Monday, February 25, 2013

Poppins Attraction

A while ago I received a request by Wills F. to do an attraction layout for his Mary Poppins ride idea.  One of the older Alternate Magic Kingdom plan’s I had drawn had space allocated for a Poppins dark ride - and that seemed to be in the right ballpark, scale-wise, for Wills' attraction.  

In this version of MK, the narrow FL area transitioning from Liberty Square’s Sleepy Hollow to the Castle Courtyard is influenced by Victorian England, featuring Poppins & Toad rides/facades:





I based the layout closely on Wills’ written description (which follows):




"The queue building is modeled after Number 17 Cherry Tree Lane. Entering through the front door, the queue winds through various rooms of the Banks household, before arriving at the loading dock in front of the staircase.  Guests then board a chariot pulled by two carousel horses modeled after those found in the film. As they move along the suspended tracks the horses move up and down.

Scene I: The vehicle pulls forward and pulls an immediate left into the Banks Children’s Nursery. Toys fly onto the shelves and beds make themselves at the snap of Jane and Michael’s fingers.  The vehicle passes by Mary Poppins herself as she sings “A Spoonful of Sugar.”

Scene II: Out the window and into the park, passing by Bert as he sings “Chim-Chim-Cheree”, we pass through a frame and into the animated world where Bert and Mary are singing “Jolly Holiday.”

Scene III: Around the corner, the horses pass by the Penguin run restaurant where Bert and the Penguins are dancing.

Scene IV: We find ourselves on the race track and win the race. We pass by the reporters, followed by Mary, Bert and the Band singing “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”

Scene V: A storm hits and the vehicle passes by St. Paul’s Cathedral, where Mary sings with the Old Bird Woman “Feed the Birds”.

Scene VI: Back into the Banks mansion where Mary warns you to stay away from the fireplace, because you never know what could happen.  Into the lounge, where Bert sings about the world above London (“Up where the smoke is all billowed and curled…”)

Scene VII: Passing through the fireplace and we suddenly find ourselves winding around the rooftops of London. Sweeps pop out of various chimneys with a cheery “Cheeroo!” before engaging in a good old fashioned “Step In Time”... but, of course, are chased away by Admiral Boom’s fireworks.

Scene VIII: The vehicle passes by several flying kites before finding itself back in the park, where the entire banks family is singing “Let’s Go Fly A Kite.”  Finally, we pass by Bert, waving goodbye to Mary, who is flying away: “Goodbye Mary Poppins, don’t stay away too long”
 
Post: The vehicles make a right hand turn and arrive back at the unloading dock. The exit unloads into Jolly Holiday Gifts, where various Mary Poppins related merchandise can be found."

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A couple notes on my interpretation.  
-In the center of the Park is the film's carousel that does double duty for the early and late park show-scenes.
-On the right of the racetrack room would be a floor to ceiling screen running the length of the track upon which other animated racers would be projected.  At the finish line the grandstand is on the left.
-Heavy fog effects in the Bird Lady scene.  Again, fog used to obscure anything below roof-level on the Sweep scene.  

Hope you enjoy.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Candy for the eyes and mind, as always.

I recall reading somwhere online a few years ago, that when MK was originally conceived in the 1960s it was intended to contain far fewer clone attractions, and one of the ideas that eventually didn't get realized was a Mary Poppins Jolly Holiday ride in place of Peter Pan, using the same suspended vehicle technology (but with horses as the ride vehicles, instead of pirate ships).

- Tasman

comics101 said...

I look at this post, think of the Fantasyland expansion, and sigh...oh what could have been! I love this ride concept. And I love you expansion/refurbishment of Fantasyland. Great post!

comics101 said...

That carousel center-piece is really brilliant and btw!

megatron_85 said...

one quick question:
What Next?

Anonymous said...

I want to see as new Roger Rabbit ride called The Adventures of Roger Rabbit (based on Who Framed Roger Rabbit) for Maroon Cartoon Studios at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Scene 1: Maroon Studios
Scene 2: The Ink and Paint Club
Scene 3: Acme Warehouse
Scene 4: Eddie's Office
Scene 5: Terminal Bar & Grill / The Chase
Scene 6: Maroon Studios (again)
Scene 7: Toontown
Scene 8: Acme Warehouse / The Final Battle
Scene 9: The Finale
Scene 10: Roger & Jessica's farewell

(I think there would be couple of toon AAs as Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Droopy, etc..)

B.J. said...

Wow! This looks and sounds amazing! I could easily see this as a potential future ride. And yes, I was singing all the songs in my head as I was reading the description. Nice work, and wonderful idea by Willis!

SWW said...

Thanks for the comments.

Tasman, I read the same thing about the three replacement darkrides (sleeping beauty, poppins, 101 dalmatians?)

Comics, as you know, I'm very keen on park environments, so I'm pretty pleased with what I've seen of the FLE.

Megatron, Always a surprise.

Anonymous, I've shared several ride layouts here that were based on animated (or semi-animated) films, so I think the next ride layout will reflect something darker and non-animated. We'll have to wait and see.

B.J., thanks!



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diegoactor16 said...

I love this ride concept. Disney really needs to adapt Poppins better to the parks. However, I personally envision this ride in a similar fashion to Peter Pan's Flight. Guests would fly through the show, not ride, aboard vehicles hanging from a track on the ceiling and designed to look like Mary's umbrella.