Disneyland Reloaded

The replica and the theme park.

By understanding the typology of the theme park in its physical, territorial and socio-cultural engagement, how can we question the relationship between the theme park and its copy? Currently vast amounts of land are claimed, and a theme park is placed on it, distancing itself from the city.
I would argue the typology requires challenging. By allowing it to grow and adapt within its independent structure, it acts as an infrastructural element that varies in its autonomous characteristics.

What is a copy?

I am rethinking the model of the existing Hong Kong Disneyland that is to a large extent spatially autonomous. I am proposing a New Disneyland for the contemporary metropolis that is partially autonomous and adaptable.
Land shortages and density is the key aspect driving the urbanism of the place and it is no longer viable to have large theme parks that only operate partially for specific parts of the year.
The proposal for the new Disneyland is infrastructural in the sense that it is embedded in a high-density hotel development and parts of it can be cut off from the main theme park in order to be used as a temporary tourist infrastructure for the city.

Is Disneyland really a Disneyland or is it just a mirror of the city back to itself?


Disneyland Anaheim CA United States

Original Disneyland

Disneyland replica model analysis and comparison

It's Not a Copy, it's an Adaptation

Disneyland Anaheim & Disneyland Paris-Superimposed Castles

Design Strategy I

Connection nodes of the themed areas of the original Disneyland in Anaheim

Design Strategy II

Vertical remapping of Disneyland Anaheim

Visitor Map

'Disneyland Reloaded' - 迪士尼乐园改造

Interior View

Infrastructural Disneyland - Partially Autonomous/Adaptable

Interior View

Infrastructural Disneyland - Autonomous

Disneyland Reloaded

'When the Original met its Copy'

Hotel Guest View

Is Disneyland really a Disneyland or is it just a mirror of the city back to itself?