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23rd Jun '16 11:53:37 AM Mario1995
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* There were plans to make a rather elaborate ride for ''WesternAnimation/TheLorax'' based on the CGI Creator/IlluminationEntertainment film, but the Seuss family rejected Universal's ideas.

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* There were plans to make a rather elaborate ride for ''WesternAnimation/TheLorax'' based on the CGI Creator/IlluminationEntertainment film, but the film's mixed reception and objections from the Seuss family rejected Universal's ideas.led Universal to shelve the project.
22nd Jun '16 8:20:16 AM dmcreif
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* In 1996, Cedar Point built a Bolliger & Mabillard stand-up coaster called ''Mantis''[[note]]later converted in 2015 to a floorless coaster called Rougarou[[/note]]. However, the original planned name for the ride was ''Banshee'', after the mythical wailing ghost in Irish folklore. In the days following the initial announcement, however, there was some negative reaction from the public regarding the term Banshee, which in the dictionary is described as a female spirit that warns of an impending family death. Thus the ride name was changed to ''Mantis''. The original ''Banshee'' ride logo would instead end up being used on ''Steel Force'', a hypercoaster at Dorney Park. Ultimately, in 2014, Cedar Fair finally did build a roller coaster named ''Banshee'' at one of their parks - as a Bolliger & Mabillard inverted roller coaster at Kings Island.
5th Jun '16 1:32:24 PM WolfThunder
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18th May '16 6:24:06 PM Mario1995
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* At Walt Disney World in Florida, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_River_Expedition Western River Expedition]] was intended as the Wild West version of Pirates of the Caribbean and was to be exclusive to the park, thus making the California park the only one with the pirates. But early visitors to the Magic Kingdom were upset that Pirates of the Caribbean wasn't included in the lineup, so getting a Florida version of Pirates up and running became top priority, and the new ride never came to pass. An element of the land it was to be part of, Thunder Mesa, survive and was opened as Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

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* At Walt Disney World in Florida, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_River_Expedition Western River Expedition]] was intended as the Wild West version of Pirates ''Pirates of the Caribbean Caribbean'' and was to be exclusive to the park, thus making the California park the only one with the pirates. But early visitors to the Magic Kingdom were upset that Pirates ''Pirates of the Caribbean Caribbean'' wasn't included in the lineup, so getting a Florida version of Pirates up and running became top priority, and the new ride never came to pass. An element of the land it was to be part of, Thunder Mesa, survive survived and was opened as Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.



* At one point, there was talk of the Muppets taking over all of Disneyland in 1991 and renaming it Muppetland, with the explanation that Mickey and friends had taken a vacation following the 35th anniversary year.

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* At one point, there was talk of the Muppets taking over all of Disneyland in 1991 and renaming it Muppetland, with the explanation that Mickey and friends had taken a vacation following the 35th anniversary year. Like the original Muppets Courtyard, it was scrapped after Henson's death.



* In early 2003, blueprints were leaked for a failed plan called "Project Gemini," a complete redesign of Epcot's Future World area in an attempt to solve its {{Zeerust}} problem. As part of a three year plan, Future World would be renamed "Discoveryland" (even though the name had been used as Disneyland Paris' version of Tomorrowland) and feature some of the most bizarre decision choices that Walt Disney Imagineering had ever come up with:

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* In early 2003, blueprints were leaked for a failed discarded plan called "Project Gemini," a complete redesign of Epcot's Future World area in an attempt to solve its {{Zeerust}} problem. As part of a three year plan, Future World would be renamed "Discoveryland" (even though the name had been used as Disneyland Paris' version of Tomorrowland) and feature some of the most bizarre decision choices that Walt Disney Imagineering had ever come up with:



** ''The Land'' pavilion would gain an outdoor hedge maze and an outdoor "rainforest" roller coaster, as well as a clone of the Disney's California Adventure attraction ''Soarin''[='=] (which managed to go through). ''The Living Seas'' pavilion would become an attraction re-themed to ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' called ''Under The Sea'' (which was later realized in the New Fantasyland expansion at Magic Kingdom), while the ''Journey into Imagination'' dark ride would get a re-theme to ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' (later becoming ''Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!'' at Disney California Adventure)

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** ''The Land'' pavilion would gain an outdoor hedge maze and an outdoor "rainforest" roller coaster, as well as a clone of the Disney's California Adventure attraction ''Soarin''[='=] (which managed to go through). ''The Living Seas'' pavilion would become an attraction re-themed to ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' called ''Under The Sea'' (which was later realized in the New Fantasyland expansion at Magic Kingdom), while the ''Journey into Imagination'' dark ride would get a re-theme to ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' (later becoming ''Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!'' at Disney California Adventure)Adventure, replacing the short-lived ''Superstar Limo'')



* Also in the early 90's, Disney tried to get Creator/{{Nintendo}} to license their characters for their theme parks. This was actually part of a huge plan Jeffrey Katzenberg had formulated for Nintendo had the ''Film/SuperMarioBros'' LiveActionAdaptation they had bought was successful. They would have begun efforts to integrate Nintendo into their business. The film, however, ended up becoming a TroubledProduction, and it was ultimately released to disastrous reviews and box office returns. Disney soon abandoned these plans once Nintendo started becoming more restrictive toward their property after the film's failure, along with Katzenberg's departure from Disney a year after the film's release to start Creator/DreamWorks. Two decades later, in 2015, Disney's [[NeverLiveItDown worst fears]] [[LaserGuidedKarma were realized]] when Nintendo snubbed them for Universal.

