Monday, March 11, 2013


Felipe Z. floated an idea for a DisneySea park for his native Brazil.  The hook was that it would not be a typical theme park, but be a hybrid park: a water park mixed with a “dry land” park.  I have designed loads of land parks and a number of water parks, but never merged the two into a fully hybrid park, so I agreed to come up with an illustrative master plan for Felipe.

There are numerous considerations that would make a park like this a logistical challenge, to say the least, which is why it is so unusual (e.g., you could be riding indoor attractions/coasters in dripping bathing-suits!).  But it was fun and different to imagine and draw such a place.

The park is about the same size as Anaheim's Disneyland (a little smaller than MK). 

The Entry and First Land would be based on ruined Atlantis, not unlike the Mythos/Poseidon area of Islands of Adventure.   The idea is Atlantis was a proto-civilization, so the architecture could be a hybrid of Mayan, Egyptian, Persian, etc., not just Classical).  The lazy river (Castaway Creek) is this park’s encircling railroad and has entry points throughout.  The river would pass through various environments (arctic to tropic), props, special effects and an ice cavern.   Lost Continent would have the main changing rooms/lockers, retail, signature dining, and two major attractions: a Big Thunder scale coaster through the ruins of the Great Temple and an indoor E-ticket set-based dark ride (based on Atlantis seeding various civilizations on Earth before being destroyed).  I opted for a smaller lagoon for the fountain show, because I think it's more effective when the visitors are closer to the water cannons (if everyone is in bathing suits, they might not mind getting wet). 

The central park Icon/weenie is a larger version of King Triton's castle (TDS) built into the undulating coastal rockwork.  The castle is a portal through the shell-like ridge/reef into the park’s hub-land, which has direct access to all other lands.  The area is to feel like giant tidal pool (not under the surface as in Tokyo’s indoor section) where the various spinners are imbedded.   There would be an all new Mermaid dark ride in this area – which is where the undersea parts would be presented –  as well as a high-capacity dining venue.  

The land is bifurcated into a polar/montane wilderness/scientific exploration area and a recreational ski mountain (nod to Blizzard Beach).  The bigger, wilder mountain has the park’s vertical speed slides, the six-person raft slide (like Teamboat Spings) and serves as the show-building & base for the Yeti Rapids.   The major dark ride in this zone is an LPS polar explorer attraction.   The suspended ski lift coaster would be D-ticket family thrill.

This area is dedicated to studying and preserving the tropical coral seas.  I imagined The Seas pavilion as closer in spirit to the EPCOT original and its contents as independent of the Pixar franchise (to avoid Nemo overkill).   I imagined a Manatee Habitat (river) that flows out of the pavilion and through the land, so visitors can look down and see Manatees, not in a tank, but in a natural riverine environment.    There is also the popular Crush coaster from Paris. 

This area is also bifurcated into a Pirate Port, which would be ramshackle and dangerous, and a Crown Colony, which would be cleaner and more peaceful.  I love exploration areas like the Tree of Life Paths (RIP), Maharajah Jungle Trek or Tom Sawyer Island and this area would have two great ones: the Fortress, which would be elevated on a rocky hill - a dark counterpoint to King Triton’s Castle.   There would be layered vista from the lighthouse: the pirate ship (sit-down dining) in the foreground, then the pirate village (a conceptual elevation of which I posted last week) in the middle, and rising in the distance, the dark Fortress.  There is a new 'Jewel of the Seven Seas' interactive game being prepared in MK's Adventureland.  Buccaneer Bay would have a special area dedicated to such an experience (on the scale of Maharajah, with caverns, shipwrecks and ruins to explore and trigger special effects).

The Crown Colony would be more civilized port town with a Clocktower in the square.   But the marquee ride would betray that feeling of safety, when the town comes under attack (in the queue) and visitors must flee aboard boats on a harrowing PotC-style adventure (new ride).   The Typhoon Lagoon inspired wave pool  is surrounded by a sandy, palm-dotted beach and backed by another rocky mountain that supports the various slides. 




Felipe Zahtariam said...

Once again, thank you for this impressive work! I know it is a very difficult park to imagine, but I think you did it!

protojimbo said...

I'm curious about how people handle their kids getting wet, even in current parks. Do you bring a change if clothes? Parents - any insights?

SWW said...

Maybe make those walk-in body driers (see Universal Singapore) part of the themed queues...

protojimbo said...

I see kids playing in these little splash areas all the time. Getting wet seems OK with everybody for the most part. A lot of mesh for seats or high ridges so water can drain down between them, lots of drains, you could sell seat cushions to help people stay dry. I didn't know about those blowers!@Felipe - great idea -very original. I like that this park doesn't have too many lands. Each one is like a world unto itself. Very fun, very visually pleasing - lots of variety and interesting features. This park would seem very alive! It reminds me of how Disney liked to have all the different modes of transportation overlapping in his park. This feels similar, with people swiming in a pool, or dining at a restuarant, or floating down a river while others queue up for a coaster on dry land - very cool!

Eli G said...

I really like the idea for a hybrid park. It's something original, and I like that. Word is that Shanghai will not be your typical Magic Kingdom, and neither would this, either. If there's anything I'm curious about, it's Frozen Valley. The other lands all have some connection to the sea, but this one doesn't, unless the connection between snow/water. Still, this is a terrific park and I enjoy it a lot.

Mike said...

With the vast majority of parks having separate water parks attached to the dry rides portion makes this concept of a hybrid park a brilliant idea. Having the best of both worlds combined, without having to change in and out of a bathing suit to enjoy each attraction, definitely takes away the stress of going in and out of lockers all day.

I don't see a problem with having wet seats on the dry rides. Go to any theme park and ride a coaster after someone has ridden a river rapids or chutes ride and you'll be guaranteed a wet seat.

ProjectTurtle said...

Well wouldn't it compare to the water park/theme park idea such as Six Flags America or Kings Dominion. Convenient Towels scattered throughout the park could be a solution plus the suns natural heat could aid the quest for dryness on nonwater rides!

Good Job Felipe and SWW!!

megatron_85 said...

two questions:

1. how many dry parks have you done?
2. how many wet parks have you done?

Geoff said...

This entire website is amazing. I can't get enough of it. Thanks for letting us in your hobby (at which you are extremely talented).

SWW said...

Appreciate all the comments.

I see there is some precedent for combining water and land parks, it just hasn't been done at the Tier I level.

Megatron, lost count but well north of 100. By comparison only a few waterparks: 4 or 5.

Brielle Franklin said...

I find it interesting. I am just unsure about people riding indoor rides dripping wet. Many wouldn't want to ride if they have to sit in someone elses' wet spot. I think the body dryers would be awesome. I know I have seen them at some of the Sandusky Ohio water parks I have been to. Thanks so much for sharing

Wikkler said...

I have an idea for a hybrid water/land park, it's called "7 Seas Theme Park" and there are 7 lands around a central lagoon with a lazy river around the outside rim, like this one.