August 9, 2014

Disneyland: Toontown Out, Star Wars Land In

Goodbye Toontown at Disneyland. Hello Star Wars Land. Really. We expected it at Disney's Hollywood Studios, but Star Wars land right next to It's a Small World? Perhaps a recreation of Endor could easily back up to the pine trees of Frontierland pretty easily. Regardless, the news is just shocking.

The news is too hot to not spread the word. The very reliable industry insider WDW74, known commonly as Spirit, dropped the news bomb last night over at the WDWMagic Boards. Right here.  It may just be the biggest real piece of Star Wars news in the last few months.

And I quote: "First, I am no tease, except with fanbois, so I've played enough: the current WDI plan for Star Wars at DLR involves a complete removal of ... Toontown. Don't know what this means for future DL pyro shows, but that is a huge chunk of land that is considered very 'underutilized'."

Why not in Tomorrowland where Star Tours already exists? No one knows but the suits and the Imagineers. Wonder if Marvel plans have anything to do with it. 

I love Roger Rabbit and his Car Toon Spin. Yes, all of Mickey's Toontown could be better utilized with more attractions besides bounce houses and lightly themed roller coasters. So, I do not understand the choice.  But I will say this: Spirit's sources are usually spot on, 100% accurate- and we've all seen Disney make the oddest of choices. I'm mean, a California themed park in California?

10 comments:

Len said...

As much as I am a big Marvel fan (and Star Wars back in its heyday...pre-prequels), I'm not a fan of seeing these acquired properties in the park. We're witnessing less and less of original attractions and theme park designs as time goes by. I think one of the major challenges is theming...things are beginning to seem random and without a cohesive design.

Mark Taft said...

I'd rather have original too, Len. But that may be because I am not a fan of Star Wars. Viewing the first film was enough. Indy however? Bring me more!

That said, I do like the original themes better than just about anything else. The truth is- these days with few exception- Disney has to buy their creativity. And when an original does strike it big, its more likely to be done luke warm than done well. Cars Land being the exception. Mermaid and the proposed Frozen redo of Maelstrom the rule.

Anonymous said...

WDW1974 is not an industry insider in the slightest possible manner!

This is nothing more than a big fat lie made up by him and MiceAge/MiceChat! They always lie! >:(

Mark Taft said...

Sorry, Anonymous- I disagree. WDW1974's track record is too good to ignore.

Anonymous said...

Shame on you for disagreeing, Mark!

74's track record is NOT "too good to ignore"! It's extremely bad and must ignored at all costs--he's a troll, so stop feeding him, you imbecile! >:(

Mark Taft said...

Thanks for being so kind in your response.

wikitruth said...

How's the track record now?

Mark Taft said...

Track record seems to be fine. We know the Walt Disney Company changes it'd direction constantly. Not worried whether or not WDW1974 is an insider or not, I trust him in matters like this. Besides, I have nothing invested one way or the other. It's all news and speculation to me.

Philip said...

Stop being daft, Taft! 😡

His track record is not fine at all! He's a liar and you know that and you should be ashamed of yourself for trusting that brain dead egomaniacal phony! 😡

Mark Taft said...

Wow, Philip. You sure have an axe to grind with 74. Like I said earlier, I have nothing invested one way or another, and I do not have any reason not to trust him. Never lied to me either. Seems like a fine fellow to me. Thanks for reading!