Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Customized "Maps" as Souvenirs

One of the more popular activities among theme park enthusiasts is to create one's own menu for an existing park: adding or deleting lands, attractions, restaurants, etc. as one chooses.  And one of the key ways a designer visualizes these things on a macro scale is with an illustrative plan ("map").  

I have now drafted Illustrative Plan templates - in the style seen below - for most of the existing Tier I parks (Anaheim, Orlando, Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai), and am able to (relatively) quickly and (fairly) inexpensively offer such "Re-Imagineered Maps" as a purchasable souvenir.  

The deliverable would be a high-resolution digital print (.png) of your own customized version of any existing park (~3,500x4,500 pixels, fit for printing), and the cost would depend on how drastic the changes are from the extant park.  Something like the sample featured below is heavily-altered and would be near the top of the range. 

If you are interested in this type of art-on-demand, please contact me with basic info (e.g., the park you have in mind and your planned changes) for a quote.

Cheers,
SWW

Souvenir Illustrative Plan Example: DCA featuring Discovery Bay

CITY OF ANGELS: Focuses on romanticized Los Angeles of yesteryear.  Includes sub-lands of Buena Vista Street, Hollywood Blvd (with an architectural facade and queue lobby for the grand Theater), Toontown (an urban replacement for the DL area, with elevated darkride track passing throughout), Sunset Boulevard with a Norma Desmond-style Villa (film-centric cousin of Mystic Manor), and ending in a less developed, warehouse area of 1930s LA with a Rocketeer E-ticket and the Bulldog Cafe.

GOLDEN STATE: Relatively unchanged (the addition of the DVC wing on the Grand Californian never happened).  Sublands include Condor Flats, Grizzly Peak, Golden Vine Winery and Pacific Wharf.

ROUTE 66: Bugs Life theater becomes a drive-in dining experience (similar to DHS?), non-Pixar-based to help broaden the land's theme to general car culture.

DISCOVERY BAY: Designed with the purpose of insulating the park from the outside world (via berm, forest and mountain range) and cashing in flat-rides for highly-atmospheric family E- and D-tickets, this area is a take on Baxter's legendary, never-built land.  Pacific Wharf transitions to the Barbary Coast area with a SanFran Asian influence.  Fireworks Factory is a ToyStoryMania ride system.    There is still a lagoon fountain show, with viewing at the base of the land's lighthouse.  The huge twin peaks of the mountain range hide the 'Island at the Top of the World' showbuilding as well as the world beyond the park to the south.  The jungles of the 'Lost Voyager' dino boat ride insulate the western vistas (Paradise Pier Hotel would come down and that southwestern corner of the resort re-purposed).   The 20,000K ride is a dry-for-wet system borrowed from TDS.  Restaurants include the Power House (which provide electricity for the land of inventors), Captain Nemo's Grand Salon near the Nautilus and a Cider Mill at the northern part of the land.  The S.S. Albatross is a tallship that sets the tone for this fantasy vision of 1890s Coastal California.







24 comments:

mark russell said...

How wonderful it is to see Discovery Bay back in your artwork.

protojimbo said...

Very Cool! Glad to see you creating ways to make your vocation pay off for you! This might just be the way I finally get my "Summer Vacation" version of Disney America! Your work is definitely worth it!

Anonymous said...

Will you be releasing the other maps you've created?

Jared Long said...

Love this, I've had an idea for a slightly expanded Animal Kingdom that I would love to see in color.

Anonymous said...

Could you design a Merida's flat ride. I've been looking for it and I think she is de only Disney Princess without ride.

Anonymous said...

What the Toontown Transit simulator would be like?:
The guests will see Toon cameos such as Mickey, Bugs Bunny, Droopy Dog, Goofy, Donald, Betty Boop, Daffy Duck, Jessica Rabbit, Baby Herman, Benny the Cab, the Toon Patrol, Minnie, Pete, Popeye, Sylvester, Tweety, Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, Speedy Gonzales, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Dumbo, Horace Horsecollar, Clarabelle Cow, Tom & Jerry, Mighty Mouse, Baby Huey, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Yosemite Sam, Scrooge McDuck, Porky Pig, and many more Toons appear in the simulator ride.
What plot would be for the Toontown Transit simulator ride?
What the simulator will have special effects?

