Theme Park Apprentice: Challenge 8

Theme Park: Finale Challenge

From Tim W
Posted May 31, 2010 at 9:47 AM
Welcome to the finale of Theme Park Apprentice Season 1. Amanda was fired in last week's challenge. We have two Disney Fanboys in this round, so our final theme will be related to Disney. So let the battle Anthony vs. Nick begin!

Out scenario takes us to 2015 again, where Disney is better than ever. Disney World is booming and is in desperate need for a fifth gate. It is your job to design that fifth theme park for the Walt Disney World Resort.

In the park, you must have a theme that Disney would use, and that would be up to its standards. A few ideas have been discussed on this site, feel free to borrow some. I am requiring the final two to post their themes, before they post their theme park idea to ensure for no repeats. Nick and Anthony, please post your theme ASAP. Hopefully our winner can be hired by next tuesday! I'd like to let you know that I will not be giving any commentary during this round in an atempt to sway the votes to my personal favorite.

You must describe where the park is located in Disney World. In the park, you must have at least 5 lands, including an opening sction of the park. You must name your park, with a name relative to the theme of the park. Your park must have an icon (Sorceror's Hat, Cinderella's Castle, Spaceship Earth, and Tree of Life). Explain why you chose this icon and how it best fits the theme of your park.

Each land must have a name. Excluding the opening land for each park, each individual land must contain at least 1 full service restaurant, 1 quick service restaurant, a minimum of 4 attractions (dark rides, shows, coasters, movies, water rides, simulators, etc), and the name of at least 1 shop per land. Your park entrance land may have restaurants or shops if you choose so. In the attractions, you must include the name, type of ride, and a breif description. The stores and restaurants may just contain names.

Finally, the last bit of business we have on this thread is announcing Season 2's theme.....drum roll....The next theme will be Water. Each week, the challenges will relate to water in someway, being water parks, rides, shows, etc. Look out for the next season to start in late June. You may sign up on this thread.

Hope everyone has enjoyed participating and following this thread. It has been a blast to design and run this game for everyone!

From James Koehl
Posted May 31, 2010 at 9:44 AM
I admit that, reading some of the amazingly-imaginative ideas that were created for Season 1, I am a bit hesitant to do so, but I'd like to sign up for Season 2. After all, I do live in Ohio, and right now it is so humid that I can practically swim to Cedar Point and Soak City. A water theme should feel right at home!
BTW, while typing this, we just got our first severe thunderstorm warning of the day! Bring on the moisture!

From Nick Markham
Posted May 31, 2010 at 6:57 PM
My theme Tim is heroes, or those who are very heoric. I do not want to give much of anything away, but I guess so Anthony does not steal anything, I will release the names of my lands:

Incredible City, Narnia, Coruscount, Persia, Olympus, Pandora, and MARVEL Studios.

Please do not take any of these themes Anthony, but I understand if you need one, you can use it, just keep it as far away from my idea as possible. :D Good luck Anthony, and my the best man win! ;)

From Tim W
Posted May 31, 2010 at 9:51 AM
Alright thanks for letting me know Nick. Sounds like a great theme and I'm looking forward to both of your ideas!

From Nick Markham
Posted May 31, 2010 at 10:05 AM
Look at that, already have my working park logo!

From Amanda Jenkins
Posted May 31, 2010 at 10:45 AM
I have to say that yet again, Nick you and I think so much alike. In the off chance that I would have been in the finale, I had planned a Hero themed park. I can't wait to see your ideas!!! Love the logo.

From Nick Markham
Posted May 31, 2010 at 5:28 PM
Anthony, where are you?

From David L.
Posted May 31, 2010 at 5:18 PM
Unless Anthony has a very similar idea, and unless were doing another theme park at the end of Season 2, here's mine:


From David L.
Posted May 31, 2010 at 5:51 PM
The sections of the park would be:
the Cove
the Beach
the Desert
the Jungle
the Rocklands
I might add an additional land or change the names slightly but that's it.

From Tim W
Posted May 31, 2010 at 6:59 PM
Anthony is still probably in Disneyland, as he mentioned he would be going for memorial day weekend. Nick-Love the logo, I wonder if Anthony would be able to create a logo too!

PS Amanda, I'd love to hear some of your ideas for your hero theme park as well!

From Nick Markham
Posted May 31, 2010 at 6:56 PM
Oh, I almost forgot, hope he's having fun! Also, I added one new land, Incredible City.

From Thomas Furlong
Posted May 31, 2010 at 8:02 PM
I would like to sign up for season 2 as well. Figuered that I give it a shot.

From Nick Markham
Posted May 31, 2010 at 8:57 PM
I guess if Anthony wanted a logo I could make it for him since I make logos for people on another forum! On second thought, maybe I shouldn't help the enemy too much... ;)

From Anthony Murphy
Posted June 1, 2010 at 12:50 AM
I just came home! I will try to write is ASAP (for sure by Friday)

Nice Logo, BTW!

From Tim W
Posted June 1, 2010 at 4:28 AM
Do you have your theme picked out, Anthony?

From David L.
Posted June 1, 2010 at 11:18 AM
Tim, should I post mine or will there be another chance to show off my theme park as a 5th gate(like in season 2)?

From Adam Nodjomian
Posted June 1, 2010 at 12:43 PM
I would like to sign-up for Season 2 please. I unfortunately missed Season 1 sign-up and I had what I thought were some great ideas for most of the challenges. Hopefully I get some more great ideas for season 2!

From Tim W
Posted June 1, 2010 at 1:41 PM
David, No chance for posting it in season 2. So post it now! Season 2 will be filled with completely new challenges. And instead of a theme park, it will be a water park.

Well, Anthony seemed to have no complaints towards Nick's theme, so Nick and Anthony may begin posting whenever they are ready!

From Anthony Murphy
Posted June 1, 2010 at 6:55 PM
I will try to write more in detail tomorrow, but my theme is:


Disney's Wonderful World of Music (WWM)

From Tim W
Posted June 1, 2010 at 7:44 PM
How did I know someone would choose music! Great theme, and one of my favorites for a 5th park! Looking forward to hear both ideas.

