If I was an Imagineer

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Hey guys,

Do you ever hear about a new ride in a theme park or a new area or show and think, "I could do better" or, even just "you know what I'd really like to see". I don't think I'm alone at all in having these thoughts. For a long time now the Walt Disney Studios park in Disneyland Paris has been in need of some love. Before the recent announcement of a €2 billion investment in the park and creation of 3 new lands I think a lot of people couldn't help but imagine what they'd like to see next in the studios.

And that's exactly what this post is about. It's an idea I've had for quite some time now, and I think I have touched on it briefly before, but after mentioning it recently to friends, I was encouraged to put my ideas out there. Who knows maybe one day we'll see something similar in a Disney park?



Green construction walls at wdw, credit: @PennieK_ twitter

A ride on the train of thought...

So my ride idea is based on the Pixar film Inside Out, this was a film that really touched me and I fell in love with it almost instantly! It is not only super creative, with a really heartfelt story and message, but it's bright, fun, and has brought some really great characters with huge personalities that I'd love to see play a bigger role in the parks.

When I originally developed this idea I intended for it to fill the show building currently used for Armageddon in the Walt Disney Studios park in Disneyland Paris, however we now know this will become part of the recently announced Marvel land. With this in mind I feel that this ride would be best placed in the "Toon Studio" area of the studios park, possibly behind Toy Story Playland and Place De Remy, to complete a Pixar area of the park.

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Potential ride location noted by the gold star.

The ride itself is a simplistic dark ride, similar to that of Pinocchio, Peter pan's flight and snow white, though for loading purposes, I would prefer the ride vehicles to be on a constant track system like Phantom manor and Buzz. It is based on the train of thought which Bing Bong introduces Joy and Sadness to during the film, the ride will take you round Riley's mind and through the different islands that make up her personality, such as Hockey Island and Goofball Island.

I think being a dark ride, there is a lot of opportunity to make each scene really bright and colourful, and I think it will be a great way to showcase each individual island with moving parts and a 360 degree experience. The ride vehicles would be made to look like train carriages, and Bing Bong would be the host, popping up throughout the ride in each island.

For the queue I would love to see the walls covered in thought bubbles with interactive screens along the route, similar to the 7 Dwarfs mine train in Walt Disney World, these could either show clips from the film, or have little activities. Both would make the queue seem a lot quicker and would help to entertain younger guests too. In particular I'd like to see the triple dent gum jingle, as well as some of Riley's core memories shown.

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An on ride photo would be a great addition , and would make the current photo pass offering a lot more appealing as currently there aren't many smaller family rides that offer a picture, it would also be an opportunity to sell Inside out themed frames including all of the characters rather than just Sadness and Joy who are the main characters featured so far.

So that's my inside out ride idea, as you can tell it's still a bit of a work in progress, and honestly I doubt it would ever come to anything, but I like to believe it's a nice idea and would prove popular.

What do you guys think? Would you ride the train of thought? Have you ever thought about what ride you would design given the chance? Let me know in the comments!

Hoodsie xx

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