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Mary Go Round - dark ride concept

 
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wokcreative



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 2:33 am    Post subject: Mary Go Round - dark ride concept Reply with quote

Here's my project for round two in Theme Park Insider's game, Theme Park Apprentice:

Mary Go Round

Bringing a true classic to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, as well as a ride/attraction for all ages, Mary Go Round will capture the magic of the movie, Mary Poppins, in the style of a Fantasyland type dark ride. Entering through the Animation Building (with the show building behind it), a path leads guests down Cherry Tree Lane and the home of Jane and Michael Banks. They mount up on Carousel Horses, side by side, that are on a suspended track (much like the Peter Pan ride) that has a second track (like X2) that gives the horses their up and down motion throughout the ride. Chariot benches will be available for those in wheelchairs and small children may ride horses with their parents.

Each room will be full of music that represents the scene and take full advantage of projection technology (all around, above, below…), while wind effects will help to enhance the feeling of flying. Fog effects will transition each room, looking like fog, smoke, or chalk dust (with actual full fog or fog screens).

Just out of the loading area, the room is dark, to allow eyes to adjust. Through windows, nannies can be seen flying through the air, down Cherry Tree Lane, above the other guests that are queueing up to ride, using a Pepper’s Ghost effect combined with the actual scene outside.

The first room is the Children’s Nursery. Toys frantically put themselves away. Large objects come in and out of the carpet bag. Spoonful of Sugar fills the room. At the far end of the room, a portrait transforms into a Chalk Drawing that leads to:

The Countryside murals on the walls have projected, animated trees blowing in the breeze, birds flying through the air, squirrels and rabbits running around… A barnyard full of animals sings Jolly ‘Oliday… Butterflies fill the sky, revealing a group of penguins dancing and singing at a tea party. Around a bend, dogs are running all around, in a fox hunt. Jumping a hedge, the horses find themselves in the middle of a horse race, galloping with all they’ve got. At the finish line, a band sings a victory song of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. A gentle rain washes the scene away, into:

The back streets of London lead to Uncle Albert’s. Jokes are being told by people projected on the ceiling, as I Love To Laugh plays in the background. The horses go around and up and down. They only come down when they are told that they must leave and go to:

The cold, expansive, sterile setting of the Bank becomes suddenly chaotic, with people running everywhere, shouting about the horses being in a bank, money flying through the air and filling the floor, shining brightly (all through floor projection). Escaping the madness by crashing through the huge front doors:

The street scene outside reveals a large Cathedral with a dome projected sky full of animated birds. Circling the room while Feed The Birds plays softly, the journey continues through a seedier looking side of London – dark alleys, the shipyard, barking dogs, and finally, Bert, who takes them to:

The rooftops are full of smoke and shadows of rooflines and the skyline of the city. Chim Chim Cheree is heard while flying over the smoke stacks. Shadows in the smoke become (projected) shadow dancing silhouettes, that now sing Step In Time. Soon, fireworks also fill the air. The horses turn to go through them and fly over Admiral Boom’s house, on the way to:

The Park across Cherry Tree Lane is filled with kites and the music of Go Fly A Kite. The kites and strings become like a maze of obstacles to get around, with Mr. Dawes Sr. (from the bank) flying high in the air, at the end of a large string. As the horses make their last turn, Mary Poppins is seen in the distance, flying away, over the cityscape of London, and a setting sun.



Any comments are welcome.
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benmurray



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 1:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

this is a really cool idea. something new and sort of off-beat would really be nice.
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Holly
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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Such a great idea. I think that lots of people love Mary Poppins (even the new generation), and the suspended Peter Pan rid is definitely a big hit. I think that the suspended system gives the audience more to look at (above and below), plus the sense of flying is great. The ride also has the nostalgia of carousels. It could be neat to also look at the books. Disney's Mary Poppins stage show incorporates some of the scenes of the book in addition to the movie in order to create a slightly different emotional arc to the story... and I think that is a neat thing. Part of the goodness of Mary Poppins is that the children get to go on amazing adventures, but they always are "tucked in" safe and sound -- they have nothing to fear. Maybe the ride could have some of that emotional arc -- from sweet to chaotic to sweet again , so that the riders really feel like they have not just seen their favorite scenes one after another but experienced a bit of their own story of going on an adventure and then being safe again? I do like that you found a way for the different scenes to spatially lead from one to the next, so that it will make sense to the viewer how they are travelling from one place to the next... Great ideas here!!
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wokcreative



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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2011 4:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Holly. You always have great, helpful input. I like that extra feeling of what the guest goes through - making the story/experience that much stronger.
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