Oh and I believe I forgot to mention, I'd like for you to include some sort of nighttime show at your park. It may be a parade, live show, or a water show, or anything else you may think of. Just please try to include one, Sorry for the late addition!

From Nick Markham
Posted June 1, 2010 at 7:52 PM
^Okay! I start work on my entry tomorrow! (Even though I have everything planned out in my head already!)

From Dan Babbitt
Posted June 1, 2010 at 8:08 PM
I will do Theme Park Apprentice again. Had a great time and knows what works and what doesnt.

And I have a goal to at least get pask the 5th challenge in which I was fired.

From Tim W
Posted June 2, 2010 at 7:20 AM
Excellent! Alright, so far we have David L, James Koehl, Thomas Furlong, Adam Nodjomian, and Dan Babbit for next season! I'm sure there will be a few other signups from this season as well, and hopefully a few more new faces!

From Nick Markham
Posted June 2, 2010 at 8:16 AM
I'll sign up whether I win or lose. If I win, I'll just be defending my title and if I lose... well I'll be gunning for the crown even more. ;)

From Tim W
Posted June 2, 2010 at 10:02 AM
Alright next season is growing even more! I have to let you all know that we will be taking a short break mid-season. I am going to Myrtle Beach the second week in August, so it will run over our competition. But that's a while from now anyways.

We will start season 2 with a tentative date of June 21.

From hannah caller
Posted June 3, 2010 at 5:18 AM
I'm looking forward to the second season Tim, i may even join in this time, although my creativity is no where near as good as the people who did season 1 il give it a go!

From Tim W
Posted June 3, 2010 at 6:05 AM
Alright, another possible contestant. I've sent word to the 6 other contestants about sending me their vote. Hopefully everyone will reply in a timely manner.

From Nick Markham
Posted June 3, 2010 at 7:15 AM
^Well first don't Anthony and I need to post before they send in their votes? Mine will be coming either tomorrow or the next day, it is just there are a couple lands I am having a hard time coming up with 4 attractions for. Do not worry though, I will figure it out soon! :)

From Justin Miranda
Posted June 3, 2010 at 7:27 AM
I would like to sign up for season 2 please.

From Tim W
Posted June 3, 2010 at 1:44 PM
Nick: I'm good with 3 attractions as well, and it was just a reminder about voting once you and Anthony post. I think i said that you should be posted by Saturday.

From Nick Markham
Posted June 3, 2010 at 4:13 PM
^That is great, as now that just leaves me with one land that I need to come up with just one more attraction for. Should be posted late tomorrow night or early Saturday morning though, as a new map pack for Modern Warfare 2 comes out and I don't want to miss it! But basically, the entire park is ready in my head, now I've just got the presentation of my entry to attend to... ;D

From James Koehl
Posted June 3, 2010 at 4:54 PM
Go for it, Hanna! I feel at least as intimidated as you do, but it looks like fun. What have you got to lose?

From Joshua Counsil
Posted June 3, 2010 at 10:15 PM
I'm down for season 2. And now that courses are done, I'm bringing the heat.

From Tim W
Posted June 4, 2010 at 6:30 AM
David L, James Koehl, Thomas Furlong, Adam Nodjomian, Dan Babbit, Hannah Caller, Justin Miranda, Nick Markham, and Joshua Counsil are all signed up for next season so far!

From David L.
Posted June 4, 2010 at 9:24 AM
Tim, you may want to run your other games and take a break(a lot of your time is obviously spent on this) before you start season 3. Looks like we'll have a lot more people in season 2. probably time to start eliminating 2 at a time. Is it alright if my park doesn't come in until saturday?

From Anthony Murphy
Posted June 4, 2010 at 9:26 AM
I am going to do this in pieces so that we do not have the site or my computer crash...........

Disney's Wonderful World of Music (WWM)

Walt Disney, a pioneer in animation, was also part of the pioneer of sound and music. After all, Fantasiasound was a precursor of Stereo in movie theaters. Situated in the Magic Kingdom resort area (because I feel that the other three parks are bundled down while Magic Kingdom is up there), WWM will differ a bit from the other parks because it will be FULL of thrill rides.

As you enter into the park, you will enter a façade entrance that looks like the Walt Disney Theater, this is to block all the magic behind like the Main Street USA Station does at the Magic Kingdom. As walking through, you will see the history of music in art starting with caveman to the future and beyond. Little Disney nods will be dispersed throughout it. When you come out of the theater beyond the red curtain, you will see a giant bronze Treble Clef with the entire span of notes. This is significant because at the start of every great song, there is a treble clef



The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Water Flume Ride- One of my past entries, it will be a tube flume ride through Yen Sid’s Castle in which guests experience the events from a bucket!

Night on Bald Mountain- A roller coaster in which we meet the Chernaborg and his minions. The question is, will we be saved. There will be a giant sculpture of the Churnabog on the top of Bald Mountain that will open and close his wings. The roller coaster will be themed and move to the classic song

The Firebird- Dueling Suspended Roller Coasters where guest will choose to join the Spring Sprite (Birth of the Forest) or the Firebird (the death of the Forest. This roller coaster will also sync with the iconic music.

Rhapsody in Blue Bumper Cars- Join in the hustle and bustle of New York’s Rhapsody in Blue

Ave Maria singing in front of Bald Mountain- a heavenly choir will sing this Schubert original to shut out the evil of Bald Mountain. The Chernaborg will close his wings for the entire performance


Yen Sid’s Dungeon- Themed Shirts, pictures from the ride, and magic kits


Pastoral Symphony Feast- Meal in a Greek Palace with wine flowing from Bacchus’s cup. Greek food and a bar will be found here

Firebird Grotto- Chicken Wings of various spices and multiple types of salads in this counter service place

From Anthony Murphy
Posted June 4, 2010 at 9:45 AM

Princess and the Frog Dark Ride- Hop on the lily pad and experience the movie

Chicago Blues Coaster- Indoor Roller Coaster though downtown Chicago

Dueling Piano Shows- Bring a little bit of Jellyrolls to the park!


