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Place de la Réassance
As an expansion of Main Street in Disneyland Paris transitioning to Discoveryland, translated to English, Renaissance Square celebrates the vibrant European era of science, art, and exploration, acting as a symbol of innovation leading into the future.
Bonus: Journey to the 'New World' will be a slow-moving omnimover dark ride through the French Renaissance
I'm always so shocked whenever I get first place in one of these prompts. Anyhow...
Tijuana SquareThis new addition to Hong Kong Disneyland celebrates life south of the border, with plenty of restaurants for those in need of a quick bite, an outdoor marketplace, fun attractions, and even a live show - all in a colorful, Mexico-inspired environment.
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BONUS: A popular attraction in Tijuana Square is Volando Sobre Mexico With the Three Caballeros, a Peter Pan's Flight-esque dark ride in which Donald Duck, Jose Carioca, and Panchito Pistoles take you all over Mexico aboard a flying serape.
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Baltic Square embraces and exemplifies the richer character and mood of other “Squares,” bringing an underrepresented culture to the forefront by exploring the crossroads between Central, East, and Northern Europe through ornate Brick Gothic architecture, ethnically varied cuisine, the regions roots in the incredible stories of Baltic Vikings, and an untapped backlog of whimsical folk tales.
Bonus: Vikings of the Amber Sea is a spiritual sister to Pirates of the Caribbean (think Mystic Manor vs Haunted Mansion), using Shanghai’s Pirate’s technology to bring to life the legendary tales of danger and adventure on the Baltic over a thousand years ago.
Take a step back in time and witness the glittering possibilities of science on display at Discovery Square, a 19th-century seaside town whose busy streets play host to a Scientific Exposition that showcases the potential of tomorrow as imagined by the scientists of yesterday!
Bonus: The Clockwork Palace brings guests of the Exposition face to face with the ingenuity of Prof. Wulfgang Sproketz, as his Automated Automobiles bring us on a dark ride tour through a brilliantly-designed mansion of steam power and clockwork.
View attachment 492313Harmony Square in Disneyland Paris focuses on a different type of evolution, the evolution of food preparation, Alcohol brewing, & last but not least, animal treatment, with attractions focusing on these topics, like a restaurant with all natural & healthy food options or one with a stupidly wide variety of wines that only a connoisseur of the beverage could truly enjoy, along with shows that showcase recent innovations in the topics at hand.
step into new england square, a mid 20th century waterfront town where guests can take boat tours, walk through a miniature aquarium, grab some authentic clam chowder, and outfit themselves like a sailor.
bonus: join an eccentric captain on a turbulent boat ride across the coast that culminates in an encounter with a massive animatronic whale - incorporating elements of emv technology, riders will feel the boat shake, rock, and tilt as they navigate the rough waters.
Serving as the transitioning point between Adventureland (with its colonial style buildings) and Eric’s Kingdom (with its seaside theme) in Fantasyland and also having an entrance close to the Castle Hub; Cape June is an expanded version of DisneySea’s Cape Cod; most of the activities that can be done here are admiring the beautiful Roaring Twenties set town and taking in the ambience, shopping and dining (including an all year round Christmas Shoppe, an ice cream and soda fountain, an old seafood restaurant on the waterfront that has a regular jazz band called the “Catch of the Day” (and a speakeasy in the basement) and a great boutique that boasts comfortable, cool, charming, and cozy clothing for just about everything) but also present are “The Citizens of Cape June”; a streetmostsphere show that occurs several times a day, a trackless boat ride nearly identical to Aquatopia with the biggest differences being that it’s not in the steampunk style and that it’s set up as a race between Mickey and Oswald, a spinner ride similar to Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree where a company of merfolk sing sea shanties to guests riding carriages pulled by little sea dragons inside a grotto on the outskirts of town, and a D ticket dark ride that would act as a maritime cousin to The Haunted Mansion in Liberty Square.
