July 23, 2009
NOTE: One year later and my original post may be right on the money. At least we can dream. Here's a reposting of the article from July 2008:
Let me state up front that the "concept art" above is (poorly) photoshopped by me. But let's pretend for a moment...
Rumors abound in what Disney will do in Florida in response to the emerging world of Harry Potter. These include a revamped and amazing Journey into Imagination at Epcot, Monsters Inc coaster for Disney's Hollywood Studios, and a Little Mermaid attraction for the Magic Kingdom. All bound for Florida by 2011 or 2012 depending on your web sources.
Why nothing for Animal Kingdom? Disney loves to market with a "something new at every park approach".
If Beastly Kingdom is truly dead, what about importing the premier and centerpiece attraction from Tokyo Disney Sea- Journey to the Center of the Earth? A detailed attraction with a popular and thrillingly used ride system. Oh yeah, comes complete with a show building of instant recognition and it is inhabited by a fantasy-inspired Lava monster. Makes for a pretty enticing first impression walking into the park. (By the way, below is the original artwork that I used. It is for an alternative impression of the Tree of Life.)
So, check out the "art" in larger form and see what DAK's skyline could look like. Here's hoping!