Posted Thursday, March 2, 2017 8:35 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Fans of Disney theme parks and superheroes, brace yourselves. The Marvel universe is coming, and the impact will not be small. The integration of Guardians of The Galaxy at California Adventure and the an Iron Man ride at Hong Kong are just the beginning.
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It might be physically located off by itself (I presume you're referring to the Orlando one), but Disney goes to the point of ensuring that the wrong rides aren't viewed from the wrong locations. The Tower of Terror is supposed to be a giant hotel at the end of the Sunset Strip. Re-theme that street and suddenly, the ride clashes with its environment. That's part of my argument against the California overhaul. Even if they re-theme the area immediately around the ride, a giant, almost alien-looking tower doesn't exactly flow with the park's California theme. It strikes me like some sort of giant, out-of-place eyesore instead of a hotel that fit with the overall theme of the park.
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No, I was talking about CA. FL's version is supposed to be the end of the street. CA's is of to itself in a section that's not themed after a street, but a studio, so Guardians won't be out of place there.
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Ah, okay. Well, like I said, I still think it clashes a bit, but I'll add that in addition to my criticisms of the overhaul (which strikes me as a sacrifice of the standard Disney way of doing things, namely ensuring thematic cohesiveness not just for lands, but for entire parks, to cash in on a popular IP), I'm just a huge sucker for the Twilight Zone theme.
I also think that adding a whole Star Wars land to Disneyland is an even bigger offense against what that park is supposed to be, but I acknowledge that they don't really have a choice given the limitations of the property out there and that they'll make a mint off of it.
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From what I've read in the past -- admittedly, on Disney fan sites -- the studio section of DCA will be redone at some point. One stumbling block was (or is) that Disney has private events scheduled years out and overhauling that area would interfere with that healthy profit stream.
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Something tells me within the next 3-4 seasons Hollywood Studios will be completely unrecognizable to anyone familiar with its current form (or form from the past few years). Consider the change a small piece in a rather grand sweeping overhaul; the pieces of which will not all be in place until around 2020.
I've never found Hollywood Studios to be very cohesive at all. It's always felt like a hodge-podge of rather random selections of attractions tossed together in a salad with one overarching commonality; the magic of the movies.
Star Wars land can't come soon enough.Last edited by OhioStater, Saturday, March 4, 2017 10:19 PM
It's not recognizable now, that's why it's Wallywood Studios! :)
Seriously though, my first time there was in 1990, when it was still called Disney-MGM, and it did feel like a bit of Hollywood style with some allegedly functional studio parts. In fact, it felt more studio like than Universal, which was barely a functional park (I think it was still in a soft-opening mode at the time). The tram tour was full of stuff going on, too, and went down the street sets long before they were open to walk and play home to the Osborne lights.
I think the Star Wars and Toy Story areas will be a pretty big deal, though I hope they do a better job accommodating parking and food offerings when it opens.
Yes, my first visit was also in the early 90's (1991) on a "Magical Music Days" trip with my marching band in high school; I still have an MGM studios t-shirt from that trip. To be honest, all I really remember about MGM was the original Star Tours (I also recall a ride named Body Wars but I'm guessing without googling it that it was over in EPCOT).
It just feels like the park that has never quite ever found its identity. MK has its castle, EPCOT has its ball, and AK has its tree...and I don't say that in the sense that HS needs a central "symbol", but it speaks volumes that the park has changed names and removed its centerpiece (the hat)...and is now undergoing yet another transformation.
The food at HS is just pathetic compared with the other parks. That's not even a debate.
I share the exact sentiment. They have to be cognizant of the fact that Star Wars Land (whatever they call it) will undoubtedly be one of the single most anticipated openings in Disney history. OK, for me...but am I wrong? The fan base and excitement is astronomical compared to, say, Avatar, or even Frozen.
Perhaps SW land and Toy Story World will finally be the change that this parks needs to solidify itself and give it the identity it has needed.
And the food.
And parking.Last edited by OhioStater, Sunday, March 5, 2017 8:15 PM
I remember being annoyed when they added that hat. It seemed so random. I don't miss it.
The park has always been more show-oriented, but that was OK. That's why it hurt when the tram tour slowly disappeared, then the car stunt show. I think I would enjoy the park more if my kid would ride Rockin' Rollercoaster.
Regarding the food: this is a park where I almost never eat counter service if I can help it. The fried chicken at 50s PT is pretty good---and you can order it at the bar next door, without the shenanigans, if you like. Brown Derby is really quite good, though not as good as Tiffins over in AK.
At this point the Brown Derby is the only place I'll eat at HS. The food is good and the drinks, especially the Sidecar, are very delicious. If im in a hurry and the lines aren't long I'll go to ABC Commissary. It's basic but not bad if you don't want to wait for a table somewhere else
Two words: grapefruit cake.
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