Saturday, June 29, 2019

Islands of Adventure 2019

With the opening of the acclaimed new Hagrid coaster, I took another look at Islands of Adventure and drew a plan of a personal, idealized vision for the park:


PORT OF ENTRY: I'd like to see the return of the Island Skipper Tours to the central lagoon.

SEUSS LANDING: Here I added a Jungle of Nool family boat attraction that follows the story of Horton Hears a Who.  Maybe it could incorporate some songs from the musical.

ATLANTIS: This reshaped version of Lost Continent is the most radical change for the park.  It takes the current aesthetic of Mythos/Poseidon's Fury/Shop and makes that the style of the area.  All traces of the Sinbad area are gone).   

Poseidon's Fury is no more.   While elements of the exterior, queue and pre-show could be kept & re-purposed, the new attraction is a major E-ticket darkride with thrill elements.  The top of the show-building is fully-themed to temple ruins.  Inside, 1930s pulp adventurers (Kong's Eighth Wonder Expedition Co.) are here to guide guests in jeeps to the ancient Gateway of Atlantis.  

 A heavily-themed topsin ride is added to give the land a 2nd attraction.

WIZARDING WORLD: The major changes seen on this plan are all about completely disguising attraction & backstage buildings.  As seen below, Hogwarts School's northern half is added to complete the recreation and disguise the showbuilding.  Rockwork is used on the top of the western building that is visible from Port of Entry/Jurasssic Park.

For the new Hagrid Coaster, the drop building treatment in my drawing is changed from painted trees to rockwork and moss-covered abbey ruins.     

JURASSIC PARK: I've not included the upcoming coaster because rumors are making it out to be naked gigacoaster, which may undermine the idea of visiting the actual Isla Nublar versus an amusement park.  I like the Visitor Center ensconced in a lot of trees.  Velociraptor Encounter gets a new location.  The clutter of boardwalk-style games booths is gone.

TOON LAGOON: The theater is removed for a Scobby-Doo themed haunted house interactive darkride.

MARVEL SUPERHERO ISLAND: The Fearfall is replaced by an Ironman shooter omnimover as imagined by concept artist Phil Saunders for a Marvel park in the Middle East: