We’re back to one of my favorite places to visit in Hollywood Studios, which is the Pixar Place/Mickey Avenue and Animation Courtyard. Today, we’ll review the Mickey Avenue section that has two attractions, Journey into Narnia: Prince Caspian and Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream.
You’ll have a lot of traffic in this area of the park, but normally just people hurrying to the other two areas of this section of the park, either trying to get to Toy Story Mania!; or over to the Animation Studio. So the crowds are not normally a problem, just an annoyance on the busiest days. Also, I've found two videos from the re-openings of both attractions, one from Attractions Magazine and the second from Orlando Theme Park News.
Anyone can Journey into Narnia: Prince Caspian since it is a walk-through attraction. Guests enter into the queue area to test their knowledge of the Narnia stories. From there you move into an area with behind-the-scenes footage. This features the film’s director, Andrew Adamson. The original attraction opened in December 2005 honoring the film. Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. In June 2008, the focus changed to Prince Caspian, which is the second of the Narnia series.
Of course, if you haven’t been exposed to the story or the films, the meaning of all you see will be hard to grasp. For example, passing under a rock archway into the Aslan’s Stone Table Chamber to experience stone carvings representing the series.
Multiple screens, dimensional sound and in-theater effects help you live the story of Narnia firsthand, as you explore this walk-through chamber in depth, guided through the tale of Prince Caspian's courageous battle against the evil King Miraz to win back his rightful place on the throne.
Included also are various storyboards and concept art, movie propos and costumes. The “journey” into Narnia is continuous and will take up about half hour of your visit.
A former blogger for AllEars.Net wrote a two-part story about the opening of Prince Caspian at Disney Hollywood Studios. Here is a link to Part I and Part II of this review of the opening on June 26, 2008.
Next door is Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream, which is another relatively short visit, although I normally took much longer than most to admire and absorb every part of history and the mind of Walt Disney. There are 15-minute self-guided walking tours that also run continuously. Actually, One Man’s Dream reopened in early November 2010 after a refurbishing. Below is a summary of changes from The Disney Parks Blog.
We’ve reopened our one-of-a-kind showcase of the history of Walt Disney and The Walt Disney Company – Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream. The gallery at Disney’s Hollywood Studios retains its original focus, but has a new look and feel. The corridors feature an elegant color palette that brings new focus to beloved favorites, and helps to highlight some new additions.
A favorite of the project team Imagineers is the brand new look at a historic “WED Imagineering Workshop,” featuring sections of the original model for “it’s a small world”at Disneyland Park, and the actual Audio-Animatronics Abraham Lincoln figure (pictured above (c) Disney) that made its debut in the 1964/1965 New York World’s Fair. Regular guests will spot historic costumes, props and models that are new to the show, along with a glimpse of exciting new projects and a sneak peek into future adventures.
A new area entitled “The Legacy Continues” will focus on The Walt Disney Company highlights from the 1970s through today, and will debut next month. The heartwarming film tribute One Man’s Dream, hosted by Julie Andrews, remains as our finale.
(From Walt Disney World News) -- Did you know that Walt Disney once played the role of Abraham Lincoln? That at the age of 16, he was an Ambulance Corps driver in France? Would you like to hear him talk about what it felt like to create Mickey Mouse -- in recorded words never before heard in public?
Treats for the eyes, the ears and the imagination -- memorabilia from Walt Disney Archives that has never been available to the public about the career and heritage of Walt Disney and the company he founded -- is showcased in Walt Disney: One Man's Dream at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
The attraction takes 21st-century visitors to Walt Disney World Resort on an emotional journey that starts with Disney's birth in 1901 and ends with the company's vision for the future. The interactive gallery and film is located on Mickey Avenue at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
"When we were researching the attraction, we found that many of our guests under the age of 15 did not know Walt Disney was a real person," said Senior Show Producer/Director Roger Holzberg of Walt Disney Imagineering. "They thought it was just a company name."
ONE MAN'S STUFF: The "Walt Disney: One Man's Dream" attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios features rare, historic Disney artifacts which help to transport guests through the decades of Walt Disney's life. Featured items include: (Clockwise from left) Audio-Animatronics figure; "Moonliner" rocket model; The Dancing Man, a mechanical figure that became the basis for the creation of Audio-Animatronics; and a model for Disneyland's "Enchanted Tiki Room" attraction.
Throughout the gallery, scenic pieces and props create an experiential trip through each era of Disney's life, beginning with a brief look at Disney's early years, from his birth in Chicago and his formative years in Marceline, Mo., a period that was crucial to his development as an artist and storyteller. Throughout, "connection cards" thread the stories of his creations, from boyhood dreams to reality.
And in one of the attraction's most exciting features, Walt Disney himself talks about the most meaningful and emotional moments of his life through a rare collection of audio interviews, many heard publicly for the first time, which are triggered when guests approach the various sections of the gallery.
The attraction includes a short film of Walt Disney's life that explores the extraordinary hardships he overcame to achieve what he did in his lifetime. "He is an individual, not an icon," said Holzberg. "This tells the story of Walt the man, and we hope that guests will be moved by the scope of his imagination, what he accomplished, and what he inspired."
"It's important to note that 'One Man's Dream' is in no way a retrospective," said Marty Sklar, vice chairman and principal creative executive of Walt Disney Imagineering. "Walt always said he had one foot in the past and one in the future. We want to inspire the young creative minds of today to help invent the future.
Artifacts on Display: Rare, historic Disney artifacts on display to help transport guests through the decades of Walt Disney's life include:
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