/ Friday, July 31st, 2015

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Rumors have been going around for years that Disney is developing a villains themed park. That rumor may never come true, but, with Descendants coming to the Disney Channel, I thought it would be fun to play Armchair Imagineer. What would I like to see in a villains theme park?

  • First off, resurrect Snow White’s Scary Adventure. I’m talking about the first version, where you are thrust into the role of Snow White and the Evil Queen is after you.
  • My immediate next thought goes to thrill rides, because that’s what I love the most.  How about a roller coaster based on the coaster used by Yzma and Kronk to get to their secret lab in The Emperor’s New Groove?
  • I would also love a simulator ride (think Star Tours) that takes you through the streets of San Fransokyo as you are being chased by Yokai and his microbots from Big Hero 6.
  • And, because every Disney park needs a mountain, a race through Fantasia‘s Bald Mountain along the lines of Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain (except, you know, with an audio animatronic that works). Bald Mountain would also serve as the icon for the park.
  • I’m also imagining an entire land with twisted versions of classic Disney rides run by the Mad Doctor a la the video game, Epic Mickey.
  • For shopping we have Dr. Facilier’s Magic Shop and Sid’s Create-a-toy (especially since Disney Quest is closing).
  • For nighttime entertainment, I propose a show about the villains who are celebrating the fact that they finally have a park of their own, where heroes aren’t allowed. They decide to celebrate by announcing that no one is allowed to leave the park ever. Who could possibly come to the rescue? Wreck-It Ralph! Even though he’s a hero at heart, he’s still the bad guy in his game, so the villains mistakenly let him into the park, giving him the opportunity to save the day.

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Those are my ideas. What would you like to see in a villains theme park?

Chris grew up during the Disney renaissance of animation and took his first trip to Disney World when he was ten. Even though he has loved Disney his whole life, his obsession didn’t start until he began planning a trip for his honeymoon. Right now, his primary job (at least the one that doesn’t pay the bills) is to indoctrinate his daughter with his love of Disney while at the same time convincing his wife to move to Orlando, so he can become a tour guide in the parks.



6 thoughts on “Armchair Imagineering a Villains Theme Park”

  1. William Bragg says:

    Chris, I like where your head is at…lots of room for Imagineering to run wild with a Villains theme park. I do wonder if the younger (ages 1-5) guests would be scared…Disney seems to get Halloween right though.

  2. Chris says:

    True. Which is probably why the park will never get built. It is fun to dream though.

  3. Austin says:

    Going along with the resurection of Snow White, which will probably be redundant with the Seven Dwarves Mine ride in place, how about this idea? Have a two sided ride that has a perspective from both sides using the classic good vs.evil contrast. They both follow the same storyline, but are narrated from the perspective of the chosen side. It would require some interesting scripting to pull it off, but that’s the Disney trend lately, misunderstood villians.

  4. May says:

    Love the idea for the Yzma roller coaster (Pull the lever!).

  5. Kris Banas says:

    I think something with Ursula and her tentacles would be awesome! Almost like a Dumbo ride, but wild with her tentacles going up and down and a car on the end spinning. Would probably make me sick, but it would be fun to see! (the ride I mean, not me getting sick!)

  6. John says:

    I think the entrince area (like Main Street, USA) would be remenisant of Pleasure Island from Pinoccio; the stereotypical theme park with all the carnival barkers and stands, only with a hint of phony-ness to the whole thing. Everything SEEMS nice and pleasent, but something just feels off (shops that sell strange items, strange foods, ect.)

    Man, I WISH this was real!