A couple of weeks ago I was asked by 'KingMickey' to do a conceptual site plan of a park, dubbed Disney's Kingdoms United! that he had imagined and roughly sketched out:
This park was to be completely devoted to Disney animated characters (with nine lands around a lagoon, each dedicated to a single animated classic). As I've mentioned before, in my own parks I often keep animated tie-ins to a small minority of the park's attraction roster, so drawing a park that was all-animation was a refreshing change of pace.
The result was World Showcase meets Fantasyland and is described below in KingMickey's own words:
"This theme park takes the style and design of several different Disney movies and throws them into one theme park, creating the ultimate experience of wrapping the guests into the storylines and environments of some of their favorite Disney films. Wrapping around a central lagoon that connects all of the kingdoms together, it is only a mere step from the Sultan’s Palace in Agrabah to the settlement in Jamestown seen in Pocahontas. At night, Disney’s World of Color brings the lagoon to life, truly bringing all of Disney’s classic films together into one nighttime spectacular.
The Kingdoms of the World
The entrance of the theme park, the “Main Street”, is themed to Kingdom Hearts, using the architecture seen in the Traverse Town and Twilight Town worlds in the game as its’ main architectural design. Rows of trees and lamplights lead through the provincial area, leading to the Twilight Town Clocktower, where the Kingdom Hearts attraction, a target-shooting, multi-track attraction is found within. On the backside of the clocktower is a viewing location for World of Color. Guests can board a boat cruise and float around the lagoon. In the center of the lagoon are golden statues of the main characters represented throughout Disney’s Kingdoms United.
Chateau de France
Chateau de France
Continuing clockwise around the park, guests proceed over a bridge and are lead into Belle’s Village seen in Beauty and the Beast. In Belle’s Village, you can explore some shops or take a relaxing boat cruise around the river that intertwines between the town and the forest. Perhaps you’d like to board a mysterious train, invented by Maurice, and be transported to the drawbridge of the Beast’s Castle. Once inside life-sized castle that takes up the rear of the land, guests will find Beauty and the Beast, a classic dark ride re-telling the tale as old as time. The other parts of the castle give way to secret passages, leading to the Enchanted Castle Tour, hosted by Lumiere and Cogsworth. Another passage leads to the Rose Garden, a beautiful balcony where Storytime with Belle takes place.
Notre Dame Courtyard
Continuing on from Belle’s Village, guests proceed into the Notre Dame Courtyard, in the midst of the Topsy Turvy celebration. The area is themed to The Huncback of Notre Dame. In the center of the square, the Topsy Turvy Celebration, an interactive streetmosphere extravangaza appears daily. On the backside of the courtyard is the cathedral of Notre Dame, which leads guests through its peaceful sanctuary. Inside the cathedral, guests will find The Hunchback of Notre Dame, a live, musical re-telling of the story, very similar to the attraction that once existed at the Disney-MGM Studios. A passageway leading to the attic of the cathedral leads to Quasimodo’s Bell Tower, an interactive play area for kids, looking down on the courtyard.
The Enchanted Forest
The Enchanted Forest
The French-inspired courtyard gives way to the setting of a beautiful forest. Upon exploring the forest, guests will soon realize they are in the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, when they come across the Dwarfs’ Cottage, where they can meet the seven little men and Snow White, herself. Traveling down the forest trail will lead the guest to Snow White – An Enchanting Musical, an outdoor theater that uses puppetry, music and effects to bring the story of Snow White to life. The forest trail leads the guests to the rock exterior of the mine, sheltering the Dwarfs’ Mining Camp interactive area and the Seven Dwarfs’ Mine Train. The forest trail continues to grow deeper, leading the guests to the foot of the Queen’s castle, Snow White’s Wishing Well just nearby. Inside the castle, the guests can interact with the Magic Mirror. Descending down into the laboratory of the castle will lead guests to Escape the Witch, an intense boat ride, where the guests are pitted against the wicked power of the Evil Queen, as they try to escape her castle and the dark forest. Beware, poisonous apples along the way.
