - transplanting an attraction from another park into our favorite Disney park, I immediately thought of something I'd heard on a WDW Today Podcast: Bring Horizons to Tomorrowland - next to it's sister attraction, the Carousel of Progress. Apparently, Horizons was the next generation of the Carousel of Progress - and as an attraction I vaguely remember (with fond memories!), I'd love to see it back in action.

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However - I have something I would like to see more:

Toy Story Playland.
Image from Disney Parks Blog

I originally heard of this area - located at both Walt Disney Studios Paris and more recently at Hong Kong Disneyland - around the time Disney announced they were bringing Avatar and James Cameron to Animal Kingdom. While I have yet to understand Avatar, Toy Story Playland makes perfect sense.

Pixar Place at Hollywood Studios - one of only a couple reasons we ever go into Hollywood Studios - relies heavily on Toy Story Midway Mania.  And, while that attraction is fantastic, it could use some friends to help with the extreme lines.  Plus, Hollywood Studios has more dead area - empty buildings where shows come and go, the Streets of America - once part of the Backstage Area now are rarely busy, aside from the Osborne Family of Lights, etc...  

Image from Disney Parks Blog
Now that it is DHS and not MGM and no longer a working studio, DHS could use a major pull - it does have 3 E-ticket attractions (Rock 'n Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror, TSMM), but it could use some more in-between attractions.  Toy Story Playlands have just that!
I believe that Jim Hill said Pixar Place was originally expected to be much larger, but I think that money became an issue - well, as an Imagineer, I would love to point out that Disney profits are up 21% this year already and this would be a great place to start sharing that wealth!

I personally would love to see these attractions, but don't expect to visit Hong Kong Disneyland or DLPR in the next.. well honestly, 20 years or ever, so I think they should bring them closer to home!  As an Imagineer, this is where I would start!

For more pics and description of the Toy Story Playland, check out this post on the Disney Parks Blog from 2010, when it originally opened in Paris!

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  1. Great idea Jenn!! Like you, I don't really get the Avatar tie in with Disney. I would much rather see something like this.

  2. They need to do this ASAP! Honey I Shrunk the Kids hasn't been relevant in over a decade, replace it with Toy Story!

  3. I have to agree. I have always been so surprised that they do not do more with the Pixar area. I saw this a while back in some pics and fell in love with it. I only wish I could experience it with my children which I know will not happen as I am not going to Hong Kong any time soon. :0(

  4. 400 Miles to DisneylandMay 12, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    I completely agree! I'm jealous that the overseas parks has this great place and we don't have it.