Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Hong Kong DisneySea

Had some fun filling in the initial master plan for the HK Resort with a built-out HKDL and a new 2nd Gate across the esplanade.  Like the various castle parks around the world, this second Sea balances being recognizable as a DisneySea-branded park, with being highly distinct from the original TDS.




Also, as HKDL is to TDL (i.e., smaller footprint, lighter park program), HKDS is to TDS.  It is a smaller, lighter park that lacks an in-park resort hotel.  Some may remember the Discovery Bay 2nd Gate I put together for this site.  That park made use of the waterfront and built the hotel into the park (as in Tokyo).  This time, I stuck to the actual master plan (initial) which reserves the waterfront parcels for future hotels.

As a cousin to TDS, I gave this park some similarities:
-Aquasphere in the Ticket Plaza
-Central Volcano icon with a fortress at its base (Mt. Cerberus)
-Historic European (technically, New World) entry land (Porto Belo)
-The only repeated themed port (albeit with a different roster & design) is Vulcania (e.g. Mysterious Island). (EDIT: Looking back I must have drawn this before Arendelle was announced for TDS.)

Inspiration for Porto Belo, by Donglu Yu for Assassins Creed IV


The Ports:

-One enters the park through Porto Belo, a wealthy colonial capital on the Spanish Main (1600s-1700s).

-Across the Lagoon, replacing Fortress Explorations is Blackbeard's Castle, marking the Pirate's Cove port.  A massive battle between the Spanish Navy and the Pirates, incorporating tall ships and the Castle, takes place on the lagoon.  An original, hi-tech PotC ride is here, along with interactive exploration trails.

-Arendelle is the replacement for Mermaid Lagoon, featuring kid-friendly attractions, one being a major darkride.

-As noted, within the Caldera is Captain Nemo's hidden Vulcania, with a new set of attractions and dining experiences. 

-Banks of the Tigris is the substitute for Lost River Valley, moving Indiana Jones and his pulp adventures out of the dripping Mayan rainforest and into the dusty streets of 1930s Baghdad (and ruins of Babylon).  Includes a stunt theater and new EMV attraction in the Ziggurat.

-Port Discovery's stand-in here is Hyperion Wharf... filled with a steampunkish airships and anchored by a Soarin'-style attraction.   

-The seventh and final port is The Bayou: an homage to New Orleans Square, housing some nods to Princess and the Frog, musical theater, a riverboat restaurant, along with a Voodoo Plantation E-ticket. 

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