The forest soon gives way to a beach-side setting, as guests enter a cavernous cove under the sea to reach the kingdom of Atlantica (indoor land), seen in The Little Mermaid. In the Undersea Garden, attractions like Jumpin’ Jellyfish, Blowfish Balloon Race and Flounder’s Flying Fish Coaster add to the themed experience of being under the sea. One of the land’s significant attractions is the Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, which will be a copy of the attractions found at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort. Guests can even meet Ariel at her grotto located alongside the attraction. The tranquil undersea garden soon leads to a chilly interactive graveyard of sunken ships. In the largest ship hull is an entrance that leads to Shark Attack!, an intense thrill attraction where guests board their own ships and are pursued by the massive shark from the film. The interactive Sunken Ship Graveyard leads through the mouth of a sea dragon, leading to the interactive lair of Ursula, where guests can meet the villainess diva herself.
The pathway leads past the beach-side rocky setting and leads to the royal courtyard of the city of Thebes, seen in Hercules. At the back of the courtyard is Mount Olympus, which houses a dark ride that re-tells the story of Hercules. To the left of the mountain is the Temple of Zeus, an interactive venue where a statue of Zeus and several other gods and goddesses come to life. Leading up the stair to a royal coliseum is Go the Distance: A Musical, a musical comedy hosted by the Muses. In front of the courtyard is the beautiful Garden of Aphrodite, which is directly opposite of the entrance of the park. The area provides a beautiful location during both day and night and offers one of the best views of World of Color.
The Royal Kingdom
The Royal Kingdom
Guests soon find themselves wandering back into a forest trail. It is only when a tall tower is seen in the distance that they realize they must be in the forest from Tangled. Continuing into the forest, you’ll find Rapunzel’s Royal Carousel. A trail through the forest leads to Rapunzel’s Tower, which serves an exterior to the even better dark ride, Tangled: Flynn’s Adventure. The castle of the kingdom offer s a great dining selection at the Kingdom Faire restaurant. A Meet & Greet location with Rapunzel and Flynn is also located inside of the castle. Every night, after the sun sets and night falls, all of the kingdoms throughout the theme park send off floating lanterns, which take off into the night sky.
The forest fades away to the desert landscape of Agrabah from Aladdin. The city boasts the Agrabah Bazaar, a marketplace of goods and foods, located just before the Sultan’s Palace. Inside of the Sultan’s Palace, guests will find Aladdin’s Arabian Adventure, where guests board their own magic carpet and take off through the story of Aladdin. After traveling through a brief oasis of palm trees, the path leads inside of the Cave of Wonders, where Genie’s Wish, a 3-D attraction takes place.
The desert theme of Agrabah continues as the path travels through a beautiful oasis area, entering into a peaceful savanna, seen in The Lion King. The savanna will lead to Timon and Pumbaa’s African Safari, a jungle jeep adventure, where Timon and Pumbaa act as guides through their own tour of the jungle. Rhythmic sounds and music come from some live drummers found just outside of the Circle of Life restaurant. Ahead lies Pride Rock, the iconic large rock formation from the movie that houses the Festival of the Lion King attraction. Moving past Pride Rock leads to the Elephant Graveyard, an interactive playground filled with large elephant bones and the Chomps Steakhouse.
Native Camp Grounds
Native Camp Grounds
The pathway then leads through the Virginian settlement of Jamestown, where the settlers had landed in Pocahontas. Inside the settlement, there are dining locations and shops. Further into the wilderness that travels alongside a riverbend, guests will come across Pocahontas and Her Forest Friends, a show that was once featured at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The path continues to lead down to Grandmother Willow’s Tree Grove, an interactive plaza where guests can meet the tree, herself. At the southeastern edge of the park, guests will come across Meeko’s River Run, a river rapids attraction through the forest and the Indian encampment, as well as Just Around the Riverbend, a log flume attraction that takes guests through the story of Pocahontas. The pathway in front of Jamestown leads guests back to the Twilight Town Clocktower at the entrance of the park."