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Muppet Mountain - coaster concept

 
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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2010 3:56 am    Post subject: Muppet Mountain - coaster concept Reply with quote

Round 4 of the Theme Park Insider contest, Theme Park Apprentice, was to come up with a roller coaster concept. Here is what I came up with:



Muppet Labs presents: Soarin’ Over Muppet Mountain

In the early days of planning Disney’s California Adventure, there was an attempted collaborative effort between Muppet Labs and Walt Disney Imagineering. Near the opening date of the park, plans were scrapped and replaced with the now infamous Soarin’ Over California. The original plan was to be an extreme thrill ride type of roller coaster, much like today’s Tatsu or Manta, with riders suspended in a prone, flying position. Mostly a forgotten experiment, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and his assistant Beaker quietly worked on the project over the years, at nights and weekends in their spare time. They have worked out (most of) the bugs (they think), and are ready for the test and adjust step of the design process, happily welcoming anyone willing to be a part of the experiment.
Kermit is a bit worried, given past experiences from the lab. He continues to remind everyone who lines up to be a part of it. Final boarding instructions are given by Captain Gonzo, with the usual pre-flight safety tips, as well as the obligatory (and necessary) disclaimers about this being in the experimental stages, and not holding anyone responsible (Muppet Labs, WDI, the person next to you, the lady walking down the street near the bus stop, their attorneys…) for anything that may or may not go wrong during testing. But hey!, everything should be just fine,… as far as you know… Pre-boarding instructions end with Sam the Eagle, trying to bring some class to thrill rides, giving his two cents, and dedicating the new attraction as a tribute to all theme parks everywhere, but especially the Disney ones…

After boarding, passengers (also referred to as lab rats) are put into a prone position on their hang glider style train, suspended coaster. Beneath them as they leave the station to enter the lab, floor projection shows slow moving clouds, with fans blowing a gentle wind. The penguin orchestra plays the majestic music that is familiar now in the other Soarin’ ride. A couple of very small camel backs give the sense of trying to actually take off, but riders remain level. Kermit’s voice reminds them that all it takes if faith and trust… and is interrupted by the sound and sight of Miss Piggy flying through the clouds in a pink tutu and fairy wings, adding “and something I forgot – Piggy Dust”. Kermit questions Rizzo about his supplier. It turns out that he got a great deal on some leftover stock that had been in the basement of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. Kermit reminds him that there isn’t a basement there, as he sees the expiration date – March 2001, before DCA opened. It is too late, as Miss Piggy sprinkles the dust, sending them suddenly flying high, and dispersing the clouds, to reveal scaffolding and music that now becomes Night on Bald Mountain. A final warning from Kermit is too late. The gliders have gone too high – out of the building.
The descent into the stage next door swoops through the sound lab, full of classic rock music. The flight becomes a wild ride, crashing through different rooms in the lab, mixed with incomplete set pieces that were to depict rides and attractions from other parks. A very slow moving, poorly animated AA of Kong swats at the gliders passing by, sending them spiraling and twisting through the air. They nearly evade flying carpets and brooms by ducking under and skimming over them in an airborne obstacle course. The wings graze the water in one room with aquariums full of electric eels (an alternate source of power for the labs), sending sparks flying across the room. From the sound of it, Animal has landed on top of the wing, yelling “Faster, Faster!” Another side trip out of the building rises and swings around the water tower, then back into the stage. Backlot tour type sets guide the flyers through Brownstone and Western streets. Around a corner is the disaster canyon with all of its surprises. Rushing water becomes a whirlpool, sending the riders into a final heart-pumping helix.
Returning to the station, Captain Gonzo thanks the lab rats (uh, participants) for their part in seeing if the ride was safe, yet (uh, show ready, to the high quality standards…) Oh, just thanks for stopping by Muppet Labs. Kermit reassures that it should all be in working order when they return, and to be sure to stop by the gift shop on the way out – all proceeds go to the continuing process of experimentation that is necessary to bringing safe, fun, thrilling rides to people much like themselves… Oh, just, thanks for stopping by… (Piggy’s voice in the background pleads, “GET ME DOWN FROM HERE!”



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Holly
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PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2010 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cute idea! What I like about the muppets is that there's a lot of opportunity for personality-related humor between characters. I love things that are both exciting and have a sense of humor... I can think of a lot of movies that have both humor and funny moments between characters (the new Star Trek movie, that National Treasure movies, and many more that I can't think of at the moment). I think that is a good thing to bring into theme park rides, which seems to often be either be serious or silly -- as long as people recognize the personality stereotypes, they will get the humor... Smile People who love the excitiment will love it... and people who are looking for a little more storytelling and fun will get that too...
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PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2010 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the comments. It's been quiet around here lately.
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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 7:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It really has... I'm not quite sure how to shake things up! Hoepfully some more people will drop in with comments soon Smile
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