The S.S. Disney project was one of Walt Disney Imagineering's most secret projects. No one ever heard about this incredible idea to transform a super tanker in a "floating theme park" that would have sailed from port to port around the world.
Guests would have found on board 18 attractions including an Orbitron, Casey Jr. Train, a large Ferris Wheel, Alice in Wonderland’s spinning Tea Cups, Dumbo, and a Fantasyland Carousel. Other attractions included Aladdin and Little Mermaid dark rides, Indiana Jones roller coaster, Star Tours, a 3D movie theatre, and even It’s Small World and a 20000 Leagues under the sea area! All this on a transformed super-tanker. Incredible.
Editor's Note: This is a new version of an earlier S.S Disney article that i posted back in May. Thanks to Mark Hickson, who recently found old pictures of the S.S. Disney model, you'll be able to explore this fantastic project that never was...and likely never will be.
Today, you will discover an incredible Disney project. So incredible that even in my dreams i would never have thought that WDI could have designed something like this. Really fascinating, as you will see.
The project was called “S.S. Disney” and Mark Hickson managed the Imagineering development team for this project 15 years ago. Mark started his career at WDI working on the Splash Mountain project for Disneyland, and then became part of the Tokyo Disneyland project office. Over a period of seven years Mark contributed to over 30 Disney projects that included Tokyo's version of Splash Mountain, Toon Town, the new Spaceship Earth Show, the 3-D film "Honey, I Shrunk the Audience", EPCOT's Interactive Fountain, Innoventions, etc. He also worked on other Disney projects like the Broadway Production of Beauty and the Beast, Disneyland's 35th anniversary and Tokyo Disneyland’s 5, 10 & 20 years Master Plan.
Mark, who now lives in Hawaii, is the Chief of Project Controls for the $5.4 Billion Honolulu High-Capacity Transit Corridor Project. As a consultant to the City and County of Honolulu, his responsibilities are to provide leadership in defining and implementing a comprehensive project controls department for the light rail commuter project.
But back in 1993-1994, thanks to his shipbuilding and theme park master planning experience, Mark was asked to work on the “S.S. Disney” project. The idea was to transform a super tanker - a huge ship that normally brings oil from the Middle East to other countries - into a “floating theme park”. No kidding! The idea seems unbelievable, a real floating “Disneyland”.
I’m sure you’re dying to know more about it, so please join us at the link below to discover more about this AMAZING project (including images) with the interview of former Imagineer Mark Hickson - who was in charge of the S.S. Disney project:
Disney and more: The " S.S Disney " , an incredible WDI project - Interview with Mark Hickson
Then join us back here and let us know what you think about a floating theme park!