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Skyscraper as theme park: Architect re-imagines thrill rides on a vertical scale
But what if that theme park could be built vertically, as a theme park skyscraper?
That's the idea behind architect Ju-Hyun Kim's vertical theme park prototypes. Kim says in order to be eco-friendly and save the world from more sprawl, the theme parks of tomorrow need to be built in the middle of cities:
Kim's vertical theme park would be broken into five sections:
Instead of sprawling parks with giant footprints, stack the park into a skyscraper. The altitude will only add to the speed and excitement of rides, and the view of the surrounding dense urban environment will be incredible. There'll be so much more to see from the top of the carousel and roller coaster on the perimeter. Best of all, it will be easily reached by public transportation, and the environmental impact will be minimal. Now is the time to build the joyful destination for families' perfect day out at the center of cities.
- Vertigo World, which would include a carousel and observation deck at the top of the theme park skyscraper
- Fast Land, including a flume ride and a rollercoaster
- 360 World, with a Ferris Wheel and sky promenade
- Abyss City, a bungee jumping platform
- Elsewhere Universe, a geodesic dome with a gravity-free zone
But the St. Louis plans for a metropolitan Disney theme park were scrapped, and the second Disney theme park -- the Magic Kingdom -- was built outdoors, horizontally, on part of a sprawling 40-square-mile swampy area now known as Walt Disney World.
You can see all the prototypes from Kim's vertical theme park proposal at ArchDaily.