Imagineering Awesome: The Expansion of Pixar Place

This post is part of the Imagineering Awesome series

Welcome to the 2015 Imagineering Awesome series on Mouse on the Mind! You can access all of the posts by clicking on the link at right.

Today’s post comes to us from Lisa and James, who are the masterminds behind Home Is Where The Mouse Is. They’ve gone above and beyond, nearly reimagining an entire Land–including a Boo-tiful ride! Check it out: 


Rumors are swirling throughout the blogosphere regarding the newest closures and changes coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. While some of the proposed changes have me excited (possible Star Wars or Cars Land coming), I will admit I will miss some of the attractions that are closing such as The Magic of Disney Animation. All of this talk got me to thinking: If I were bestowed the power to upgrade Disney’s Hollywood Studios, what would I do?

My mind immediately went to the Pixar Place, home to the popular attraction Toy Story Midway Mania. I feel like that area deserves more. More character greetings, more attractions, more dining, more anything and everything Pixar related. Here’s what I came up with.

Character Greetings
With The Magic of Disney Animation closing, characters, especially those from the latest films, are going to need a new venue to hold their meet and greets. I imagine a character greeting area much like the one for Mickey and friends at Epcot. Guests can go from section to section, visiting characters from their favorite Pixar films complete with appropriately themed backdrops. I know my kids would love to visit with Mike and Sully, The Incredibles, Remy and Linguini, maybe even Dory and Marlin.

While bringing the magic of Cars Land to Walt Disney World would be a perfect fit for this re-imagined area, I’d like to create a brand new attraction. I love the idea of a Monster’s Inc. family ride. Riders can search behind different doors and in different rooms looking for Boo. It would be similar to the Winnie the Pooh attraction at the Magic Kingdom.

As the mom of a 4-year-old boy, something that is lacking in Disney Character Dining is a character meal themed for boys. I always thought a Pixar-themed character meal would be a great idea. For this portion of the redesign, I consulted my kids. We decided that it would be cool to have a Toy Story themed restaurant, but our idea has a twist.


Our restaurant would appeal to both Woody and Buzz fans alike. The restaurant, “Andy’s Room,” would feature two sides, a Woody side and Buzz side. The Woody’s side would be a western hoedown themed after the Wild West. Guests would dine on barbeque while they are greeted by Woody, Jessie and Bullseye at their table. From time to time, they could be entertained with some line dancing or Bullseye stick-riding.

The Buzz side would be an intergalactic journey into space. This part would be lit by black light and include light up tables and other glow in the dark items. Guest would have the opportunity to visit with Buzz and the Little Green Men. They’d also be in control of the color of their table. A button would allow them to change the table’s color with one click. Also, there would be “windows” that look out into space. If they look closely, maybe they’ll see a rocket ship fly by.

Hopefully the good people at Disney will read these ideas and make some of our dreams into a reality. Until then, we can look forward to the new changes that are coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Thank you, Melissa, for the opportunity to participate in this month’s Imagineering Awesome.

What do you guys think? I, for one, can’t wait to belly-up to a space age table and chowdown on some Disney fries with a green alien. Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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