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In this episode of the Disney Infinity & Beyond Webcast, Roger and Abe discuss all of this weeks Disney Infinity 2.0 news including our thoughts on the Digital release of Tron characters Quorra and Sam Flynn on the iPad plus other news of the week including a collectors edition of Stitch and the Green Goblin’s Glider.

 

We would love to know your thoughts on the Tron Digital characters for our next episode.

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Earlier this week, it was announced that Tron characters Sam Flynn and Quorra will be coming to Disney Infinity 2.0 as digital exclusives, first for the iOS and then for the PC in March. This weekend, I’ve downloaded both Quorra and Sam Flynn on my iPad to have a look at the characters.

Below you will find my video review of each character along with a closer look at their skill tree.

Also thanks to Infinity and Beyond member Scott Aparo, we have our first looks of them inside the game, plus a look at the new Tron digital power discs.

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What do you think of these?

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*Well, the cat is out of the bag. First posted over at Kotaku in a story by Mike Fahey, and then just confirmed by Disney Infinity Vice President John Vignocchi earlier today on Twitter, it also appears that Mike actually narrates the video for the release as Tron’s MCP… congrats Mike! I added his voice-over video to the end of the story*

So big news coming from the team at Disney Infinity today, with the exclusive digital release of Sam Flynn and Quorra… yes, I said EXCLUSIVE. Take a look at the official release.

Travel the Grid as Tron Makes its Way to Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition)

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Sam Flynn and Quorra Available as Digital Exclusives

 

Disney Interactive announced the final two characters for the Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) line up – Tron’s

Sam Flynn and Quorra. The characters are now available as digital exclusives for Disney Infinity (2.0

Edition) via the Disney Infinity: Toy Box 2.0 iOS app for $2.99 each, and will be available for PC in March

2015. Both will join all of the previously announced Disney and Marvel characters in the Toy Box mode.

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“The iOS version of Disney Infinity has always attracted our largest audience, so we wanted to do

something special to celebrate its launch. I can’t think of a more appropriate digital exclusive than Sam

Flynn and Quorra from Tron,” said John Vignocchi, Vice President of Production, Disney Infinity.

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• Sam Flynn: Son of brilliant videogame creator Kevin Flynn, Sam is ready for action. His skilled

Lightcycle maneuvers make speeding around the Grid and outsmarting his foes a breeze.

 Wielding his Identity Disc, he battles his way to become a User that Programs revere.  

• Quorra:  A rarity among Programs, Quorra, a fearless warrior, leaps her way into Disney Infinity.

Don’t let her gentle nature fool you – she’s a true warrior at heart. Using her Katana and Identity

Disc as weapons, Quorra is one Program you don’t want to cross.

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Well, there you have it everyone. Looks like there will not be anymore characters announced after these two digital exclusives. So, after Loki and Falcon are released in the coming weeks, we are done for 2.0. Sam Flynn and Quorra will be digital exclusives, meaning no figures. I will be assuming that the two new Tron Power Discs (Light Cycle and Light Jet) are also digital exclusive, but at this time there is no confirmation of it.

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What do you think of this development? Were you hoping that these characters would be actual figures when info for them leaked last year? Are you still going to purchase them for the digital versions of 2.0? Let us know over on our Infinity and Beyond Facebook group.

 

And here is Mike’s video:

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In this weeks episode of the Disney Infinity & Beyond Webcast, Abe & Roger discuss this weeks Disney Infinity 2.0 news including Tron figures/power discs coming to 2.0, a new variant figure, JV’s promotion, Disney Interactive’s Profits, Aladdin & Jasmine Toy Box Pack, Toy Box Game Discs plus we go into depth about the weeks new releases including the Disney Infinity 2.0 Toy Box Starter Pack, along with the new Disney Original figures, Donald Duck, Baymax, Hiro, Maleficent, Merida, Stitch Aladdin and Tinkerbell.

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For a while now, Disney have been teasing us with details on two more Disney figures set to be released later for Disney Infinity 2.0. Neither of these figures could be seen within the Hall of Heroes until Disney decide to do a free update to the game via the internet. This week Disney have released an update for the Free PC version and within that update, simply going into the Hall of Heroes shows the previously announced characters and power discs.

Which have show that Sam Flynn and Quorra will be to last two Disney characters for Disney Infinity 2.0.

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Here are some trailer videos from the PC version.

From these videos we can see that Quorra looks to have a web slinging ability and Sam is able to throw a image of a cycle at enemies.

This update is also showing that there will be two Tron Power Discs to go with it, the Tron Cycle and Light Jet.

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So it could be that these two figures will be sold as a Toy Box pack with both Tron figures and power discs. This also explains why the Tron Cycle that was seen in the press images can’t be found within the game at the moment.

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What do you think of these Tron figures & power discs?

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This week we have once again got 5 new toy boxes available to download for Disney Infinity featuring a Tron Challenge.

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  • Grid Escape by Enrem
  • Tron City Race by Erdadi3
  • Escape the Gird – Crazybynick

 

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Blue Sky – TRON

Before I could finish reading the sentence asking for Blue Sky ideas I thought TRON. It is one of my favorite Disney properties and I connect to it on several levels. What follows was originally my idea for where I thought TRON 3 should go, but it completely works for Disney Infinity.

