For those of us who live in the mouse’s backyard, it is difficult to imagine life after Disney. Could we adjust to the decrease of travel time on Interstate 4 due to the reduction of traffic? And how would we adjust to the predictability of following behind drivers who actually know where they are going? As an Orlandoan, these are strange ideas. But those thoughts were among many things I found myself thinking about as I perused some images on my Twitter feed that looked vaguely familiar.
After a bit of sleuthing, I discovered the images were part of a display posted on DeviantArt, called “Life After Disney” created by the artist referred to as eledoremassis02. The art for this “Deviation” depicts photo manipulation of what the theme park would look like after years of abandonment. There is no explanation to what may have occurred to cause the park’s devastation, leaving one to speculate in one’s own mind of the many possibilities — Zombie Apocalypse perhaps? The images are haunting and more than a bit creepy (the Carousel of Progress image is especially disturbing in my opinion) and totally worth a look-see.
Disney dreams becoming reality:
If you are more into creation than devastation, you might like to build your own theme park. Virtually that is. Disney recently announced at the 2015 edition of the D23 Expo fan convention in Anaheim, California, that the company has teamed with video game developer Gameloft to bring the Disney Magic Kingdoms game to Apple, Android and Windows smartphones and tablets. Thanks to the team of creators at Disney Interactive, you will have the power to create your own amusement park right in the palm of your hands on your mobile device of choice.
The game will begin with the classic Disney castle, but you will be able to add rides and attractions from across the company’s portfolio, including California Screamin’, Space Mountain, the Haunted Mansion and others. And in keeping with Disney’s belief in a good storyline, the new game will use familiar characters like Mickey Mouse, Cinderella, Buzz Lightyear, Maleficent, and more, to provide for good battles evil scenarios.
More Disney News:
Also at the D23 Expo fan convention, Disney announced upcoming attractions and entertainment for several of its theme parks around the world:
If you are a Star Wars fan, you’ll be happy to know that Disney will be introducing two “Star Wars”-themed lands—one at Walt Disney World, and one at Disneyland (read more here).
One of my favorite new additions will be a new land coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Pandora-The World of Avatar, will feature — AVATAR Flight of Passage which will allow you to explore Avatar’s alien world on a Banshee, delivering top-notch views of the surroundings in the process. Pandora will include floating mountains, a bioluminescent forest and Banshees.
“Rivers of Light” — a new “After Dark” nighttime adventure is slated to open next spring in Animal Kingdom. It will combine live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery on the natural stage of Discovery River.
The eleven-acre Toy Story Land is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. Fans will zip right into Andy’s backyard, where all kinds of adventure happened in the beloved movie. And a new experience called “Soarin’ Around the World” will take guests to hard-to-reach lands and soar over some of the world’s most unique natural landscapes and manmade wonders will make its United States debut at Epcot and Disney California Adventure.
Last but certainly not least, Disney announced that the first Marvel attraction planned for Disney parks will debut at Hong Kong Disneyland in 2016. The attraction, Iron Man, will take guests on a journey over the streets and across the skies of Hong Kong. I just might have to take a trip for that.
There’s something for everyone when it comes to Disney. What are you most looking forward to?
Images via eledoremassis02.deviantart.com