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19th Aug '16 12:26:45 PM Mario1995
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* There was talk of a ride based off ''Franchise/StarTrek'' being envisioned as a replacement for ''Ride/Shrek4D'' at one point, but the plans were shelved after talks with Creator/{{CBS}} and Creator/{{Paramount}} collapsed. Universal ''did'' have the ''Star Trek'' attraction rights at one point, but they only used them for an interactive attraction in the early to mid 90's called ''The Screen Test Home Video Adventure'', which gave guests the option to do a ''Star Trek''-inspired film or a film based off the Universal Newsreels.
15th Aug '16 9:31:12 PM ultimomant
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** Tarbtano noticed that his planned Chapter 29 (which would have been called "Henshin, Henshin!!!") was a little short, so he combined it with Chapter 28. [[note]]This resulted in the largest chapter in the story at over 21,000 words...[[/note]]

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** Tarbtano noticed that his planned Chapter 29 (which would have been called "Henshin, Henshin!!!") was a little short, so he combined it with Chapter 28. [[note]]This resulted in the largest chapter in the story at over 21,000 words...[[/note]]


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** The song Azusa sings in Chapter 32 was meant to be one from ''Film/GodzillaVsMechagodzillaII'', but Tarbtano says it was hard to find the lyrics and when he finally did, he realized it didn't fit the situation, so he instead had her sing the Edo Lullaby.
12th Aug '16 7:08:18 PM ultimomant
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** Tarbtano bounced around which Siren would start bonding with Monster X before choosing Aria Blaze because she has the least amount of headcanon of the three Sirens so it would be easier to work with her personality without upsetting the fans.

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** Tarbtano bounced around which Siren would start bonding with Monster X before choosing Aria Blaze because she has the least amount of headcanon of the three Sirens Sirens, so it would be easier to work with her personality without upsetting the fans.


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** Tarbtano originally planned for Orga from ''Film/{{Godzilla 2000}}'' to be in the cast. He would be a tragic figure because he started out as an alien scientist who wanted to conquer Terra to give his people a place to live, but then his transformation into a Kaiju warped his mind.
** The OC's like Blade Dancer and Blueberry Frost were going to be very minor characters, but the positive fan reaction to them led to their roles being expanded. Similarly, there were not going to be any romantic pairings, but the positive fan reaction to ShipTease moments led to Tarbtano changing his mind.
11th Aug '16 8:30:27 AM dmcreif
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* In the 1980s, the Southern Pacific Railroad was contemplating merging with the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad. The holding companies merged, and were so confident enough that the ICC would approve it, that they began repainting locomotives into a new unified "Southern Pacific Santa Fe" paint scheme, including the letters SP or SF and an adjacent empty space for the other two (as SPSF, the reverse order of the holding company). Most nicknamed this the "Kodachrome" paint scheme since it used the colors of a box of Kodak camera film. The merger was opposed by the Justice Department in 1985 and denied in a 41 vote by the Interstate Commerce Commission on July 24, 1986, who ruled that such a merger included too many duplicate routes and was therefore monopolistic over west coast freight rail service. These two railroads would end being merged in the mid-1990s with other railroads: Southern Pacific was bought out by the Union Pacific Railroad, while the Santa Fe was merged with Burlington Northern, creating the BNSF Railway.

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* In the 1980s, the Southern Pacific Railroad was contemplating merging with the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad. The holding companies merged, and were so confident enough that the ICC would approve it, that they began repainting locomotives into a new unified "Southern Pacific Santa Fe" paint scheme, including the letters SP or SF and an adjacent empty space for the other two (as SPSF, the reverse order of the holding company). Most nicknamed this the "Kodachrome" paint scheme since it used the colors of resembled a box of Kodak camera film. The merger was opposed by the Justice Department in 1985 and denied in a 41 vote by the Interstate Commerce Commission on July 24, 1986, who ruled that such a merger included too many duplicate routes and was therefore monopolistic over west coast freight rail service. These two railroads would end being merged in the mid-1990s with other railroads: Southern Pacific was bought out by the Union Pacific Railroad, while the Santa Fe was merged with Burlington Northern, creating the BNSF Railway.Railway.
*The UsefulNotes/ChicagoL has a history as rich as the New York City Subway's. This includes many lines that were proposed but never built.
**The Orange Line was originally planned to run all the way to Ford City Mall, and rollsigns for the new 3200 series cars even had a Ford City destination sign incorporated into them. However, due to budget cuts, the line was only built to Midway Airport, two miles north of the Ford City Mall.
**The Blue Line has two: you'll notice at the west portal of the Milwaukee-Dearborn Subway near UIC-Halsted Street station empty tunnel portals to the outside of the ones used by the active tracks. These were once intended for a four track subway line; only two tracks were ever built, and the unused tunnels dead-end after a few yards.
**Also on the Blue Line, you'll notice looking out the front or rear windows that when the tracks curve from Lake Street to Milwaukee Avenue, the tunnel bores continue west, albeit with no track of any kind on them, which were intended for a future subway under Lake Street that never saw the light of day.
10th Aug '16 5:07:23 PM Anddrix
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* ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'': The author once mentioned that he had played with the idea of writing the real sequel. Unlike the non-canonical, [[BaseBreaker controversial]] side-story it would narrate the conflict foreshadowed in the last chapter of TS and it would not be a crossover. But he never got around to do it.

