Hey everybody, after looking at plans for WestCOT (which would have easily blown DCA out of the water into orbit) I noticed some ideas that were implemented into DCA. Everything is from Wikipedia and Yesterland. There was only one thing I noticed about Future World.
It's a real far stretch, but I've read somewhere that the Animation building is about the same size as the JII show building at Epcot. I know the WestCOT plans were scrapped before construction even started, but it's a kinda interesting fact and I thought I'd throw it out there.Improved clones of Epcot attractions were also planned for Future World, including Journey Into Imagination.
The raft ride was still built, but rethemed to California as the Grizzly River Rapids. An exhibit on agriculture was built as well, being themed to the Bountiful County Farms. The farms were for removed for demoltion, and the land it was on is being used for Carsland.The Africa Corner would feature a white water river raft ride down the fictional Congobezi River, as well as an exhibit on basic farming culture.
A roller coaster was built near the back of the park, where the World showcase would have been, but was to fit to California theme, was rethemed to a turn-of-the-century boardwalk wooden roller coaster, like the Giant Dipper at the Santa Cruse Beach Boardwalk. However, the coaster was made of steel so it looks nothing like wood. The carousel was also built nearby, but was rethemed to sea creatures, with King Triton from The Little Mermaid.In Asia Ride the Dragon, a steel rollercoaster running through the Dragon’s Teeth Mountains that would have had cars designed like the Chinese lion-dragons seen in festival dances. At the point where the coaster would be at its highest, therefore enabling riders to see out of the park, the moving cars would be engulfed in billowing red and gold silks to hide the outside world. For smaller children there would be a carousel in this area, but instead of the more usual horses, the riders would be seated on mythical Asian animals.
The plans for a hotel on the property were used for the Grand Californian Hotel, which can be accessed from Disney's California Adventure's Grizzly Peak area and Downtown Disney, as well as having a normal entrance.Planned for the former parking lot of Disneyland, resorts were intended to be built on WestCOT property, a groundbreaking move for a Disney resort, since WestCOT would be the first Disney theme park of its kind to have resorts actually on its property.
A Native American Spirit show is performed in Grizzly Peak. A Mexican restaurant was also built in the Pacific Wharf area.The Americas Corner would continue with a Native American Spirit Lodge show in the Canadian section, and an indoor Mexican area which would have included a fiesta show and restaurant.
Some picture comparisons:
A few pictures of what the entire resort would have been. Notice how much larger WestCOT would have been, and how much more space was used for rides instead of restaurants and stores.
Here's what the Resort looked like with DCA, before its expansion:
Obviously, it goes without saying that the original plans were much better.
What we could have gotten:
And what we got:
Kinda sad, isn't it? I think it is, but people will complain of WestCOT's unoriginality and being a "copy", despite the fact that it would have many new rides that the original EPCOT Center didn't have, as well as new, updated versions of EPCOT Center classics, such as Horizons, Spaceship Earth (SpaceStation Earth at WestCOT) and Journey into Imagination. Even when those rides age in a hundred years, I'd still prefer them over DCA's cheap tackiness any day. /END RANT. Continuing on...
Another thing DCA and WestCOT have in common: nice bright things in the middle of their lagoons. Here's WestCOT's:
And here's DCA's:
Completely different, but beautiful in their own ways. And imagine if WestCOT got both! It would be way cooler if it were a 360 degree show wrapping all around SpaceStation Earth.
Some other random art for WestCOT, if you don't know much about it:
A map of the transportation of the Disneyland Resort:
A detailed view of the Disneyland Plaza:
These would have been fancy, detailed replicas of famous landmarks from across the world, with unique, detailed, Disney-quality rides. Instead, we got these cheap stupid shops.
Some photo's of Disneyland Center (the original name for DtD) and hotels:
The World of Asia:
The Old World (Europe)
A different angle of the World of Asia, with some more of the Old World:
A view of the World of Africa.
A view of either the New World (Americas) or the Old World (Europe):
The original plans for WestCOT called for SpaceStation Earth to be 300 feet tall, 120 feet taller than EPCOT Center's Spaceship Earth. That would mean more space (no pun intented) and more show scenes. However, after citizens of Anaheim complained about this huge eyesore, Disney changed their plans (imagine how the residents felt when they saw the MailBOOMer). To replace SpaceStation Earth as the park's icon would be a giant ugly white spire.
That's all I have time for now. If I have time, I'll find more. Or you can post anything else that I missed.