The front of the park sees the addition of the canceled Liberty Street (with a relocated Lincoln show) and Edison Square. Edison Square has a smaller version (the show doesn’t need the capacity it had when it debuted) of Carousel of Progress and an AA show of Hal Holbrook’s famous Mark Twain Tonight. Holbrook would do his Twain impersonation for hours (he actually looked/sounded like the Twain AA from EPCOT’s American Adventure – check youtube), so this show cuts the performance up and randomizes it to enhance repeatability. There is also an arcade to Liberty Street that allows guests to bypass the traffic on Main St during parades.
Adventureland hosts ‘Indiana Jones & the Lost Expedition’ – which has an indoor/outdoor EMV portion as well as a D-ticket mine car coaster. The Jungle Cruise and Railroad convene with these attractions in a giant cavern, as seen in the famous Bryan Jowers artwork:
In Frontierland, I moved the canoe and Tom Sawyer raft docks towards the old Nature's Wonderland area, away from NOSQ. I moved the Haunted Mansion south to achieve better separation from Critter Country. Critter Country gets the 'Country Bear 500' – a rickety go-cart version of Autopia.
Discovery Bay is built mostly as planned – but without the Nautilus, which is across the promenade at Anaheim DisneySea.
Circusland also follows the model closely. Toontown sees a 2nd dark ride themed to DuckTales - the showbuilding & queue are Scrooge Manor. With Dumbo moved to Circusland, I’ve put Home Tree from Tinkerbell’s Pixie Hollow in its old location in Fantasyland.
Now things get controversial. Matterhorn is a beloved ride and I appreciate that. But with all these plans, my aim is attraction diversity among parks (particularly if they are in the same country). My EPCOT’s World Showcase has a version of Matterhorn, so here the Matterhorn is transformed into the Lonely Mountain from The Hobbit. The ride takes you through the dwarf caverns and past Smaug.
|artwork by David T. Wenzel http://www.davidwenzel.com/|
But I digress.
Tomorrowland features a shortened version of PeopleMover, the AstroOrbitor goes back on its pedestal (and loses the Discoveryland brass and widgets, but does not revert to the 1970 USA rockets – something closer to MK’s version).
The area in front of Space Mountain is broken up with landscaping and water to give it more life - the optimistic future presented in Tomorrowland combines high technology with preservation of nature (utopia vs. dystopia). Tomorrowland's main new attraction is housed in a giant futuristic pyramid. Called VenturePort it is Spaceship Earth meets Horizons (omnimover/simulator finale) built with the latest WDI technologies. This is the Anaheim resort’s nod to WestCOT.
|Art by John McCall www.mccallstudios.com|