Jazz and Blues store- Come get your Jazz and Blues Items and exclusive Princess and the Frog Items


Tiana’s-Another one of my submissions, come eat, sing and Dance at Tiana’s signature restaurant

Bayou Bites- Get some finger food and this counter service place!

From Anthony Murphy
Posted June 4, 2010 at 9:54 AM

Record High Wheel- Ferris Wheel with rock and rollin cars with a vinyl record on the design of the wheel

Yellow Submarine- Come on Disney World’s version of the Submarine Voyage as we follow the Beatles to the depths of the seas!

Elvis, a Tribute- Come and see Elvis come alive once again as the “King” Takes the Stage once again!


Blue Meany Bazaar- Find your Beatles items, if you can get them from them…….


Rock n que- Come get for some great BBQ at this counter service place

Beatles Pub- Come in for a pint and some bar food of the home of the Beatles!

From Anthony Murphy
Posted June 4, 2010 at 10:27 AM
Flower and Tree Swings- Choose Flower or Trees on these side by side swing rides
Three Little Pigs Dark Ride- Take a journey with the Little Pigs as they build their houses and encounter the Big Bad Wolf
Silly Symphonies 4D- Walt Disney created history with the Silly Symphonies, now we go into the next dimension with effects and 3D. Jimmny Cricket is your host through this journey thought they Symphonies

Symphony Store: The biggest store at WWM, you can find all of your Disney Character items and WWM merchandise

Flower and Tree Garden Grill- Salad Stand
Merbabies Delight- Seafood Restaurant

From Tim W
Posted June 4, 2010 at 11:14 AM
^David, Yes it does take a lot of time, but I love doing this. It's as fun for me to organize the competetion and be your mc, as it is for all of you guys to submit your ideas!

And thanks for the tip about eliminating two at a time! I think that will work much better now that we have more contestants! I believe this will be put into the second season.

I will not be giving a huge commentary as I do not want to sway the voters. Anthony, Excellent work. Love the theme and the land choices. Would have liked country music, but thats just me! :P

I'll be looking forward to hearing Nick's soon!

From Anthony Murphy
Posted June 4, 2010 at 10:56 AM
Radio Disney Experience- This walkthrough Attraction allows guests to sing like their favorite stars and create an album cover or magazine cover with their picture
Poppin’ Coaster- This stand up roller coaster blasts pop music through the speakers in your ears
Disney Concert Theater- Come and see bands of old and new perform on stage!

Company Music Store- Disney Music superstore

All American Stand- Hotdogs and Hamburgers can be found at this stand

Mickey’s Studio- Character Dining with Mickey and Friends


Disney’s Music of the Night- Fireworks and fountain show at Rock Lagoon that goes through all genres of music including a special tribute to Disney music

From Dan Babbitt
Posted June 4, 2010 at 12:21 PM
You know Anthony you could say that your going to move Spectormagic from Magic Kingdom and permanently move it to your park.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted June 4, 2010 at 12:28 PM
I was thinking that, but I didn't want to move any attractions around.

In that case, American Idol Experience and Rockin Roller Coaster should come over to my new park.

From Nick Markham
Posted June 4, 2010 at 1:33 PM
The "World" Will Become Heroic at 7:00 Pacific time....

From Nick Markham
Posted June 4, 2010 at 4:54 PM
Um, sorry, but this will actually be coming 3:00 Pacific time tomorrow as my computer froze and I lost almost everything I had worked on. Sorry if I've disappointed anyone, but it will be up tomorrow for sure!

From luis gonzalez
Posted June 4, 2010 at 5:00 PM
i dont believe him i think he should have to supply system logs to prove the computer crashed. if he cannot produce the logs then he should be disqualified. ;/


p.s just in case you couldn't tell im kidding, after all this is not that kind of site. we try to help people here; not hurt them! LOL

From Nick Markham
Posted June 5, 2010 at 11:25 AM
^Very funny. By the way, never crashed, just froze and didn't save. :D

From David L.
Posted June 5, 2010 at 5:17 AM
overview of

Thousands of years ago, Central Florida was much like southern Georgia. Flat, and covered with trees. Then, When the Earths crusts started to shift, lava poured forth creating a single lone volcano. It rose up as the tallest thing in all of Florida. It was a new enviroment, until one day it became even newer. The volcano erupted. the ashes in the area made wildlife flourish. creatures form all over came. Then, something else happened. A series of astroids hit florida. They Left hundreds of crators. And just when everything seemed at it's worst, the Hurricane swept throught the area. 8 more followed. Much of the area was turned into a marsh, but the crators filled in as great lakes. The Volcano was surrounded in great lakes so it was an island. A unique Island. organisms had fled there when the Hurricans had come and they lived, but were stranded there. Similar to the Galapogos Islands, there are organisms that died off everywhere else, but the island. Many creatures lived here that man had never thought existed. This was truely a MYSTERIOUS ISLAND.

Located between Baylake and the lake behind it with the water ways almost connecting to a loop. The park would be 680 acres to make it more life-like. The Island was found by Mark E. Covey. Mt.Drachen is the Park icon as the Volcano. It is 340 feet high with glowing lava as the plane keep away thing. The lands include: the Cove, the Beach, the Desert, the Grassslands, the Marsh, the Jungle, the Rocklands, and Mt.Drachen.

Section details will hopefully come tomorow but as may be postponed due to an engagement to next weekend.

From Tim W
Posted June 4, 2010 at 8:26 PM
Looking forward to it Nick! 3 am it will be?

And yea there are some attractions that would work better at your park Anthony, like AI Experience, and Rock 'n' Roller Coaster. They'd be good for the pop and rock sections of your park!

And on the day I receive all of the votes for the finale, hopefully be next tuesday, I will reveal my full commentary as soon as they are in. Once I'm done with my commentary, I then will reveal the votes (annonymous of course).

From Nick Markham
Posted June 4, 2010 at 9:32 PM
^Oops, I meant 3 PM. Guess I messed up. Anyway, 3:00 PM Pacific Time for sure!

From Adam Nodjomian
Posted June 5, 2010 at 7:58 AM
David, would your Mysterious Island park be between Bay Lake and Lake Mabel? I looked on Google maps and I'm trying to figure out where it is.

