OFFICIAL ENTRY OF DWD Imagineer.
-Project 1, refurb of Red Rocket's Pizza Port
Greetings Friends. After a long refurbishment of the old Red Rocket's Pizza Port we are proud to reopen tomorrowlands prime food service property in its new form.
WEDway Port Authority.
-Retains space port theme, however now looks like a cafeteria in a space port.
-Quick Service Dining in mostly the same way as its old incarnation.
-Retains Italian food mix.
-Expanded menu and serving stations.
-Added premium beverage station with service windows added for additional outside service.
-Made to order items added with deli style "now serving" LED screens to let you know your food is ready.
-Expanded food portions (including more generous sauce, protein items, salads, and larger pizza slices)
-Increased prices to offset show elements, and larger portions (this location only, no price changes in the rest of the park)
-Expanded indoor seating with added barriers to reduce noise
-Complete Retheme and expanded dome roof for 2nd floor seating
-Exterior remains relatively the same with color changes and night time enhancements.
-Added show elements in the form of space windows.
-Music soundtrack similar to space mountain queue.
-Monitors added to the center pillar of the restaurant for "anouncements, commercials" in a similar way of space mountain queue/alien encounter.
-Recessed spot lighting in dining rooms, with soft blue neon recessed in walkways remenicient to original tomorrowland.
....and now for more details!
Starting first with a VERY crude microsoft paint of the layout of the first floor (2nd floor is similar only no food service stands). The DWD Imagineering team is located in Orlando Florida and drew this on a plane in a rush to get to Disneyland to scope out the specs of the building and drew all information from blogs, website pictures, and youtube videos. Meg decided that our team diddnt need to see the location first hand...so long story short. Here it is.
I will be referring to this caveman style drawing often.
I am going to start with the interior as the exterior did not change all that much and it may make more sense to talk about the exterior last after hearing the changes inside.
The entrance (bottom) is now off to the side to block out some of the light as the interior will have no real exterior windows. The walls in this wide yet short hallway will have wording listed with arrows much like directional signs in a "space port". Such words on the wall will include (but not limited to);
- <----Port Cafeteria
- ^ Transit to connecting flights
- Area 33 RESTRICTED ACCESS (with its arrow pointing in the general direction of club 33)
- <----Arrival and Departures Viewing Lounge
- Plasma Phone Parking Lot------>
- v Danerous Cargo RESTRICTED ACCESS
This brings us to the front doors that are dark tinted and shaped more like a space door (think of a hexagon design) that open automatically. The dark tinted windows further keep the bright sunlight out as once we get inside it is supposed to feel like a space station, not an earth/planet bound station.
PORT CAFETERIAThe entry room is where the food stations are all located. This pretty much just like the original Pizza Port style of getting your food from different stations. The food in each is slighly different and in other ways completely different. This room is to look almost like a mall food court but with a futureistic theme. 5 Major intergalactic food chains have moved in each with a different kind of food or course. (still remaining italian). Referring back to the map you will see 5 purples circles with numbers, these are the food stations. To the left of these stations is an area shaded in yellow, that is the back kitchen. Many of the food will be cooked directly in the stations but some things will need prep and so on. To explain the different food stations (and their back story) I will refer to each one starting with their number and explanation and menu
Lastly the exterior night time feature will show futuristic torches on top of the stands roof that actually light up and each one in a different futuristic feeling color. Similar to the picture below.
....brinigng us to the next food stand in the service area
.2) Blastoff Landings Blastoff landings actually started as a small Space-Truck company (similar to a food truck on earth) that served a humanoid community that stands on average 1/3rd smaller than humans. The portions they eat did not need to be full entrees. This small humanoid race (green in color and very much in the "little green men" appearance to most of our stereotypical alien styles) also has to have high sugar levels in order to survive. This stand did not fare so well early on in their intergalacitc franchises due to small portions of the food items, however the desserts did remarkably well. With one small change to the name of their entrees on a distant planet called earth the demand for this food change exploded. What is the name change to their food entrees that made them so successful you ask? Simple, they changed it to Appetizers.