Anonymous said...

Please bring back all the maps you ever created on this website...:)

Anonymous said...

I'd like to see Epcot with more World Showcase pavilions like Russia, Brazil, Australia, Egypt, South Africa, etc. and maybe even Antarctica as an island in the middle of World Showcase Lagoon? Also, a redesigned Future World (keeping Land, Sea, Mission Space, Test Track, and Spaceship Earth) bringing back Horizons and modernizing, possibly with a Tomorrowland- themed Imagination pavilion?

Anonymous said...

India might make a good pavilion.

Anonymous said...

Please bring back your Mythica post, there's no other place on the internet to find the map and description for it and it's an amazing concept that I love reading through. It would also be nice if you could fix the map for the Anaheim third gate project, the post is still there but the map can no longer be viewed. Keep up the good work, you're posts are absolutely amazing concepts.

Anonymous said...

Stayed up most of last night exploring my new map. Anyone who is thinking about doing this should stop thinking and just jump. Glad I did!

~Jeff

Joe Conti said...

If I'd like to create a map, should I just email you? If so, I can't find your email anywhere on the blog.

SWW said...

^Sure. Email is under the "About Me>SWW" link in the upper left.

Joe Conti said...

Ok, thank you.

Anonymous said...

Where's the next updates?

Joe Conti said...

Is the blog still running? Your posts are amazingly inspiring and it would be terrible if you discontinued your work.

mark russell said...

I'm curious what your thoughts are on D23's theme park news.

SWW said...

Joe, it's still kicking, but all my time has this summer has been taken up with custom plan orders.

Mark, I'm quite happy with most things shown at D23. To expound...

Shanghai... Really love the exhibits and all the details, artwork, models and backstories on display - like the original Arbori mythology created for Adventure Isle. As you know I've often advocated "theme park" as an artform in itself (just like film, but not solely for translating established filmic worlds), and using them create new places/adventures or breathe life into history. This Arbori backstory that drives the design of Adventure Isle is exactly what I'm talking about.

At the same time, I'm also a fan of the PotC series and its quasi-historical, swashbuckling world. Treasure Cove looks like it hits all the right notes, design-wise. I'm keeping my expectations for the E-ticket PotC in check because of the "media domes"... hoping these can be implemented in a way where the brain does not instantly snap out of the tangible, set/AA-based experience.

Toy Storyland at DHS... I'm glad it's not a direct clone and the coaster looks quite extensive in length.

Star Wars... I'm really pleased they've opted to not re-create Tatooine, Endor or an existing SW environment, but create a new world that fits in that universe. Would be really nice if DHS and DL got different planets. Fingers crossed. I never wanted to believe that this would go in DL because I've experienced how crowded the park is now and don't want to see planter/tree removal to accommodate the even bigger crowds Star Wars will draw. The intimate scale of the park makes it special, but the crowdedness is also a deterrent. Had hoped Star Wars would have gone elsewhere in the resort and help to balance the crowd-load.

Really liked how Iger emphatically stated... "nothing will take you out of this world." That same approach should be the goal of every land in every Tier I park.

Avatar... The model looks great, as does the Alpha Centauri brochure.






Chris A said...

I patiently keep waiting for a new blog update.. Loved looking through your maps and reading and seeing your ideas come to life on paper. Since I just recently found your site a few months ago.. I'm apparently missing out on some things since as others have stated there is a lot of things missing now.. any chance you can bring those back?

Joe Conti said...

I agree, your posts on a WDW third gate and DLR new Fantasyland were very well done maps.

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Anonymous said...

SWW, Where do we go to purchase a map?

Sean Fernandez said...

What if I made a map already and would like it to be refined by you since you know better what youre doing than what i did?

SWW said...

^Email it to me at the address (under "About Me" at left) and I will let you know if it's feasible and what it would cost.

Cheers,