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.
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.