Thursday, September 17, 2009
Disneyland: One Man's Dream- The Unofficial First Phase of DCA Expansion
DCA's numbers were dropping. Disney needed a way to get people into the park. So over the years, they came up with quite a few ways to do this. Let's explore what they did.
Later in 2001, Disney was going to bring back the Main Street Electrical Parade to it's home: Disneyland. This however was put on hold, and the parade went to DCA, It's name was also changed to "Disney's Electrical Parade". It has remained there up to and including now, but will return to Disneyland next year.
In 2002, as a response to the commonly stated "There are no attractions for kids here", Flik's Fun Fair opened, helping make a bug's land it's own land and not just a part of Golden State. This land was always home to It's Tough To Be A Bug!, but now there would be kids rides like Himlech's Chew Chew Train and Flick's Fliers.
In September, Who Wants to Be a Millionarie? Play It! opened. The show was more or less the same as the one on TV except anyone could play in the audience, and you played for prizes, not money. The show closed in 2004, and has since been a location for private parties and meetings.
A little later, Superstar Limo would be closed for good. This strange ride recieved much criticsm and ranting, so they finally closed it. It would be the first ride in DCA to be shut. A few years later, Monsters Inc.: Mike and Sully to The Rescue! would open. This ride would take quests through Monstropolis essentiall showing the guests the story. It's like any other dark ride. With little money to do this ride, I think this is a great example of how creative WDI can get with so little. (Well, except the facade. That still neeeds work!).
In 2003, the restuarant Soap Opera Bistro closed. Though the food and atmosphere were some of the best Disney had to offer, to many restaurants in DCA made it unpopular. IT closed and was replaced by Playhouse Disney- Live on Stage. In essence, it killed 2 birds with 1 stone: it closed a reataurant and added a kids attraction.
However, in 2004 the big ride opened up: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Though it's essentially the same ride from DHS, the exterior of the hotel is different. Also, the 4th Dimmension room as been removed due to the high matinece problems it has in the Florida version. The story is the same, however. In 1939, 5 people stepped into an elevator. The hotel was struck by lightning, and the guests disappeared. They were taken to- the Twilight Zone. Now, it's happening again.
And this is only the beginning. More was and still is on the way!