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* Also in the early 90's, Disney tried to get Creator/{{Nintendo}} to license their characters for their theme parks. This was actually part of a huge plan then-Disney executive Jeffrey Katzenberg had formulated for Nintendo had the ''Film/SuperMarioBros'' LiveActionAdaptation they had bought released was successful. They would have begun efforts to integrate Nintendo into their business.business in every possible medium they had. The film, however, ended up becoming a TroubledProduction, and it was ultimately released to disastrous reviews and box office returns. Disney soon abandoned these plans once Nintendo started becoming more restrictive toward their property after the film's failure, along with Katzenberg's departure from Disney a year after the film's release to start Creator/DreamWorks. Two decades later, in 2015, Disney's [[NeverLiveItDown worst fears]] [[LaserGuidedKarma were realized]] when Nintendo snubbed them for Universal.



* Disney [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08W5Os-Wnj0 announced]] in 2009 that they would try to compete with/catch up to Ride/UniversalStudios' ''Wizarding World of Franchise/HarryPotter'' by expanding Walt Disney World's Fantasyland with immersive meet-and-greets for Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, and Tinker Bell. However, they later realized this expansion might not have an audience beyond little girls. They later [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weDcPQ8ontY decided]] to keep the most gender-neutral parts of the expansion, move the meet-and-greets into one of the pre-existing Fantasyland buildings, and use the newly opened space to construct a (hopefully universally-appealing) roller coaster through the Seven Dwarfs' mine.

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* Disney [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08W5Os-Wnj0 announced]] in 2009 that they would try to compete with/catch up to Ride/UniversalStudios' ''Wizarding World of Franchise/HarryPotter'' by expanding Walt Disney World's Fantasyland with immersive meet-and-greets for Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, and Tinker Bell. However, they later realized this expansion might not have an audience beyond little girls. They later [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weDcPQ8ontY decided]] to keep the most gender-neutral parts of the expansion, move the meet-and-greets into one of the pre-existing Fantasyland buildings, and use the newly opened space (formerly the site of ''20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Submarine Voyage'') to construct a (hopefully universally-appealing) roller coaster through the Seven Dwarfs' mine.



** Before Michael Eisner was ousted, Disney planned for an entire theme park themed after ''Harry Potter'' at Singapore. The plans were shelved when Bob Iger replaced Eisner as Disney CEO.
* There were plans for a Switzerland pavilion at EPCOT Center's World Showcase, which would have bright the Matterhorn Bobsleds down to Florida.

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** Before Michael Eisner was ousted, Disney planned for an entire theme park themed after ''Harry Potter'' at Singapore. The plans were shelved when Bob Iger replaced Eisner as Disney CEO.
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* There were plans for a Switzerland pavilion at EPCOT Center's World Showcase, which would have bright brought the Matterhorn Bobsleds down to Florida.



* A ride based off of Casper the Friendly Ghost was first considered in the mid 90's, but dropped after the 1995 film failed to meet Universal's expectations. Such a ride was later again considered, this time for the Toon Lagoon section of Islands of Adventure, but again failed to make it past the drawing boards.

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* A ride based off of Casper the Friendly Ghost was first considered in the mid 90's, but dropped after the 1995 film failed to meet Universal's expectations. Such a ride was later again considered, this time for the Toon Lagoon section of Islands of Adventure, but again failed to make it past the drawing boards. With Universal later ''owning'' Casper, however, things could be set back into motion.



* Before ''Ride/TwisterRideItOut'' in the New York area was slated for removal, Universal planned to revamp the ride and replace its suspenseful undertone with a more comedic style. Creator/JimmyFallon would replace Creator/BillPaxton and Helen Hunt as the ride hosts (yes, [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer no kidding]]), [[AdaptationDisplacement breaking the ride away from its]] [[Film/{{Twister}} source material]]. Universal realized it wouldn't fix the area's NetworkDecay issue, so they instead decided to give Fallon his own ride, ''Race Through New York'', ending most of the decay in the process.