Bonus: Hauntings Beneath the Sea is a marriage between 20K Leagues Under The Sea’s dry for wet dark ride system and the Haunted Mansion’s balance between frightening and silly; with an addition of fascinating, as submarines take guests from the studies from the foreboding hall of the sea captain who sets them up for the voyage to explore an uncharted portion of the North Atlantic and into his private submarine base to the Leviathan’s nest and the ship graveyard; the latter being a resting place of some rather merry spirits who love to mess about with each other and some of the local sea life, as well as an intriguing and mesmerizing sea valley that is home to some merfolk; some of whom watch the subs go by on the ridge overlooking the sea floor.
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Coming soon to Disney's California Adventure, located where Pixar Pier used to be is a brand new land, DESPICABLE SQUARE, a home for every Disney Villain ever, The center piece will be an all new E ticket ride with the facade of Maleficent's Castle called FANTASMIC!: NIGHTMARES UNLEASHED where riders board a trackeless vehicle and join Minnie Mouse as you team up to save classic Disney heroes from the most evil Villains from the Disney vault, the land will include unique eateries such as Gaston's Taven, Have a Poison Apple in the Haunted Forest cafe with the Evil Queen, Try some of Ursula's seafood at URSULA'S MOST UNFORTUNATE SOULS sit down restuarant, or Black Cauldron Stew a quick service restaurant, plus some fantasyland level brand new dark rides featured around Villains and their point of view such as Scar's Daring Plan, and Jafar's Magical Wish, also watch a brand new water night show ALL HALLOW'S EVE where the villains celebrate their greatest moments, the main entrance to the land will take on a trip down a familiar bridge where you may encounter the Headless Horseman, the 2nd entrance will ask if you are brave enough to enter an actual collapsing Cave of Wonders from Aladdin, so join us in summer 2025, if you are brave enough to enter with your eyes open HA HA HA HA HA HA.
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Bridging Main Street USA to Adventureland, Havana Square brings the vivid colors, architecture, and landscape of the Caribbean Islands to Disneyland -- dine at authentic restaurants, shop at vibrant stores, and listen to the live music of the tropical steel drums!
BONUS: COLORS OF MUSIC
Celebrate the musical heritage of the Caribbean in this trackless dark ride, boarding colorful vintage cars (like the image above) as they "dance" through the many genres of Latin music, from salsa to ska to reggae, all through the beautiful island streets!
Step into a time of uncovered ancient secrets and rumoured cursed tombs within Aegyptus Square, frozen in the 1920s where archaeological digs are all the rage; explore a traditional Cairo market of small shops, including Imhotep's Inventory, a technology and merchandise shop, named after Egypt's greatest architect; two major restaurants, the colonial bar Blue Parrot Club, and Wonders of the Nile, a bayside restaurant with an African and Mediterranean menu; a small museum of ancient Egyptian relics, fantastical streetmosphere including traditional African musicians specialising in roots revival, and storytellers who share the legends of the gods; and a signature indoor boat ride called The Voyage of Ra.
BONUS: THE VOYAGE OF RA -- Set within the Luxor Temple, guests descend down through an abandoned digsite into the Underworld, following the sun god Ra on his nightly journey of rebirth, onboard sun barges, encountering the deities of the depths, gigantic snakes, the spirits of the dead, and soul-devouring crocodile-headed god Sobek.
(I deliberately left out a location or transition, as I don't think this would fit in any existing castle park at the moment. If it was vital, I'd consider Shanghai possibly.)
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Why have a large area on one cuisine when Ethnicity Square brings a little bit of all these great places as smaller Ethnic Neighbourhoods (like NYC): Suddenly, Little Italy, Chinatown, Astoria (Greek), Koreatown, and Little Odessa (Russian) can all be found together bringing a few small cuisines into one friendly square.
Bonus - The Subway: Guests load into a raised NY Subway to get unrivaled sights of the various Ethnic Neighbourhoods as well as the other parts of the park (much like a Monorail).
