Disney adding Monsters Land in DCA & ‘Tron’ Light Cycle in Tomorrowland?
Disney just made major changes to California Adventure (DCA) and Disneyland. Within the last 2 years they added CarsLand and created a new ‘main streeet like’ street in DCA and have made changes to many rides in Disneyland and refurbished a lot of the ride and buildings in the park. So now is Disney about to spend even more money to make big changes to the parks?
Walt Disney himself said that the park (Disneyland) would never be finished and we can see that, Disneyland (and DCA) have always been adding, refurbishing or recreating new things in the parks for years, its nothing new. So it only makes sense that with two films with sequels in the works (or coming out in 2013) we might see further integration into Disney’s California theme parks later this decade.
A new blog posted on MiceChat says Disney is considering revamping a huge section of Hollywood Land at DCA and theming it around Monsters Inc., which has its prequel Monsters University out this year. The biggest change would involve removing Muppet Vision 3D (below) and replacing it with a roller coaster thrill ride inspired by the door chase at the end of Monsters Inc.
On the Miceage site , they say (on Monsters Inc):
Taking a concept originally cooked up a few years ago for Disney Hollywood Studios in Florida, there’s now a very serious proposal to tear out the MuppetVision and Stage 17 buildings in the back of DCA’s HollywoodLand area and build a Monsters Inc. mini-land there. An all new roller coaster thrill ride would be installed in that corner, themed to the cavernous Door Hangar scene in the Monsters Inc. movie (below). The popular Monsters Inc. dark ride nearby would remain, although the façade of that building would get a dramatic upgrade as that entire area would be transformed into a fully realized Monstropolis environment. The open space in front of these two Monster Inc. rides, the family dark ride and the thrill ride Door Coaster, would remain to be used as the location for DCA’s popular evening dance parties.
The second rumored upgrade would happen across the courtyard at Disneyland. The current idea is to take Tomorrowland and give it an update, that would be centered on a light cycle ride inspired by Tron, Tron Legacy and the possible Tron 3. MiceChat, which is a very reliable source for Disney info, is reporting that the new Tron ride would use the old track system from the old PeopleMover route (below).
This is an idea that has been thrown around in the past, but in recent months it’s gained serious steam and is quickly nearing a green light from Burbank. The goal here would be to add thrill ride capacity to Disneyland, while at the same time providing Disney an excuse to go in and give an aesthetic reskin to Tomorrowland and create a more modern and sleeker version of the circa 1967-77 buildings there. The tracks from the old PeopleMover route (below) move all around Tomorrowland and all of tomorrowland would get an overhaul with this one ride.
Tomorrowland is much like DCA from 6 years ago; a place that had some of the most popular and highest rated rides in Anaheim, but that wasn’t particularly attractive and nowhere that anyone really wanted to hang out for very long. Disneyland guests currently go in to cherry pick a handful of popular rides in Tomorrowland, but the land consistently ranks low on satisfaction surveys as a place that is memorable or inviting. With the addition of the Tron speeder bike coaster, Tomorrowland would be given a cohesive themed aesthetic and a far more compelling story and with this type of look and feel (below) the park would have a look that feels more than its 2013 than 1973.
Something that has to be worked on and fixed in this Tomorrowland overhaul is the main entrance to Tomorrowland, if it does become “Tron-morrowLand” then it needs more room. The main entrance is very crammed due in part to this ride (below) Astro Orbiter at the entrance that does add to the 1970 feel of the park. The ride creates a lot of people standing around waiting for loved ones on the ride, parents video taping families on the ride and my all time favorite, stroller traffic and stroller parking problems.
Astro Orbiter was created for the under 5 crowd (and there parents) and its in all 5 Disneyland theme parks around the world so it is an important ride. I’m not saying get rid of the ride but Disney needs to look at other options. The ride is basically the Dumbo ride that Disney already has in FantasyLand at the heart of the park. Maybe it is time for the ride to go in favor of something that invites guests into new Tomorrowland. Something that is open that can handle the average 40,000+ guests that are walking around Disneyland at any given moment. Like how it was on opening day? (below) The ride could be moved to take back of tomorrowland where there is more room but that seams unlikey.
Particularly for the Tomorrowland project however, there’s a desire to not start serious construction until after the park’s 60th Anniversary celebration in 2015. The Door Coaster and Monstropolis project at DCA might be able to get underway before the 60th, for an opening in 2016 at the same time that the speeder bikes and Tomorrowland redo get underway. Time will tell if this will happen but signs point to yes it will happen but we are at least 2-5 years away to see this even start to take shape, or retake shape.