THE MENU: Appetizers-Breadsticks with Marinara Sauce (unchanged from Pizza Port)
-Cheese stuffed Jalepeno Poppers
-Fried Cheese Triangles
-Garlic Toast (with or without cheese)
-Spicy Buffalo Wings
THE MENU: Desserts-Molten Lava Cake (bunt cake with a caramel and fudge sauce in the center...visually like a volcano)
-Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake Bites (small sqares of lemon cheesecake with a rasberry purree dipping sauce)
-Star Crispies (unchanged from the rice crispy treats currently offered)
-Strawberries and Chocolate. (fresh strawberries with a white and chocolate dipping sauces)
-Celebration Cake (pretty much just like a store marble birthday cake slice)
-Fruit Jello (flavors and fruit change daily)
-Fresh and Hot Chocolate chip cookies (kept warm for service)
-Cinnamon Roll Bites (with frosting dipping sauce)
CONCEPT ARTWORKThe station has mainly artwork of space ships blasting off from exotic locations allowing a smooth transition from the exotic feeling tiki station to this one.
3) Pizza PortAhh yes a nod to Red Rocket's. This station retains its Pizza port name and some items from the menu. The backstory is the same as the Red Rockets Pizza Port and holds similar artwork for this station. Take note from the picture that #2 Blastoff Landings is actually located right next to #1 Intergalactic Tiki bar and left of the prep/back kitchen doorways. This leaves this station directly to the rigth of the door to the back kitchen opening and allows for a chiminey for the pizza ovens.
One major thing to note is now the pizza is completely different. Behind the service station is 3 large wood pizza ovens where each opening is in the shape of a distant colorful planet. Chefs cook pizza in these ovens constantly and with the new pizza dough gives it a more "artisan" style of pizza. Each pizza by the slice is cut into large rectangles giving each "slice" the value of 2 slices from the original Pizza Port. Pizza port will now become Disneylands gourmet pizza
.THE MENU (note these prices are inflated due to larger portions/proteins)
-Pizza By the Slice (Cheese, Pepperoni, Veggie, 3 meat <pepperoni, beef, sausage>, BBQ Chicken, and chicken alfredo)
-Whole Pizza (Made to order. Choose from all common pizza types from Hawaiian to White/Spinach Pizza. Each pizza takes approx. 15 minutes to make and will be charged for the pizza directly at this counter and given a Number that will appear in LED Screens around the building when your pizza is ready to come back and pick up. Must have receipt to retreive your pizza.) The whole pizza option also did not change in price and is a larger square thin crust pizza. It can easily feed a family of 4 and is a better price deal than ordering by the slice.
-Breadsticks with marinara (stuffed with cheese and loaded with garlic)
-Kids Slice Pizza (half of a normal slice served with seasonal fruit, baby carrots, and a fun straw with choice of beverage)
Sorry no real concept art as it will use some things from the old building
4) Purple Planet Pasta (say that 3 times fast)
Purple planet pasta started in a very very distant planet. It is often called the Italy planet due to pasta being the world wide food base in every culture. Purple Planet Pasta is located in every galaxy known to man (and to most aliens). The intimate feel of the restaurants and high level of service is what keep people coming back. Eyeing the success of Pizza Planet and its counter service domination they decided to ge into the counter service market and this location is was their beta test stand and is now their flagship counter service food stand of the galaxy.
THE MENU:***All pastas are now Alien Altered (meaning half of the pasta is spinach pasta and can be all white pasta by request as well as any pasta can be substituted for another kind)
-Chicken Fusilli (you didnt think this would go away did you? now with your choice of grilled or breaded chicken. Same pasta)
-Linguini Marinara with Meatballs or sausage.
