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Mickey's Madhouse information?

Dr. Hans Reinhardt

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@mharrington The feature that always intrigued me most about the Discovery Bay/Circusland model was the often overlooked aerial balloon ride that linked the two lands, which is visible at the top of the image you shared. I'd be very interested in seeing any concept art or reading detailed information on that attraction.
 
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mharrington

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I found some more pieces of artwork allegedly for Mickey's Madhouse (if its article on the Disney Wiki is to be believed). Here are two interior shots:



And here's a vignette pertaining to "Steamboat Willie":


So how then would a movie studio fit in what is otherwise a circus?
 

Phrubruh

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I found some more pieces of artwork allegedly for Mickey's Madhouse (if its article on the Disney Wiki is to be believed). Here are two interior shots:



And here's a vignette pertaining to "Steamboat Willie":


So how then would a movie studio fit in what is otherwise a circus?
How does a movie studio fit in the circus that DCA has become?
 

Herbie

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I think the Studio Tour and Madhouse rides are different concepts...

I would have no problem with this being added to Storybook Circus. It's somewhat of a loose theme, but it definitely fits into the image I have of old timey circuses/carnivals featuring these "madhouse" style (and sometimes cheap) rides. See Ed Wood for example. And keep in mind, Pinocchio's Daring Journey was originally planned to go here as well.
 

mharrington

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I think the Studio Tour and Madhouse rides are different concepts...

I would have no problem with this being added to Storybook Circus. It's somewhat of a loose theme, but it definitely fits into the image I have of old timey circuses/carnivals featuring these "madhouse" style (and sometimes cheap) rides. See Ed Wood for example. And keep in mind, Pinocchio's Daring Journey was originally planned to go here as well.
My question, though, is how would it have fit? I had tried to conjure up a ride like that for Storybook Circus, but @spacemt354 insisted that the ride needs to be based around the circus first. The "Madhouse" concept as envisioned originally, it was argued, would probably work in, say, Toontown or something, but not in a circus. When I brought up the concept, they tried to conform the concept as tightly as possible to the circus, because shorts vignettes, again, didn't seem to fit.

And to go off-topic briefly, I also I think Pinocchio probably fits better where it does now, right in the heart of Fantasyland. It makes me wonder if you were going to view the ride from his perspective back then, like you did with the other dark rides at the time.

Also, to get back on topic, what is the reference to "Ed Wood" here? I thought that was about a guy trying to make B-movies, not a "madhouse" attraction for a circus.
 

Herbie

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My question, though, is how would it have fit? I had tried to conjure up a ride like that for Storybook Circus, but @spacemt354 insisted that the ride needs to be based around the circus first. The "Madhouse" concept as envisioned originally, it was argued, would probably work in, say, Toontown or something, but not in a circus. When I brought up the concept, they tried to conform the concept as tightly as possible to the circus, because shorts vignettes, again, didn't seem to fit.

And to go off-topic briefly, I also I think Pinocchio probably fits better where it does now, right in the heart of Fantasyland. It makes me wonder if you were going to view the ride from his perspective back then, like you did with the other dark rides at the time.

Also, to get back on topic, what is the reference to "Ed Wood" here? I thought that was about a guy trying to make B-movies, not a "madhouse" attraction for a circus.
I’m kind of a stickler for theme when it comes to Epcot and Hollywood being invaded upon… but in this scenario, I think liberties can be taken. Not every single ride has to be themed to the circus – something that exudes the old timey-ness of Dumbo + that era should be more than sufficient.

Pinocchio was probably considered a good fit because of the Pleasure Island carnival connection – as well as the fact that Pinocchio is a classic wooden puppet, subject to performance shows – like, at say, a circus/carnival/fair. It’s a loose connection, but it works. The visuals (along with the visuals of old-timey Mickey cartoons) just lends itself to the area.

Ed Wood was a filmmaker in the 1950s who made really bad movies… In Tim Burton’s 1994 film, one scene features Ed Wood (Johnny Depp) and his date (Patricia Arquette) attending a fair/carnival of sorts where they ride a relatively cheap haunted house dark ride (typical of that era). Mickey’s Madhouse would seem to fall in line with that idea (but on a grander, Disney-scale, of course).

I'd be all for a Roger Rabbit's Hollywood/Maroon Studios area in DHS -- but not Toontown. Hate that theme with a passion. Represent it in an attraction -- a Toontown Trolley simulator, for example -- all you want, but as a land, I think it's just small and cheap and more of an eyesore than charming. Even if I liked the theme, Mickey's Toontown has always seemed more '80s/Disney Afternoon to me than classic Mickey shorts.
 
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