Hello everyone. I wanted to share with you an idea I had for a Discoveryland attraction, one that I have sporadically worked on for some time. I love to Imagineer in my free time, and a few years ago I set out to try and tackle the 'Discoveryland problem'. The gradual loss of the grandeur and powerful original theme this land was built upon, in favor of cheap looking hit film related attractions, shops and restaurants, is to be lamented. That's why I wanted to create something based on an original idea (not a movie tie-in) that actually tries to fit in and expand upon the original theme of the land.
The result you can see below, an attraction that is titled 'Bon Voyage' and that tries to capture the sense of excitement, adventure, mystery and scientific optimism that Discoveryland is supposed to represent.
The image above is a sort of teaser poster type image that portrays the attraction's visual landmark: an observatorium perched high upon a rocky mountain. The image below is an aireal photo showing the location of the ride: in the far eastern corner of Discoveryland, behind Space Mountain's loading station and next to the Nautilus show building. The attraction's huge show building is located behind the berm, where today the Pizza Planet restaurant sits.
The text below is supposed to be an 'official' presentation text, that gives you an idea what the attraction is actually about:
"Prepare for the adventure of a lifetime, as you embark on an epic journey like you've never experienced before! Tucked away in a corner of Discoveryland, the Observatorium sits high and proud atop a mountain, and beckons you with promises of discovery, mystery and infinity. These are symbolized by the mighty telescope, which stands in the hearts of the Observatorium's revolving dome.
The caves at the foot of the mountain lead to a hidden docking platform where an airship sits ready to take you away on your journey. It is a journey that brings you the sensation of rising higher that you've ever been before, as you fly across land and water, into the cloudy sky and finally across the universe!
This adventure gives a new meaning to the word 'epic', as the dark ride attraction features some of the grandest and most elaborate show scenes ever created. One thing is certain, this is a trip you'll never forget. Bon Voyage!"
Below are some concept sketches of the exterior, interior and ride vehicle of the attraction. For the ride system imagine a next generation version of Peter Pan's Flight.
The ride vehicle:
A show scene example:
The attraction's grand finale: into the universe!
When it came to detailing all these ideas, I focused mostly on the part inside the berm, what you see walking around the park: the ride's exterior (entrance/exit). This was the most interesting to me: creating a new landmark in an established themed environment.
The plan below gives you an idea how the entrance/exit works, with the connection to the show building under the train tracks. Next to the exit there's a small seating area/place to drink and eat something, located underneath a sloping green hill.
This was all finalized in a model I made of the ride's exterior. Below are some photos of it:
I hope you enjoyed my sharing this attraction idea with you. You can find many more photos and concept sketches on my website so feel free to take a look: http://www.themeparkdesign.be.