Theme Park Apprentice 2 Challenge 6: Downtown DisneyChallenge 6
From Tim WDue to the recent announcement from Disney about Pleasure Island being reformed into Hyperion Wharf, I will now consider this challenge as designing some for of entertainment for Hyperion Wharf.
Posted November 18, 2010 at 3:22 PM
Over at Hyperion Wharf in Downtown Disney, Orlando, there is still quite a bit of vacancy. The preliminary plans to invigorate the area once known as Pleasure Island have just been recently announced. Ever since the clubs closed a few years ago, they have promised us replacement entertainment. However, the shops and restaurants that have opened have been met with a lukewarm response and mediocre reviews. Therefore, in this challenge, you will be creating some form of entertainment to be in Hyperion Wharf. Maybe you feel that at least one club needs to belong here or maybe some other type of entertainment can be thought up. However, you may not make the Adventurer’s Club Part 2 and claim it as your own idea. Nevertheless, something needs to be here, and it is your job this week to think up that idea.
Please post by next Wednesday, and then we will have a Thanksgiving break from the game. We will then resume with the next challenge, the following monday.
Isn't it kind of funny that when I introduce this challenge, Disney decides to announce their plans for the Pleasure Island revamp into Hyperion Wharf?
With all the craziness happening lately, our finale has been moved. Unfortunately, it seems we are no entering upon the week of Christmas with our current schedule. I hate to have people post on that weekend of Christmas, so the final challenge will probably end around the 28th, with a hopefull winner announced before New Years.
Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.
From James KoehlSo Tim, do we call it Hyperion Wharf, Pleasure Island, Downtown Disney, or what? Also, does it have to be actally on the Pleasure Island island,or can it be adjacent to it, or even somewhere else in the Downtown Disney complex?
Posted November 18, 2010 at 2:51 PM
From Tim WThis idea MUST be in Hyperion Wharf.
Posted November 18, 2010 at 3:23 PM
Hopefully, I'll be able to share my idea with you all this challenge.
From Anthony MurphyI hate that name!
Posted November 18, 2010 at 7:34 PM
From Tim WI don't think it's that bad....Looks like theres a 3 way tie between three pairs, and the 4th isn't super far ahead!
Posted November 18, 2010 at 8:08 PM
From Anthony MurphyI am all for doing something for PI, but keep the name! It also sounds very Boardwalkish to me!
Posted November 18, 2010 at 11:26 PM
Anyway, can't wait!
From Andy MilioI'm not really understanding this challenge..what exactly do we do? I have no idea what "Pleasure Island" or whatever is. Do we just design a club, or a shop, or what?
Posted November 19, 2010 at 5:07 AM
From Tim WYou can really design any form of entertainment that you want. It can be a show, a club, an interactive restaurant, an innovative shop, or soome sort of activity. I want you guys to think what you guys like to do at night with your friends, and try to put it into Hyperion wharf. Is that a bit clearer?
Posted November 19, 2010 at 6:41 AM
I guess its official. By such a slim margin, Nick Markham and Jeff Moon have been fired. It was really hard this week for me to have this elimination because you all did fantastic! Great work though and you will be missed in the competition.
From Jeff MoonIt's been fun. I'll try to be back next year.
Posted November 19, 2010 at 9:32 AM
From Tim WYou did a great job and I wish you got to stay being the only new contestant.
Posted November 19, 2010 at 10:04 AM
Remember you can still post your ideas if you want after you are fired
From Adam NodjomianI will be doing a nighttime fountain show (and no it won't be a copy of World of Color).Is it alright if we claim our entertainment now?
Posted November 19, 2010 at 2:25 PM
From Tim WSure the 6th challenge has started, you really don't have to claim in this challenge though.
Posted November 19, 2010 at 2:31 PM
From David L.I guess I'll have to change my ideas... I claim a restaurant/music venue on a boat that slowly travels around the lake stopping at Ple...the new place.
