Movie parks around the world are moving inexorably away from sound-stage-filled “Studios” with movie-making at their heart and towards recreating filmic worlds, as exemplified by the new Place de Remy at WDSP and Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando. These transporting areas show how positive this movement can be. My main reservation about the Post-Studio Era continues to be in the macro scope: I'm wary that the individual parks, including non-studios, lose something of their unique identities as these filmic world areas continue to be placed in every type of park, so eventually they all will feel like quasi-filmic-worlds parks. In the individual park- and near-term, however, it is exciting to see these areas realized so well.
I had collaborated with Brian Krosnick before on his idea for a theme park in the shape of the earth’s continents. This time, Brian contacted me with an expansion/revision plan for WDW’s DHS. He had some pretty cool and unique ideas for the park, including:
- An entirely color-less land based on the early Walt Disney black-and-white cartoons.
- An exotic tropical land, inspired by Mystic Point, that is home to a retired, eccentric Hollywood starlet (thinking Norma Desmond)
- A hillside featuring the Hollywood sign over and behind the Chinese Theater.
- Making Midway Mania part of an actual boardwalk midway (TDS).
This park mixes several lands that are focused on Classic Hollywood and film-making, along with a number filmic worlds, making for a pretty neat Movie Kingdom.
Brian mapped out his vision, an essential first step for any collaboration:
And I adapted it, removing almost every trace of the original Studio Backlot and putting in a family coaster situated on Syndrome's Island in The Incredibles area:
Brian has put together a very descriptive walkthrough of his Ideal Buildout of “Hollywoodland” which you can read on ThemeParkTourist.