This is for a brand-new thread of a brand-new Disneyland back in Brazil, but this time not in the go-to location of Rio de Janeiro. Instead, it's now in Curitiba. Why the location change? There actually was rumored to be a Disney park built here some time ago, but the plans never really materialized. Here's what this book on international Disney parks, by William Silvester, had to say about that (as part of an epilogue about where the next Disney park might go next): Word leaked out in February 2010 that Disney was planning to build a theme park in Curitiba, the capital city of Parana state in southern Brazil. Unnamed sources stated that Curitiba had been chosen because of "its excellent infrastructure, its strategic location and its international airport." Construction was slated to begin in August 2011 and expected to last five years as twenty-five square kilometers of land were serviced and developed. The Disney resort would consist of a theme park, a zoo, water park, shopping center, and hotel complex. Jose Carioca, a suave Brazilian parrot who made his debut in Saludos Amigos (1943) appearing with Donald Duck, would have a special area. Disney already has a strong presence in Latin America with several Disney-owned TV channels, radio stations, a complex for dubbing Disney movies into Portuguese, and numerous publications. As the announced dates have long passed, it is apparent that the Curitiba project was little more than a rumor, but one that rears its head every now and again as other infrastructure and construction projects take place. The announcement of the 2014 World Cup was to be held in Curitiba and the awarding of the 2016 Olympic Games to Rio de Janeiro give the hint of possibility to the speculation. But now the park in Curitiba will finally come to fruition, but without the zoo. To start with, one thing I was tinkering with was the Main Street area, which I was thinking of having it look something like this third concept art (it says "Whimsy Main Street"): This bottom sketch features various far-out designs more reminiscent of Downtown Disney than anything else. One thing I was thinking of for this area was to take this whimsical Main Street and do it as a World's Fair theme of sorts somehow. For good measure, this area would be home not only to a station to a train around the park - with a twist, as I will tell it soon enough, but also it will be home to It's a Small World and Soarin'. And I would love some help in this area and elsewhere, too.