Dishney: California Adventure Dreamin' With Bob Weis
|The concept art of the Carthay Circle Theatre|
With recent announcements of the complete re-vamping of that other park, Disney's California Adventure seem to have a bright future ahead, abandoning its current concept of a California-themed theme park in uh, California, and replacing it with something that revolves more around nostalgia--old Hollywood, movie palaces, sprays of bougainvillea, a Victorian seaside town.
And the person in charge of overseeing the complete $1 billion re-vamping of the park, the man behind the curtain, if you will, is Bob Weis. Cool.
The only problem? No one knows who the hell he is. Kind of. Explanation--and more Califiornia Adventure concept art--after the jump.
While it's a name not familiar to most West Coast Disney fanboys and -girls, Weis, according to MiceAge.com, is a veteran Imagineer who's worked on both the MGM Studios park in Orlando and the now scrapped Disney's America park in Virginia. Though he branched out on his own afterwards, Mice Age asserts that Weis kept in touch with his Disney pals... which resulted in him landing this major job with some major funding.
Now, the weird thing about all this? The Anaheim parks, meaning both Disneyland and California Adventure, generally only recruit what Mice Age refers to as "Celebrity heavy hitters" to commandeer the way. Take for example Senior Vice President of Creative Development Tony Baxter, put in charge of overall creative direction for Disneyland park, who has worked on everything from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad to the 1982 re-design of Fantasyland, Star Tours, Splash Mountain, Indiana Jones and much, much more--a veritable "celebrity" in his own right. Pixar head honcho John Lasseter stepped into help out Disney's California Adventure after the disastrous Eisner reign and was the one who spearheaded the $1 billion plan to help save the park. Weis, however, remains virtually unknown, at least in the public eye. Whether or not this is indicative of any bad relations resulting from those originally at the helm for California Adventure isn't something we're totally sure of, but probably not a ridiculous assumption to make.
Weis spoke to twenty-three magazine for their Summer 2009 issue on the changes coming to the park. He acknowledged their ambitious goals, with promises that the forthcoming renovations and additions will be "amongst the most technically sophisticated projected we've ever done."
The changes include completely redoing the current Golden Gate Bridge entrance into a focus on what California looked like during Walt Disney's early days spent here. Red Car Trolleys, Spanish-style and Art Deco storefronts, cafes, shops and even a replica of movie palace Carthay Circle Theater. A whole new land will be dedicated to Pixar's Cars (the worst Disney cartoon ever put out, in our humble humble opinion), while the boardwalk area will soon have a pleasant Victorian theme. The Orange Stinger swings and Mulholland Madness will soon be transformed into the Silly Symphony Swings Goofy's Sky School, respectively. California Adventure will soon boast in Spring 2010 a water-based show titled "World of Color," which looks a little like a fancier, updated version of Epcot's "IllumiNations" show. An E-ticket attraction is even being promised with The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure.
|The first major ride based on Disney's classic The Little Mermaid "with leading edge animation and special effects."|
|The 12-acre area titled, aptly, Cars Land. Meh.|
|Disney's "World of Color" show promises to bring excitement to Paradise Pier.|