Last week, I shared with you all Part I of my fantasy revamp of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The part consisted of changes within the part of DHS already there. This week, I busted thru the current blueprint of the park and created another entire area, located over the Main Entrance to the park, in the direction towards ESPN’s Wide World of Sports. This area would consist of five “movie lots”, each housing a different Disney property.
Before we get to the breakdown of each of the movie lots, I wanted to make note that I have, indeed, built the expansion across the main entrance to the park. I honestly feel that the secondary entrance, off of Buena Vista Drive, is more utilized, being that it is the entrance for the buses and most of the resorts guests. However, I don’t think eliminating the entrance would be wise. Instead, a bridge could be built over the entrance, so the incoming guests could go thru a tunnel, transporting them into the land of the movies. It might take some regrading of the main entrance, like they did to Disneyland Drive when they built Downtown Disney over in California. Once completed, the sky’s the limit, given the amount of open space on the other side of the entrance.
So, what kind of expansion am I talking about? Below is a quick outline.
NOTE: This is NOT to scale. Just shows how I think the layout should go.
Walt Disney Boulevard
We already have Hollywood Boulevard, Vine St., and Sunset Boulevard… I felt that this street (outlined in blue on the map above) could be named after the main man himself, Walt Disney. Honestly, I tried going with one of the famous streets left in Hollywood, but none of them stuck out as being prominent enough. Besides, another nod to Walt can’t hurt, right?
The first “movie lot” in the expansion, and recently purchased by Disney from George Lucas. This area would be able to expand on the presence of our favorite archaeologist, adding rides, shops, and a restaurant to the Epic Stunt Spectacular, which I would keep, as it always seems to be filled to capacity when I visit.
Back when Disneyland Paris opened, there was talk and hopes of putting in an Indiana Jones themed “land within a land” in Adventureland. However, with the park facing financial struggles, the idea was never realized. This gives us a chance to realize it here at DHS.
In addition to new rides and a refurbed restaurant, there would be a Moroccan Bazaar, filled with shops and small quick service carts serving traditional Moroccan food, similar to what is served over in Epcot. Also a place where guests can meet Indiana Jones and Sallah.
NEW RIDE: Indiana Jones Adventure
I don’t want to say we need to rip off exactly what they have in both Disneyland (Temple of the Forbidden Eye) or Tokyo DisneySea (Temple of the Crystal Skull), but the proven popularity of the EMV ride for the Indiana Jones makes this a no brainer. What if they took a page from the early 90’s game Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis?
NEW RIDE: Short Round’s Mine Train Tours
Based off Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, this roller coaster would be what Imagineers truly wanted when they hastily built Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril in Disneyland Paris. In this ride, guests would take a roller coaster train tour with the character Short Round thru the jungles, temple, and mine shafts depicted in the 2nd movie. The ride in DLP has inversions, and I don’t see why this one can’t have them either.
NEW RIDE: Sallah’s Congo River Excursion
Join Sallah as he embarks on a river raft ride in search of antiques along the Congo River rapids. Similar to Kali River Rapids. Guests exit ride into Sallah’s Antique Shop, which would sell Indiana Jones merchandise and “artifacts”.
Refurbishment: Backlot Express becomes Marion’s The Raven
Depicted in The Raiders of the Lost Ark, Marion’s tavern would be ideal to replace Backlot Express, and would make a nice continual element from the Stunt Show to the rest of Indy’s movie lot.
NEW ATTRACTION: Dr. Henry Jones’ Archaeological Institute
An ever changing exhibit which showcases current excavations around the world, showing guests when amazing things are being realized about the history of the world.
With one of the highest grossing film franchises in recent history, and with more movies scheduled over the next 3 years, it would be ridiculous to try and NOT include it in a theme park expansion. Since Universal Studios already has rides based off the Hulk (and Avengers buddy Spider-Man), I would rather shift focus of two major rides in this area on two movie powerhouses, Thor and Iron Man.
My thought for the setting of this area would be the Stark Expo, with a recreation of the Unisphere and the New York State Pavilion, two of the most memorable structure from the 1964 World’s Fair, where the Stark Expo was set in Iron Man 2. We could include areas for Meet and Greets, quick service food locations, and shops.
NEW RIDE: Iron Man- Supercharged
Help Iron Man test out his new supercharged suit in this “flying” roller coaster, where you actually have the sensation of flying. It would be similar to Superman: Ultimate Flight at Six Flags Great America and Manta at Sea World Orlando.
Following the ride, guests would be invited to design their own Iron Man suit, much like they can design their own Figment or Test Track car.
NEW RIDE: Thor vs. Loki: Battle for Asgard
This simulator/ movie/ effects ride, similar to The Amazing Adventures Spider-Man ride at Universal, finds you accidentally transported to Asgard in the middle of Thor and Loki battling to rule the realm. Thor finds you and decides to guide you back to Earth, but not before you come into contact with Frost Giants, who are once again working with Loki, battling Loki himself, and ending with you traveling back thru the Bifrost.
The Disney Afternoon
OK, out of the five lands, this is my unlikely dream. I have always been fond of The Disney Afternoon. And, with this added to the park, we could have a new type of Fantasyland area to this park. All rides and attractions would be based of the cartoons from The Disney Afternoon.
