Disney announces two new additions for California Adventure

Posted Friday, February 8, 2002 5:29 AM | Contributed by James Disney

The Disneyland Resort announced two new additions for California Adventure today in a small ceremony before park opening. A Bugs Land featuring Flik's Fun Faire will open in fall 2002 while Twilight Zone Tower of Terror will open in 2004.

Link: WestCoaster.net

Friday, February 8, 2002 5:30 AM
I'm not sure I understand why that ride takes so long to build.

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Friday, February 8, 2002 5:43 AM
Jeff - I can't tell you either, unless this bad boy is even more lavish and whacked out then the Florida version.  Still, 2 years seems like a long time.  My hope is that this ride will take a real advance from the Florida version, and blow everyone's mind just like the previous one did.  There's a hell of a lot to it besides just the drop itself. 
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Friday, February 8, 2002 6:02 AM
Does anyone have any links to places that show the building of the WDW Tower from the past? I am curious too about its workings and would love to see some insider pictures and stats although I know alot is kept secret. And talk about long time to build, consider SPACE.....
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Friday, February 8, 2002 6:04 AM
It didn't mention anything about another in-park hotel associated with the attraction. Anybody heard anything about this? A hotel could lengthen construction.

Either way, it seems odd to announce a single attraction that won't be open for 2 years.

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Friday, February 8, 2002 6:07 AM
Who is doing the ride portion of it...Intamin? Yeah, 2004...that does seem really weird. Especially somewhere where they can do construction year round. On the other hand you know it's going to be good though.


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Friday, February 8, 2002 6:07 AM
Mike, Disney is on the money conservation schedule, you know the one, the longer it takes to build the less it costs..... 

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Friday, February 8, 2002 6:43 AM
Well... there's alot behind this attraction too... it's different from Florida's tower.  Shorter actually (to keep in scale with the rest of the resort).  There will be some rather large pits dug on the site in about 4-6 weeks, vertical construction will not be starting until this fall as I know it.  It's a massive undertaking.  Florida's tower took over 18 months to build. 

As for being more lavish, they're not doing the "roll through" 5th dimension room.  Rather there are some new technologies being used and it's actually going to contribute to what is hopefully a higher capacity than Florida.  The look of DCA's tower will also be kinda unique to Florida's version as well as I remember.

I should also mention that just because the attraction is shorter, the drop shafts are the same height as Florida's.

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Friday, February 8, 2002 7:09 AM
Right on, I was hoping the rumor or the ToT was true, and now it is!  It is a bummer that we have to wait until 2004 to ride it, I'll probably have already been on the one at Disney/MGM before this one!  ;)  I didn't make it to MGM when I was out in Florida last September.  As for Flik's Fun Faire, this should alleviate some of the problems parents have about not having enough for their kids to do.  Still though, I wonder if it's too little, too late.
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Friday, February 8, 2002 7:48 AM
Themed rides always take longer to build than unthemed ones.  They are more expensive too!  For example, theming on Splash Mountain and Big Thunder cost more than the actual ride system it encompasses.  I believe this is why Disney refrains from building huge coasters and attractions, becuase it would take a ton of money to theme them!
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Friday, February 8, 2002 7:58 AM
Wow, 2004. A few of us might be dead by then. ;)
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Friday, February 8, 2002 8:11 AM
janfrederick: I remember reading about a hotel in the ToT building at DCA quite awhile ago, but I think the plans were scrapped or it was just an unsubstantiated rumor that wasn't true.
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Friday, February 8, 2002 9:01 AM
I'm just happy that these two attractions are being built.  I remember that ToT at DCA was questionable just a few months ago.  Now if they could add something to Disneyland... 
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Friday, February 8, 2002 9:02 AM
Based on Disney's OWN accounts that California Adventure did NOT draw the attendence that they anticipated, pre 9-11, I am surprised that they arent working on something for THIS summer. I have not gone to DCA because there just doesnt ssem to be enough there to justify my admission (too high IMO), especially when I have a SF and CF season pass. Not to say I dont WANT to go, just doesnt seem quite "worth it" just YET.

My cousin HAS been to WDW and the Tower of Terror was his FAVORITE attraction. If it is anything like the one in Florida, I am very excited. That might be enough of an addition to get me to go, but not until 2004.

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Friday, February 8, 2002 10:23 AM
I would personally pay the admission to have the privelege to plainly walk around the park. It is so beautiful to just look it that I think the atmosphere is worth it alone. And I'm not surprised in the least how long this will take to finish. It's not just a Power Tower with walls around out like those who've never even been on TZToT or let alone into MGM or the Disney complex might think. To explain a little more to some of those who really don't know, the Florida version consists of several small, and large pre-show and pre-ride rooms which are placed in several areas of the hotel. Then, on the ride, you watch a brief film how this TZ adventure began with the feeling that you see several different floors on your way to the top. Once at the top, the screen moves and the "elevator" moves along a track to show you're actually "inside" the TZ that very night. Once you reach the end of this hall, everything becomes dark, the windows in front of you open, and you drop several times. It really is one of the best if not the best themed, thrill ride anywhere. Not just drop ride. The theming is remarkable and I would gladly wait for it.
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Friday, February 8, 2002 11:11 AM
Ok, that should have come with a spoiler label Koaster King.

It's all good though, by 2004 I will have forgotten. ;)

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Friday, February 8, 2002 1:13 PM
2004?  My God.  Not to sound demanding or anything, but this thing better be good!  ;)
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Friday, February 8, 2002 3:49 PM
Thing is, wouldn't they want to wait to announce it? Don't you think that telling folks that there will be a new ride, but that they will have to wait 2 years. I would imagine that a few folks might delay their planned trip. I don't know. I also wonder if they have any plans for 2003. It'd be nice to beef up the park a bit sooner. The bug land sounds pretty neat though.
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Friday, February 8, 2002 4:20 PM
What is Flix's Fun Fair?
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Friday, February 8, 2002 5:26 PM
hoooold up... no roll-through the 5th dimension?  That is the most disorienting part of the ride!  It also makes ToT fit into the "dark ride" category.  wtf?  The DCA version will lack a great element of the attraction if that is true.  Not that the finished product won't be amazing or anything, but still...
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