Posted November 19, 2010 at 2:50 PM
From Nick MarkhamIt was fun, and the only thing I feel bad about was letting Jeff down. I having already won it before wanted somebody else to have the chance to win, but I just hope I didnt let Jeff down. It was close competition at least, having only lost by 1%
Posted November 19, 2010 at 2:59 PM
From James KoehlMight as well jump on the claiming wagon- I'll be building a theater for Disney to present full-length productions of Disney's Broadway musicals.
Posted November 19, 2010 at 3:00 PM
From Andy MilioCan I replace a club? If I can, I claim a new rock and roll themed club.
Posted November 19, 2010 at 4:48 PM
From Tim WYes of course, you can build a new club. And Nick, I'm sure you didn't let him down. You guys still did great, but one pair had to leave. And it was such a small margin of only 1% you guys lost by. I hoope you both return.
Posted November 19, 2010 at 4:54 PM
From Tim WIf anyone is unable to post by wednesday, I know I gave you a short time frame, just let me know. I would be happy to extend the deadline, but then you guys would have to post over the thanksgiving weekend.
Posted November 22, 2010 at 6:40 AM
From Andy MilioThis Wednesday is the due date?!?! I need more time :)
Posted November 22, 2010 at 1:55 PM
From James KoehlTHEATER FOR HYPERION WHARF
Posted November 23, 2010 at 6:56 PM
Disney's Renaissance Theater at Hyperion Wharf
Walt Disney Theatrical Productions (Disney Theatrical for short) is the live theatre production branch of the Walt Disney Company. It has created and brought to stages around the world such popular musicals as "The Little Mermaid"
and "The Lion King."
These productions are known for their beautiful scores, dazzling special effects and for their appropriateness for all ages.
Disney has decided to solve that problem by constructing Disney's Renaissance Theater, a beautiful state-of-the-art performing arts center in the new Hyperion Wharf section of Downtown Disney
The "Disney Renaissance" refers to the ten-year period starting in 1989 when Disney released such animated classics as "The Little Mermaid", "Beauty and the Beast", "The Lion King", and many others. These films have provided the starting point for some of the musical theatre's most popular and critically acclaimed works. Now these and many other Disney Theatrical productions have a permanent home at Walt Disney World.
Disney's Renaissance Theater will be located in the current parking lot F, directly adjacent to and facing the current Pleasure Island/Hyperion Wharf section.
The entrance plaza in front of the theater can be accessed directly from the surrounding parking lots and from the rest of Hyperion Wharf via the bridge leading between the current Harley-Davidson Store and Raglan Road restaurant. The landscaping and design will have it obviously included in the entire Hyperion Wharf concept.
The Renaissance Theater will be an 1800-seat, one-balcony house of contemporary interior design
Facilities for the audience will include extensive restrooms, especially for women, and multiple family restrooms for the large number of families who will undoubtedly be using the theater as part of their WDW stay. Several large lounges will provide refreshments before performances and during intermissions, and a large theatre gift shop will feature souvenirs from the production currently playing as well as from other Disney shows. Acoustics and sight-lines will be carefully designed to make the viewing and listening experience for the audience the highest quality of any theater in the country. The stage house will have sufficient room to house the most elaborate productions, and the proscenium height and width will be fully adjustable to meet the requirements of any show
Disney Theatrical will use the Renaissance Theater for a variety of productions, including pre-Broadway tryouts of new musicals. Every show has a pre-Broadway tryout somewhere, to let a live audience see it and provide feedback to the producers, and to allow the producers and directors of the show to work on it, to fix problem areas and to perfect the areas that work well. Audiences to WDW will have the opportunity to be the first to see the new musicals that Disney Theatrical is creating before they head to Broadway, such future shows as "Dumbo"
and "The Hunchback of Notre Dame".
Long-running shows that have reached the end of their runs on Broadway could be brought to the Renaissance to continue entertaining audiences, and national tours of Disney Theatrical shows would have their Orlando performances here. There would be few nights that WDW guests could not bring their entire families to Hyperion Wharf, have dinner at one of the many restaurants in the complex and enjoy a performance of "Beauty and the Beast"
or one of the new musicals in development such as "Newsies"
or "Alice in Wonderland"
Disney's Renaissance Theater at Hyperion Wharf- continuing The Disney Company's commitment to bringing their world-famous movies to life!