1. Storyline/Time
It begins immediately after TRON Legacy ends. Sam has moved the Grid onto a drive in a suspended state. He takes it to Encom to try and find out what happened to his father. There is no sign of him there so he restores a previous backup onto a local server (in all likelihood there were probably several backups but my guess is they would all be very old because after 20 years it probably ran out of disk space so there wouldn’t be any recent ones).

Prior to going into this version he takes TRON and RAM (whom his father had spoken of when he was a child) from the oldest backup available and restores/upgrades them to serve as his companions.

Since Kevin Flynn gave his life to save Quorra, Sam doesn’t allow the human version of her to enter the grid again (she will assist you from the outside and is able to communicate with you throughout the game).

Edward Dillinger, Jr. discovers a server being used to capacity and investigates. He locates the program CLU and it communicates with him. Clu shows him that with a few modifications to his DNA he could become immune to all known diseases and illnesses. He could basically become immortal. All he has to do is help Clu exit the Grid. Dillinger agrees. Prior to Dillinger entering, he installs a program on the server that he can activate should he need to. He calls it the MCP 2.0.

The game begins in a new hideout just outside of TRON City at a date that precedes the Purge. Due to the date of the backup, Quorra has no knowledge of Flynn’s whereabouts (the hideaway she knows of doesn’t yet exist). After a quick stop at Flynn’s Arcade (Grid version) your first priority is finding a program called Beck as he became the leader of the resistance after TRON’s repurposing.

2. The TRON Playset would have 5 playable characters:

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TRON – Original
RAM – Original
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Kevin Flynn – Original

I would also do an exclusive Mickey Tron if possible!

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Also, with the figures themselves, I would make part of the base hollow so light can come through and light up the stripes on the costumes!

3. Playset Layout
The playset would include four major cities that can be traveled to by either lightcycle, lightjet or lightrail. The first, Tron City, would be a massive futuristic city as shown on Tron Legacy.

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There would be programs walking around all over the city needing help. The original End of Line Club would be at the top of a building that you would take a glass elevator to get to. It would also be home to the coliseum (where the games are played). The second city would be Argon, slightly smaller than Tron City, however just as bustling. It is the home of Beck and Able’s garage. The third city would be Purgos where Dillinger begins his experiments and unleashes the MCP 2.0 (perhaps this causes a blend of the old and new visual styles in that city?). Finally the fourth city would be Clu’s city. It is home to his command ship and where he first begins building his army.

4. Unlockables for Toy Box
Each character would be able to unlock their own specific lightcycle and lightjet. Flynn, TRON, and RAM would have classic style while Sam and Quorra would have modern styles. Flynn would also unlock his hideaway from Tron Legacy, a classic tank, and the classic Flynn’s Arcade. Sam would unlock Encom Tower, Tron Legacy-style building textures, and a classic motorcycle. Quorra would unlock a lightBo and the End of Line Club. RAM would unlock classic building styles and (if Disney was feeling particularly generous) the original TRON playable in Flynn’s Arcade.

5. Skills/Mechanics
The game would play with the battle mechanics of more like a sword fight than a brawler. Disc attacks would have to be parried or dodged before counter-attacking (acrobatics would be used extensively in dodging). As the characters leveled up, more and more disc/bo/brawling attacks would open up. Because the characters in the Tron Legacy at times seemed to defy gravity I would also slightly change the “gravity” in the playset so the characters could perform similar acrobatics in the air.

6. Vehicles/Weapons
As mentioned earlier each player would have their own custom lightcycle as well as a lightjet with each capable of conjuring a lightwall. The lightjets would also have blasters. You would also be able to drive a classic light-tank. In all vehicles I would suggest both a first- and third-person view be offered.

7. In-Game Challenges
Lightcycle races and battles (including the classic overhead style), tank battles (Space Paranoids style), fighting through the Games, freeing citizens from repurposing camps and warning ISO’s to flee the city.

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Space Paranoids

That would be my playset. The goal would be to continue the story after TRON Legacy and possibly serve as the prequel to TRON 3. I loved TRON Legacy so as a fan I want to see more of the Grid in its heyday and this would be a perfect way to do it. I want to see how the original End of Line Club was destroyed. I want to be able to stop the Purge. I want to be the original TRON and fight Rinzler!

To my fellow TRON fans, what do you think?

 

If you haven’t already checked out our Blue Sky Infinity Columns, you can find them here

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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.

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So, what kind of expansion am I talking about? Below is a quick outline.

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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?

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Indiana Jones

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.

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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?

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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AVENGERS

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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NEW RIDE: Gadget’s Go-Coaster

Taken from DLR, this kid-coaster would be a nice addition to the area.

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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.

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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.

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NEW ATTRACTION: The Sea Duck/ TaleSpin Meet and Greet

Explore Baloo’s sea plane and meet him and Don Karnage.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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I would also like it if they had a stand selling Gummiberry Juice. Yum.

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TRON Legacy

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.

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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.

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Star Wars

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.

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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.

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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.

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NEW RIDE: Anakin’s Podracer’s

A children’s spinner ride, where they get to pilot their own podracer.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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NEW SHOP: Watto’s Junk Shop 

Of course, Watto would have to be present to swindle as money as he could out of the guests. Would only be right.

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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?