Saturday, June 2, 2012

Illustrative Site Plan - Disneyland 2025

Many of us have an ideal vision of the parks, whether it be from the past, or something that exists only in our minds.  At IdealBuildout, I try to put those visions to paper.   I’ve shared a couple of site plans for "Alternate Universe" DLs, but this time I’d like to share illustrative conceptual plan of a slightly more realistic vision of Disneyland in 2025.  This is the first full park plan I’ve posted that features landcover & topography: 



Since the trend in recent years has emphasized the infusion of characters & pre-branded IP, in my version, the pendulum swings in the other direction, with the vast majority of additions featuring original content created exclusively for the theme park.
 
The various changes that can be seen in the above illustration are as follows:

MAIN STREET: I added an eastern street to alleviate crowds on the main boulevard.  It would be themed to a Victorian take on Chinatown with a Lucky Dragon restaurant (as conceptualized for Disneyland by WED/WDI).

ADVENTURELAND: My core philosophy & M.O. when drawing these park plans is “The park is the E-ticket”.  This means the inclusion of numerous small “inbetween” areas that exist for no other reason than unexpected exploration, discovery & delight.  With this in mind, I converted the shuttered Aladdin’s Oasis to an Ali Baba (40 theives) cavern.  It would be a small exploratory area in the veign of the Dragon’s Lair in Disneyland Paris.  Open sesame.

NEW ORLEANS SQUARE: No signifitcant physical alterations.

CRITTER COUNTRY: I replaced Pooh with a larger family LPS dark ride (same scale as Tokyo’s Hunny Hunt).  The entrance would be through granite boulder caves (as illustrated).  The ride itself could feature scenes from North American Disney animation (Fox & Hound, Bambi, Brother Bear) or feature original environments & characters.

FRONTIERLAND: Continuing with the idea of small, off-the-beaten-path areas, I added a wilderness trail that would be a nod to the old Nature’s Wonderland train (passes through Rainbow Caverns).  In place of the Festival Arena (and backstage animal paddocks), I added a huge new E-ticket – the biggest ride in the park.  The queue for this ride passes through a ruined Spanish colonial fortress and then moves underground, passing under the RR berm to the main showbuilding (IJA North).  The EMV-boat hybrid (recently patented) ride system follows an original storyline involving supernatural elements, cowboys, outlaws, Indians, with adventurers using rifles throughout (POTC meets Men in Black).

FANTASYLAND: I included the under construction Fantasy Faire replacing the Carnation Plaza.   The old Fantasyland Theater is redone as a sunken amphitheater (fairytale Redrocks). 

TOONTOWN: No significant alterations.

PORT DISCOVERY: This new land, replacing Autopia and part of the Monorail track, serves as the bridge between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland.  It applies the steampunk, retro-futurist themes of Paris’ Discoveryland & DisneySea’s Mysterious Island (Vernes, HG Wells, etc).   Aquatopia (DisneySea) is put in place over the old Motorboat area and Finding Nemo gives way to Captain Nemo (using subs of a similar design to those of the original Magic Kingdom).   The Time Machine would be a variable scoop dark ride (akin to Transformers).  The Inventors Club would be a new take on the Adventurers Club.  20,000 Leagues queue building would be a Nemo-style base (riveted steel, oxidized copper).  The steam train station (DL RR) would fit naturally in this land.

TOMORROWLAND: Astro Orbitor goes back to its pedestal as the central elevated landmark of the land.  A new landscape/water area is covered by a bridge to separate TL from the hub.  Rather than try to resurrect the real-world techno-optimism of the 1967 Tomorrowland (final nail long since placed in that coffin), I went with the current grain of a Sci-Fi City.  A new Peoplemover track is put in, opening up the central boulevard, with new facades resembling a diverse, lived-in future (sci-fi) city.  I modeled the Innoventions replacment on the Robot Battle Arena attraction set in a giant, landed starship, as conceived by Eddie Sotto & WDI.   I created an altered exterior approach to Space Mountain with less concrete and more landscaping & rockwork.   The monorail, peoplemover & Astro Orbitor all are of a design that bridge the styles of Tomorrowland & Port Discovery.

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Thoughts?  Your idealized DL?  Your predictions for 2025? 

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think Toontown needs more rides in the future like:
The Toontown Trolley (simulator based on Who Framed Roger Rabbit)
DuckTales ride
Benny's Runaway Cabs
Goofy's Motor Mania
The Toontown Tower Hotel (TOT parody)

megatron_85 said...

keep this up then we'll get an birds-eye view of one of your parks

ImaginationJohhhny said...

hi, what program do you use to draw these?!

Anonymous said...

Where's Hong Kong Part III?

Anonymous said...

I think Port Discovery is a great idea. I feel like the Matterhorn would be a great backdrop for the land.

Anonymous said...

I think Toontown needs more rides in the future like:
The Toontown Trolley (simulator based on Who Framed Roger Rabbit)
DuckTales ride
Benny's Runaway Cabs
Goofy's Motor Mania
The Toontown Tower Hotel (TOT parody)

Jay Wheatley said...

Awesome job.

