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Design Your Own Theme Park

But you can't just pull it out of thin air; we've got some rules to follow....

From Rob P
Posted June 6, 2008 at 10:35 AM
Okay here's your brief :

You can construct a Theme Park using only existing rides.

Your Park must have a good balance ( ie not all coasters) and with this in mind these are your limitations.

You are allowed only 10 attractions of which only 3 can be fast coasters. Other than that you choose what's in your Park.

But remember you're trying to attract customers through the turnstiles so you need a good mix.

Maybe we could organise a vote for the best selection ( Robert ? )


Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.

From Robert Niles
Posted June 6, 2008 at 10:35 AM
Great topic! Let's get the submissions in by next Thursday (June 12), then I'll base the vote of the week off top parks in this thread.

However, 10 is not enough. I'm going to say at least 16, no more than 24 attractions, broken up into at least three themed lands. If you want to throw in restaurants, too, that's bonus.

Just, remember, they must be existing attractions and restaurants. Dead, planned and imaginary ones do not count.

From Robert Niles
Posted June 6, 2008 at 11:07 AM
Here's what I've got:

In the Land of History:
Coasters
- Expedition Everest
- Revenge of the Mummy (USF's version)
Dark rides
- Pirates of the Caribbean (Disneyland's version)
- Haunted Mansion (Disneyland's version)
Drop ride
- Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (DHS's version)
Flume ride
- Jurassic Park River Adventure (USH's version)
Show
- The American Adventure
Playground
- Tom Sawyer's Island (Disneyland's version)
Other
- Mark Twain Riverboat (to go around TSI)
Restaurants
- The Blue Bayou (inside Pirates)
- The Brown Derby (adjacent to American Adventure)

In the Land of Imagination:
Coaster
- Incredible Hulk
Dark rides
- Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man
- The Simpsons Ride
- The Cat in the Hat
Flume ride
- Splash Mountain (Disneyland's version)
Live shows
- Finding Nemo: The Musical
- Festival of the Lion King
Playground
- If I Ran the Zoo
Restaurant
- Mythos
FWIW, the rumored Ratatouille restaurant from WDW would totally go here, too.

In the Land of the Future:
Coasters
- Space Mountain (Disneyland Paris' version)
- Tatsu (probably needs a retheme)
- Griffon (ditto)
Simulator ride
- Mission: Space
Shoot-'em-up dark rides
- Men in Black: Alien Attack
- Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters (Disneyland version)
Restaurant
- Sci-Fi Dine In Theater Restaurant

Buzz was the last one selected. Ideally, I would have preferred a show, but couldn't think of one. I picked Buzz over Star Tours, because ST is just so old (remember, I had to go with current attractions, and not a rumored new flick) and I wanted one more ride without a height restriction. I know that gives me two shoot-'em-ups in the same land, but... oh, well. I like them!

I put the two unthemed coasters, Griffon and Tatsu, in the space land just because I thought unthemed coasters fit best there, and I was hurting for rides in that land.

I'm sure someone could do better but... damn, I would pay big coin to spend a few days in this park!

From Justin Spisto
Posted June 6, 2008 at 2:41 PM
Ok, I will give it a shot.

Western Adventures
- Maverick(Cedar point)
- Canyon Rapids(Hershey park)
- El Toro(SFGadv)
- Big Thunder Mountain(Disney World)

Midway America
- Colossus Ferris Wheel(SFSTL)
- Grand Carousel(Kings Island)
- The Whip(Hershey Park)
- Thunderhead(DollyWood)

Land That Time Forgot
- Jurassic Park River Adventure(USH)
- Dinosaur!(DAK)
- Primevil Whirl(DAK)
- Tatsu(SFMM)

Birth Of A Nation
- Patriot(WOF)
- Hall of Presidents(DMK)
- Liberty Launch(Holiday World)
- Great America Race Way(SFGA)

As you can see my park is basically a thrill park. But I tried to balance it out.

From Joshua Counsil
Posted June 6, 2008 at 4:01 PM
Robert -

Do you have a link to the rumored Ratatouille story? Just a few months back I started a discussion on making a Ratatouille restaurant/attraction.

This is a tough topic. I may come up with a design later, but I'd think about it for hours (and it's Friday night, so I gotta go out!)

