Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Disney's Futura

 Hope everyone had a great Christmas.  Quick Reminder that the IdealBuildout Contest deadline is December 30th... just a few short days from now. 

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Now, on to a new theme park.  This park orginated with a request by Leandro of Holland to create a site plan out of his idea and very rough drawing:
My interest was piqued by this idea of an all-future version of the Magic Kingdom: a Tomorrowland expanded outward to an entire theme park.  Since Tomorrowland has had a number of different identities since its inception (eg., real world futurism, Victorian steampunk, googie, deco-tech), and each identity has typically regressed into its current state of “Anything Goes”, I thought this would be a fun chance  to give some of these identities a themed area of their own.

I started from scratch with the layout and re-arranged, deleted, altered and added to the park's contents to come up with this:



Each of Futura's lands is based on some specific aspect or genre of sci-fi futurism, with each being its own world, distinct from the others in architecture, landscape & mood.
 

FUTURA BOULEVARD: Deco-Tech/Retro-Futursim

I imagined a version of Main Street USA in a retro-futuristic stye (Flash Gordon/Jetsons/1930s-1950s pulp) but with a clean, forward-looking, techno-industrial aesthetic.  This is a sci-fi land with lots of robots, towers, domes, etc.   Similar to Disneyland, there is a train station over the entrance to the park, but this train would be a futuristic MagLev.  I also put in an automated streetcar system that passes through the indoor arcade of one of the building blocks.  


The park’s icon is a futuristic version of the familiar fantasy castle. 

TOON-TROPOLIS: Animation/Googie
This land would be home to the animated, “Disney” vision of future, with attractions, restaurants & architecture based on Meet the Robinsons, Wall-E, Buzz Lightyear.   It is cheerful & colorful with lots of curves – a futuristic Toontown.

CYBERPUNK CITY: CyberPunk/Dystopia
Taking the opposite approach, this land features the ominous, gritty, dark style of films like “BladeRunner” & “Alien”.   Film Noir.  Lots of neon signs, steam and skybridges.   The comedy club lightens the mood.  I added a BladeRunner-like scoop E-ticket attracion based on a future Detective Agency.

NEBULA ONE STARPORT: Epic Space Fantasy
 This land is a space port with many ships, aliens, droids, bars, etc. – like something you might find in the Star Wars universe.    I added an AA darkride based on the characters of Captain Eo, taking them on a new musical adventure, but now tangible rather than filmed.   There is a launch-coaster experience that would feature pull-down virtual reality headsets (like those  Bremen Space Center) to simulate atmospheric dogfights synced with the movement of the track.  

MECHANICA HARBOUR: SailPunk

The next land takes the unique style invented (I think) by the artists who worked on “Treasure Planet” called SailPunk: It is 18th Century Sea-going (PotC) meets Sci-fi Space Adventure.  The lagoon is home to the Solar Winds fountain & FX show.

ALIEN PLANET: Alien Culture & Landscapes
This land simulates a mysterious alien homeworld.  If you know the game StarCraft, I had that in mind (Protoss planet), as I drew the land.  There are several overgrown temples.  Giant glowing blue crystals would grow among the strange trees throughout this land.   A crashed Mothership is part of the pre-show for the park’s flagship attraction (kuka).  

EARTH STATION: Reality-based TechnoFuturism
The final land takes its cue from the original Tomorrowlands & EPCOT’s opening day Future World:  It is reality-based, techno-optimistic futurism, hands-on & educational in nature with at least one lengthy, Horizons-like omnimover ride.  

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  Thoughts?  Comments? 

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

So what's next your list, SWW?
Disney-Warner Bros. Studios Backlot
or
Disney Studios Tokyo?

kermitdefrog said...

@Anonymous Those two parks you mentioned are essentially the same. So it doesn't really matter which one he chooses.

Lonnie said...

Another great one. Maybe you can have a "Looking Back at Tomorrow" attration akin to the Disney Gallery showing 'old' concepts of tomorrow.

SWW said...

^Nice idea... I'm a big fan of preview centers/art & model galleries so something like that would be great.

kermitdefrog said...

So, Disney's Futura won the contest?

SWW said...

^ No... this one wasn't part of the contest. There will be an announcement regarding the contest results soon.

Did you forget to enter the contest?