Hello and hope everyone’s having a great summer (for those north of the Equator).
This entry is another guest feature, this time by IdealBuildout reader MagicLamp. Interestingly, MagicLamp created his version of a New Magic Kingdom by cutting and pasting a number of my previously-posted parks:
I then went back and re-scaled and re-drew the park from scratch, adding details and additions.
OVERALL: As I drew the park I saw that it has three central themes. The west is Adventure. The central is Fantasy (composed of five sub-lands). The east is Discovery. This is like that site plan of “Asian Disneyland” in the latest Imagineering book. This also reminded me of the entrance to Animal Kingdom with its trio of ticket booth statues – elephant, triceratops & dragon – representing the Real, the Extinct, and the Imaginary. Here, you’ll notice that there are three paths leading from where ticket booths would be (not drawn), I imagine that at its start each could have a bronze statue (circle) representing, for example, Adventure (explorer Donald), Fantasy (princess Minnie) and Discovery (inventor Mickey).
LANDS OF FANTASY
FAIRYTALE STREET: I made this street non-linear & asymmetrical, as one would expect in a Fantasyland-style overlay of Main St. I got rid of sidewalks as I don’t believe they existed in the Fantasyland time period. The Train Station is moved to the side as it is a little out of period, and the distant central castle is the anchor for this land (and all the Fantasy areas). The entrance paths go under the track, which is on a tree-laden hill, to reach the town square area. The building on the rights side of the Square area is an exhibit based on Walt Disney’s history with bringing fairytales to the screen.
Fairytale Street has two side streets. Buccaneer Alley features Peter Pan’s Flight as it eases the transition to Adventure Bay and Inventor’s Road has a Pinocchio dark ride as it transitions to Discovery Bay.
ENCHANTED FOREST: This central land is basically a re-arranged version of the FLE (composed of both the old and new proposals). I added an overlook on the lower level of Beast’s Castle (full-scale in this version) that lets visitors get a closer look at the “Enchanted Waters” area (waterfalls, pools, etc.).
COUNTRYSIDE: The manicured English countryside of hedgerows and tended trees features attractions based on The Wind in the Willows, Milne's Pooh and Alice in Wonderland.
MICKEYVILLE: A medieval Toontown based on the WDI/Hani El-Masri proposal for Tokyo Disneyland. Sorcerer Mickey can be met in an interactive, exploratory tower (built into the mountain ridge). I was thinking an original 3-D musical film can go in the Music Hall (rather than PhilharMagic – which uses more modern instruments and clothing than is perhaps theme-appropriate for this land) .
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STORYBOOK CIRCUS: In addition to what will be found at the MK’s new land, there is a D+ dark ride (Big Top) and a restaurant that has a viewing section of the ride (I believe such a concept was once proposed for Circusland at DL in the 70s or 80s).
DISCOVERY BAY: Discovery Bay is about gears, inventions, steampunk, riveted steel, etc. Among the headliners is Island at the Top of the World , where riders board suspended dirigibles over elaborate AA scenes of a mythical, arctic Shanghri-La. The Hyperion juts from its hangar on a Cliffside above the Bay promenade.
The land is covered in large pipes which are leaking steam. A large gear-like platform rises from the Bay for periodic fountain shows. Journey to the Center of the Earth winds around the land. There is a submerged peoplemover-like attraction that tours the underwater sites of the Bay (ruins, shipwrecks, sea creatures, etc.).
ADVENTURE BAY: The approach to this land is a Pirate Village. Similar to New Orleans Sq at DL, there is a lower-level water side promenade that could help with show/fireworks viewing (as it does with Fantasmic at DL).
The rear of the land is jungle, pulp, serial themed (Indy, Everest, Baloo River Cruise). Headhunter canoes add some kinetic movement to the Bay.
Alright. Looks like a another great spin on the Disneyland model. MagicLamp, feel free to elaborate on your ideas in the comments section.