From Eli Katzman
Posted June 6, 2008 at 4:26 PM
Yeah, I'm same with Josh(ua). But, Robert, what do you mean by -Griffon (ditto)? Like a recreation?

From Roxy M
Posted June 6, 2008 at 6:21 PM
I'm not feeling imaginative, so I can't think of names. I'll just tell you the theme.

Horror land...
Haunted Mansion
Tower of Terror
Horror Make-Up Show
Revenge of the Mummy

Water land...
Kraken
Tanganyika Tidal Wave
Bilge-Rat Barges
Curious George Goes to Town

Myth land...
Sheikra
Dueling Dragons
Expedition Everest
Fantasmic

Nature land...
Kilimanjaro Safaris
Pets Ahoy
Edge of Africa
Splash Mountain

Exploration land...
Journey to Atlantis
Dinosaur
Camp Jurassic
Soarin'

Thrill land...
Rock 'n Roller Coaster
Montu
The Amazing Adventures of Spider-man
Incredible Hulk Coaster

Sorry, mostly just been to Orlando. I've been to a couple other parks but I don't remember much about the rides.

From Robert Niles
Posted June 6, 2008 at 10:13 PM
By Ditto, I meant that, like Tatsu, Griffon would need some retheme to fit in the space/future section of the park. The floorless and flying coasters just seem a natural fit for spaceflight to me.

I don't have enough of a source yet for a Blog Flume story, but low-level Disney CMs have spread rumors about a Ratatouille restaurant going in an expanded Pixar land at Disney's Hollywood Studios, perhaps taking over space if Disney closes the rapidly diminishing Backlot Tour. I think that this is at the "hey, you know, maybe one day we could do this" planning stage right now, along with dozens of other concepts for future development in the various Disney World theme parks. But if someone's got something more definitive, let me know.

From Hans Meiser
Posted June 7, 2008 at 7:09 AM
- Suiss Bob Europapark
- Teufelsfässer Holidy park
- Fjord Rafting Europapark
- Big thunder Mountain Disneyland Paris
- Pirates in Batavia Disneyland Paris
- Race for Atlantis Phantasialand
- Evening laser show Futuruscope
- Below seet 2nd screen Imax Futuruscope
- Lego minatures Legoland
- Stunt Show Baviaria film studios

From Don Neal
Posted June 9, 2008 at 11:10 AM
Great topic!! :)

Adventure Zone
- Hulk Coaster (coaster)
- Spider Man (dark ride)
- Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular (show)
- The Voyage (coaster)
- Star Tours (simulator)
- Jimmy Neutron 3D

The Wild
- The Beast (coaster)
- Jurrassic Park (boat ride)
- Jaws (boat ride)
- Expedition Everest (coaster)
- Popeye's Bilge Rat Barges (rapids)

Arthur's Kingdom
- Shrek 4D
- Dueling Dragons (coaster)
- Mickey's Philharmonic Magic
- Darkcastle
- Scooby's Haunted Mansion (dark ride/shooter)

Haunted Forest
- The Beast (coaster)
- Haunted Mansion
- The Raven (coaster)
- The Legend (coaster)
- Revenge of the Mummy (coaster)
- Men in Black (dark ride/shooter)

Danger Island
- Griffon (coaster)
- Pirates of the Carribean (dark ride)
- The Eighth Voyage of Sinbad (stunt show)
- The Kraken (coaster)
- Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island (show)

This assumes some slight theming tweaks and I didn't have time to add restaraunts but it's close. :)

From Eli Katzman
Posted June 9, 2008 at 12:57 PM
Okay, I'm only gonna name coasters right now, and I haven't ridden most of them, and I may say ideas for different areas that have already been said:

Mythical Island:
Kraken
Montu
Tatsu

Death palace:
Deja Vu
The Voyage
Disaster Transport
Big Bad wolf

Stairway to Heaven:
Led Zeppelin: the Ride (hopefully, you get the joke)
Apollo's Chariot
Revolution (SFMM)
Lightining Racer

Jungle Warning:
Mavrick
Roar (west)
Kingda Ka
X (with jungle theming and colors)

Well, that raps up my 15 coasters. I TRIED to put in FEW mild coasters, or ones that are less popular, so it seems somewhat realistic. Here is the manufacture count:

B&M: 5
Intamin: 4
GCI: 3
Arrow: 3

From Eli Katzman
Posted June 10, 2008 at 1:10 PM
Actully, instead of Roar, I'm putting in the beast. And Revolution, was not made by Intamin, my bad, they just helped. If you want to know all of the coasters in the U.S. by each manufacture, go to coastergallery.com . Great photos, too!