From Tim WSorry about the posting james. Just try posting it in sections as I've stated before.
Posted November 22, 2010 at 8:35 PM
I can make the deadline by Saturday, I was just hoping that everyone could get it done earlier to enjoy their thanksgiving.
From Anthony MurphyI will post tomorrow!
Posted November 23, 2010 at 3:00 PM
I actually have three "clubs" that I feel best exemplify what was right and wrong with PI. Is it ok to do three or rather one?
From Tim WYes, its perfectly fine if you create a club district with like 3 clubs in Hyperion Wharf.
Posted November 23, 2010 at 4:36 PM
From Anthony MurphyI am going for a bit of a different direction as most people have been taking with this challenge. I am going to make the area into a bit of a club district like it already is and will be using some of the old buildings to make new clubs. In each of the three new clubs, there will be some tribute to the old inhabitants. The three main themes that I saw at Pleasure Island were entertainment, dancing, and music. What I want to create is three clubs that best fit these themes. I think that PI went wrong with giving too many choices to guests (too many dancing clubs for example). So, here are my three clubs:
Posted November 24, 2010 at 9:42 AM
From Anthony MurphyHollywood Mystery
Posted November 24, 2010 at 9:50 AM
One thing I think Disney World needs a little bit more of is a Dinner Show of sorts. Believe it or not, the Contemporary Resort used to have a dinner show like Fort Wilderness and the Polynesian. Since the closure of the Comedy Warehouse and the Adventurer’s Club (sniff, sniff), Disney has been trying to figure out what to do with these talented actors. Why not create a bit of a Murder Mystery Dinner show? This one, along with the rest of Hyperion Wharf, is for older guests, right? Anyway, this show will take place in the summer home of famed Hollywood Director Vincent Vanguard. The house is themed as a 1930’s Hollywood hideaway. We can walk around his house and see posters for some of his other “hits” including “Adventurer of the Year” starring Hathaway Brown. He is holding a dinner party to find “backers” for his new movie. The food will be very similar to fancy and modern Californian food with fresh fish, Cobb Salad, prime cuts of meat, and desserts to die for (bad choice of words?). Also there are many individuals that want to be a part of this movie. Some of them are invited, some are not. This would include a leading lady, and aged actress past her prime, the OCD Makeup Artist, the nervous assistant, the dumb stuntman, snobby movie critic, his two faced lawyer, greedy studio head, and the full of himself leading man. Mr. Vanguard would also bring out his prized movie award to show everybody that they can count on him to invest. Suddenly, the lights go out and we find Mr. Vanguard dead from being hit on the head with the award when the lights turn back on. Now the dinner has taken a turn for the worse as the guests try to figure out who the murder is before the police come. However, some of the other characters are killed off as well such as during dessert with the poised moose (which causes the makeup artist, who is frightened of germs already, to start going into a comical mental breakdown where she or he is slapped out of it by another character. When the police come, the guest will have to decide whodunit? The beauty of this is that there are multiple shows where there can be a different murderer every night making this a repeat affair. This show will use a lot of improv and character interaction that made the Adventurer’s Club and Comedy Warehouse so loved
From Anthony MurphyI will post more later! Its not letting me put anymore in!
Posted November 24, 2010 at 10:13 AM
From Tim WI'd like to give you guys an update of what's going on in the competition. Next week, we will be having the Harry potter challenge. As for the rest of the competition, ive changed the emphasis for some of the challenges. The hotel challenge and theme park challenge will remain without being related to a specific theme park. So the final challenge will no longer be a bush gardens park, but a park of your own creation that can be placed anywhere. Thanks for listening and my idea for Hyperion Bowling & Co. will be coming soon!
Posted November 25, 2010 at 11:19 AM
Challenge 7: Harry Potter, 5 contestants, due Dec 5.
From Tim WRemember everyone to try and post by Sunday so we can move on in the competition...
Posted November 25, 2010 at 8:56 AM
Have a Happy and safe Thanksgiving everyone
From Anthony MurphyThe Music Box
Posted November 25, 2010 at 10:48 AM
One of my favorite clubs at PI was the Rock and Roll Beach Club. It was a place where you can grab a drink and listen to some live music. I will expand this idea a little bit and create the Music Box which will be a bar that will bring in acts, some ticketed, some not, to perform some good music for the guests.
