And the illustrative conceptual site plan I created for it:
PORT OF CALL
The park is entered through an area very similar to IoA’s Port of Entry – a personal favorite among themed environments – but with an ancient windmill at the park gate (rather than the lighthouse). The second overhead bridge is an elevated station platform for the Bandit Railway. The dilapidated train features an indoor sfx (AA) sequence involving the Bandits’ loot cavern and underground HQ (at the north edge of the park).
Moving clockwise, the park’s Adventureland is set in an Asian/Indian/Pacific Island tropical forest covered in crumbling temples, statues, etc. The Machine is a suspended top spin, heavily themed to a ruined ancient stone device and featuring fire and water effects (i.e. Raging Spirits environment). Tree House Village is several Swiss Family-style treehouses(original backstory) connected with aerial bridges, featuring slides, climbing nets and makeshift contraptions. The Crypt is an indoor Intamin Twisted Impulse Coaster set in a narrow passage. Upon launching, it appears the train will slam into pointed stalagmites. At the last second, it pulls up and spins through a vertical tunnel before plummeting back down backwards, gaining speed each time and performing one back-and-forth trip in pitch black darkness. The Adventure River Cruise is a cousin of the Jungle Cruise, but as it travels past the castle environs, it's narration accommodates the wider story of the park.
This cityscape features IOA’s Spiderman ride, a differently-named Storm Force spinner and a mega coaster. Ride-wise this follows IOA’s Superhero Island closely, however, I imagined the buildings and facades rendered in a realistic fashion rather than the simple, stylized comic book facades of IOA. The Daredevil coaster passes over the harbor and through designated (no pedestrian access) city blocks.
Like the MK, the heart of the park is marked by a soaring fantasy castle ( a grittier version befitting a park called Thieves Dominion). The castle is set in rockwork which helps conceal the Be Our Guest restaurant. To the east of the Castle Court is The Armory: a knight-themed eatery. To the west are the Royal Docks, where a medieval sailing ship is moored. The forested, rural parts of the land contain a selection of FL staples, including the original MK dual version of Mr. Toad, and Tokyo’s Hunny Hunt. The big draw of the land (and one of the big ones of the park) is 'Battle Fantasmic', a ride (EMV-like) version of the night-time show (amassed Villains). It's exterior is a burned caldera (home to a Dragon?) with a perspective Yen Sid's tower built into its upper ridge.
This land is centered around a new version of PoTC and themed as a Caribbean port from the early 1700s. Captain Jack’s Splash Battle – a slow outdoor boat ride for all ages - uses a system similar to the one created by Mack Rides (boats fitted with water cannons). People on land (within the fort and battlements) can shoot water cannons at the boats as well. Pirates Lair is an adventure/explore zone that would include elements from the DL TSI layover (e.g. Dead Man's Grotto).
The environment here is generally representative of Golden Age (1940s) Hollywood. Dominating the horizon of this land (beyond the RR tracks) is an Art Deco skyscraper (scale similar to TOT). This is Project: CLOVERFIELD: an original free-fall E-ticket, involving the rampaging monster. As Brian describes: “The system is an Intamin gyro-drop with a 360 degree ring of seats around the base. Visitors begin in the hotel lobby where a TV tuned in to a news channel document the mass exodus currently happening in New York, where a mysterious creature is seen terrorizing the city. Visitors are then led into “elevators” (which, of course, only simulate movement to make guests feel that they’re starting even higher up than they are) to take them to the hotel’s “rooftop” where a helicopter (the circular gondola of the drop tower) is waiting to get them out of the city. Guests board the ring as scrolling scrims of skyscrapers (like Spiderman) simulate even faster ascension. At the very top of the tower, the ring breaks through a layer of fog and into a domed Omnimax screen constructed in the top of the tower, simulating a flight over New York on a helicopter with the mysterious creature below, as in the film’s finale. At once, the creature leaps upward and is seen just inches from the riders as the gondola free-falls back to the base.”
Top Secret government Alien Sciences & Technology base (Outer Limits area) alongside a spaceport where ships and characters of the Star Wars universe are found. Outer Limits coaster show building is aligned and dressed to represent a classic city skyline (when viewed from Hollywood), spreading & layering the vertical impact of the Cloverfield Building.
Commentary, discussion welcome.