Get ready for some awesome attractions coming soon to Disney theme parks, from Star Tours 2.0 to Cars Land in Anaheim and Toy Land to Mystic Point in Hong Kong. Disney sure knows how to create a cool presentation. Above you can see a preview of things to come; and once the preview ends, Tinker Bell uses her wand to create a magical doorway into the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts showroom. You truly have to be there to experience the wonder.
Star Tours 2.0 (Disneyland, Completion Date: 2011)
Yes, Star Tours in Disneyland will be getting a huge makeover, just like the Submarine ride when it was turned into a Finding Nemo ride. It’s going to be a fast-paced 3-D ride. As you can see from the image above, you will get a chance to go along the pod racers through the desert canyons of Tatooine. Don’t worry, Bruce Vaughn of Walt Disney Imagineering promises different worlds in the Star Wars universe and a giant Jar Jar Binks (j/k about the Jar Jar Binks).
Above we can see Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Executive Tom Fitzgerald joins Industrial Light & Magic Visual Effects Supervisor Bill George and Star Wars creator George Lucas reviewing show concepts for the new Star Tours adventure.
Cars Land (Disney’s California Adventure, Completion Date: 2012)
Here we’re shown a miniature diagram of Cars Land and Radiator Springs Racer for Disney’s California Adventure. Radiator Springs Racer is the premiere ride for Cars Land. This ride is a classic Disney ride that’s going to be really immersive. It has high speeds for intense racing and low speeds for storytelling. You get to board a 6-passenger car with different personality.
The ride starts off as a beautiful road trip. You then go inside a tunnel dodging cars and trucks, and the Sheriff sees this and tries to pull you over, but it turns out that he only wants to compliment your driving skills and says that you should join the race. Mater the truck is your escort and takes you into town. But before he takes you into town, he wants to teach you how to tip a tractor (they’re cows in the Cars universe). When you finally get to the race, your competing against other guests inside their own cars. And the winner of the race is actually programmed to be random, so you’ll never know who’s going to win.
Below you can see a prototype Lightning McQueen model for Cars Land, complete with facial animation.
Disney in Hong Kong
Next up are the new areas for Hong Kong’s Disney theme park, including Grizzly Trail, Mystic Point, and Toy Land. Mystic Manor, the main ride for Mystic Point, resembles the Haunted Mansion in terms of spookiness, but it is different in theme because of the Chinese audience’s different view on ghosts and the afterlife.
And here’s a bonus, you can see WALL-E in all his animatronic glory.