Thursday, December 18, 2014

The 2015 Project

For the next set of posts here, I thought it would be good to initiate a change.  Ironically, change begins with the old standby: a new illustrative master plan.  Going forward, well into 2015, I will explore this one park’s visual development via a variety of forthcoming design pieces.   These may include expansion lands, detailed scenic plans, architectural elevations, concept art, signage graphics, etc.   Some will be quick sketches, others more refined renderings.

In picking a park for this long-term project, I decided against using an original content concept and will instead parallel the real-world project that excites me most: SDL.   I want this exercise to be under similar parameters that the Shanghai team was under:
-    Similar scale to Shanghai re: park footprint & capacity
-    Park Program to synergize with the Company’s hottest current properties
-    Opening day roster on par with DLP or SDL openings, with lots of room for natural expansion over forthcoming decades
-    Park design to emphasize major parades and night-time spectaculars


Phase I – Initial Design Considerations
-    Continue the evolution of the Castle Park layout from the original Hub-Spoke through SDL’s Multi-Loop to something totally new (for this class): Lagoon-Centric.
-    Have the Central Castle be across the lagoon at the base of a very large, iconic mountain: jaw-dropping vista and backdrop for shows.
-    Inclusion of a free-fall tower E-ticket attraction (in this case a neo-gothic Haunted Hotel, echoing some features of the Castle) at a far corner of the park, to maximize build-up and alleviate any potential sightline issues as the park develops.


A brief overview of Phase I Program:


Entry land is also the Star Wars land.  I’m imagining something like IoA’s Port of Entry but set in the SW galaxy.  The central landmark is a spire that is part of a next-gen spinner (craft on telescoping arms).  The Family D-ticket Shooter ride would be inspired by Toy Story Mania.  Premium lagoon-side dining (SW version of IoA’s Mythos).

 
 Classic exotic pulp adventure area anchored by an amphibious E-ticket version of the Indiana Jones Adventure.  


Pirate-themed area with flagship ride, a Mack water-gun spinner and an island featuring an interactive game as brilliantly done as MK’s Jewels of the Seven Seas.  The main Ship here is very large and fully explorable: a 3-masted War Galleon (multiple  gun decks), much bigger than similar tallships in DLP or TDS. 


Comprised of four sub-areas: Storybook Village, Fantasy Forest , London Way and Arendelle (each self-explanatory).   The E-ticket attraction here is a Splash Mountain-scale flume through a “shared universe” of animated fairytales.


Victorian London transitions to Jazz Age Manhattan.  Part of my thinking for this park was it would be designed for the next major market (e.g., Mumbai, Seoul, Rio) for a castle park.  While turn-of-the-century, small town America may not resonate with these audiences, the electricity of  a place like New York (in its wonder years) does resonate internationally. 


A more subdued suburban townscape compliments the nearby city.   Just as many of the animated fairytales can easily cohabitate in Fantasyland, my feeling is the numerous, modern-ish Pixar films can do the same here.  The king of Pixar properties gets an original, dark ride taking the characters on new adventures (LPS).



Future Expansion: Unlike the plans I’ve typically presented here, which are mostly built-out, you can see this one shows the park in its early stages of life, with lots of dedicated space to grow.  You'll see numerous pathway stems, giving an indication of things to come.  Marvel is one of those hot properties conspicuous by its absence.  I suppose a Marvel-based land could begin to open in Phase II, located in the very large eastern plot.  The western, Adventure-based lands could see organic growth or new sub-lands.   The plot northeast of the Forest Amphitheater looks prime for a Seven Dwarfs-type coaster, while Mr. Peterson’s House in Pixar Place looks like a good marker for a future “Up” ride.   


Feel free to imagine your own expansions by printing this plan out and drawing over it, as I do when considering the next phases.

As noted in the beginning, you should see regular updates to this project, detailing what this park would be like.