Over the past few years, Disney’s trend at the theme parks is to take existing properties like Star Wars or Avatar and create attractions and lands out of them. Thanks to the popularity of Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter land, it doesn’t seem like this trend is slowing down. Walt did think of properties when building his original theme park but he also wanted to create new original ideas for his park. So when did Disney decide to slow it’s building of original concepts.
Does media have a hand in this? Creating buzz for something like Star Wars Land is much simpler than opening something nobody has ever heard of. Does Disney choose to market it’s Intellectual attractions over it’s original attractions? What will the future look like? Will something like Bugs Land or Cars Land stand the test of time like Adventureland or Frontierland have?
On Modern Mouse Radio #99 we created a contest as a celebration of our 100th episode. The winner of that contest was going to be appearing on an “Armchair Imagineers” episode of MMR and that day has come! Josh Combs is a Southern California resident and he’s a frequent visitor to Disneyland. He’s also an aspiring artist (Check out his Clothing Company and Instagram) as well as a tech and science guy, so it seems fitting that we redesign Disneyland’s Tomorrowland.
Armchair Imagineers is our signature series on Modern Mouse Radio and takes three peoples ideas to reimagine a Disney park or hotel or space. There are no limits to what we can do with money or ideas, but we do have to work within the space and keep guests of the park in mind, hopefully creating a fun experience.
Love our ideas? Hate our ideas? Have your own ideas? We would love to hear them and what they are all about! Leave a comment below or on any of our social media pages!
This week, Dave and Mike from Radio Harambe join Josh to answer one specific question we have, “How does Animal Kingdom keep animals as it’s main focus while it changes and grows?” To answer the question we have to look at what is coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom park and how Disney is marketing the park. Things like conservation, fear of bad publicity, what the park guest wants, and finding ways to create new animal experiences all come up in order to answer our question.
Someone recently asked me, “What types of games do you play while waiting in line for rides at Disneyland?” And I was honestly confused. Back in my day (when I worked at Disneyland 40 hours a week and still managed to visit 3 days a week as a guest), if I wanted to go on a ride that had a long line, I simply waited in line. Or I took the time to have a great conversation with my friends or family who were waiting with me. Games in line? When I worked at Disneyland, cellphones couldn’t do more than text. They couldn’t even really take pictures little yet selfies. And yes, this dates me a little, but back then, I couldn’t just sit on my phone and play games or catchup on snapchatting while waiting in line. So I thought to myself, “What on earth would I play in line to kill time?” I don’t want to sit on my phone, because that kinda takes me out of the beautiful world of Disneyland, so instead, I’ve come up with some easy games you and your friends can play while waiting in long lines at Disneyland.
Waiting for a Churro:
Invent different dipping sauces or toppings that you would have on your churro if you had your choice of absolutely ANYTHING.
In line for Haunted Mansion:
Make up your own history of the Mansion and share it with your friends. Make up names for the ghosts or tell a tale of certain pets in the pet cemetery. Try creeping out your friends with your own spooky tale.
In line for a Dole Whip:
Make up your own facts about the birds that live in the Enchanted Tiki Room. Did you that Eleanor the green-feathered bird was a gift to Walt Disney shortly after he lost his watch on the Monorail? It was given to him to cheer him up, and the rumor, is that Eleanor could impersonate Walt to perfection!
Waiting for Splash Mountain:
Describe your laughing place to your friends. Maybe your laughing place is the mall, your living room or DISNEYLAND. Whatever it is, tell your friends all about it.
Waiting in line for the Matterhorn:
Loudly pretend that you legitimately think that there’s a REAL Yeti in the Matterhorn. Describe the scary rumors that you’ve heard about the Yeti. I heard that in the middle of the night, he wanders over to Small World and steals the dolls from Hawaii.
In line for Indiana Jones:
This one feels like a no-brainer to me, since the queue is FULL of stuff to see and do. However, if you want to change up your routine a bit, try sharing Indiana Jones trivia with your friends. Not a huge trivia buff? Share your favorite Indiana Jones movie and defend it to the bitter end. Temple of Doom is my absolute favorite.
Thunder Mountain line:
There’s something about the goat on the ride that everyone is obsessed with. And everyone has a tradition when it comes to seeing the goat. Some hold its gaze down the drop while some greet it. Create a new tradition for when you see the goat on the ride.
In line for Peter Pan:
Decide on 3 happy thoughts that you will yell out when your party floats through the nursery scene. Share which character you most identify with! And finally, pick your ‘lost boy’ name.
Josh is joined by Dave Tuppers this week. Dave is a Hawaiian local and a frequent visitor to Disney’s Aulani resort. He’s seen both the good and bad that have come with the resort. He talks about what the resort is all about and why he loves it, but what is the future of these types of hotel only resorts for Disney? Josh and Dave theorize and dream up some hotel only resorts worldwide and think what it could accomplish for the business side of Disney.
If you have any questions about Aulani, Dave has a ton of knowledge. You can get a hold of him on Twitter and he’s always willing to answer questions.
Stories Discussed This Week
Daredevil Season 2 is Here
New Mobile Game “Magic Kingdoms”
Descendants Sequel and Music Video
Indiana Jones 5 Announced
Joy and Sadness Meet at Epcot
Zootopia Characters in the Parks
Star Wars at SXSW
Storymaker comes to Walt Disney World
Email Josh: Josh@ModernMouseRadio.com