From Anthony MurphyThis ranges from Rock n Roll, Jazz, Pop, and Country. Some hard ticketed events can be current or past acts such as Earth Wind and Fire, Sugar Ray, Tony Orlando, and Taylor Dayne. During the day, the Music Box will be open to families which will specialize in non alcoholic drinks (my favorite from the past being Babylonia’s Brew) and listen to family music. The place will look like a giant warehouse full on instruments, records, and a few Disney Surprises (parade props, etc) and the Rock and Roll Beach Club SharkI know this one is not very long, but I think it’s a really simple concept: a place a person can go for a drink and listen to music.
Posted November 25, 2010 at 10:52 AM
From Anthony MurphyD-Ance (The D is in Disney-style)
Posted November 25, 2010 at 10:52 AM
This will take the place of Mannequin’s and their iconic spinning dance floor. Here, guest can cut loose and dance the night away. The music will vary from all kinds of music and dance including line dancing, techno, pop, oldies, and some Disney inspired tunes. There will be a live DJ there at all times keeping the vibe going. On the top floor, there will be places to sit and watch and to grab a drink. There will also be contests including limbo, twist, and musical chairs. During the week, this place will be open for the whole family as well with a DJ playing family friendly dancing music and the contests, of course. Kids of all ages love to dance. There will also be themed nights throughout the year and especially during the holidays!
From Andy Milio
Posted November 26, 2010 at 9:50 AM
Rock and Roll Lagoon
Rock and Roll Lagoon would be the newest rock and roll club at Hyperion Wharf! Guests can hang out in the club, eat some snacks, drink (nothing alcoholic), and jam out to their favorite rock songs. The club would also feature the Sound Shack, a CD store where fans of rock and roll can buy best selling CDs, like AC/DC’s “Back in Black” album, the Eagles’ Their Greatest Hits” album, and many others. The club would follow this music based weekly schedule:
Every Monday, rock and roll fans can jam out to some of their favorite heavy metal bands such as:
And Van Halen:
On Tuesdays, the Lagoon would be dedicated to classic rock bands, like:
The Rolling Stones:
And many more!
Wednesdays would consist of alternative rock bands, including:
Three Days Grace:
And lots more!
Thursdays would play southern rock music from the minds of bands like:
Allman Brothers Band:
Creedence Clearwater Revival:
Kansas: (...Sorry! No logo!)
And ZZ Top:
On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, rock and roll fans can request rock songs to be played at the lagoon.
Being the powerful corporate business Disney is, some of these bands (the ones still together) even make special appearances at the Lagoon!
Well, there you have it folks! Thanks for reading my ideas! God bless!
From David L.the Disney MAGNIFICENT Steam Boat
Posted November 26, 2010 at 3:25 PM
Hyperion Wharf has a new ship coming to town. The Disney Magnificent takes tourists all around the Downtown Disney lake. The Magnificent is open to all tourists for $5. The boat includes a 2 lounges, a bar, A children's area, Samantha's Seafood restaurant, and a lookout.
Guests first walk into the dock house where they buy the tickets and wait for the steam boat. The waiting room is upscale with windows out onto the lake. Children can play on the Docks Playground with all sorts of neat kiddie fishing items to play around(Note: most kids don't know the fish smell so the smell would be absent). When the steam boat's horn blows, guests have about two minutes to board the boat. Guests should never have to wait more than 26 minutes for the boat as it will take about 20 to circle the lake.
The first floor of the boat has 1 adult only lounge with a bar attached. Guests are limited with their number of alcoholic drinks. Also on the first floor is a walk around look out to watch the world go by. The children's area is also on the first deck. This has a small look out, a small play area, and activities for kids. Kids can draw, make crafts, and more. Guests can also visit the small store located on the first deck.
