Thursday, August 28, 2008

Lost Imagineering: The Lewis and Clark Expedition

The Lewis and Clark Expedition was the proposed E-Ticket centerpiece of the Native America area of the ultimately canceled Disney's America theme park. The blue sky designs for the attraction would subsequently serve in the development of Kali River Rapids at Disney's Animal Kingdom and also, and more directly, Grizzly River Run at Disney's California Adventure. Press materials provided the following description of the Native America area:

NATIVE AMERICA 1600-1810
Native America explores the life of America's first inhabitants, their accord with the environment and the timeless works of art they created long before European colonization. Guests may visit an Indian village representing such Eastern tribes as the Powhatans, or join in a harrowing Lewis and Clark raft expedition through pounding rapids and churning whirlpools.

7 comments:

Tony said...

How cool would've of this been!?

Kristian said...

I find the name of this attraction a bit odd, doesn't it sound a bit too close to 'Lois and Clarke' aka Superman?

Disney are normally more careful with their branding.

Ride looks cool though...

Gator Chris said...

On the off chance that the "branding" comment above wasn't just irony...

Wikipedia:Lewis and Clark Expeditoin

Cory Gross said...

Does anyone else find it odd that the E-ticket ride representing the Native American section of Disney's America, enshrining the life of the indigenous peoples of North America prior to European colonization, is themed on a European expedition?

Tony said...

Uh ... how cool would've of this been!?

;)

Jamie said...

Too cool! Too bad Disney's America never got off the ground; it would've been only 20 miles away from me.

Pat Lewis said...

This would've been a neat park if they could build and sustain it as planned, but I would hate to see it if Disney started caving to the same pressure to add characters and emphasize thrills over education that we're seeing at Epcot these days. Maybe it's better this never got built.