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* ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'': The author once mentioned that he had played with the idea of writing the real sequel. Unlike the non-canonical, [[BaseBreaker controversial]] controversial side-story it would narrate the conflict foreshadowed in the last chapter of TS and it would not be a crossover. But he never got around to do it.
9th Aug '16 6:05:27 PM dmcreif
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** There was a planned beltway around the UsefulNotes/{{Denver}}, Colorado metropolitan area, which was to be signed as Interstate 470. It would have been the third auxiliary Interstate in Colorado, after I-225[[note]]a twelve mile highway from the Tech Center to I-70[[/note]] and I-270[[note]]a connection in the northeast between I-25, I-76 and I-70[[/note]]. Eventually, a compromise was reached, and three-quarters of the beltway was built. using three different designations: Colorado State Highway 470 (from I-70 in Golden to I-25 in Lone Tree), E-470 (from I-25 in Lone Tree, past I-70 northeast of Buckley Air Force Base, and Denver International Airport, to I-25 in Eastlake to the north of Denver), and the Northwest Parkway (from I-25 in Eastlake to Broomfield). Currently, a gap remains in the beltway, as it stops short of reaching the Denver suburbs of Broomfield and Golden, where fierce opposition to the road continues. Golden is opposed to completion of the beltway; Broomfield supports it, and has been exploring alternate routes.

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** There was a planned beltway around the UsefulNotes/{{Denver}}, Colorado metropolitan area, which was to be signed as Interstate 470. It would have been the third auxiliary Interstate in Colorado, after I-225[[note]]a twelve mile highway from the Tech Center to I-70[[/note]] and I-270[[note]]a connection in the northeast between I-25, I-76 and I-70[[/note]]. Eventually, a compromise was reached, and three-quarters of the beltway was built. built, using three different designations: Colorado State Highway 470 (from I-70 in Golden to I-25 in Lone Tree), E-470 (from I-25 in Lone Tree, past I-70 northeast of Buckley Air Force Base, and Denver International Airport, to I-25 in Eastlake to the north of Denver), and the Northwest Parkway (from I-25 in Eastlake to Broomfield). Currently, a gap remains in the northwest part of the beltway, as it stops short of reaching the Denver suburbs of Broomfield and Golden, where fierce opposition to the road continues. Golden is opposed to completion of the beltway; Broomfield supports it, and has been exploring alternate routes.routes.
* In the 1980s, the Southern Pacific Railroad was contemplating merging with the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad. The holding companies merged, and were so confident enough that the ICC would approve it, that they began repainting locomotives into a new unified "Southern Pacific Santa Fe" paint scheme, including the letters SP or SF and an adjacent empty space for the other two (as SPSF, the reverse order of the holding company). Most nicknamed this the "Kodachrome" paint scheme since it used the colors of a box of Kodak camera film. The merger was opposed by the Justice Department in 1985 and denied in a 41 vote by the Interstate Commerce Commission on July 24, 1986, who ruled that such a merger included too many duplicate routes and was therefore monopolistic over west coast freight rail service. These two railroads would end being merged in the mid-1990s with other railroads: Southern Pacific was bought out by the Union Pacific Railroad, while the Santa Fe was merged with Burlington Northern, creating the BNSF Railway.
3rd Aug '16 2:29:44 PM dmcreif
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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, survived and was opened as Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
* The Epcot theme park at Walt Disney World was originally planned as a fully-functioning city rather than a theme park, and was a major part of Walt Disney's personal plans for "The Florida Project." After Walt died, the idea fell by the wayside for over a decade. When the plans were revisited, the prospect of building Epcot as a functional city exactly as Walt envisioned it was simply too impossible, so it was re-tooled into a theme park. The basic idea of Disney forming their own city was not forgotten however, and the idea was later realized when Disney created the town of Celebration, FL.

