Thursday, October 4, 2012

Mansions - Theme Park

This park began with a request from Mike V. of The Netherlands.  I like that Mike thinks outside-the-box (he also sparked the Night Kingdom park I designed and posted here last year), and while his idea was only lightly developed over a few sentences, at its core was something unique: Five mansions forming a cul-de-sac, each home to a disparate & eccentric character.  By exploring each mansion, the visitor would be able to enter the wider world of that character.  This is sort of Jumanji-like and brings back memories that both Mike & I had of exploring unique houses or gardens and imagining the wider, fantastic worlds around or within them.  From a designer standpoint, I initially thought it would be impractical to have five castle-sized mansions around a central hub - and difficult to space distinct lands hidden behind each one – and on top of that add a looping river - but after some toil, I think the design I created works:



HOUSE OF THE ARTIST

Since this mansion is in the 12 o'clock position, I imagined the park gates, entry street, and central hub in a similar theme: idealized, historic western European styles: beaux-arts, 2nd Empire, Art Nouveau, marble facades, mansard roofs, heavy iron streetlamps, etc.  The mansion could be inspired by the Palais du Luxemboug (as with all others, in a scaled-down, forced-perspective way).  This - and each - mansion would be fully explorable & interactive and multi-leveled, telling an interwoven tale of mystery & adventure, with many secrets/details to discover upon repeat visits.  The northern side of the House continues the Tuileries/Parisian setting: formal gardens, grand facades and a large fountain.  The circuitous river (with a steamer stop in each land) becomes the Seine in this land, with an upper & lower embankment.  Across the Seine are structures inspired by – but not duplicating  (I don’t think actual landmarks ought to be replicated in miniature here, but serve as inspiration for homages) Notre Dame (on the Ile de la Cite) and the Louvre.  The former would house a Hunchback darkride and the latter an interactive mystery adventure involving the works of art within (i.e., Da Vinci Code).   A sub-land leaves the city behind and moves into the forested outskirts where fairy tales are brought to life in both dark (a haunted castle omnimover) and light (a slow-moving storybook river cruise) ways.  Dining & retail facilities are located throughout (e.g., a museum cafĂ© in the Louvre, a Parisian bistro, etc.).

HOUSE OF THE SPY

Moving counter-clockwise, the next mansion is that of a retired secret agent, containing an array of hidden passages, a training course, communications & weapons rooms, etc.  The house and land are based on a historic & romanticized Constantinople/Istanbul.  Like Paris, the specific time varies by attraction but it all pre-dates the era of Postmodernism (1949).   The mansion itself would be set in a later phase of the era (1920s-40s) with technology such as two-way radio, telephone, early film projector, etc.), whereas the Abdul Aboubil Amir musical darkride would be during the Crimean War of the 1870s.  The dominant feature across Bosphorus (river) recalls (but again, does not re-create) the famed Hagia Sophia (housing a cultural darkride) and Galata Tower complex (housing an indoor darkcoaster).   Spice markets and a narrow ‘Theives Alley’ offer unique retail opportunities.  The Orient Express train is preparing to depart on an elevated train station (this would house an interactive adventure featuring a train simulator (circlevision)).

HOUSE OF THE SCIENTIST

 This is the only land & mansion set in the present, or to be exact, the near-future.  I was inspired by the curvy Tony Stark’s house in ‘Iron Man’ when I imagined the mansion (there is a helipad for a semi-futuristic helicopter to rest on).  The house belongs to a biologist, who searches for interesting life in the rainforests, under the seas and in the center of the earth.  While the Volcano and JTTCOTE may seem to recall the Victorian Steampunk of TDS, this version would be set, again, in the near-future, with different queue, ride vehicles, set dressings, etc.   Also in the caldera is a submarine research base (simulator).  The rainforest portion of the land is home to a terrain-following jungle coaster located (queue and load area is an abandoned research station).  There is an extensive, outdoor jungle EMV ride.  A sea base (inspired by The Living Seas) leads to an E-ticket undersea ride involving hungry sharks. 

HOUSE OF THE MARINER

The land the right of the entrance is reached by the Sea Captain’s Mansion.  The house could be assembled (or repaired) from parts of salvaged ships, with docks nearby.  Passing through, one overlooks an 18th century port, with elements of both the New England and The Caribbean.  Legends of the Sea is POTC in scale but focuses on wider oceanic tales (sirens, Moby Dick, etc.) rather than pirates.  Buccaneer references can be found in the Dead Man’s Diamond Mine coaster (Big Thunder Scale) and the live, stunt battles that take place on the lagoon (with cannon fire exchanged between the island fort and the ship).   A decrepit lighthouse on a rocky mount houses a free-fall ride. 

HOUSE OF THE EXPLORER

The final mansion is set upon an elevated ridge and reflects the Tibetan monestary-style.  It is home to an Explorer who’s favored locale is Asia, from the Himilayas to the South China Sea.   A new, expanded version of Expedition Everest dominates the Himalayan sub-area.  A jungle river rapids ride is built into the foothills of Everest.  Moving downriver the architecture and landscape reflect the transition to a romanticized historic Southeast Asia of Burma & Rangoon.  An Indy-type ride takes place in Angkor-Wat style ruins.  There is an animal exploration trail (akin to Maharajah Jungle Trek, but set in Thailand).  Finally, there is a floating marketplace for a unique retail experience.