From Rob P
Posted June 11, 2008 at 7:26 AM
Thanks Robert.

Better throw my hat into the ring too :

Land 1

Rock n Roller Coaster ( HS )
Ripsaw Falls ( IOA)
Grizzly Rapids ( Cal Adv )
Splash Mtn ( MK)
Soarin ( Cal Adv )
Tower of Terror (HS )

Waterworld Show ( US Hollywood )

Taste Pilot ( Cal Adv)
Columbia Harbour House Restaurant ( MK )

Land 2

Everest ( AK )
Kilimanjaro Safari ( AK)
Indiana Jones Ride ( Disneyland )
Pirates of the Caribbean ( Disneyland version )
Tom Sawyer's Island ( MK)

Fantasmic ( HS)

Flame Tree BBQ ( AK)
Enchanted Oak Tavern ( IOA)


Land 3

Terminator ( US )
Spiderman ( IOA)
Men in Black ( US)
Atlantis ( SW )
Shrek 4D ( US )
The Mummy ( US )

Lion King Show ( AK)

Pecos Bills ( MK )
Mythos Restaurant ( IOA)

From James Rao
Posted June 12, 2008 at 3:17 PM
Using Robert's revised rules of theme park order, I limited myself to 24 attractions total, not including restaurants, and meeting the three "monster coaster" limit (those coasters with a height requirement greater than 48", I presume).

The Wonderful World Of Everything
(Utilizing Main Street, USA, and a modified version of Disney’s hub and spokes layout)

Main Street, USA (includes a couple of attractions along the way to the central hub)
Rockin Roller Coaster (DHS) - 48"
Soarin (EP)
Fantasmic (DHS) – performed in the central hub at the end of Main Street
Sunshine Seasons Food Fair (EP)
Club Kool (EP) – free soda samples


Hub 1 - Lost Wonders

Kraken (SWO) - 54"
Expedition Everest (DAK) - 44"
Revenge of the Mummy (USF) - 48"
Dinosaur (DAK)
Jurassic Park River Adventure (IOA)
Flying Unicorn (IOA) – best kiddie coaster
Classic Monster Café (USF)
T- Rex (future site in Downtown Disney, currently in Kansas City, KS)


Hub 2 - Animated Wonders

Incredible Hulk (IOA) - 54"
Spider-Man (IOA)
Splash Mountain (MK)
Toy Story Mania (DHS)
Buzz Lightyear (DL)
Peter Pan (MK)
Mickey’s Philharmagic (MK)
Turtle Talk With Crush (EP)
Festival of the Lion King (DAK)
Toy Story Pizza Planet (DHS)
Aloha Island Snack Shop (MK) – Dole Floats


Hub 3 - Wild Wonders

Apollo's Chariot (BGE) - 52"
The Voyage (HW) - 48"
Mission: Space (EP) - spinning version only
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (DHS)
Grizzly River Run (DCA)
Pirates of the Carribbean (DL)
Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café (MK)
Mythos (IOA)


*Note: Made a small change by substituting Apollo's Chariot for Space Mountain (after the 2009 Mk version is refurbished) since I can't use a "planned" attraction.

From Eli Katzman
Posted June 13, 2008 at 6:40 AM
Oh, oops. I didn't see that comment, robert. Scratch what I said.

From James Rao
Posted June 13, 2008 at 6:23 AM
JUST FOR GRINS, you can make a really perfect theme park by combining the four gates in WDW Orlando!

Take the Magic Kingdom reduce it to Main Street, the Central Hub with the castle, then four spokes leading to the following themed areas:

Magical Adventures
- Space Mountain
- Splash Mountain
- Thunder Mountain
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Buzz Lightyear or Peter Pan or Haunted Mansion
- Mickey's Philharmagic
- Cosmic Ray's or Pecos Bill's
- Cinderella's Castle Princess Character Meal

Hollywood Central
- Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
- Rockin Roller Coaster
- Toy Story Midway Mania
- Star Tours
- Fantasmic
- Hollywood Brown Derby
- Backlot Express

Science Kingdom
- Test Track
- Misson: Space
- Soarin'
- Spaceship Earth
- Living With The Land
- Turtle Talk With Crush
- Sunshine Seasons Food Fair
- Coral Reef or some other full service restaurant

Animal Realm
- Expedition Everest
- Kilimanjaro Safaris
- Dinosaur
- Kali River Rapids
- It's Tough To Be A Bug
- Festival of the Lion King
- Finding Nemo Musical
- Flame Tree BBQ
- Yak & Yeti

24 attractions exactly (not counting restaurants).

