Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Anaheim Disneyland II

This site plan imagines a future built-out Disneyland based on the existing park, but making number of changes to strengthen the thematic coherency of each land and adding a mix of attractions, with an emphasis on rides not connected to previously established characters/films.  I’ve already done a site plan for DL that includes the famous Discovery Bay & the existing Toontown, and that may be more of my ideal park, but this is a study in a "Purist" vision of the park:

MAIN STREET, U.S.A.
--A second boulevard added (to alleviate crowding).   It is themed to early 20th century Big City America (see New York in DisneySea) with taller facades to block Space Mountain. 

--Plaza Pavilion kept as is.

--I changed the Primeval World showset to one that reflects the American Century represented by MS:USA (could be inspired by EPCOT’s World of Motion scenes).  This is because as the train passes each land, I feel the sights & sounds should reflect that land.

ADVENTURELAND
--Aladdin Oasis removed in favor of Tahitian Terrace.

--Static figures removed from Treehouse (not visible in site plan;)).

NEW ORLEANS SQUARE
--No changes.

CRITTER COUNTRY
--Country Bears resurrected in the form of a musical dark ride that replaces Pooh (which has no place in an American West setting, IMO).  Façade of ride is a granite boulder hill.

FRONTIERLAND
-- Keelboats are given a new dock and become an interactive shooter (Passengers use mounted rifles/horns to interact with various sights along the River’s edge) (saw this idea on one of the boards a while back, don't know whose it was).

--Fort Wilderness restored.

--Land doubled in size.  Festival Arena area transformed to a “dark” version of Frontierland: Outlaw Ridge.  It is part Ghost-town, part Tombstone.  The railroad passes over a natural arch.  Guests pass under it.    North of the berm, rocky mesas form the façade of the E-ticket adventure (WRE meets Red Dead Redemption).

FANTASYLAND
--The Plaza’s Pixie Hollow becomes just a park in the Plaza (Fantasyland kept behind the castle walls).

--Borders condensed.   Attractions that are not related to Disney fairy tales (IASW & Matterhorn) become part of Holidayland (World Showcase).

WORLD HOLIDAYLAND
--This is based on the proposed area (that was to be situated south of NOSQ).  It is essentially a condensed version of EPCOT’s World Showcase.  I settled on this land because, from a thematic-standpoint, I don’t believe Matterhorn (with its modern-ish bobsleds) & IASW belong in Fantasyland (although the former provides an excellent backdrop), although I recognize the quality, history & nostalgia value of both.

--The land transitions geographically (i.e., Alps (Matterhorn & Rhine) to France (Café & Ratatouille ride) to Renaissance Rome represented by a suspended DaVinci dark ride (http://www.imagineeringdisney.com/blog/2011/9/17/ride-concept-competition-winners.html)). 

--The Istanbul section represents the transition from East to West as a Japanese dinner theater rounds out the land.

MYTHIA
--An original land based loosely on an old idea for DL.  This land is a place for myths & legends, influenced mainly by Classical myths, but with bits of Egyptian & Persian legends.   The main attraction is AA-heavy (PotC) and indoor-outdoor original adventure.  

--The coaster is suspended and family-oriented (similar scale to Seven Dwarfs Mine Coaster), featuring ride vehicles held by mythical flying animals.    There is a Vekoma Pandora’s Box ride as well.

TOMORROWLAND 2067
 --A play on the TL:2055 name, the idea of this Tomorrowland is to evoke both nostalgia and the retro-futuristic techno-optimism of the 1950s-1980s.  Every building is consistently Saarinen in design – reflecting the old John Hench concept paintings. 

--StarJets is moved back to the pedestal.  Peoplemover restored.   Pixar characters and fantasy sci-fi (i.e. Star Wars) removed from the land.  Buzz is replaced with a new real-world based shooter family dark ride.  Star Tours replaced with an original real-world based simulator (successor to Adventures Thru Inner Space).   

--The Carousel building becomes a new Horizons.   The sub adventure begins with the Sea Castle aesthetic of Horizons, just as Space Mountain reflects the Brava Centauri aesthetic.  Autopia is given a new Saarinen station, new car designs (pods) and hydrogen cell engines.

-Grand Canyon Diorama changed to elaborate City of Tomorrow (e.g. the one in the World of Motion) special effects model.  Again, this is so the train’s sights reflect the land it is passing though.

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Thoughts?  What would comprise your ideal version of Disneyland?

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

SWW:What about Hollywoodland?
Great Movie Ride
Monster Sound Show
Baby Herman's Runaway Baby Buggies
Toontown Trolley
Superstar Television
The Art of Disney Animation
The Twlight Zone: Tower of Terror
Red Car Line Trolley
and few more?

megatron_85 said...

looks great

always hoping to see disneysea paris

Mr. Zahta said...

I really like this new Disneyland design! Specially the Mythia area, because I love classical myths. And also, I like the layout of the californian "lands" - small but familiar.

Great work!

kermitdefrog said...

OMG! I designed a version of WRE based on Read Dead Redemption, too!

Lonnie said...

Another great one. My concept of DL would be basically the same with the addition of Land of OZ, IJ/Lost World Expedition & the complete Thunder Mesa concept.

