Among the disproportionate woes of this year was the sudden and unexpected passing of Alain Littaye last March. Co-author of the quintessential theme park design coffee table book (Disneyland Paris: From Sketch to Reality), Alain selflessly and passionately ran the multiple Disney & More sites for many years, curating collections of rare artwork, shining a light on designers who would have otherwise gone unrecognized and generally helping educate the world on the art of theme parks. The discovery of his site helped stoke & maintain my interest in the art and design of parks and, thus, this blog. I maintained an ongoing correspondence with Alain over the years, and he was always enthusiastic & gracious. I miss him and his work. I know he appreciated the Concept Plans I share here, often promoting them on his pages, so I've decided to dust off the tablet and post a new Illustrative Map in his honor. This one's for you, Alain!
IMPORTANT NOTE: Migration to Twitter. I'm going to try to move my content & engagement over to Twitter. If I can get a following there, then I'll be posting a lot more content, including bringing back some long-lost park drawings. So go to the Ideal Buildout twitter account, here, to see a wider resort plan image of this project. If you don't have twitter, sign up (it's easy) then Follow, Like, Comment or Retweet the posts you find on my account. Once this drawing gets some traction on twitter, I'll present the next part of this Park Map.
HONG KONG SECOND GATE
This plan is one of a number of Second Gates for Hong Kong that I drew several years ago. The recent news that HKDL lost its exclusive option to develop the full 2-park resort was very disappointing for me. Though many years away, the resort's beautiful location, excellent master-plan and Goldilocks size meant that the once-inevitable build-out of a 2nd theme park, a Dining & Entertainment district and additional resorts, gave the promise of a very bright future. For me, it was/is the one of the few major themed resorts whose best days are ahead of it rather than behind. Unfortunately, that long-term hope & promise for a full resort appears to be lost. Fingers crossed that HKDL can re-acquire the development rights and the powers that be at that time decide to build a spectacular 2nd theme park.
From the beginning, the beautifully-landscaped promenade that runs from the Ferry Docks to the Train Station was earmarked for a Retail, Dining & Entertainment District. To be honest, it looks so good now as a natural walkway, that I think it would be better to leave it as a manicured gardenwalk. In my plan, however, you can see it filled out as the planned entertianment area. Realistically, the style would be typical "entertainment/modern/eclectic" similar to DTD, CityWalk or Disney Springs, though my personal preference is always for a more history-based, detailed RDE district.
As in most the DisneySea variants I've drawn, an Aquasphere modeled on Toyko marks the entrance/ticketing area of the park.
I think it is fitting that opposite the west side's American Main Street and European castle, the eastern park entrance and spine is themed to China's romanticized past. This provides a layered duality reflecting the nature of Hong Kong city itself (China and the Western world). The area would ostensibly be an old Chinese port town, and across its bay would be the park's iconic centerpiece: Mountains and temple/pagoda complex - an Asian cousin to Tokyo DisneySea's Mt Prometheus and Fortress Explorations. There is a large junk to mirror the galleon in TDS.
The vast mountain complex would contain two major E-tickets. The first would be a "speed sled" experience (i.e., TestTrack, JttCotE) with show scenes and animatronic creatures. The second I based on a concept I've seen for a Monkey Kingdom park by Luc Steadman: it is a Kuka ride (like Forbidden Journey) with an entrance/exterior marked by a large tree sprouting out of unusual rock formations.
Flat rides in pagodas, a major Mulan darkride and large theater venue, as well as numerous unique retail & dining experiences, round out the Port.
To Be Continued... (once a Twitter following is established here).