From David L.
Posted June 5, 2010 at 9:01 AM
the COVE

This is the main civilized part of the island. Much of it is very "touristy". THe town's buildings are themed as if they were built in the 1940's to the 1980's. This is the entry section of the park. the entrance is on the mainland and then you walk on a large wide bridge to the Island. the entry road is COvey Lane. it crosses at Main St. and ends at Dalila Ct. Dalila Ct. has the alley off to it's side. Main St. goes to the Beach and the other way crosses a bridge to the Desert. Dalila Ct. goes to the Jungle. Burns Corners is a little shopping district between Covey Lane and Main St.

-20,000 leagues Under The Sea- You enter this attraction in an old alley in the Cove. You then walk into a secret base for the Nautilus where you board and then go off on a grave adventure. Dangers await from unique creatures in this intense attraction.
-Island Intro- this ten minute movie give people an overview of the island, from a tourist company's point of view.
-le musée- a museum showing off the island with a different point of view. It shows the island as a place to respect and not to build a whole lot more.
-the Monorail- a monorail around the island that is open air. It is on the "touristy side". it stops the Rocklands, the Grasslands, the JUngle, and the Beach.

-Lander's food of the sea- a nice sit down restaurant
-All American Food Court- name says it all
-Dining with Nemo-Captain Nemo that is. This is a nice sit down restaurant with areas to view small fish

-Lander's Items-a store owned by Lander
-Nautilus Treasures- unique collectibles of the 20,000 LUTS
The rest of the stores "compete"
as tourist stores
-Tourist's Necessities
-Cute Cove Shop
-Explore Store
-Best SHop
-Super Touring shop
all of this are small yet they are the main ones. 9 more are scattered throughout.

Next up: The Beach

From David L.
Posted June 5, 2010 at 11:57 AM

This area has a single lone walkway. Other than the walkway and attractions, the area is covered in sand to the lake. This area is skinny and long with all attractions but the Monorail towards the lake.

-Jone's Monster- and boat ride on the Black pearl where you sail out into lake mabel. After a show showing off the crew and boat, the Flying Dutchman flies out of the water. YOu begin to get away when the Kraken attacks. After a cannon blast straight in the head he releases you and you escape.
-The little Mermaid- The musical has moved and this time the building is half underwater. the line goes under water and you can see the wave crashing at the top of the theater.
-Sabashtain's Splashground-a water play area for kids
-MYTHICA-a nighttime spectacular over maybel lake including Dinsey's largest fireworks and many stunt parts from skis,ships, and hanggliding.
-Waves- a show in the ocean of various unique, colored waves
-the beach- play in the sand
-Monorail-a stop
-Sand Fly Cafe- a nice fish restaurant
-Sand Castle Snack- snacks
-Beach Tools- a shop near the Beach of play tools
-Mythica light work-a shop with lights that people can use in the stadium with Mythica and cool to look at at home

next up: the Desert

From Nick Markham
Posted June 5, 2010 at 3:59 PM
Okay, well, Vimeo says it will take a while to upload the video, and posting it to Youtube will take away any sound I have in the video, so try to bare with me for a few minutes. If Vimeo doesn't upload the video soon, I will upload it to a different site.

EDIT: The video will now work in 31 minutes when it is finished converting! Quicker than I expected! See you then... :D

EDIT: I have to stop making these promises. Went back and it said I was back in line again. The inconsistency! :(

From Nick Markham
Posted June 5, 2010 at 8:10 PM
Well, after a whirlwind of a day, it has arrived!

Where Anyone Can Be A Hero

Disney HERO Park was created in mind of all dreamers around the world. At this park, all visitors, boys girls, teen, parents, grandparents, etc. can become any kind of hero they wish to be, making dreams come true, something vital behind each and every park. The park icon is its entrance, an 80 foot tall version of the logo where guests can walk under and around the letters as well as take photo ops. This was chosen as the icon, because its magnitude emits the true theme of a larger-than-life hero. This 450 acre park features 6 main lands (excluding the entry land). The entry land is HERO Central, followed by (in counterclockwise order) Incredibles City, MARVEL Studios, Coruscount, Pandora, Olympus, and Persia. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the show as you set off on an epic adventure!

Disney HERO Park from Nick Markham on Vimeo.

HERO Central


The Superhero Walk of Fame: As you enter the park, you enter down a magnificent street where many of your favorite heroes from Aladdin to Zorro make their memorials for the excitement of visitors!

HEROES: An Epic History: Within a theater alongside The Superhero Walk of Fame, a 30-minute show is shown telling the story of both super and every day heroes as their background unfolds even from the ancient times. This is truly a moving experience.


Up Up And Away Store- Here you can get yourself all sorts of park souvenirs.

From Amanda Jenkins
Posted June 5, 2010 at 6:07 PM
I'm anxious to hear what attractions Nick has developed. I had some already in mind when I had brainstormed just in case I made it to the finale. Can't wait to see them!

From Nick Markham
Posted June 5, 2010 at 7:04 PM
Here, it will help if I do it in pieces:


Omnidroid Attack- This thrill ride is a "Dumbo on steroids". Riders tumble and spin around on the Omnidroids arms over 50 feet in the sky as the life-sized robot comes to life through animatronics and other special effects. While you can control your vehicle, the robot occasionally overrides as part of the story, occasionally going on its own random route!

Incredible Spin!- This Mauerer Sohne Spinning Coaster features the same layout as Crush's Coaster in Disneyland Paris all themed to The Incredibles with the same story line as the movie. The pre-show features the lab where "that one little woman" gives you your misssion all while showing off her latest suites and all. Then you entire the ride as you spin your way trhough to stop Syndrome once and for all!

The Attack- In this show, The Omnidroid Attack attraction comes to life. The spherical head put on a show (if the arms went along, the riders would be on one heck of a ride), shooting red laser beams from its eye as Syndrome tries to take over the world. But never fear, the Incredibles are here to save you all!


IncreDiner- This sit down service restaurant features all American food including many kids favorites all theme dto the incredibles!

Syndrome's Snacks- This villainous, quick service stop features delectable sweets and snacks.

From Tim W
Posted June 5, 2010 at 7:21 PM
I can't wait to hear the rest!! Another great movie, btw.

