A while ago I received a request by Wills F. to do an attraction layout for his Mary Poppins ride idea. One of the older Alternate Magic Kingdom plan’s I had drawn had space allocated for a Poppins dark ride - and that seemed to be in the right ballpark, scale-wise, for Wills' attraction.
In this version of MK, the narrow FL area transitioning from Liberty Square’s Sleepy Hollow to the Castle Courtyard is influenced by Victorian England, featuring Poppins & Toad rides/facades:
I based the layout closely on Wills’ written description (which follows):
"The queue building is modeled after Number 17 Cherry Tree Lane. Entering through the front door, the queue winds through various rooms of the Banks household, before arriving at the loading dock in front of the staircase. Guests then board a chariot pulled by two carousel horses modeled after those found in the film. As they move along the suspended tracks the horses move up and down.
Scene I: The vehicle pulls forward and pulls an immediate left into the Banks Children’s Nursery. Toys fly onto the shelves and beds make themselves at the snap of Jane and Michael’s fingers. The vehicle passes by Mary Poppins herself as she sings “A Spoonful of Sugar.”
Scene II: Out the window and into the park, passing by Bert as he sings “Chim-Chim-Cheree”, we pass through a frame and into the animated world where Bert and Mary are singing “Jolly Holiday.”
Scene III: Around the corner, the horses pass by the Penguin run restaurant where Bert and the Penguins are dancing.
Scene IV: We find ourselves on the race track and win the race. We pass by the reporters, followed by Mary, Bert and the Band singing “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”
Scene V: A storm hits and the vehicle passes by St. Paul’s Cathedral, where Mary sings with the Old Bird Woman “Feed the Birds”.
Scene VI: Back into the Banks mansion where Mary warns you to stay away from the fireplace, because you never know what could happen. Into the lounge, where Bert sings about the world above London (“Up where the smoke is all billowed and curled…”)
Scene VII: Passing through the fireplace and we suddenly find ourselves winding around the rooftops of London. Sweeps pop out of various chimneys with a cheery “Cheeroo!” before engaging in a good old fashioned “Step In Time”... but, of course, are chased away by Admiral Boom’s fireworks.
Scene VIII: The vehicle passes by several flying kites before finding itself back in the park, where the entire banks family is singing “Let’s Go Fly A Kite.” Finally, we pass by Bert, waving goodbye to Mary, who is flying away: “Goodbye Mary Poppins, don’t stay away too long”
Post: The vehicles make a right hand turn and arrive back at the unloading dock. The exit unloads into Jolly Holiday Gifts, where various Mary Poppins related merchandise can be found."
A couple notes on my interpretation.
-In the center of the Park is the film's carousel that does double duty for the early and late park show-scenes.
-On the right of the racetrack room would be a floor to ceiling screen running the length of the track upon which other animated racers would be projected. At the finish line the grandstand is on the left.
-Heavy fog effects in the Bird Lady scene. Again, fog used to obscure anything below roof-level on the Sweep scene.
Hope you enjoy.