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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. It was going to be housed in a giant pavilion that also included a "runaway" mine train themed roller coaster, hiking trails atop Thunder Mesa (the show building that housed the attractions), a Pueblo Indian village, and a pack mule attraction. But early then a few things got in the way:
**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, priority. Western River Expedition was seen to be a western themed version of ''Pirates''.
**Phase II development of Tomorrowland was underway at this time (which added Space Mountain, Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress, the Astro Orbiter,
and the new ride never came to pass. An element Tomorrowland Transit Authority [=PeopleMover=]). The construction of the land it Tomorrowland rides meant that money and resources couldn't be allocated to construction of attractions in other lands.
**Ultimately, the Western River Expedition
was to scrapped, but two of its rides would eventually be part of, built in Frontierland: the mine train roller coaster opened in 1980 as ''Big Thunder Mesa, survived and was Mountain Railroad'', while the boat ride opened in 1992 as ''Splash Mountain''.
**Incidentally, when
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
Railroad was being built, Imagineer Marc Davis (the brainchild of the WRE), desperate to save the boat ride, tried to compromise: the roller coaster could be built as long as a scaled down WRE with just the boat ride was built opposite the railroad tracks. Unfortunately, this didn't work, and Frontierland didn't get a water ride until Splash Mountain opened in 1992.
**Much of Disneyland Paris's Frontierland is derived from the plans for the Western River Expedition. In particular, the land is themed as the town of Thunder Mesa, named in tribute to the WRE. 'Dry Gulch', which would have been a depiction of a wild mining town in WRE, would be incorporated into [[Ride/TheHauntedMansion Phantom Manor]] as a ghost mining town called Phantom Canyon, including elements like a bank robber and cowardly sheriff engaging in a gunfight, as well as a showgirl and bartender at a saloon.
* The Epcot theme park at Walt Disney World was originally planned as a fully-functioning city rather than a theme park, and was a major part of Walt Disney's personal plans for "The Florida Project." After Walt died, the idea fell by the wayside for over a decade. When the plans were revisited, the prospect of building Epcot as a functional city exactly as Walt envisioned it was simply too impossible, so it was re-tooled into a theme park. The would-be model is now a display viewed from the Tomorrowland Transit Authority [=PeopleMover=] while transiting through the show building housing Stitch's Great Escape.
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basic idea of Disney forming their own city was not forgotten however, and the idea was later realized when Disney created the town of Celebration, FL.Florida.



** Disney's Pop Century Resort was originally going to cover 1900-1949 with a second set of buildings on the other side of Hourglass Lake, but the September 11th attacks happened shortly before the completed first set (1950-99) was to open; those eventually opened in 2004. The second set had the building "shells" put up, but there was never enough demand for rooms to complete them. Disney ultimately made the shells the basis for the Art of Animation Resort, which opened in 2012. As a result, Disney alumni jokingly refer to the Pop Century as the "Pop Half-Century Resort".

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** Disney's Pop Century Resort was originally going to cover 1900-1949 with a second set of buildings on the other side of Hourglass Lake, but the September 11th attacks 9/11 happened shortly before the completed first set (1950-99) was to open; those eventually opened in 2004. The second set had the building "shells" put up, but there was never enough demand for rooms to complete them. Disney ultimately made the shells the basis for the Art of Animation Resort, which opened in 2012. As a result, Disney alumni jokingly refer to the Pop Century as the "Pop Half-Century Resort".
30th Jul '16 7:20:39 PM Pinokio
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22nd Jul '16 2:54:52 PM AnoneMouseJr.
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* The starting authors of ''FanFic/AnEntryWithABang[=!=]'' had to decide whether to go with the Earth of Creator/TomClancy's ''Literature/JackRyan'' universe or the RealLife Earth, settling for the former. Fortunately, the existence of a [[http://forums.spacebattles.com/showthread.php?t=158593 Non-canon Stories thread]] allows for a glimpse at the latter. While some of the posts within will indeed come to pass after enough in-universe time has gone by, others will indeed never make the story's canon. The discussion threads, [[ArchivePanic if you dare brave them]], also have older versions of posts that made it to the Story Only thread. One of these had ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'' explicitly show up, but it was rejected in favour of a less blatant ShoutOut.
* The author originally planned for Veis instead of Vili to join Clan Gully in FanFic/TheTaintedGrimoire. Also, Vili didn't exist in the original plan. The original plan was scrapped and Vili was created because cuttingmoon57 didn't like the idea of altering important canon clans.

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* ''FanFic/AnEntryWithABang[=!=]'': The starting authors of ''FanFic/AnEntryWithABang[=!=]'' had to decide whether to go with the Earth of Creator/TomClancy's ''Literature/JackRyan'' universe or the RealLife Earth, settling for the former. Fortunately, the existence of a [[http://forums.spacebattles.com/showthread.php?t=158593 Non-canon Stories thread]] allows for a glimpse at the latter. While some of the posts within will indeed come to pass after enough in-universe time has gone by, others will indeed never make the story's canon. The discussion threads, [[ArchivePanic if you dare brave them]], also have older versions of posts that made it to the Story Only thread. One of these had ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'' explicitly show up, but it was rejected in favour favor of a less blatant ShoutOut.
* ''FanFic/TheTaintedGrimoire'': The author originally planned for Veis instead of Vili to join Clan Gully in FanFic/TheTaintedGrimoire.Gully. Also, Vili didn't exist in the original plan. The original plan was scrapped and Vili was created because cuttingmoon57 didn't like the idea of altering important canon clans.