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* Before ''Ride/TwisterRideItOut'' in the New York area was slated for removal, Universal planned to revamp the ride and replace its suspenseful undertone with a more comedic style. Creator/JimmyFallon would replace Creator/BillPaxton and Helen Hunt as the ride hosts (yes, [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer [[SincerityMode no kidding]]), [[AdaptationDisplacement breaking the ride away from its]] [[Film/{{Twister}} source material]]. Universal realized it wouldn't fix the area's NetworkDecay issue, so they instead decided to give Fallon his own ride, ''Race Through New York'', ending most of the decay in the process.
17th May '16 4:42:28 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* ''Franchise/{{Nanoha}}'' fanfic, "Toward the World's End" apparently was - in the final installment of its seccond series - to feature a confrontation on an alien world where the protagonists became stuck in the crossfire of an alien war, ending with an alien commander appearing, who happens to look exactly like protagonist Arthur's long dead childhood friend

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* ''Franchise/{{Nanoha}}'' ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' fanfic, "Toward the World's End" apparently was - in the final installment of its seccond second series - to feature a confrontation on an alien world where the protagonists became stuck in the crossfire of an alien war, ending with an alien commander appearing, who happens to look exactly like protagonist Arthur's long dead childhood friend
6th May '16 6:30:36 PM Mario1995
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* A ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' attraction was discussed, but scrapped due to failed negotiations between Universal and Dreamworks Animation. It was supposedly planned as a replacement for ''WesternAnimation/ShrekFourD''.

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* A ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' attraction was discussed, but scrapped due to failed negotiations between Universal and Dreamworks Animation. It was supposedly planned as a replacement for ''WesternAnimation/ShrekFourD''.''Ride/JimmyNeutronsNicktoonBlast'', which was ultimately replaced with ''Ride/DespicableMeMinionMayhem''. There are talks Universal is revisiting this idea, though, since [=DreamWorks=] is now ''owned'' by Universal.
4th May '16 1:09:35 PM howdotheyriseup
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* For ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', trial sketches of character designs are available on the site, with many characters undergoing fairly radical makeovers. Personalities have shifted too - originally, the main antagonists were going to be Klaus Ujebeck and his son Gilgamesh, who were not going to be sympathetic at all. Instead, Klaus is the EmperorScientist and a very clear demonstration of the fact that TheExtremistWasRight (although still pretty much an antagonist, [[spoiler:especially after his override of Gil's personality]]), and Gil is one half of the LoveTriangle involving Agatha and an occasionally misguided [[spoiler:and occasionally mind-controlled]] protagonist.
3rd May '16 6:35:39 PM crazyrabbits
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11th Apr '16 1:30:14 PM Mario1995
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* As a general rule, many theme park attractions that are in the drawing board likely stay in that process for years, with chances of it ever getting green-lit remaining slim to none until an opportunity is seized upon by the designers and parks. Disney and Universal, for instance, have dozens of concepts dating all the way back to their parks' opening dates that may never be realized or green-lit for various reasons. For Disney, the aforementioned Muppets Courtyard is an example of this, having been talked about since the park's conception in the 1980s but only realized almost three decades later. For Universal, they had concepts for Creator/{{Nintendo}} attractions years before Nintendo even knocked on their door, and after Nintendo and [=NBCUniversal=] shook hands, [[ShownTheirWork the latter immediately shuffled through their dust-gathering plans]] to present to Nintendo, to impressive results to both parties.

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* As a general rule, many theme park attractions that are in the drawing board likely stay in that process for years, with chances of it ever getting green-lit remaining slim to none until an opportunity is seized upon by the designers and parks. years. The above-mentioned park operators Disney and Universal, for instance, have dozens of concepts dating all the way back to their parks' opening dates that may never be are simply stuck in DevelopmentHell, sitting in the shelves and their likelihood of ever getting realized or green-lit for various reasons. growing more and more unlikely as the days go on. For Disney, the aforementioned Muppets Courtyard is an example of this, having been talked about since the park's conception in the 1980s but only realized almost three decades later. later when the park was stuck in such an outdated and [[NetworkDecay decaying]] state that they ''had'' to revisit the idea. For Universal, they had concepts for various Creator/{{Nintendo}} attractions sitting in the shelves for years before out of belief that Nintendo even knocked on their door, and after would never approve of them. Then Nintendo and [=NBCUniversal=] shook hands, [[ShownTheirWork the latter immediately shuffled through their dust-gathering plans]] to present to Nintendo, to impressive results to both parties.came knocking on [=NBCUniversal=]'s door....
10th Apr '16 3:47:38 PM Mario1995
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!!!Universal Studios Hollywood
* In February 2000, Universal [[https://www.facebook.com/goddardgroup/posts/10153965068159333:0 submitted plans for a live-action stage show]] called ''Franchise/HarryPotter and the Magic Talisman''. A draft had already been written, but Creator/JKRowling rejected the plans as being underwhelming. Universal would try again to win Rowling over with ''The Wizarding World of Harry Potter'' a decade later, to massive success.


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* As a general rule, many theme park attractions that are in the drawing board likely stay in that process for years, with chances of it ever getting green-lit remaining slim to none until an opportunity is seized upon by the designers and parks. Disney and Universal, for instance, have dozens of concepts dating all the way back to their parks' opening dates that may never be realized or green-lit for various reasons. For Disney, the aforementioned Muppets Courtyard is an example of this, having been talked about since the park's conception in the 1980s but only realized almost three decades later. For Universal, they had concepts for Creator/{{Nintendo}} attractions years before Nintendo even knocked on their door, and after Nintendo and [=NBCUniversal=] shook hands, [[ShownTheirWork the latter immediately shuffled through their dust-gathering plans]] to present to Nintendo, to impressive results to both parties.
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