Who wouldn't pay good $$$ to go to that theme park?????

From Robert Niles
Posted June 13, 2008 at 8:17 PM
Okay... let's vote!

From Vanessa Burden
Posted June 19, 2008 at 7:27 PM
Nice site!

From Dennis Dowhy
Posted November 12, 2009 at 4:01 AM
Love these Ideas!

From Nick Markham
Posted November 12, 2009 at 7:02 AM
This is pretty old, but do you think we could do something like this again Robert? This was before my time as a member, but I definitely could be competition for someone at this game...

From Michael Owen
Posted November 13, 2009 at 5:30 AM
Maybe it would be an idea to have a similar kind of vote but instead of a generic theme park how about planning Disneyland Shanghai?

You could use a mixture of Disney attractions, shows and restaurants from around the world.

From Nick Markham
Posted November 13, 2009 at 12:04 PM
^Yeah, I like That Idea!

From Rob P
Posted November 14, 2009 at 3:27 AM
Let's go for it again........but it'll be tough to beat James. He has a knack for this sort of thing.

The big winners for me , though, were some of the area names that people came up with. They were really good and well thought out.

( go to the original vote to see comments )

From James Rao
Posted November 14, 2009 at 5:12 AM
Thanks for the props, Rob, but remember, Mr. Niles took the vote... he's the guy with the bullseye on his back in this competition! =)

Since the Shanghai park is rumored to be another Magic Kingdom style park, I am pretty much maligned to re-enter my Wonderful World of Disney park in the event. A few updates is all it needs...

From James Rao
Posted November 14, 2009 at 10:06 AM
Oops, double post. Sorry!

From Nick Markham
Posted November 14, 2009 at 8:42 AM
I have a thread for a Disneyland Shanghai Competition, but if we are going for another any park competition, I am still totally in as I never got my chance to beat any of you last time.

From James Koehl
Posted November 14, 2009 at 8:35 AM
My park would be entirely themed based on late 1800's-early 1900'(with some artistic license). Entry would be down Main Street USA (1), with a large recreation of the Crystal Palace restaurant replacing the Disney castle(2). The restaurant would not just be food, but also entertainment on a central stage. The side street off of Main Street to the left would lead to the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, which would border a large lake. There would be a water skiing/boat show (3). Also in this area would be the Coney Island Cyclone(4), Cedar Downs from Cedar Point (5), and the Blue Streak from Cedar Point (6). The other side street off of Main Street, to the right, would lead to County Fair, with the Kings Island Carousel(7), the Wonder Wheel from either DCA or Coney Island(8) and Barnstormer from now-closed Geauga Lake(9). The area beyond the Crystal Palace restaurant would have a very long, very well themed area with the Cedar Point Cadillac Cars(10).
Let's face it, only ten attractions? That would put us into the Disneyland Hong Kong situation, but it was an interesting brain challenger idea.

From drew halo
Posted July 11, 2010 at 7:04 AM
i get it

this is going to be a fun game

From Tyler Bell
Posted July 12, 2010 at 9:26 AM
Universal Studios Adventure;

Sanfransisco Bay;
JAWS
Backlot Studio Tour(Largest tour ever)
Disater
Hollywood;
Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
Backdraft
Shrek 4D
Waterworld
Production Central;
Space Fantasy The Ride
Lights!Camera!Action!Hosted by Steven Spielburg
Horror Makeup Show
Animation Celebration
T2;3D
PT.2 SOON...

