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Old 08-15-2012, 07:59 PM   #16
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Hollywood studios could definitely use a makeover. I remember going there when I was little. The Main Street area had a lot more actors roaming around, a fake cop once wrote my aunt up for walking under the influence of humor. I also remember the back-lot tour used to be longer. It would be great if they could bring life back into these areas. I am not crazy about another all cars themed land, however a larger Pixar section would be great. Now that Disney owns Marvel it would be pretty cool to have some rides, meet and greets, or perhaps even a stunt show based on The Avengers.
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:10 PM   #17
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HS is our fave. These changes would make it even better!
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:10 PM   #18
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I would love to see them put in Crush's Coaster from Disneyland Paris. It would add a moderately thrilling, fun ride to the mix and could help siphon crowds from TSM.

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Old 08-15-2012, 08:14 PM   #19
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:16 PM   #20
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If even a fraction of what's rumored in that article turns out to be true, I will be THRILLED!
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:26 PM   #21
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I agree with many other on here and I will copy my comment from their site.....

I think that DHS needs to be updated but I think another Cars Land is overkill... A few of the rides or even a Pixar Land would be a little better in my opinion. I also am sad about Beauty and the Beast as I love the show and movie... it is the other full length movie my 2 year will watch (well and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh). I do prefer a redo of this park over the rumor of Avatarland in DAK.(Yes I am not thrilled at all about Avatarland )

I also agree that I am not thrilled about changes to ToT(unless they make the drop sequence the original), or RnR.

Small changes to Fantasmic! but nothing major I love that show!
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:37 PM   #22
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DHS has so many areas that are ripe for redevelopment! We walk past more buildings without a thought going to/from the few attractions worth visiting. I would love to spend a full day at DHS again - bring on the updates
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:40 PM   #23
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I like DHS a lot. I also think any improvement would be great, but I'm hesitant to believe some of that. I don't think Disney would gut the hat to put Carthay Circle Theater there.
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:55 PM   #24
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I have mixed feelings (if, in fact, any of this turns out to be true).

On the one hand, wow, that's a lot of cool new stuff! We would certainly spend more time in Hollywood Studios if this were to happen...and that, obviously, would be Disney's goal. Some of the rides and experience have a ton of potential, and it would be great to see some life breathed into the park.

On the other hand, 1) I do wish they would do more totally original experiences rather than copying those already added to DL/DCA and 2) I feel that this hodge-podge of stuff further dilutes any theme HS clings to.

I totally understand Disney's thinking--hey, Cars Land is WILDLY popular, and it DOES look amazing. They did a fantastic job with it at DCA, from what I can tell in pics. And it will draw the crowds. But we're planning a big trip out to CA in the next couple of years to see the West Coast parks because they are unique...if I felt I could get the same experiences in both places, I wouldn't bother with paying for a more expensive trip out to CA. It's disappointing to me because, as a fan, I like the fact that each park is distinct. But, again, I understand Disney's POV--most visitors will only ever visit one resort, and they want all the awesome stuff they've heard about to be available at that one resort.

What I don't understand is the lack of any cohesive theme. HS has been this way for a long time now, of course, but this just goes even further down the road. None of this is about "movie magic" or the golden era of Hollywood...it's just a random assortment of cool stuff. Kind of like a regular amusement park...

So, I don't know. I'll reserve judgment until something actually happens with it. I *do* think it will make for a much improved park experience if it happens.
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:56 PM   #25
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I think this would be awesome!!!!!!
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:02 PM   #26
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We are in the World right now! And in fact was at the Studios yesterday. There actually were some construction walls up, not sure what that was about. Does anyone know?

Personally, I think all of this is long overdue. We had a great time at the Studios, but so much of it is outdated now. The Great Movie Ride hasn't been great in a long time...even I don't know what half of those movies are, my kids have no clue! The Backlot Tour is just old. We didn't go on either of these. Lights Motor Action we also skipped, because like everyone else, we don't like it!

I also get nervous to see change coming to *my* Parks, but Walt did always say it was never meant to be a museum. My kids...and I... love and can appreciate Cars, Monsters Inc, and Tangled. I think if true, it's all a good thing.
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:03 PM   #27
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All sounds good to me! Can't believe they would really get rid of the sorcerer hat though. Surely they could find a way to reimagine it into something new!
Maybe, with any luck, they'll cut it into 12,000 pieces and sell them off as souvenirs...

I won't miss it.

I look forward to ANYthing they do to DHS except raising the ticket price.
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:13 PM   #28
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I'd love for DHS to get massive improvements. I dislike the park as it is so much it might as well be at Universal. But some of these rumors are bordering on ridiculous. Especially the "Mama Melrose will be re-themed as a Swedish Chef restaurant." Uhhh? The suspended Monster's Inc. rollercoaster also sounds way too good to be true.

If some of these rumors wind up being legitimate and some of them not, I really hope the "Star Wars Land" is one of the fake ideas. Not a SW fan by any means, and I don't understand why George Lucas doesn't just build his own park somewhere.
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:27 PM   #29
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I am loving the ideas and hope many of them come to fruitation! Especially the Muppet restaurants- The Muppets don't get enough love in the parks and they deserve it for sure!

I just wish the Honey I Shrunk the Kids play area would be updated...even if it's just to to A Bug's Life (meet and greet for Flik? Or SLIM!)- something more relevant. I know most people wouldn't want another meet and greet but I am a major character nerd so I say bring on the characters!
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:28 PM   #30
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From what I'm reading here almost everyone seems to want a new and expanded and updated DHS. But nobody wants their favourite attraction touched or changed.

When Carsland opened in DLR all I saw was complaints and moans that there wasn't one in WDW- now it appears that it's coming and I'm seeing complaints and moans that we're getting a duplicate of something already at another park. Seems like there is nothing that Disney can do that will please everyone. Hopefully they can do something to please the majority, anyway.

I've noticed that very few are questioning the likelihood of this rumour becoming reality. Or the timeframe. I do have doubts that Disney will spend the hundreds of millions of dollars required to do this (not to mention the disruption in the parks as attractions are closed) AT THE SAME TIME as they are spending a similar amount on the new expansion of AK.

As for Kathy Mangum's arrival at WDW, Mouseplanet has a completely different spin:
Walt Disney Imagineering Executive Vice President and Producer Kathy Mangum has been transferred from the Disneyland Resort to a new position at the Walt Disney World Resort. The WDI executive, who most recently led the Cars Land project at Disney California Adventure park, is the new Executive Producer for Walt Disney World, which essentially puts her in charge of all projects at the resort. The WDI Senior Vice Presidents in charge of the parks, Joe Rohde (Disney's Animal Kingdom) and Eric Jacobson (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios), will report to Mangum. She arrives as major projects come to fruition in the Magic Kingdom's New Fantasyland and Epcot's re-imagined Test Track.

Speculation has already begun on what the next major project might be at Walt Disney World, and it looks like it will be the Avatar-based land at Disney's Animal Kingdom announced last September. Mangum's success in translating the animated world of Cars to the theme parks would seem to fit well with the project's requirements to bring the fantastic world of Pandora to life.

Confirmation that the Avatar project is next up comes straight from the mouth of Bob Iger in an interview with Business Week, in which Iger said, "We’re building out Fantasyland now in the Magic Kingdom, then we’ll add Avatar Land." But that's not the only indicator.
While I completely agree that DHS needs some loving care, I don't see this major overhaul happening until the new land in AK is completed.
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