This is my first post!!! So I figured I might as well go all outJ.I hope this isn’t too long, but there’s a lot here and I hope you enjoy my planfor a third park at Disneyland Resort. Its probably not very realistic but a guy can dream, can’t he?
Okay so I apologize in advance ifsome of this stuff is stolen, but I promise if it is I didn’t do it onpurpose! Either that or I REALLY likedyour stuff and you should take it as a compliment. Okay? Okay!
So my ideafor a third gate at DLR is something that I believe is very new and ambitious(read: expen$ive). For know, I’m callingit “ILLUMINATION KINGDOM”but I could see that changing. Whatmakes this park different from anything Disney has created in the past is thefact that the entire park is indoors.
There aretwo main reasons for this. The first isto create and even more complete and magical atmosphere than previousparks. By having the entire park insidewhat is essentially a giant show room, imaginers would be able to control thetime of day (although I envision the whole place to be perpetually nighttime,but we will get to that later). Thisalso makes a berm obsolete, and guests will catch literally no glimpses of theoutside, non-Disney (and therefore non-perfect) world.
The second reason for the parkbeing indoors is to promote the theme of the park, “illumination”, which iswhere the name comes into play. I seethis theme as a motif of the park and can be seen most prominently in its icon,a giant light bulb. In other parts of thepark, guests find ways to bring light to the darkness that is all around them,both literally in that the entire park is constantly dark, and figuratively inthe form of evils. I think this is avery classic (and maybe a little cliché) Disney theme that will work very wellto create a truly original park with an important message.
So, starting from the beginning,which actually poses a problem. How canwe get guests into a park that needs to be convincingly dark at all times? Honestly I’m still working on that one andwould greatly appreciate any suggestions. But the first land the guests encounter willbe:
-Edison Street: I believe this wasone of the proposed additions to MS at Disneyland, andI’ve always loved the idea. It’s a smalltown during the era of the creation of the lightbulb, so it serves the dualpurpose of both an entryway, and an introduction to the parks Illuminationtheme. Of course, it serves as the obligatory old-fashioned town that drawsguests in in the same way as MS and BVS. OH! it just occurred to me that perhaps some clever ceiling lightingcould be employed to solve the aforementioned problem of bringing guests intothe dark park. As they walk down Edison Street, the sky transforms from twilight to starrynighttime. That could be very cool.
Of course we also get plenty ofretail spaces and some cute little restaurants. Possibly a small show or walk-through attraction about the invention ofthe lightbulb.
At theend of Edison Street is the central hub of the park, known as Spark CapElectric Company. A fantastical factorybuilding with a magic sort of steam-punk feel and a giant working light bulb ontop. Other gears and mechanicalcomponents are visible giving the whole building a kinetic feel. Adding to this is the fact that it is also aROLLER COASTER! This is also based on adiscarded idea for Disneyland. Taking placemostly inside the factory, the roller coaster twists and turns through thegiant machine-like factory and climbs up to the giant light bulb for the grandfinale. I suppose the ride could use alittle more of a storyline, but that can come later J.
Lets takea tour of the park, starting from the right and moving counter-clockwise.
To theright of the hub:
-AmericanHarbor: An American portduring the time of the Revolutionary war. I imagine some real water with aprojected screen or painting continuing it and creating the illusion that it isan ocean. Guests walk on a boardwalkpath.
· Revolutionary War boat ride. The name basically explains itself, but Ithink it would be really cool for the ride to begin “outdoors” right on thewater for everyone to see since there is no reason for it to be enclosed insideanother show building.
· A lighthouse attraction, maybe a dark ride withan old Disney character like Oswald….
· A reenactment of the Boston Tea Party on the“ocean”
Moving up in the park:
-Enchanted Forest:A non-threatening forest with talking trees. I see this as the “Fantasyland” of the park, meaning that it is aimedtowards little children. A winding path through the forest where guestsencounter:
· Brave Ride. Dark ride based on the movie.
· Snow White cottage musical dwarf show.
· Snow White Mine Train Coaster. Similar to what is planned for WDW.
· Beauty and the Beast ride or restaurant/ meetand greet
At the top of the park:
-Villain Village: An entire land inhabitedby all of Disney’s greatest villains. Iknow this is by no means a new idea, I really think it has a huge amount ofpotential. There would be a cobblestone street through the village that passesby many of the villains’ homes. Some could be restaurants, some stores, andsome attractions like:
· Maleficent Ride. Because of the upcoming film and the continued popularity of thecharacter. This could be more of a thrill ride. Plus the opportunity to createa huge AA dragon!
· Dr. Doofenshmirtz Evil Inc. A dark ride through a [doomed to fail] schemeconcocted by the evil scientist from Phineas and Ferb. He has proven to be a very popluar characterfrom a very marketable franchise.
· The Big Bad Wolf Ride. A dark ride that tells the story of the 3Little Pigs, but from the POV of the wolf.
· Darth Vader Ride. Yes, for real! A thrillingspace journey aboard Darth Vader’s spaceship that takes place between Eps IIIand IV.
On the upper left of the park:
-Marvel’sSHIELD Headquarters: Finally, a placefor the rich characters of the Marvel universe in a Disney Park, but without them getting inthe way J. The whole land is a futuristic building thatserves as the HQ for the Avengers. Similar to what we have seen in the recent movies.
· Iron Man ride. Using projectors like Soarin, but in this ride, guests are laying downSuperman-style and suspended in the air. They fly through the air following Iron Man and destroying bad guys.
· Hulk Ride. Like the Harry Potter Ride at IOA, lets guests hop around the city withthe Hulk.
· Thor Ride. Ride Odin’s rainbow to Asgard andexperience the story of Thor.
· Captain AmericaShow. Some sort of WWII era show withCaptain America.
· Hawkeye bow and arrow target practice. Figure out how to make that safe.
The last land, to the left of the hub:
-Future City: A bustling urban environment of thefuture. Huge skyscrapers appear tostretch to the stars, but are actually just facades that are continued bypaintings or projections on the ceiling. All around, robots, aliens, and people populate the city. The whole place has an optimistic feel to it.
· A futuristic restaurant. An expensive place where trendy food isserved and cooked in novel ways like with liquid nitrogen. A show is put on for the guests willing topay to eat there.
· A Wall-E dark ride. Great movie= great ride! Also, it ismarketable.
· Space Elevator Company. Based on a real concept, an elevator fromEarth to space, guest board and appear to climb into the stars. Afterexperiencing the beauty, they fall back down to Earth in a thrilling ride.
· Alien Hotel walkthrough. A walkthrough attraction that takes gueststhrough a working hotel for aliens vacationing on Earth. Lots of whimsy and visual gags.
Well that’s all I have so far. It all seems pretty ambitious, but what’s thepoint of dreaming if you have to limit yourself anyway? I would reallyappreciate comments and suggestions or even any ideas of your own! Thanks for reading!!