From Tyler Bell
Posted July 12, 2010 at 9:47 AM
Toon Lagoon;
Dudley Do Right ripsaw falls
Popeye
Snoopys Great Race
Cat in The Hat
Univer5sal Animal Actors
If I ran the Zoo
Wizarding World of Harry Potter;
Olivanders
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
Flight of the Hippogroff
Dragons Challenge(Battlestar Galactica layout)
Marvel Superhero Island;
Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man
Dr.Dooms Fearfall
Storm Force Acceleration
Incredible Hulk
Jurrasic Park;
JP River Adventure
Camp Jurrasic
JP Discovery Center
Dino Soarin
Canopy Flyer
Madagascar;
Madagascar a crate adventure
madagascar partygo round

From Tyler Bell
Posted July 12, 2010 at 1:45 PM
also in the backlot tour is a longer version of king kong 360 3d mixed with live sets

From Tim W
Posted July 12, 2010 at 2:14 PM
Pixar Park

Nemo's Reef:
Finding Nemo the Musical
Turtle Talk with Crush
Crush's Coaster
Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage

Toy Story Playland:
Slinky Dog Zig Zag Spin
Toy Story Mania
Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop
RC Racer Coaster
Toy Story The Musical

A Bug's Land:
It's Tough to be a bug
Flik's Flyers
Heimlich's Chew Chew Train
Francis's Ladybug Boogie
Tuck and Roll's Drive 'Em Buggies

Monstropolis:
Monsters Inc. Laugh Riot Coaster
Laugh Floor Comedy Club
Ride and Go Seek

Incredible City:
Incredible's 4D Adventure
Omnidroid Attack

Cars Land:
Radiator Springs Racers
Luigi's Roamin Tires
Tow Mater's Junkyard Jamboree
Lights, Motors, Action

From Rob P
Posted July 13, 2010 at 1:49 AM
Nice Park Tim but are all of yours existing rides ?

Omnidroid Attack sounds great but where is it ?

From Johnny McKormick
Posted December 25, 2010 at 9:23 PM
Lol who cares if its Imaginary rides?? Its not fun to put all of existing rides and just look at a list!!! Here is my park.

EPIC DISNEYSEA

Mediterrenean Harbor
1.Venetian Gondolas
The original rides but a sneak peek of parades.

2.DisneySea Transit Steamer Line
A around-the-park boat ride

3.Fortress Explorations
A playground inside a fortress and a pirateship!

4.The Great Pompei Adventure- FASTPASS
Escape from Pompei!! The 1st part is a tour of pompei but Mt.Vesuvius explodes and we drop for a 20m plunge outside of the Mediterrenean Harbor lagoon.

AMERICAN WATERFRONT
1.TOWER OF TERROR-FASTPASS
A free-fall adventure thru the cursed, Hotel Hightower...starring, SHIRIKI UTUNDU!

2.The S.S.Colombia Cruise-FASTPASS
A thrilling, simulator ride! The queue is S.S. Colombia, the pre-show is the crushing(iceberg), and the ride, is to go on an emergency boat to escape the sinkng!

3.Bigcity Vehicles
4.DisneySea Transit Steamer Line
5.DisneySea Electric Railways

PORT DISCOVERY
1.StormRider-FASTPASS
Revamped with 3 Different Ride Experiences!! Captain Davis, Captain Scott, and the new captain, Captain James!

2.Aquatopia

LOST RIVER DELTA
1.Indiana Jones and the Temple of the CrystalSkull
Revamped with 3 NEW SCENES, such as
1. Encounter with the Spirit of the Crystal Skull
2.The Snake Hole
3.Raging Crocodiles

2.RAGING SPIRITS
A 360 Loop coaster thru an ancient temple excavation!

ARABIAN COAST
1.Sindbads Story-Book Voyage
2.Magic Lamp Theater
3.Caravan Carrousels

4.Aladdin:The Magic Carpet Ride-FASTPASS
A Dark ride over Agrabah.

MERMAID LAGOON
1.Ariels Undersea Adventure
2.All the Dark Rides in Mermaid Lagoon

MYSTERIOUS ISLAND
1.Journey to the Center of the Earth
Revamped with new scenes!
Such as, CAVE OF WINDS, THE LAVA WATERFALL, MOTHER SKINK, HATCHING OF LAVA MONSTER, MEETING THE EXCAVATION CREW, THE CRUSHED TERRAVATOR

2.20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Revamped with new scenes!
Such as, THE GRAVEYARD OF SHIPS, THE REMAINS OF ATLANTIS, THE REMAINS OF MT.PROMETHEUS

3.THE TRIP TO THE MOON
Same as SPACE MOUNTAIN 2 AT DISNEYLAND PARIS

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