This is my own take on the Shanghai park. Please tell me what you think!
The goal I'm aiming for is a classic Disneyland/Magic Kingdom with A LOT of differences.
Main Street, U.S.A.- The concept of a Midwestern town set in the turn-of-the-century has been used quite often before, so that's why I'm going to set it (Or at least my version) in a different era: The 1940's. And to top that off it's no longer set in the Midwest. Welcome to 1940's Hollywood. May I present to you Hollywood Boulevard: "The Main Street of Entertainment."
Now this is a very controversial move. Disney purists especially will be upset by this. However there are some out there who wish for change. If you count World Bazaar at Tokyo Disneyland, the concept of Main Street, U.S.A. has been used five times, about to be six once the REAL Shanghai Disneyland is born. The reason I decided to go with Hollywood Boulevard is because I guarantee that the local guests will be very interested in the magic of movies and whatnot. A little piece of Hollywood Studios and California Adventure (Revised Hollywood Studios and California Adventure) in the middle of a Magic Kingdom. Pretty cool huh?
The amount of detail in this land will be AWESOME. It really makes you feel as if you're stepping into the Hollywood that literally "never was." As always, the train station, flowerbed, and entry turnstiles will remain...however they will be spruced up A LOT. It all begins with the turnstiles.
Obviously they will look rather similar to this (The posted concept art). But they won't be direct copies. Instead they'll follow the same architectural-style as the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror: An eclectic Pueblo Deco manner, only lighter in color in comparison to the Tower of Terror. Since this park is held in China, the American (And Californian) flag won't be standing tall above the entryway...or in the middle of town square for that matter...
The train station will also follow the Pueblo Deco-style, although modeled very closely after its Florida counterpart (Sans the facade and interior). A clock tower (Based off of Union Station in L.A.) will lie in the middle of the building (Obviously on the highest point), while the interior would feature various details, such as miniature trains, dioramas, and black and white pictures of stars aboard the rails (Often times taken during the production of a movie involving the rails). Outside on an unused piece of track will be a luggage cart. Upon this luggage cart will be a pile of luggage, belonging to several big stars of the time period, including Zero Mostel, R.K. Maroon (A cameo appearance), Olivia de Havilland, Walt Disney, James Cagney, Bela Lugosi, Fae Rae, and Judy Garland. The rest are relatively unlabeled.
The Mickey Mouse flowerbed resembles that of the intro to 1940's Mickey Mouse cartoons, the same exact face seen on Mickey's Fun Wheel. To further imitate the cartoon intro the flowers around the head will be bright yellow, imitating the "shimmering explosion" thing always seen around the character's head in a cartoon intro. I'm still debating if the flowerbed will change seasonally.
Hollywood Boulevard itself will greatly resemble the street outside of Maroon Studios in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, complete with similar architecture, details, and points of note, particularly Maroon Studios. That's right, Maroon Studios will make a home on Hollywood Boulevard, in place of where one would usually find the Main Street Opera House. Inside guests can walk around the place and eventually enter "Animation Central" which is a walkthrough/show-attraction that takes guests through the world of animation and its creation. The interior of the attraction would be themed to that of R.K. Maroon's office and the relaxing hallways one would find in a well-known and well-kept cartoon studio. A meet 'n' greet will be located somewhere in the studio. A forced-perspective water tower baring Roger Rabbit's smiling face will be located somewhere in the studio.
Another important attraction of the boulevard would be the Red Car Trolleys, based off the new attraction coming to California Adventure and the trolleys seen in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Their main stop is located in town square, right on the curb next to City Hall and "Oswald's Gas Station" (Which is themed to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit). Its only other stop is in the park's central hub, but more on that later. Let's move onto the land itself.
The architecture of the land is pretty much of that seen near Maroon Studios in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. All of the classic window-signs dedicated to the Imagineers will find a home here...albeit revised ("Dr. Xavier Atencio: Psychiatrist for Toons, Imbeciles, and Flat-Out Lunatics"). The shops, restaurants, and whatnot will basically be the same as their counterparts across the world...themed to 1940's Hollywood rather than turn-of-the-century America.
The park's parade is...well I don't know, I'm not good with that stuff. As for the fireworks show I'm stumped as well.
In the park's central hub one will find the typical branch-off into all the other lands: Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland, etc. Along with the castle and garden dedicated to the usual "Partners" statue. This time things are a bit different. The Partners Statue
will keep with the Hollywood theme and resemble this rather than the typical design.
The castle will be something that has never been done before. A combination of Cinderella Castle and Sleeping Beauty Castle (The Disneyland Paris version): The Disney Castle. Another controversial move. All the Disney castles around the world are themed to princesses...and now it's fine-time that they take a step away from the past and do something original for once.
More on my ideas later...
Feedback is greatly appreciated. Following updates will feature revised versions of Tomorrowland, Toontown (Which will be connected to Hollywood Boulevard through the "Ink and Paint Club"), Fantasyland, Adventureland, and Frontierland.