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Topic: Toy Story Mania - DCA vs. DisneySea

Tue 10/11/2011 1:09a
I was curious about the progress of Toy Story Mania at Tokyo DisneySea. Fans of that park fear that the infusion of Pixar into this beautifully crafted masterpiece may ruin the carefully constructed theming with colorful CGI toons.

After looking at some recent construction photos, the addition is looking like one hell of a classy clone.

The entryway does not have any colorful signs out of the character for the land announcing that this new addition has anything to do with the Toy Story brand. The pig and dinosaur characters are lovely statuettes in the sky.

It is likely that the entrance to the actual attraction will say "Toy Story Mania," but the entryway into this new area does not impact the theming of the rest of the American Waterfront land with, "Hey look, over here! Toy Story characters! Inspired by Toy Story 2!" with Woody's big red rosy cheeks staring at you.

Here are some closer looks.




More of the sign:

A zoomed-out view:

For comparison, the version at DCA:

DCA's version definitely classed up Paradise Pier, but I'll be damned if TDS' version isn't the classiest of the bunch so far.
Tue 10/11/2011 1:13a
Thanks for the pictures. In my opinion it looks great and I didn't expect that. The entrance alone looks better than the whole TSPL in Paris.
Tue 10/11/2011 1:53a
That is looking far nicer than I had feared. In fact, it could be in Tivoli Gardens or Efteling it is looking so nice. It does give off the vibe of Coney Island in it's hey day (or at least a romanticised version).
Tue 10/11/2011 7:30a
I had no idea that the construction was that far along already! I guess I knew it was set to open relatively soon (next year or so), but I don't think I had heard that construction had even begun.

It definitely looks like it will be a very nice addition that totally fits the theme of the area. I wouldn't have chosen those colors, for personal preference, but they do fit the area and make it look pretty classy. I'd rather they stay away from having an attraction for every franchise, but this sure looks like a nice way to do it.

And even though DCA's looks kind of plain in comparison to TDS's, just check out the one in WDW if you want to feel better...
Dr Hans Reinhardt
Tue 10/11/2011 8:22a
Thanks for posting the links. I'm not a fan of the Toyville Trolley Park sign or the name, but the design and detailing beyond is what really matters and it looks fantastic. I think if you're going to be making entrance sign comparisons between the two areas I this one is probably more appropriate:
Tue 10/11/2011 8:42a
I guess if you're going to put in an attraction that has nothing whatsoever to do with "The Sea," this is as good a way as any to do it.
Dr Hans Reinhardt
Tue 10/11/2011 10:45a
Here's the concept for the new area:

It looks like there is going to be a ginormous sign with Woody's face on it right in front of Midway Mania.

I just did a little research (I know, I should have better things to do) and one site says that this little expansion is costing close to $150 million.
Tue 10/11/2011 10:47a
twice as much as the crappy TSPL, and you can tell. Paris has lost the plot, Tokyo still has it.
Tue 10/11/2011 11:08a
I would have been very happy if TSPL would have been replaced by the DHS version of TSM. That would fit so much better the Studios theme, because it's inside the Pixar Studios. TSPL is just crap.
Dr Hans Reinhardt
Tue 10/11/2011 11:41a
^^ I have to hope that the it's just a 10 year placeholder until money can be scraped together and something better can be done. At least it's better than Mickey's Birthdayland.

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