Size Comparison with Anaheim DL:


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Alright.  I hope you enjoyed this, conceptual park plan No. 112.



On a technical note, I've gotten some notes that a lot of the older plan images are down.  I'm aware, and eventually they should be back up.

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

When will your old posts be coming back up?

Anonymous said...

what a interesting idea. I've got a extra for the mariners mansion, base ot on the Collins home from 2012 Dark Shadows, love the detail!

Anonymous said...

My only two problems are the size and lack of Disney. Everything else looks good, though!

megatron_85 said...

that's past 100

Mike said...

Lack of Disney? Where does it say anything about this being a Disney park? Better yet why does everything have to have some relaton to Disney? I think Anaheim DL was brought up just to show how much bigger the park is compared to it.

This is a very original concept. I like the water transporation idea but I can also envision the low capacity it would have.

I also wonder how a park like this would be marketed. It doesn't have a particular brand associated with it.

Anonymous said...

Maybe a show about the five persons who live in the mansions can be aired on television or a movie or something like that to boost the marketing

Anonymous said...

@Mike on Micechat he called the park "Disney's Mansions" and described it as a 3rd Gate concept.

Although I think that was only so that he could post it in the Micechat Disneyland forums to get more exposure.

Anonymous said...

Can you do Warner Bros. Theme Park, Japan: Magic Island

Anonymous said...

After that, can you do a Paramount Park

Anonymous said...

Amazing (as always !!) I love the concept and the realisation !!
Another great job ... Impatiant for another one !!

protojimbo said...

I really like the concept! I have a recurring dream of exploring strange houses and buildings, so this design struck a chord with me. I can see a strong story element throughout the attractions behind each mansion.

SWW said...

Appreciate the commentary.

I agree with Mike, and as readers know, I tend to favor original over previously-established 'Disney', even in Dis parks. However, the Anon poster is right, I posted it as Disney's Mansions on Micechat to try to get more eyes to see it. I think it could work either way(I'm not totally sure of Mike V.'s intention with regard to this): The Hunchback & French countryside boatride could be animation-based or original. Expedition Everest is an established Dis brand.

Anonymous said...

how about doing a Warner Bros. park and then a Paramount park

Anonymous said...

can you even do a Busch Gardens park

SWW said...

The TV show suggestion reminds me of the Jason Chandler TV program that was conceived for Tony Baxter's Discovery Bay. I think that's a cool idea for a one-off airing(grand opening), but not on a continued basis: linking something long-term like a theme park to something short-term like a tv show is a risky path to go down.

Anonymous said...

Do a unmade Disney park called Disney's Enchanted Forest

Anonymous said...

Can you do Warner Bros. Theme Park, Japan: Magic Island and MGM Studio Park

Anonymous said...

Open a deviantART account where you can move all of your site plan images

Anonymous said...

Can you do Warner Bros. Movie World,
Warner Bros. Wild World and
Warner Bros. Sea World

Anonymous said...

Do a Universal park with a Surf City area

Anonymous said...

Are you gonna do what I've said?

kermitdefrog said...

@Anonymous You should really send him a visualization or rough drawing of your ideas if you want to try to make them realities.

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alarm systems said...

I cant wait to see it finished. Such a huge place!

Anonymous said...

@ anonymous.
Just stop already.

Anonymous said...

Hello, just wanted to say thank you for the great work you do on this site! I love looking over these dream parks and imagining what they would be like in reality. One thing I would suggest though.... if you could please make the labeling on the images a bit easier to find/read it would be greatly appreciated. On this particular image you've accidentally covered up the right side of the print with the image and I can't see what everything's supposed to be. I also can't seem to find some of the locations on the map since I can't see all of the labeling. Keep up the great work!

ScorpionX said...

@alarm systems This park isn't actually being built.

Anonymous said...

Can you do Six Flags Centennial

Happy Hooker said...

You continue to blow my mind! I would absolutely love to visit this park. Thank you for the imaginary adventures you provide for all us viewers. I agree with the 10/11 4:56pm Anonymous - I have a hard time reading the descriptions. My screen is pretty big too. Again, thank you for the fun!

Anonymous said...

just wondering?how about a bible theme park?

SWW said...

^ Good idea. I've seen a concept or two for a Biblical theme park but they were on a smaller scale. It'd be fun to do a major, Tier I park like that. Will add it to the list.

Anonymous said...

how about each book on the bible,has its corresponding theme parks,its like walking through the pages of the bible

Anonymous said...

I really like the idea of this. It's kind of like when you go to EPCOT WS and try to choose your favorite. Everyone has one, and yet, each time you visit you almost change your mind.

The only problem I have is with some overlaying concepts. I don't think the Scientist needs to have water elements, when the Mariner is all about the sea. Also, the Mariner and Explorer could be grouped together into the Navigator, who lives by the ocean and travels the world by ship.

You could also then take the Earth elements out of the Scientist and instead have the Archaeologist, who can have lots of old artifacts and teach about history. Then, this leaves the Scientist to be purely futuristic and very interactive.

On a side note, how do you do these designs? I would love to get my ideas out, but am not sure what application to use or how to use it.