When something noteworthy stirs up the theme park design world, I get motivated to draw a plan around it (like the Hyperion Wharf announcement). As most readers here know, Disney recently released the artwork for the latest version of the New Fantasyland. There have also been hints of a Tron E-ticket being considered for the MK’s Tomorrowland, post 2014.
With these things in mind, I drew my second idealized version of the planet’s most popular theme park – one a little closer to reality than my first (which had an original castle and a Black Cauldron indoor flume, among other things that will never happen).
Fantasyland will have two new meet & greets in “Story Time with Belle” and one attached to The Little Mermaid building. Rather than convert a ride system to another, elaborate m&g, this park sees the old Snow White dark ride converted to a Tangled (or any other Disney fantasy) dark ride. Since there is apparently an unquenchable thirst for Princess m&gs, I’ve converted the unused and rotting, but nicely designed, Skyway station into a chalet-themed m&g.
I drew Circusland (aka Storybook Circus) from the artwork, with tents and central Casey Jr. water feature. The two northernmost tents become the façade for a circus-themed dark ride starring the Disney characters (something similar was planned for Anaheim in the 1970s).
Adventureland sees the much-missed Adventures Club taking over the unused Adventureland Veranda. The Aladdin spinner and Arabian bazaar is removed from the plaza in front of the Tropical Serenade (a new show created in the spirit of the original).
Tomorrowland sees the Deco-Tech theme of the Avenue of Planets implemented throughout the land. I’ve added some curves and helixes to the speedway for what will be OrbDrive Cruisers – free-roaming, futuristic, electric-powered vehicles of tomorrow, inspired by the concept art of Mark Nicoll.
To add some greenery and another hidden corner, I put a futuristic arboretum with dancing fountains in place of the old skyway station/bathrooms.
Tron: The Ride is the major addition in Tomorrowland. Some reports about the attraction currently under development at WDI incorporates some kind of indoor lightcycle launch coaster similar to the Vekoma model, with heavy visual/screen elements to simulate the Grid. I’ve read that the planned queue is an attraction in itself – using stunning SFX to transport guests into the Grid world. I have mixed feelings about adding Tron to Tomorrowland, since outside the Grid, Tron takes place in the near present. This would have to be thematically reconciled with the mythos of Tomorrowland.
Frontierland gets an enormous E+ attraction that combines Indiana Jones Adventure & Western River Expedition with a shooter. Themed in a grittier style than the rest of Frontierland (think Red Dead Redemption), the attraction begins in the town jail, where the villainous Boss has been busted free by his men. Guests are deputized and sent off in Stage Coaches (with rifles attached) to bring the gang to justice. Along the fast-paced, thrilling journey, riders are nearly curshed by stampeding buffalo, dynamited by wicked outlaws, meet hostile & friendly Indians, banditos, and many other wonders of the old west. In a number of scenes rider will be able to exchange gunfire with the bad guys - setting off hundreds of individual squibs.
Comments? What are your predictions for the state of the Magic Kingdom in 2025?