***my time is rather choppy(shopping, cleaning, family time, etc...) so i'll be able to get the rest later.***
From David L.The Disney MAGNIFICENT Steam Boat
Posted November 27, 2010 at 3:23 PM
The Samantha's Seafood restaurant resides on the second floor of the boat. This upscale seafood restaurant includes numerous seafood items. Here is a sampling of the menu:
The third floor contains the Family lounge. The whole family can relax, look out into the water or towards land, and have fun. All kinds of furniture is available. Families can sit down and play checkers as well.
The fourth floor has the main lookout for all to see what's around them. There is plenty of sitting and standing room.
Around the year guests can view many seasonal things. In the spring gardens with pictures(via flowers) look up to guests on the boat. During the summer there are fountains with colors for guests to view on top of the flowers (don't worry, you will only get wet if you walk under a misty fan). During the fall guests will enjoy viewing inflatable turkeys, pumpkins, and more from the safety of the boat. During Winter(and around Christmas in particular) guests can view tons of lights dotting the shoreline with Santa, winter wonderlands, nativity scenes, and more. The Magnificent itself will be decorated appropriately year round. Guests of all ages will be thrilled to experience the magic of the Disney Magnificent steam boat.
Feedback (from more people than just Tim) would be great!
From Andy Milio^ I loved your ideas! Yours were my favorite, besides my own :P
Posted November 28, 2010 at 12:06 PM
From Tim WDan and Adam, You MUST post by the end of tonight.
Posted November 28, 2010 at 2:56 PM
From Adam Nodjomian
Posted November 28, 2010 at 8:25 PM
Keeping with the theme of Greek Gods (Hyperion was the Greek Titan God of Light), this awe-inspiring fountain/laser/music spectacular derives its name from the Greek Titan God of water, Oceanus. Oceanus Maximus combines the fun and excitement of world of Color at Disney California Adventure with the elegance and majesty of the Dancing Waters of Bellagio to create a truly remarkable experience. Dancing waters “perform” songs from classic movies, the top music charts, etc. Dancing waters, powerful LEDs, and fog effects create a magical world of water, light, and sound.
From Adam Nodjomian
Posted November 28, 2010 at 8:30 PM
Oceanus Maximus is actually the name of the stage or show area where visitors to Hyperion Wharf can view the varied fountain shows. Hotel guests of Saratoga Springs also have a distant view of the show. Music from the show can be heard from separate speakers there as well. Above is a photo of the amphitheater that guests can sit in if they would like. Also, the walkway along the water’s edge and the dock seen on the right of the above image provide excellent views. Below is an overall view of how Oceanus Maximus relates in location to the rest of Hyperion wharf and Downtown Disney.
From Adam NodjomianThroughout the year, Village Lake will play host to multiple different shows at the Oceanus Maximus amphitheater. They are the following:
Posted November 28, 2010 at 8:32 PM
The Classics: A Tribute (Mid-January-March) Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (more often during holiday weekends and special events: i.e. Marathon Weekend); 8pm
From Adam NodjomianSummer Hits Showdown (April-October) Every Night; 9:30pm (and 10:30pm during busy periods i.e. Fourth of July Weekend)
Posted November 28, 2010 at 8:33 PM
2010’s show would be as follows: 1960: The Twist (Chubby Checker), 1970: Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (Diana Ross), 1980: Another One Bites the Dust (Queen), 1990: U Can’t Touch This (M.C. Hammer), 2000: Oops!...I Did It Again (Britney Spears), 2009: Poker Face (Lady Gaga), and 2010 California Gurls (Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dog)
The current year’s song could be changed as new songs come along, also keeping the show fresh as well as keeping attendance up.
From Adam NodjomianA Very Happy Holidays (November-Mid-Jan) Friday-Sunday 8pm (Every Night around the Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Years time periods).
Posted November 28, 2010 at 8:35 PM
This show is a celebration of the holiday songs that get us in that wonderful spirit. The songs would be performed in more traditional forms, not the pop-style of today’s holiday music. Even so, an upbeat, modern song may show up every once and a while. Some songs you would probably hear include: Deck the Halls, Carol of the Bells, Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland, Silent Night, Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!, O Christmas Tree, White Christmas and Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire. Not all would be played in one show, but it would be a different selection every night.
Hope you enjoyed reading about the wide selection that Oceanus Maximus has to offer and are already planning a visit to Hyperion Wharf to see this truly astounding show.