NOTE: I know that a Disney Afternoon themed area would be a long shot, but I just loves growing up on those shows and I think they would make a great theme for a kids area in DHS.
The center of this “movie lot” would be Scrooge McDuck’s Money Bin, sitting on a hill above the action and visible in all of its glory down Walt Disney Boulevard.
NEW RIDE: Launchpad’s Flight School
Similar to Goofy’s Sky School in DCA, this ride will be a crazy mouse, where Launchpad McQuack is trying to fly… er…. crash….. your plane.
NEW ATTRACTION: McDuck Mansion/ DuckTales Meet and Greet
Walk thru Scrooge’s mansion, then meet Scrooge himself, as well as Launchpad and Huey, Duey, and Louie.
Chip n’ Dale’s Rescue Rangers
NEW RIDE: Gadget’s Go-Coaster
Taken from DLR, this kid-coaster would be a nice addition to the area.
NEW ATTRACTION: Rescue Rangers HQ Walk Thru/ Meet and Greet
Now you can feel like you are also the size of a chipmunk when you walk thru the HQ of the Rescue Rangers. Then meet the Rescue Rangers.
Situated on a patch of water, this part would not have any rides, but rather the area’s eatery, a Play Area, and Meet and Greet.
NEW ATTRACTION: Wildcat’s Water Works
An area for kids to enjoy broken pipes and spraying hydrants, all supposedly “fixed” by Wildcat, TaleSpin’s resident mechanic.
NEW ATTRACTION: The Sea Duck/ TaleSpin Meet and Greet
Explore Baloo’s sea plane and meet him and Don Karnage.
NEW RESTAURANT: Louie’s Retreat
Run by that fun loving orangutan Louie, Louie’s Place would be a Quick Service restaurant, serving tropical foods and…. DOLE WHIPS!
The Gummi Bears
NEW RIDE: Gummi Bears Dark Ride
Travel through Dunwyn and help the Gummis protect their Gummiberry Juice from Duke Igthorn, Toadwart, and the Ogres.
NEW ATTRACTION: Gummi Glen/ Gummi Bears Meet and Greet
Join the Gummi Bears for some bouncy fun in Gummi Glen, including a bouncing floor, and meet the Gummi Bears out back among the Gummiberry bushes.
I would also like it if they had a stand selling Gummiberry Juice. Yum.
With the success of Tron elements in DCA, bringing a major attraction based off the movie, as well as an arcade, would be fun.
NEW ATTRACTION: Flynn’s Arcade & ElecTRONica
The main area of the Tron-scape would be the indoor Flynn’s Arcade. In addition to it being a huge arcade, it also houses the entryway to the Light Cycle Coaster, as well as a event area where ElecTRONica, that show from DCA, can find a permanent home.
NEW RIDE: Light Cycle Challenge
I still don’t have the specifics on how to make this a reality, but I would love to see a roller coaster type ride where people ride the light cycles. It would be an indoor ride with lots of neon. In fact, the whole world of Tron here would be indoors.
Saving the best for last. I literally could go on and on about what we could do with the Star Wars franchise. Heck, over at our sister site Jedi Kingdom, we asked people to help us design a whole park! Do I think it is going to happen? No. However, having a new area in DHS dedicated to Darth Vader, Yoda, and the rest is the next best thing, and definitely doable. Of course, the new Star Tours would stay, but I would suggest changing the exit of the ride from where it is now to the rear of the show building, right into the expanded area… of Tatooine.
NEW ATTRACTION: Mos Eisley Bazaar
Filled with shops and eateries, as well as the entrances to the rides, this recreation of the famous spaceport would be an ideal “hub” for this area.
NEW RIDE: Millennium Falcon- Kessel Run
One of the major attractions in this area would be a roller coaster where you are hired to complete the famous smuggler’s Kessel Run.
NEW RIDE: X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter: Battle over Tatooine
Dueling Coaster ride featuring the X-Wings and TIE Fighters from the movies. Like Dragon Challenge in Universal.
NEW RIDE: Anakin’s Podracer’s
A children’s spinner ride, where they get to pilot their own podracer.
NEW RESTAURANT: Mos Eisley Cantina
A replica of this famous smuggler hangout in A New Hope, this Full Service restaurant would serve out of this world eats, and the cast members would be dressed up like Star Wars aliens, of course.
NEW RESTAURANT: Dex’s Diner
After being run out of Coruscant, Dexter Jettster moved his diner to Mos Eisley (it was fitted with repulsorlifts for this exact thing, after all). This Quick Service restaurant serves only the best diner food Dex has to offer, including Nerf Steak Sliders, Pickled Gartro Eggs, and Juri Juice. There would also be a wide selection of pasteries.
EXPANDED: Jedi Academy
To accommodate the popularity of the current Jedi Academy, why not built a theater to house the show. I was thinking something open aired, like the theater in Downtown Disney Marketplace. You could also incorporate a video introduction by Yoda himself, explaining the need to the Younglings to learn the ways of the Force.
NEW SHOP: Watto’s
Of course, Watto would have to be present to swindle as money as he could out of the guests. Would only be right.
Well, there you have it… my “Blue Sky” for Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Would any of it actually be realized from the minds of the real Imagineers? You never know.
I invite you to sound off down below. What are your thoughts? What else would you like to see?