By 2025 I would like to see integration of the Marvel Universe into Disneyland, possibly replacing Tomorrowland. The generic future themes (and even generic steampunk) may always suffer the fates of Tomorrowlands past -- namely, being more about "art direction" and "motif" than stories, characters, legends, and deep cultural touchstones resonant to visitors of all ages. Marvel (or Star Wars for that mater) offer that.

kermitdefrog said...

Maybe Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress could return with a Stark Expo postshow.

Felipe Zahtariam said...

Amazing! I simply loved this site plan, specially the inclusion of Port Discovery, since I am a huge fan of steampunk and discovery themes.

Magic Lamp said...

I love it!

Port Discovery is just what DL needs and it's within the possibilities.

M W said...

Of all of your plans, this is one I can really get behind. Good work.

ProjectTurtle said...

Nice job once again Improvements to Disneyland is always needed to update a newer generation I agree with all coments especially the more toontown rides although the toontown tower hotel was already a fictional ride to my theme park but since its not real u can use it but still waiting for the how you draw ur plans blog and keep on
May I ask how old u r

Mike said...

Love the new detailed map. Adding the trees makes it your plan add a bit of depth to it.

As for the future, since Disney has the Marvel heroes I'd like to see them really step up the attractions a bit in the thrill department but yet still keep it appealing as a family attraction. You can only do so many EMV type rides before they all start get to seem all the same. How about something like Rock-n-Roller Coaster but themed to the Avengers?

SWW said...

Thanks to above for leaving a comment.

Jay & Mike mentioned adding Marvel. I think it would be interesting to completely convert Tomorrowland into a 'Super-hero City' featuring Marvel, but I feel that adding a single Marvel attraction would only further dilute Tomorrowland's theme, being that Marvel mostly exists in the near-present, e.g. you'd have F-22s (from Iron Man) inhabiting the same universe as X-wings (from Star Wars).

David said...

I love these new style maps. Very well thought out. The only thing that bugs me is how huge the new Frontierland E-Ticket show building is. It's way out of scale with the other show buildings in the park IMO. It's bigger than Tomorrowland! It really doesn't need to be that large TBH. Everything else is perfect however.

David said...

Oh, and my favorite detail has to be the Ali Baba Cavern! Great use of space. Everything except that Frontierland E-ticket maximizes land in the compact Disneyland park.

David said...

One last thing, I really appreciate how there are still expansion pads left for the park to expand. EG: the Fantasyland theatre, around the Rivers of America. Sizing down the Frontierland attraction would allow for more room to expand around the ROA. (The room cleared up by scaling that down a half would allow for important backstage facilities to take up the rest of the plot and open up space for new lands on the perimeter of the ROA).

SWW said...

Hey David, I think yours is a sound criticism. My thinking was the super-sized building (taking up all the horse paddocks and pushing the horse stables off-site), would allow for an adventure boatride on a scale never before seen - dwarfing even Pirates.

But the showbuilding should probably be reduced in size, particularly if the ride path overlaps, making it a more intimate, feasible attraction.

Anonymous said...

How do u draw these plans they came out so hi good can u please tell me this would make a great hobby thnk u

Anonymous said...

SWW, my general hope for an idealized Disneyland would be very much along the lines of your concept.

So here are my $0.02, if it were up to me:

Pooh would get a major upgrade...either a variation on Tokyo's LPS, or the flume ride for which concept art is seen in the latest version of the Disney Imagineering book.

For Frontierland, Western River Expedition, perhaps with the new EMV boats rumored for Shanghai's Pirates.

I like your placement of Port Discovery... here I would like to see the Glacier Bay concept envisioned at various times for both TDS and HKDL, and also seen in the latest Imagineering book.

For Tomorrowland, a completely rebuilt Star Tours, able to compete with Universal's state of the art simulators, and perhaps either a Marvel or Tron ride to replace the old COP building.

- Tasman

SWW said...

Hey Tasman, the most difficult thing to reconcile with Critter Croutry (for me) is that it currently places English countryside characters in an old-American west setting (I don't care for Poppins presence on MSUSA, either). To me, that's like putting Jack Sparrow in 1930s New York.

What kind of rides would you put in Glacier Bay?

Anonymous said...

SWW,

to me Pooh in Critter Country is no more discordant than a flying circus elephant in medieval Europe :) I just think Pooh is too important a character not to be represented by a ride...and Hunny Hunt is just too good of a ride concept for people not too enjoy stateside.

As for Glacier Bay...I would first be curious to know what the Imagineers themselves wanted to put there. A 20K submarine ride could just as easily depart from Glacier Bay as it could from Vulcania IMO. Plus some other E-ticket, a northerly counterpart to JTTCOTE perhaps?

- Tasman

SWW said...

^ You may be on to something with 20K as there is artwork of a new Nautilus in an arctic environment on Tim Delaney's website.

Regarding Dumbo in a European village, I take your point about pragmatism and strictness of theme-ing. Rules of geography/chronology can be broken and sometimes the looser theme-ing works. I'm still not a fan of it in this case and my position is that blatantly discordant theme-ing in one area shouldn't be a justification for it in another, regardless of the popularity of the franchise involved. If it is, eventually "theme" becomes meaningless and you have a park where current/popular brands are thrown anywhere (as has happened quite a bit at the parks in the past 10+ years), damaging the integrity of the wider environments. I was pleased to see Dumbo moved to his own American circus section of FL in Florida.