From Tim WWe just await on Dan. Excellent work so far eveeryone!!!
Posted November 28, 2010 at 8:38 PM
From Dan BabbittHyperion Ice
Posted November 28, 2010 at 8:53 PM
Disney has created an ice rink at Downtown Disney which features there widely popular shows called Disney on Ice!
Disney will specifically build a rink to fit its needs and not have to build its stages, ice rinks and anything else it needs accomodate the building that it performs. Now Disney can do what ever it wants while in the building.
Each year Disney on Ice will have different shows depending on the movies that are coming out.
While the rink is unused the rink will be open for guests to rent skates and go on the ice year round. Also the rink gives them the versatility to have youth hockey tournaments, ice dancing and anything else that you can do on the ice! Also during hockey season and preseason they can hosts professional teams including the Tampa Bay Lightning and other teams.
So the rink while being used for Disney on Ice will have other uses that Disney and guests can enjoy. This is especially true for guests who may not have the opportunity and doesnt come from regions where ice rinks are rare.
From Tim WReview:
Posted November 29, 2010 at 8:16 PM
James: I've thought about this idea myself at points. I think its a good idea to have broadway tryouts at a theater in Orlando. I thought the theater pictures were stunning.
Anthony: I like the idea of bringing some clubs back, and your mystery club was my favorite. I feel it is a nice replacement for the void of the Adventurer's club. I do think that your tried to copy too much for the other two clubs from the Rock n Roll Beach Club and Mannequins.
Andy Milio: I liked your spin on the club as well and enjoyed the thought you put into the different nights. I thought you broke the different genres of rock down very well and giving them their dedicated nights.
David L: Your idea was probably the most original, but I feel that you could have elaborated alot more on the details. But the concept was still great.
Adam: This is what I'm talking about! I thought you did a great job this week. The show would certainly rival world of color, and really world of color could even be placed here. But I think your show fit better. My favorite this week.
Dan: Definately expand on your idea. I liked the idea of having the ice rink in Orlando though. I thought it funny and a bit unusual to be there, but I liked it. The idea of having hockey games here was a great idea as well, making HW a HUGE entertainment attractor for hockey fans, including myself.
From James KoehlThanks, Tim. The theater building was just a little structure I designed for our community theater. OK, actually, the pictures are from three different buildings. The exterior is (I believe) the National Theater of Hungary, the interior is a theater in Dublin, Ireland, and the floor plan is from a convention center theater in Australia. I just thought they looked right for what I wanted. That many countries being involved, perhaps I should have it at World Showcase?! I agree with you on
Posted November 30, 2010 at 1:28 AM
Adam's idea and told him so. I'd love to see it at Hyperion Wharf (along with mine ;+)
From Tim WWell it looks like we have a tie as of right now.
Posted November 30, 2010 at 4:58 PM
From Dan BabbittAs soon as I posted Hyperion Ice I immediatley got a better idea:
Posted November 30, 2010 at 9:21 PM
Disney Dream Flights
A helicopter tour of the vast Walt Disney World property including all 4 parks, water parks, Downtown Disney and some of the various resorts and hotels on property. Imagine getting a birds-eye-view of the parks and see how they are laid out and used, seeing the vast savannah at DAK, getting up close to the TOP of Tower of Terror without going all the DOWN to the basement, soring over EPCOT and getting an unbelievable view of Cindella's Castle!
Just a thought maybe I will use it later on in another challenge in the future?
How do you guys like it?
From James KoehlI like the idea a lot, especially since I've never been in a 'copter. I think the views would be both beautiful and interesting, but I wonder what effect having helicopters constantly flying over the parks would have on the visitors below and the Disney "magic". We go to renaissance festivals a lot, and one day a helicopter was flying over the festival village and hovering a lot (probably taking pictures). A musician whose show was being disrupted by the noise of the chopper got so frustrated that he started shaking his fist at it and yelled, "Curse you, DaVinci!!!" BTW, I did like the Hyperion Ice idea, but if it was there my daughter would never see anything else at WDW. She'd be skating all day.
Posted December 1, 2010 at 3:33 AM
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