Saturday, March 10, 2012

Discovery Bay

This next entry in my Wishful-Thinking Birdseye Illustrations For Your Enjoyment series shows my own version of Tony Baxter’s & WDI’s legendary Discovery Bay concept for Disneyland.  I drew this based on one of my conceptual site plans for an expanded park:

My version has a lot in common with the WDI plan(s) upon which it was based, but also differs in many ways.  The setting of the place is vaguely Victorian (1850-1900) with an eclectic mix of architectural styles (Gold Rush/Barbary Coast S.F., Chinatown, “Age of Invention”)…  an American version of Port of Entry at IOA.

Island at the Top of the World: Flagship suspended dark ride based on the actual WDI plan.  If you're unfamiliar with what this ride was to be, some really  tantalizing descriptions can be found on the Web.

Lost Voyager: This is my own take on the boat ride of many names that was planned for DB at one point.  The version I've drawn is Jungle Cruise meets Dinosaur, featuring frightening encounters with mythical creatures in caverns and (temperate) forested locales.

Professor Marvel's Hall of Wonders: I imagined this being a fanciful Carousel of Progress-type presentation hosted by Dreamfinder's precursor (something similar to this was planned).

The Time Machine: This would be a steam-powered, riveted simulator adventure with in-cabin SFX.  The exterior would be a dilapidated Academy where a few mysterious inventors still linger.

Western Balloon Ascent: This would be a gentle balloon ride that "floats" over the mountain (covering the train and several showbuildings) along an inground track hidden below the baskets.

Other Features

There would be several unique dining facilities, a tented Gypsy Camp for live entertainment, "Streetmosphere" characters.  In my version, the Indian camp would be relocated to Tom Sawyer Island so it could still be experienced by Mark Twain & Columbia passengers.

Discovery Bay would have access to the four adjacent lands (tunnel to Toontown).  All the Captain Nemo/Nautilus stuff in the original DB plan would be reserved for another Resort Gate.