Also, the 2nd gate with ToonTown, Discovery Bay and a new TL concept: Technopolis. But that's just me :).

Peace.

Anonymous said...

SWW: My concept of DL would be same with addition from supposed have new lands in 90s: Main Street USA, Adventureland, Froniterland, Fantasyland, Mickeyland, Tomorrowland 2055, Big City USA.

Disney MGM Studios Backlot will next to Disneyland in 1990s with addition: Hollywood Blvd, Sunset Blvd, Roger Rabbit's Hollywood, Maroon Studios, Streets of America, Muppet Studios, Lucasland,
Mickey's Movieland, Disney Afternoon Ave, Pixar Place, Marvel Studios and Avatar Land.

Anonymous said...

SWW: My concept of DL would be same with addition from supposed have new lands in 90s: Main Street USA, New Orleans Square, Adventureland, Froniterland, Fantasyland, Mickeyland, Tomorrowland 2055, Big City USA.

Disney MGM Studios Backlot will next to Disneyland in 1990s with addition: Hollywood Blvd, Sunset Blvd, Roger Rabbit's Hollywood, Maroon Studios, Streets of America, Muppet Studios, Lucasland,
Mickey's Movieland, Disney Afternoon Ave, Pixar Place, Marvel Studios and Avatar Land.

SWW said...

^ Thanks to all for leaving a comment.

Lonnie, that 2nd Gate sounds interesting. What else would be there? How would it be laid out? Would there be a central theme (like Animal Kingdom) or more arbitrary (like IOA)?

Mr. Zahta said...

Hi SWW! I'd like to share with you and your readers my new theme park design, which is based on the californian park too, having my 5 lands (main street, adventure, western, fantasy, discovery and tomorrowland) plus a new land - Port Orleans, a mash up of New Orleans Square and Paradise Pier.

Well, here is the link: http://fav.me/d4d9eiy

Enjoy!

megatron_85 said...

my ideal version of the anaheim disneyland resort would have 4 gates

1st Gate: Disneyland Park
Main Street U.S.A.
Liberty Street
Edison Square
Adventureland
New Orleans Square
Frontierland
Critter Country
Discovery Bay
Mythia
Fantasyland
Circusland
Mickey's Toontown
World Holidayland
Tomorrowland

2nd Gate:Disney's California Adventure
Buena Vista Street
Bountiful Valley Farm
Golden State
Paradise Pier
Carsland
Prehysteria
Hollywoodland

3rd Gate: Westcot Center
Ventureport
The Four Worlds
The New World (Americas)
The Old World (Europe)
The Eastern World (Asia)
The Western World (Africa & Middle East)
The Three Wonders
Wonders Of Earth
Wonders Of Living
Wonders Of Science

4th Gate: Disneysea Park
Mediterranean Harbor
American Waterfront
Port Oceana
Atlantis
Lost River Delta
Arabian Coast
Mermaid Lagoon
Mediterranean Harbor

& speaking of disneysea, i wonder what your vision of tokyo disneysea is like

Anonymous said...

And don't forget Disney-Warner Bros. Studios Backlot as fifth gate!

Anonymous said...

Update:
And don't forget Disney-Warner Bros. Studios Backlot as fifth gate!

5th Gate: Disney-WB Studios
Hollywood Blvd
Gotham City
Looney Tunes Village
DC Comics Zone
Roger Rabbit's Hollywood
Pixar Place
Wild Wild West
Air Force Base
Marvel Studios
Mickey's Movieland
WB Studios Backlot
Streets of America
Toon Studio
Adventure Backlot
Muppet Studios
Primetime Lagoon
Sunset Blvd
Animation Courtyard
Cartoon Network Backlot
Sci-Fi Backlot
and few more

Sam said...

Like the overall balance in the themes! Good job!

Used Cars Anaheim said...

Interesting to see the changes in Disneyland; it seems fine to me the way it is. What I would really like to see is shorter lines and less wait time; takes forever to get on a ride.

Tyr4n02r said...

Interesting, just one point of insight: Critter Country has not has a western theme for a couple decades. It was more for the wilderness and bears (well, critters, but I guess a bear is considered as such...) so in terms of theming, Pooh actually does belongs there. However, DCA already has a tribute to bears, so maybe should move afterall... Hmmm...

SWW said...

^While content-wise (attractions), Critter Country is not specifically about the American Mountain West (since Splash Mountain) architecturally & environmentally it remains an American setting, including the areas given over to Pooh.

There is a certain discord in that, IMO, which could be improved. Since Pooh is a quintessentially British story, locating Pooh in these kinds of American buildings is the design equivalent of putting the Snow White darkride in a Japanese castle facade: there is something not quite right.

IF the CC Pooh showbuilding, queue & shops had been re-designed to resemble half-timber English Tudor, it would be much easier to accept that Critter Country is just a place for animated critters regardless of their geographic origin. As it stands, the lands/content design doesn't make as much sense as it could in that regard.

Colin said...

now that frozen excists they also could build elsa's ice palace on the matterhorn and change the ride vehicles into sleighs. I know it isn't the best idea but it would fit better in fantasyland than.

Mythia I love the idea. maybe there could be a hercules dark ride and a fantasia gardens ride(planned for beastly kingdom in AK).

I love your idea of making a dark ride for the country bears and not the jamboree.