* Originally, Alvin Earthworm had plans for a ninth episode of ''WebAnimation/SuperMarioBrosZ'', but only part of it was actually released because, [[http://alvin-earthworm.newgrounds.com/news/post/70182 'It was cancelled before Alvin could even finish the whole episode'.]]

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* ''WebAnimation/SuperMarioBrosZ'': Originally, Alvin Earthworm had plans for a ninth episode of ''WebAnimation/SuperMarioBrosZ'', episode, but only part of it was actually released because, [[http://alvin-earthworm.newgrounds.com/news/post/70182 'It was cancelled before Alvin could even finish the whole episode'.]]



* Chapter 7 of ''Fanfic/SonicGenerationsFriendshipIsTimeless'', which represents ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'', uses the Lost World and Windy Valley stages. The author claims he was considering adding Twinkle Park, and one scene he had in mind involved the HallOfMirrors Amy goes through in her playthrough of the stage, where Sonic and Tails would have seen their classic selves in the mirror and the ponies and Spike would have seen their G1 counterparts instead of their normal reflection ([[MythologyGag which could have led to a joke about Twilight's mother looking similar to G1 Twilight]]). This idea was scrapped because, according to the author, it "wasn't as good an idea", however, a similar scene was later used in the ''Adventures on the Friendship Express'' spin-off.

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* *''Fanfic/SonicGenerationsFriendshipIsTimeless'': Chapter 7 of ''Fanfic/SonicGenerationsFriendshipIsTimeless'', 7, which represents ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'', uses the Lost World and Windy Valley stages. The author claims he was considering adding Twinkle Park, and one scene he had in mind involved the HallOfMirrors Amy goes through in her playthrough of the stage, where Sonic and Tails would have seen their classic selves in the mirror and the ponies and Spike would have seen their G1 counterparts instead of their normal reflection ([[MythologyGag which could have led to a joke about Twilight's mother looking similar to G1 Twilight]]). This idea was scrapped because, according to the author, it "wasn't as good an idea", however, a similar scene was later used in the ''Adventures on the Friendship Express'' spin-off.



* The ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' episode "Temporal Delay" was originally named "Terror From the Year 2011", then "2012" (a reference to ''Film/TerrorFromTheYear5000''), before adopting its current name for two reasons: the title would become dated very quickly no matter what year was chosen[[note]]aside from an obviously futuristic one, like the original film[[/note]], and there's isn't really a "terror" in the plot of the episode.
* [[Darthwiki/NewDawn New Dawn]] went through a couple alternate BigBad's before Nebiros was picked.

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* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'': The ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' episode "Temporal Delay" was originally named "Terror From the Year 2011", then "2012" (a reference to ''Film/TerrorFromTheYear5000''), before adopting its current name for two reasons: the title would become dated very quickly no matter what year was chosen[[note]]aside from an obviously futuristic one, like the original film[[/note]], and there's isn't really a "terror" in the plot of the episode.
* [[Darthwiki/NewDawn ''[[Darthwiki/NewDawn New Dawn]] Dawn]]'' went through a couple alternate BigBad's {{Big Bad}}s before Nebiros was picked.



* The fanfic WhatCouldHaveBeen/TheWalkingDeadRealMonsters has it's own page of things that could've gone differently.

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* The fanfic WhatCouldHaveBeen/TheWalkingDeadRealMonsters has it's ''FanFic/TheWalkingDeadRealMonsters'': Has its [[WhatCouldHaveBeen/TheWalkingDeadRealMonsters own page page]] of things that could've gone differently.


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* [[Tropers/{{Kenyastarflight}} Kenya Starflight]]'s ''Franchise/StarWars''/''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' crossover ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/1734634/1/Centaur-of-Attention Centaur of Attention]]'': In the author's notes at the end of the fic, it's mentioned that the author's original plans for a ''Star Wars'' and ''Xanth'' crossover revolved around Jango Fett and a five-year-old Boba Fett crash-landing on Xanth and having to find the Holey Grail, a vessel full of holes that turned ordinary water into powerful healing elixir, in order to repair their ship. The planned villain was Darius Dracotaur, a dragon/centaur Magician. The concept eventually morphed into a Luke and Vader story, with Darius as the only surviving plot element, though Boba Fett would go on to feature in [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2421185/1/Catacombs the sequel]].
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