Located in-between Fantasyland and Treasure Cove at Shanghai Disneyland, Olympus Square brings the mystery and wonder of Greece to life, through a vibrant marketplace setting full of unique foods and shops, as well as an epic dark ride themed around Hercules; altogether giving one the feeling that they're strolling through Ancient Greece during the time of the gods and the early Olympic games.
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Using up the space between Mickey Avenue and Adventureland in Shanghai Disneyland, Tian Square honors traditional chinese mythology throughout the land with the overall aesthetic being a traditional chinese inspired environment, with the area containing a total of two shows, a b-ticket indoor coaster, two c-ticket flatrides, an e-ticket dark ride, two restaurants, and two shops, with all of the above being themed around different bits of folklore/stories/myths but with no real focus on any particular period.
Said E-Ticket dark ride is The Moon Goddess, which goes through the story of Chang'e and Hou Yi but with a completely new dark ride type to go along with it as the ride system is a unique combination of a suspended dark ride and a regular dark ride.
Old Town Square
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Modeled after the square of the same name in Prague, Old Town Square takes the addition of new lands to Epcot's World Showcase in a different direction by adding several smaller countries, that wouldn't normally be added on their own, with a commonality at once with this first land introducing the Czech Republic, Poland & Romania in this grand square concept that is popular throughout Europe and providing dining, shopping and cultural offerings to showcase each.
Bonus: Ghosts, Ghouls & Mortal Fools
This new omnimover dark ride brings a spooky, if somewhat humorous adventure at times to Epcot, similar to The Haunted Mansion, and utilizes techniques from Navi River Journey and Runaway Railway to takes guests on a paranormal adventure through some of the spookier sights of the countries part of Old Town Square including Czocha Castle in Poland, Prague's Charles Bridge and culminating with a trip through Romania's eerie Hoia Baciu forest with the various scenes transitioning from day light to show off the locales to nighttime for a bit of fright and adventure.
Acting as a substitute for Toon Town, Duckburg square takes guests into the world of Ducktales and lets them explore the fun environment with a dark ride inside Scrooge’s money bin where guests can solve a mystery or re-write history alongside favorites like Webby or Launchpad.
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An opening day land at Disneyland México, Pueblo de los Muertos provides for a land centered around the dead; featured in this land are offerings old and new such as: Espirutu Mansion - Haunted Mansion with a sugar skull twist, various gift shops (Memento Mori, Recuerdanos, La Offrenda y El Arte de Alebrijes, La Artistas stage housing various small scale shows (Los Bailadores de Frida y Los Chachalacos), Los Toritos: Baile de Fuego - a Junkyard Jamboree style ride pulled by bucking firework bulls, Vuelo de los Alebrijes - a multistory (queue on ground, ride on second) dueling Dumbo style ride utilizing alebrijes, and Coco: Un Viaje Musical - a journey through the world of Coco utilizing Broadway caliber sets and singers, special effects and of course the music from the film.
BONUS: E-Ticket Ambience
Taking an unconventional approach the E-Ticket for this land is actually the entire indoor pavilion that makes up the Coco themed portion of the land; as guests walk into the entryway of the indoor land they enter El Tunel de Calendula and walk across the marigold bridge from the film into the world of the dead, and here guests will see everything is recreated faithfully utilizing props simply there for aesthetics (Templo de Maya y los Aqueductos), screens and forced perspective to give the land depth, and of course all the vibrant entertainment and kinetic energy within the building with the various smaller shows and flat rides.
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Solvang is an amazing little town with so much to do that will be translated into it's own land which includes having your very own ebelskiver, petting and feeding ostriches, and lots of shopping and dining based on Danish culture.
Bonus: Vineyard Maze
A new experience opening with this land is a Vineyard maze where it allows guests to go through a maze of vineyards and hope you find your way out! (Cast Members will be located in certain parts with a map if you need help or get stuck)
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