From Nick Markham
Posted June 5, 2010 at 7:22 PM
^Thanks Tim, hopefully the repeat of music didn't take away from the movie, it was just I found out the song I was trying to download was causing most of my computer problems, so I just stuck with the song from the last movie, and it seemed to work!


Spiderman VS Venom- On this Vekoma Dueling Coaster (Exact Layout and colors of Battlestar Galactica at Universal Studios Singapore) Choose your side as you take this archenemy battle to all new heights!

Tower of DOOM- You are all invited to Doctor Doom's menacing castle for a ball- of course this is so until you arrive. Dr. Doom easily captures the guests and forces them into his latest contraption (in reality, a HUSS Giant Top Spin). Once you board the ride, you are quickly spun through pitch black darkness before tumbling past fire, water, and fog effects. Then the contraption stops at the very top and becomes a show as riders watch The Fantastic Four stop Dr. Doom right before them on a giant screen. The ride then goes tumbling once more through darkness until it ends at the bottom where the Fantastic Four thank you for helping them stop Dr. Doom.

Iron Man: The Ride- This attraction is very similar to Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. The first preshow has visitors at the Stark Expo, where Tony Stark himself arrives (as shown at the end of the video three posts above) as Iron Man for a great show. The show soon turns wrong as War Machine and the other robots turn on the entire Expo and Iron Man. Then riders board, "entering their own Iron Man suits" to help Iron Man fix everything. Riders are then on for the ride of their life as they are propelled through the World of Iron Man simulated on screens and through animatronics, fog, fire, lasers, light, and more.


MARVEL Comics- This would be the world's largest comic book store, featuring everything from comics to other MARVEL merchandise.


Spidy Stop- This quick service stop is where the arachnid man's favorite place to get snacks!

Thor's Hammerburgers- This sit down restaurant features all sorts of grilled foods such as hot dogs, hamburgers, tantalizing ribs, steaks, and more!

From David L.
Posted June 5, 2010 at 7:22 PM
Adam, yes that is where it will be. The park may seem gigantic but i was trying to make it seem as if it was a real large island with tons of space for animals to hide and for beautiful landscape to reign. New water ways would connect the lakes from Lake Mabel's extensions to Bay lake. The other side would not be connected.
Sorry for the inconvenience, but i will not be able to post the rest of mine until next weekend. In that case I will probably make a new thread. Nick and Tim, Unless Nick can finish his whole park by early tomorrow morning i will not be able to vote until next weekend as well. So far both look good but i must way the movie was great.

From Nick Markham
Posted June 5, 2010 at 7:34 PM


Star Tours II- Who says Star Tours II is going into the former Star Tours location? This amazing attraction will be much like the first, except in 3-D and with three different beginnings, middles, and ends to guarantee a different experience every time!

The FORCE- Think California Screamin' but faster, taller, maybe even longer, and decked out with Star Wars themed vehicles, a pumping soundtrack, lights, fog, and more to put this coaster at the top of many lists.

Jedi Training Academy- Okay, so this has been at Disneyland and DHS for a while, but now it has moved here. This time though, guests of all ages will have fun as a totally new show with all new effects and a new story line.


Star Shop- Here fans can buy all kinds of Star Wars merchandise as well as buy their on-ride photos from The FORCE.


Chewie's- This sit down restaurant features all sorts of star-wars themed meals complete with a visit from the chef- Chewbacca!

Yoda's Yogurt- Here you can buy all kinds frozen yogurts: Star Wars style!

From Nick Markham
Posted June 5, 2010 at 7:48 PM


Avatar: The Ride- The fans can't get enough from this attraction I created from a couple rounds ago. Pandora is in dire need of help and it is up to you to save their planet.

Na'vi River Rapids- This rapids ride is sure to knock Kali River Rapids and Grizzly River Run off the top of the list as the amazing beauty of Pandora is brought to life on this fun raft ride.

Avatar: The Spectacular!- This show features amazing actors, visual effects, and more as guests relive the great movie.


Pandora Place- Here you can buy all sorts of Avatar merchandise.


Eywa Eatery- This sit down restaurant features Avatar themed cuisine.

Neytiri's- This quick service stop features "Pandoran" snacks.

From Nick Markham
Posted June 5, 2010 at 7:57 PM


Hercules: The Legend- This Mack Water Coaster takes riders from the depths of the Underworld to the heights of Olympus as the riders embark on an adventure through the tales of Hercules- ending with a 100 foot plunge into water.

Philoctetes Phling- This Tea cup style ride is themed to the trainer of Hercules himself!

Battle of the Hydra- This epic show features Hercules as he battles a giant animatronic version of the multi-headed hydra from the movie. Will Hercules succeed as usual or will he perish?


Olympus Outfitters- Here you can buy all sorts of Hercules merchandise.


Herk's- This quick service restaurant features amazing snacks.

Pizza of the Gods- This sit down restaurant feature exactly what the name says: Pizza so delicious the gods dine on it!

From Tim W
Posted June 5, 2010 at 8:12 PM
David, thanks for letting me know about the vote! Well Nick is complete now!

From Nick Markham
Posted June 5, 2010 at 8:08 PM


Prince of Persia: Sands of Time- This simulator (much like the Simpson's Ride with the IMAX screen) takes riders on an adventure through Persia as riders help protect the dagger from evil.

Prince of Persia Epic Stunt Spectacular- This stunt show much to the likes of Indiana Jones is quite the spectacle as Prince Dustin jumps buildings and escape danger.


The Flea Market- This amazingly Persian themed shopping area boarders the streets of the entire land where you can buy all sorts of Persian merchandise.


Princess Tamina's Persian Restaurant- Here you can dine on amazing Persian food, and don't worry, there is a kids menu if one's stomach can't suffice devouring Persian food!

Dustin's Donuts- Donuts in Persia? Hey, why not, especially when this quick service stop delivers some of the best donuts around!

