Long before Shanghai Disneyland’s incredible Treasure Cove area debuted in 2016, the original arrival of Pirates in China was to be in a planned “Pirates Cove” at Hong Kong Disneyland. The headliner attraction, of course, would have been a modern take on the classic Pirates of the Caribbean ride. Shown here in a concept by Tim Delaney, the flume ride would’ve featured a massive splashdown from the fiery peak of a skull-encrusted mountain into a shipwreck lagoon. This project, originally envisioned as Part Four of the expansion plan that included Mystic Point, Grizzly Gulch and Toy Story Land, was shelved and later expanded upon for Shanghai.
2013 saw the opening of one of Walt Disney Imagineering’s best creations of the 21st century: Mystic Manor. Located within Mystic Point in Hong Kong Disneyland, this stunning trackless dark ride is a cousin of sorts to The Haunted Mansion, bringing guests through an original storyline that ties into the Society of Explorers and Adventurers, which, for those unfamiliar, is an elaborate piece of theme park lore that spans Disney parks, bars, resorts and restaurants across the world. Guests are invited to the home of explorer Lord Henry Mystic, where they meet his mischievous monkey Albert. He meddles with Mystic’s latest artifact, unleashing mayhem and wonder within the confines of the Manor.
Just a few years before his death, Walt Disney enlisted some of his top Imagineers to work on a high-speed thrill coaster known as Space Port to anchor a new Tomorrowland. As the project developed, it became known as Space Mountain, and it currently occupies space at five Disney resorts across the globe. Taking place entirely within a sleek, sloping structure, Space Mountain takes guests on a thrilling cosmic adventure into the stars. The Disneyland Paris version of this iconic attraction adapts a different aesthetic to fit it’s more steampunk-styled Discoveryland, and features a launched liftoff and an inversion.