So I decided to think up concepts myself! so many people have done this and i have yet to take the plunge til now, posting ideas i thought would be cool for DCA. now i'm excited for Carsland but i think that was the easy and unoriginal way out, by working with something that pixar has already outlined (plotting out the land for radiator springs in the film). i would have liked to see WDI take a more cultural approach for a new land. these are concepts i did last summer and i haven't shared them with much people until now. feedback would be appreciated ^_^;;
This is a quick sketch for an idea how an alley would look in the Chinatown area.
This bridge was inspired by the Rainbow Bridge in a small town in China, called Fenghuang i believe, i came across it while google earthing one day and thought it was a wonderful structure:
Many people would say "well if it's Chinatown, how would you tell if the themed land is Chinatown or China itself?" i think a simple solution would be light posts with that of the style from L.A.'s and SF's Chinatown. this land would be a mesh of both, with street signs Grant and Broadway running in different directions. as well as simple city props like a blue mail box, yellow fire hydrant, to give that feel that you are in a Chinatown in an American city.
Added color in Photoshop:
I then took it into Painter and put a wash over it giving it a night time feel:
Along with this land I thought a cool attraction would be Dragon Mountain. I've read and seen concept for Disney's version that was supposed to be located in EPCOT but that was Japanese, this is Chinese ^_^ And I thought of this idea before I had heard of Disney's version.
This would be a forward and backwards coaster on a continuous circuit track (not like boomerang but more like expedition everest). The story i have yet to polish up. but the idea would be to rescue a dragon that is trapped somewhere within Chinese mountains and you are asked to help by the Phoenix (dragon's counterpart). Parts of the queue would be in ruins due to the dragon's struggle, if you've seen Spirited Away and watched how Haku the dragon smashed against several rooms creating havoc, that would be the idea.
quick sketches of iconic Chinese Mountains:
When thinking about an iconic mountain for a disney attraction, i paid attention how each mountain at disneyland stood out, Space with its' Spire, Splash with Chickapin Hill, Matterhorn oviously the peak. i thought for this attraction, it would be cool to have two twin mountains juxtaposed with a canyon running in between:
Some 5 min. studies in Photoshop:
a few sketches i did trying to come up with a queue entrance:
I ended up settling with this as an entrance (in ruins with a shallow creek flowing under, it's supposed to be a really aged building):
This is a partially ruined courtyard in the middle of the queue (notice at the center a statue of the Phoenix which inaudible calls would be heard from):
closer look on the Phoenix:
the coaster vehicle itself would be an elongated rickshaw being pulled by a smaller dragon (than the one needing rescue):
last car in the line of rickshaws (which would have the shade cover):
This would be an AA of the dragon caught, struggling within the thick vines, so generally the train circling around it would snap the vines and set him free. this was drawn to understand basic shapes:
and this would be the view of the attraction itself :
This attraction would be located in a part of the land where lush Chinese gardens progress into hills and then mountains, where the ride would take place.
That's pretty much what I have. Thoughts?