From Nick Markham
Posted June 5, 2010 at 8:10 PM
Whew! That was a mouth full! Anyway, after all of the work I've gone through today, I can now start off on relaxation for the summer (at least until season 2 starts). But I hope some of this hard work pays off in the long run. Oh also, check out this nighttime show!:

EPIC: A Nighttime Spectacular- What better a way to finish off your day at Disney HERO Park than with a bang? This nighttime show will deliver a show full of fireworks, water screens, mist, fountains, lasers, and other special effects. What more? This show will practically dwarf all other in Walt Disney World.

From Tim W
Posted June 5, 2010 at 8:11 PM
Just to be clear, HEROES: Epic History is nighttime show?

From Nick Markham
Posted June 5, 2010 at 8:13 PM
Nope, sorry, I changed my mind, I guess while you were reading the above post, and added it at the bottom of my post above yours.

From David L.
Posted June 5, 2010 at 8:21 PM
so i had a little extra time...


This area is all about the dunes and rocks. once you enter, you can't see anything else around. you're practicaly lost, and yet there's a path. due to the lack of shade aside from the outpost, oasis, and attractions, the walking area is small.

-Indiana Jones and the Metal of the Sky-a small roller coaster with wide single cars holding 20 people each. This takes you around the Desert and through caves racing against Belloq to find a precious metal.
-Desert Storm- this spinner first starts low until the the ride really picks up. in speed and height.
-Aladin-this dark ride travels to the cave with 40 others. Any guesses of who?
-Oasis-a nice sit down restaurant with unique food from the desert.
-Outpost Restaurant- a simple counter service place
-Outpost Store- a store with necessities from the middle of the desert
-the Cave's Treasures-treasures from Aladin

next up (or maybe next week) the Grasslands

From Tim W
Posted June 5, 2010 at 8:20 PM
Oh yea, thanks for the clearup Nick. As i have stated, I will not be releasing commentary on the parks. I know who my vote is going to, it was a very tough decision, but one park seemed to outweigh the other in my opinion. So letting the voting begin! I will not reveal the votes till everyone has locked in with their votes!

Former Contestants: Make sure to please send me a message with your vote since we are keeping it annonymous!

From Nick Markham
Posted June 5, 2010 at 9:56 PM
First, do we all vote (as in both Anthony and I), and second, will there be a poll?

EDIT: Of course if Anthony and I voted, we would have to vote for each other (wouldn't be very fair if we voted for our own), so maybe we shouldn't. (You probably already had that figured out and I just missed it). Anyway, Good night everyone, and Go Celtics! I mean Go Lakers, as every team I cheer for looses!

From Tim W
Posted June 6, 2010 at 8:48 AM
^No, you and Anthony will not be voting. And no there will not be a poll. I do not want there to be a poll because i am having the former contestants vote; the poll could be different then the results i receive. I have received David's vote already, and of course I know who I am voting for. Hopefully we may have the votes in today or tomorrow!

And what's with the centering on the website??

From Nick Markham
Posted June 6, 2010 at 9:10 AM
^I don't know! At first I thought I had done it when I added the centering for some of my pictures, but then that would not have affected the rest of the website! Hmmm....

From Tim W
Posted June 6, 2010 at 12:21 PM
Well i will reveal that there are 4 votes in currently and the vote is currently tied at 2-2! 3 votes left to go!

From Dan Babbitt
Posted June 6, 2010 at 2:31 PM
I would like to see what others on the site says about the parks and would like to see a poll after all the votes are in. We could have used it as a tie breaker but seeing as there are 7 voters theres no need. It also gives us an idea if we agreed on the vote!

From Neil Reece
Posted June 6, 2010 at 4:13 PM
Unbelievable talent, both of you. Correction- all of the contestants this season. Any chance for a newbie to enter Season 2 or is it closed? I've been a long time lurker and supporter of TPI if that helps ;).

From Tim W
Posted June 6, 2010 at 5:33 PM
Of Course Neil! You can join for next season!

A few notes however, next season will probably start June 21st. Two Contestants will be eliminated instad of 1, due to the contraint with the theme. Plus this is a big time consumer for me. But the lack of available challenges relating to water is my biggest concern, but I'm working on as many as I can presently. Once we reach the Top 4 or Top 3, depending if we have an even or odd number of contestants, one will be eliminated that week

Also, yours truly would like to join in on the fun. Since i've decided against deciding the eliminations myself, I may decide to join the competition while retaining your mc position. But, we will see how much time i really have for that!

^Dan, you make a good point! I may decide to post a poll once we are done, but it will not affect the results in any way. The results will stand by the votes of the contestants and myself.

Finally, this just in. The current score is 3-2. I will not reveal who is in the lead, or who has voted so far.

From Nolan Norwood
Posted June 6, 2010 at 6:01 PM
I have loved following this season and was wondering if there was room in Season 2 for another person.

From Tim W
Posted June 6, 2010 at 6:10 PM
Definately Nolan! As many can join as they like!

From Amanda Jenkins
Posted June 7, 2010 at 7:45 AM
I regret to say that I will not be able to participate in the next game. I will try to keep up with everyone's posts though. I will be having some major surgery June 25th. Please pray for a quick recovery and that my docotors find nothing else wrong, so that I will feel great when we take the boys to Disney World in September.

From andy milio
Posted June 7, 2010 at 3:13 PM
Hi I'm new here and I found season 1 interesting. I would like to join season 2 if there is still room. Also, i am designing a theme park based entirely on movies, and I need some help. If anyone has ideas, give them to me. Thanks.

From Adam Nodjomian
Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:49 PM
Amanda, hope evrything goes well. It's too bad you can't participate in Round 2. I watched from the sidelines in Season 1 and was a fan of most of your ideas. We need more ideas like yours (especially ones like your How to be a Hero 4-D show).

From andy milio
Posted June 7, 2010 at 3:13 PM
Yeah. The Indiana Jones coaster was genius.

From Andy Milio
Posted June 7, 2010 at 3:54 PM
When does season 2 start? Because I am pumped. Although, I would rather make a theme park than a water park. Oh well, no harm, no foul.

From Tim W
Posted June 7, 2010 at 6:15 PM
Alright, another contestant has signed up! June 21st is projected date of starting. I'm gonna miss you Amanda! Its a shame that you won't be involved in next season!

