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Old 02-07-2013, 02:43 PM   #1
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How about good rumor news? Carsland at DHS

OK, I know this is from Al Lutz over at Miceage, but I feel he is right more often than he is wrong. And this is good news (although the bad news is it's happening because the New Fantasyland is not generating the revenue it was supposed to) for a Hollywood Studios that needs some more updated attractions.

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If only to prove how quickly things can change in the Disney empire, WDI execs returned from their Christmas break to quickly huddle and then directed their teams to figure out how to clone as much of Cars Land as possible so that it could open at Disneys Hollywood Studios park as quickly as possible, aiming for a late 2015 debut (nearly three years to the day after New Fantasyland officially opened). TDO execs were also told to stop value-engineering the project into a smaller footprint with fewer offerings and let WDI do their work. And since the James Cameron alliance that was supposed to bring Avatarland to WDW within the same timeframe is going nowhere fast, and may not even show up in a theme park at all at this point, WDI is thrilled to dig in and start real work on an accelerated plan to bring Cars Land to Florida.

The result will be a Cars Land that has just about everything the DCA version does, with a few filler buildings omitted and the very expensive Luigis Flying Tires ride missing entirely. The very deep basement beneath Luigis, needed for the giant fans and motors that resembles the generator room at Hoover Dam, would be extremely difficult to build in the swampy Orlando soil and raise the cost even higher. But even without Luigis, if the frenzied pace on this project continues in Glendale theres a good chance theyll make that Thanksgiving of 15 opening date, if not slip just a bit to the winter of 16. So long as WDWs numbers dont go from bad to worse this spring, the DHS Cars Land project should make the trip to Florida mostly intact.
http://micechat.com/21154-hello/

I should mention that the whole new Carsland area could get pulled if MyMagic+ is a failure because they have spent so much money on it.
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Old 02-07-2013, 02:49 PM   #2
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I hope they do something soon, the studios and animal kingdom need alot of help. If disney wants to keep attracting older kids they really need to step up what their doing. It seems like their major Orlando competiter is leaving them in the dust with updates unfortunately
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Old 02-07-2013, 02:52 PM   #3
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I hope they do something soon, the studios and animal kingdom need alot of help. If disney wants to keep attracting older kids they really need to step up what their doing. It seems like their major Orlando competiter is leaving them in the dust with updates unfortunately
There are times I feel Disney World is more content to try and wring out every dollar they can from the guest instead of focusing on upgrading the product in order to draw more visitors.
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Old 02-07-2013, 02:54 PM   #4
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Oh darn. I was hoping there would be more differences between the version at California and the version at Florida. If this is right they are talking about just cloning the entire thing.
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Old 02-07-2013, 03:02 PM   #5
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That would be a mistake IMO. As said in another topic, they should make a Star Wars land instead of another Carsland.
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:27 PM   #6
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This is kind of a disappointment to me. Carsland is amazing, but since we visit both parks, I would like to see something different at DHS like a Star Wars land as others have mentioned. Or if they must do Carsland at DHS, maybe add in some different rides in addition to RSR that DCA doesn't have...
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Old 02-07-2013, 05:53 PM   #7
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Based on rumors, there seems to be a real battle going on with this one.

Orlando doesn't want to spend money and is not happy with the early results from the new Fantasyland. (Remember, they initially wanted an even smaller version)

They'd like Cars Land because it's cut and paste and has already proven successful in Anaheim. But there are others in corporate that think Star Wars is the way to go, even if it costs more. Yes, Iger has been saying captial spending will be reduced, but they didn't spend $4 billion on Lucasfilm just to make a few movies.

It'll be interesting to see how it turns out.
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Old 02-07-2013, 05:56 PM   #8
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The truly frightening thing is how it all depends on the success of MyMagic+. They have spent more money on that than the entire DCA refurb.
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Old 02-07-2013, 05:58 PM   #9
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Sorry, I didn't know this was going to be moved to the rumors board. If a mod wants to combine it with the other thread or delete this one it's OK.
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:03 PM   #10
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I also wouldn't buy into the excuse for not including Luigi's Tires. Of the 3 attractions in CL, that's the one that has been the shakiest. They've tried a few things to spice it up, but according to Lutz, it remains an issue. Though he has said they are very committed to it in Anaheim, it wouldn't be a surprise if Orlando left it out, and not because of soil differences.

Cars Land is really a mini land in the first place, and if you cut out Luigi you have just 2 attractions. Granted, Radiator Racers is very popular, but WDW does already have Test Track, so it wouldn't be as unique for them as it was for DLR. Mater's is fine, and seems to be pretty popular, but it's a filler type attraction and not a huge draw unto itself.
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:12 PM   #11
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The truly frightening thing is how it all depends on the success of MyMagic+. They have spent more money on that than the entire DCA refurb.
I can see them getting caught in the headlights if MyMagic+ doesn't meet expectations. But if it does end up failing to bring in more guests and/or create more spending, they won't be able to stay frozen for long. Attendance is already an issue, and they will have no choice but to do something if MyMagic+ doesn't come through.

I'd actually be more concerned if MyMagic+ does somehow manage to bring in lots of new $'s. It would validate the belief of some that they do not need to actually create new attractions to bring in customers.
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:03 AM   #12
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Carsland would be a no brainer...but I feel they need more than Carsland...They need that plus Star Wars land as they are missing two things...

1. How will I keep appealing to young boys (and non-princess obsessed girls.)

2. How will I keep the 48" and above crowd coming to WDW for more days...and staying on OUR property versus staying off site or splitting stays with US in order to get early entrance and fast pass there!

ten years ago US was a teen place in many's eyes..but the world is changing. Soon as these kids are 48" and can ride the coasters they want them...younger kids want big thrills faster than they did generations ago...they are exposed to Star Wars, Transformers, SuperHeroes earlier than the Sesame STreet generation was...so I feel it isn't even an age group they have to go after anymore it is a height group...
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:47 AM   #13
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multiple sources from multiple sights have said any star wars related rides/lands are years away...maybe by 2020
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multiple sources from multiple sights have said any star wars related rides/lands are years away...maybe by 2020
Dear me I'll be one of those that can't ride it because if heart conditions by then
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:53 AM   #15
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multiple sources from multiple sights have said any star wars related rides/lands are years away...maybe by 2020
That seems logical actually. That's only 7 years from now, that would be in the heart of the time frame of when the new movies are being released. I'd hate to wait that long, but if it's done right, then I would have no problem with that.
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