Hmm. No more bug's land.

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    hbquikcomjamesl Active Member

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    Hmm. Not sure a Marvel-themed area would be any real improvement. Although I can't say that I'm sorry to see ITtBaB gone (I did it once at WDW-AK, and swore never again).

    I have this mental image of Donald Duck interacting with Howard the Duck. In a way that's amusingly unfriendly.
     
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    I never really spent a whole lot of time in Bugs Land because we don't have little ones that travel with us. It will be interesting to see what goes in that space, and if they keep the super kid friendly rides or if they add a more for the WHOLE family type of ride. ITtBaB would be a great space for a new dark ride...Don't you think??
     
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    Bugs Land I always felt was a short term fix. When the DCA first opened there really was no "kids" area. Also at the time the area had more theme than almost any other area in the park. Now that the DCA has been much in proved I think that Bug's Land maybe retired.
     
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    It looks like it will have the Avengers launch coaster and Spiderman swinging dark ride. No word yet on a Dr. Strange or Ant Man attraction.
     
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    Yes. For me, about the only thing it had going for it was the fact that it was all in deep shade, a place to get out of the sun on a hot day. Sort of like Innoventions. But I really wonder if a Marvel-themed area would be any improvement at all. Although, as with "Galaxy's Edge," it would serve to get "stuff the Walt Disney Company bought, that doesn't really fit the theme" out of places like Tomorrowland and Hollywood Land.

    Oh, and I believe it's "Spider-Man," not "Spiderman." In fact, I remember a Spider-Man newspaper strip in which the phrase, "Don't forget the hyphen" actually came up.
     
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    A Bug's Land wasn't perfect, but for what it was (hasty cheap addition to add more kids rides) it was way better than it had any business being. It's probably still the most charming part of the park, even with all the renovations of other areas through the years, and is one of the very rare times that "shrunken guests" was done effectively (the other being the HISTK playground in WDW). Prior to the DCA redo, when 2 additional entrances were added to the land, it was always very quiet and calm back there; even after becoming a major crossroads, it's still a pretty pleasant part of the park. Although it wasn't perfect, it will be missed

    I'm also concerned about what this area will become. The most successful lands have always transported guests to exciting times and places; Marvel's films mostly take place in rather mundane real-world environments. It's the characters and technology that make the films interesting, but those things just don't translate to a built environment. This is the same reason why Muppets-themed areas have always fallen flat, despite fondness for the characters. At best, the concept art reminds me of DCA1.0-style concepts executed at a high level; at worst, they're just a noisy mishmash of clutter, in the vain attempt to make it look like something it's not. I hope this area is successful, but I'm not counting on it

    Edit: And of course, none of this mentions that the California theme of DCA has been completely tossed aside. Other than some minor lip service during the 2012 redo, the recent additions have been all characters all the time, regardless of whether they fit the overarching theme
     
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    I think that theme left the property a long time ago. The California just means that it's here in the state.
     
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    You don't get much argument from me on that. Although you do get some: Pacific Wharf, Hollywood Land, Buena Vista Street, and Grizzly Peak (which seems to have absorbed Condor Flats and most of Bay Area) all still reflect places in California.
     
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    Not a big Super Heroes fan here. Older Superman and Batman are about as far as I go.
    That being said; I never thought Bug's Land was long for this world. I mean slow motion bumper cars!!??!! (Actually, these make me laugh so hard that I ride them at least once a trip.) I liked having a place to take the younger grandkids while the older crowd was doing other things. I absolutely LOVE It's Tough To Be A Bug.
    I do hope that even if I do not like a new theme; that there will be fun attractions. I mean, I have gone from hatred to dislike to mild dislike to it's okay to telling people that Guardians in awesome. (Though I still really miss ToT.)

    And yes, I do love the "shrunken guests" effect. The 4-leaf clover and popsicle stick benches.........
     
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    Well, as to "shrunken guests," you can't beat the "Mighty Microscope." Back in 1967 (when I was only 5 years old), it actually had me fooled.
     
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    Awe, Adventure Thru Inner Space. A Yesterland classic.
    I was 14 so not fooled but I did love

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    I would stare at it to see if the figures moved!
     
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    I'd look at those little figures in the microscope and think that we just missed a huge crowd since the queue line was empty.
     
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    I will not miss Bugs Land. My child didn't like it when she was little. The slow motion bumper cars - yes, those are a laugh. The only thing more corny than this area of the park was the farm bit with the tractor, etc. That disappeared rather quickly. As for Marvel, it means they'll be moving some of the crazy currently hanging out in Hollywood to the new land, which frees up space for... something?
     
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    Hmm. My own taste in superheroes runs more towards Batfink, Super Goof, The Incredibles, and Mystery Men.

    Which is to say that when I read comic books (the periodicals, not the collections of newspaper strip reprints), I tended to stick with Gold Key, and to raise a few eyebrows at what the other publishers were putting out (and at the idea that they would even NEED to seek approval of the "Comics Code Authority"). Now about the only kind of "comic books" I read are thick paperbacks reprinting the newspaper strips I follow (e.g., Beetle Bailey, 9 Chickweed Lane, On the Fastrack, Pearls Before Swine, Get Fuzzy, &c.)
     
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    This is a win for us. We don't have kids so Bug's Land was just a pass-through area. As much as I liked A Bug's Life I'm much more of a superhero fan. Having said that, I thought the design elements were very creative in Bug's Land. The bathrooms being a big shoebox, for example, was delightful.
     
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    I think I have walked through Bug’s Land once. BUT, I finally have a child the right age to enjoy it and it will be gone. I don’t want a Marvel roller coaster instead, but I see why it’d be a good idea.
     
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    MYSTERY MEN! LOVE that movie. I'd love to see another one.
     

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