The vote is unfortunately tied at 3-3. I haven't heard anything from Kevin Smith, the only remaining contestant. I will email him once more, and hope that he replies. Otherwise, We will have to go to some sort of tiebreaker. We may not be doing this finale voting next season, as it may be hard for everyone to return a vote on a timely notice.

From Tim W
Posted June 8, 2010 at 5:31 AM
Here are a summary of the comments made about the contestants by the voters and myself:

Nick: Strange choice of lands. Not innovative in a few of the attraction. Bad choice in icon. Too many thrills. Would never use avatar. More potential, could have been better. Great presentation. Capitalized on Marvel acquisition.

Anthony: Incomplete attractions. Bad use of flat and midway rides. Carnival Atmosphere. Would be better as half park or add-on. Would only change 2 things. Original and deep story line. Great theme. Good music choice. Loved reusing submarine ride. Innovative.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted June 7, 2010 at 8:52 PM
A little negative are we.......

LOL, its all good! I think my break from the TPI community is apparent here since many of these attractions take inspiration from DCA, a park, while everybody likes to hate on the site, I love it. Seriously, it was great the last time I was there.

But we are negative all around! Why all of the sudden with the comments? Coming up with five solid lands was a bit of a challenge for me. You can probably guess which ones were my first choices :)

From Anthony Murphy
Posted June 7, 2010 at 8:53 PM
I would love to hear what attractions people would add to my or Nick's park!

From Wok Creative
Posted June 7, 2010 at 9:41 PM
It seems that only the negatives were posted. With a 3 to 3 vote, as it stands, there had to be some positives, too. I didn't see my negatives or positives in those comments that were listed. It was a selective and sort of random pick, it seems, in what was chosen to list in that set of comments. Maybe anonymous isn't necessary, since we have all wanted to learn from the comments anyway - and it was all in fun anyway.
Don't be discouraged. You made it to the top 2, and possibly could still be the winner!

From Joshua Counsil
Posted June 8, 2010 at 12:44 AM
Recall that you're in a final, a final in which comments on your product are coming from those you surpassed in the competition. In these vote-off reality shows, the losing contestants rarely vote for the best player in the final round; rather, they vote for the one they dislike the least.

I'm not implying anyone here dislikes either of you or your ideas, but you had to expect negative comments. Nick had six criticisms and two compliments, while Anthony had four criticisms and five compliments. I'd say that's a pretty good ratio for a final product. Recall this is a theme park you're designing, not an arcade or a playground. There's a lot to be considered, far too much for one person to handle. I think you should be happy you made it this far and received the constructive criticisms and compliments you did. In fact, I'm sure some of the other contestants, including myself, would have appreciated this much feedback on our ideas. You learn from your mistakes.

From Tim W
Posted June 8, 2010 at 6:08 AM
I'm just posting what others said to me in their emails. The comments made focussed alot on the negatives of the park they didn't like rather than the positives of the park they liked. It was constructive criticism that could be either correct or wrong.

UPDATE: We will be turning to the poll for our tiebreaker. Sorry guys for the delay, we shall have our 1st ever Winner of TPI Apprentice by Thursday or Friday!

From Tim W
Posted June 8, 2010 at 7:02 AM
And now for some of my commentary:

Anthony, I love the concept and think this could be the most marketable to Disney. It has a theme that has been explored a little bit at DHS, but could use its own park. I will review each land.
The entrance was well thought out and fit well within the park.

Fantasia: I loved the ride choices; however, it kept me wanting more. I would have liked to see you implement the Fantasia Gardens ride that would incorporate the Pastoral Symphony and Dance of the Hours. I can see why others would be left out such as The Rite of Spring or The Nutcracker Suite, as their inability to fit in well with the theme. The two choices from Fantasia 2000 would wonderful in this land.

Blues/Jazz: My favorite of your lands. Using the Princess and the Frog was wonderful in this land! I also liked the Chicago Blues Coaster and the Dueling Pianos. It worked very well as a combo of Disney and New rides.

Rock: Another great land! Great music choices! I can’t help but wish Rock n Roller Coaster was built here instead. Excellent ideas implemented in this land, especially the use of the submarine ride!

Silly Symphonies: I thought the show sounded a bit broad, but the rides were good! Would have liked you to use the Music Land short.

Pop: It sounded very generic and Un-Disney. I would have liked to see AI Experience here. Radio Disney would not interest me in particular, but was a good choice. And Poppin’ coaster, well wasn’t my favorite idea. The theme sounded like a knockoff of Universal’s Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit.

Nighttime Show: I would have liked to have known the music implemented in this show. It may have been best suited to one song, as Hard Rock Park's Bohemian Rhapsody was.

In conclusion, I loved the theme and most of the lands. There was a few choices that could have been used here, that you failed to use in the park, but great job all in all. The park was very original and kept to originality. I would have liked to have seen a country themed land and a further expansion in Fantasia.

From Tim W
Posted June 8, 2010 at 6:58 AM
Nick, Your theme park had a unique and original theme. As stated before I liked your presentation the best! You always know how to present your projects in the best way! I liked the name of the park, but thought the icon you chose wasn't up to Disney standards. Heroes: An Epic History was probably my favorite thing in the park. It was pure genius to have this show!!! I can see it being a very moving and inspirational show.

Incredibles City: I liked it, but thought it focussed alot on the Omnidroid. I guess you would have more ideas though if there was an Incredibles 2. I didn't like that you reused Crush's Coaster here, it struck me as unoriginal. I thought Anthony's 4D show would have worked very good in this land.

Marvel Studios: Throughly enjoyed capitalization on Marvel acquisition. It was great and gave building this park meaning. Again, you made Iron Man similar to Harry Potter, though. And the Spiderman Coaster was the same as the Battlestar Galasctica coaster. I loved the Fantastic 4 Ride!

Coruscount: I didn't think this was needed at all. Star Wars is at DHS, and doesn't need its own land. It was unoriginal, and again with The Force Coaster comparison to California Screamin.

Pandora: My favorite land, but highly unlikely to be acquired by Disney. I liked all of the attraction selections.

Olympus: My favorite land! Excellent theme, and great rides. Loved the use of Hercules Finally! The Water Coaster sounded like a great experience!

