Client: Walt Disney Company

Scope of Services

  • Master Planning
  • Concept Design
  • Architecture

Project Area
90 Acres

California, USA

Inspired by the EPCOT Center in Florida, WESTCOT celebrates the cultural diversity and the connecting elements of our shared Humanity, History, Planet and Universe. We developed the original concepts and plans that led to the concept of the central “icon” of this new Disney Park. VenturePort is a central plaza surrounded by a three-story “berm” containing restaurants, shops and a transportation hub. A giant sphere representing the Earth contains attractions and shows preparing guests for exciting adventures. Portals guide visitors to different attractions in controlled, simulated environments to educate, stimulate and entertain guests about Life, Nature and Space. The project contains unique solutions for retail and commercial development, incorporating transportation systems to move guests efficiently and safely through the park. The initial concepts for this landmark project took into consideration two major factors. First, the limited area available to build the park in a congested urban environment and secondly, the prohibitive cost of renovating and upgrading stand alone pavilions every decade. The solution was to create a timeless architectural façade functioning as a gathering place for guests – the Venture Port. All attractions would be accessed through portals feeding into large industrial buildings, which would never be seen from the outside by visitors. All exhibits would be developed under controlled indoor environments to maximize the use of special effects and technology to create the attractions of the future.

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