Persia: The movie isn't doing as well as Disney hoped. I thought the attractions were good, but were compared to other attractions again.

In conclusion, the theme was great, but didn't live up to its potential. I disliked the originality that I know your capable of. Another problem is that the themes are so specific to one movie or franchsie. What happens if these attractions are hated? The lands would most likely have to be completely rethemed, which is not Disney's objective.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted June 8, 2010 at 7:27 AM
Its all fine to hear the negative concepts, but I was just wondering why all of a sudden! Based upon the comments, I would say Nick and I were about even and had similar offensives.

The other challenge I had, because I didn't want to be considered at an advantage, was the moving of already established attractions at a Disney Park for my park. Of course, Rockin Roller Coaster would fit perfectly to my park along with the American Idol Experience and the Silly Symphony Swings.

It really doesn't matter! Win or lose, it was fun to see what others came up with! I had a blast and can't wait for next season!

From Nick Markham
Posted June 8, 2010 at 7:58 AM
Thanks for the comments everyone. I would like to point out to Tim, though, was that I held back on creativity to a certain point this round for a reason: While I did implement my own twists, I wanted people to be able to take my park and be able to see it in their minds, walk the streets and ride the rides. I was worried about the movie specific lands, however I feel these lands work VERY well together, much like a western, past time themed land works with a space-like, future themed land (Frontierland and Tomorrowland)

So all in all, I feel I did alright. Any comparisons to other attractions already around was to give an image for the people to see. If you went to the park (of course if it was actually real), you would not find much simularity between Crush Coaster and the Incredibles Coaster (the layout, being the only thing similar, is in the dark and you are spinning!) The Iron Man coaster is similar to Harry Potter, but its theming is what makes it unique, and I did not feel an Iron Man themed S&S 4th Dimension monster fit into Disney.

Coruscount I put in, because there is such a large fan base for Star Wars, it is very marketable. I felt it deserved a whole park, but I didn't think that would get me very far in this competition. The FORCE Coaster is similar to California Screamin' only in track type. Unique layout, theme, effects, music, etc.

Pandora obviously will never be bought by Disney (though I hope Universal buys into it!) But how can you not impliment a movie that so many have seen and come to like so much. It almost won best picture, and even you were convinced of the attractions being nice! ;D

Thanks for your comments on Olympus. I really felt this was perfect for the park, surprised Disney hasn't used Hercules yet. The show is also much more spectacular than I described, but it was getting late. :D

I guess I must have missed the mark on Persia. While the theming and attractions sound like were a success, I had thought this was a wonderful movie. I guess I forgot there has never been a movie I have disliked and that it might not have been as good as I thought for others. :)

And I was quite surprised in the beginning about the HERO: An Epic History. I came up with it last minute actually. But the more I thought about it, the more I was proud to have come up with an idea to respect and give back to the heroes in real life as well as entertain with some of the superheroes America has come to know and love!

From Nick Markham
Posted June 8, 2010 at 8:26 AM
Now for My comments for Anthony:

I love your concept. Now that Freestyle Music Park is near gone, you have taken the musical concept and added the Disney touch.

Fantasia: I actually really enjoyed the flume ride. Every time I have ever heard of the Sorcerer's Apprentice being brought up as an attraction, I have felt a bit split whether I agree with the decision. But I think you met the mark with this ride! I also enjoyed the Firebird coaster. I have always remembered this part of Fantasia in particular and have always felt it deserves more recognition.

Blues/Jazz: I also like the Princess and the Frog attraction. The only thing I did not understand was the Chicago theming of the coaster, but honestly, the ride sounds great! I would ride any coaster any day!

Rock Lagoon: I loved this land too, especially the play on words for each attraction. I can totally picture the giant record wheel in the sky and the Yellow submarines too!

Silly Symphonies: Unique idea on the dueling swings rides. I liked it! Silly Symphonies 4D sounds WILD and the Three Little Pigs dark ride matches Disney perfectly!

Pop: I liked this land. I felt the coaster was great, but I understand the difficulty you probably had with this land. The nighttime show sounds spectacular!

So all and all, this park is great. It fits the Disney theme and surely is giving my park a run for its money. The one thing that is hardest to compete with is your imaginative descriptions. I spent hours trying to match your descriptive quality for my rides alone.

Maybe I shouldn't be helping "the enemy" but I feel someone needs some good comments. I mean you can't expect the same kind of detail we put in to our previous SINGLE rides to work for every single little attraction. I felt both Anthony and I did well for coming up with somewhere around 24 attractions, 5-6 shops, and 10 restaurants! Generally that is something that takes Imagineers some months and years. Just saying...

EDIT: Also to Tim and other past contenders who gave constructive criticism, don't take any of this as an attack towards you, I just wanted to give my comments for Anthony and explain my park a bit. that is all, no harm no foul. :)

From Andy Milio
Posted June 8, 2010 at 8:34 AM
I have one last question: I usually Google search "Theme Park Apprentice Challenge _ (whatever number it is). Will it start as Challenge 9 or Season 2, Challenge 1?

From Anthony Murphy
Posted June 8, 2010 at 8:28 AM
Suprisingly Nick, I actually liked your park better and thought I was going to get killed in the voting!

The names seem much more clever and it would be a park I would greatly enjoy since I am a little saddened to see Disney, mostly Magic Kingdom style parks, turn into princess central. I come from a family of all boys so we would definaly have liked this one! I also felt that it was similar in some ways to the Lost Continent, my favorite land until Harry Potter gave them the eviction slip!

I agree! Star Wars needs its own land for the simple fact of "Star Wars Weekends" could really expand into something bigger and better not possible at DHS!

Call me cheering for the enemy, but I like Nick's alot! Why not use Pandora to whoever made this comment?

I have been very impressed with everybody's submissions though!

From Nick Markham
Posted June 8, 2010 at 10:23 AM
So Robert, is there going to be a poll soon?

Also Tim, looks like you will need a thread for the final results all together as this one is about to be archived.

From Robert Niles
Posted June 8, 2010 at 10:47 AM

The final poll is up now

From Andy Milio
Posted June 8, 2010 at 11:00 AM
I can't wait to see who wins!

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