-Chicken Pesto (grilled or breaded chicken and penne pasta)
-Chicken Carbonara (Chicken, Peas, and bacon with a penne pasta)
-Chicken Parmesan (grilled or breaded, comes with side order of spaghetti marinara)
-Meatball Sub (with choice of chips)
-Sausage and Peppers sub (with choice of chips)
-Sausage and Pepperoni Lasagne (this is made to order family style only. Similar to the whole pizza you must pay directly at this counter to receive your pickup ticket and your number will appear on the LED screens when your order is ready). (comes with 4 breadsticks and can be cut into 4 generous portions or 6 normal sized portions)
-Side Pasta (pasta accomp. dish with marinara or alfreado made with spaghetti)
-Kids Pasta (choice of butter parmesean, alfredo, or marinara. Served with seasonal fruit, baby carrots, and fun straw with kids drink)
Concept Artwork for the Puple Planet Pasta station.Most of the art on the walls around this station are of the home purple planet very art gallery style.
5)Green GoddessGreen Goddess hails from a nearyby galaxy that has similar conditions as Earth. This galaxy, however, has 2 suns and the planet has 13 moons that circle this gigantic planet that makes Jupiter pale in its size. The entire planet is covered in rainforest like jungles and the occupants have found a harmony between nature and science. Heavily advanced in technology and terraforming to keep its planet green and lush. The planet also hails as a high priced vacation destination with many beutiful tours and ruins to keep its visitors busy. The local planetary cuisine is all vegetation based (salads etc) and reflects that in its restaurants. The name of the company was crafted after the moon goddess and the early huminoid thought that the moons were made of green cheese (similar to our early stories...only they have 13 of them!)
THE MENU:- Ceasar (with or without chicken. homemade croutons. signature dressing made in house)
-Cobb Salad (grilled chicken or shrimp, carrots, tomatoes, egg, avocados, tossed in a balsamic vinagrette)
-Stellite Salad (same as before, signature salad of the day. Changes daily)
-Fresh Spinach Salad(with roasted chicken, bacon dressing, and pecans)
-Asian Chicken Salad (same as before adding crispy rice noodles)
-Greek Salad(feta cheese, kalamatta olives, tomatoes and a greek oil based dressing )
-Ranch Salad (ranch dressing, bacon bits, grilled chicken, tomatoes)
-Southwestern Salad (grilled chicken, corn, tomatoes, black beans, cilantro, in a peanut cilantro dressing topped with tortilla crunchies)
-Pizza Salad (same as before)
-BBQ Chicken Salad (grilled chiken, corn, black beans, tomatoes, avocado in a bbq ranch dressing topped with onion crunchies)
-The Green Goddess (signature salad. Romaine lettuce, bean sprouts, roasted chicken, carrots, zuccini, avocado, kalamatta olives, homemade croutons and a lite green goddess dressing made in house).
-Side Salad (small salad accomp. with tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, homemade croutons, and choice of dressing)
-Side Ceaser (small accomp Ceasar salad)
-Soups of the Day (changes daily 3 varieties. cup, bowl, or bread bowl)
Concept artwork on the walls examples:Green Goddess will have pictures and murals behind the counter celebrating the Goddess of the Moons.
After visiting the 5 stations there is a large round counter in the middle of the room (not pictured on the crude drawing) where you will find Soda Options (free large soda with any adult item orderd from Pizza Planet, Purple Planet Pasta, and Green Goddess....not including side dishes.) Kids meals come with a free kid soda or juice box received at checkout. This area also contains parmesan, crushed red pepper, straws, silverware, napkins etc.
Leaving the soda station that brings us back to the crude mape where you see the orange diamonds. these are the cashier stations.
After the Cashier stations you see 2 green ovals ahead of you. These are 2 large elevators that lead upstairs (handicapp accessable). Inside the elevators you have "windows" much like the space mountain windows with a star scene that move when you move (like the queue at WDW). The elevators are not enclosed and are seen moving outside of the building much like some vegas hotels. The exterior are designed to look (and reads) "Escape Pod" from the outside looking like escape pods about to launch as they go to the second floor giving some new tomorrowland atmosphere.
Arrivals and Departures viewing lounge (the main dining room).Alas we have our food trays and now need to hunt for a table. This is the main dining room eating area. The center of the room is a large thick pillar with a starlike pattern. This is the large green star on the map. It has tubes and blinking lights and other such spaceship/station type of gimmicks. From each point in the star is a wall like structure that curves out and gradually gets smaller until it is waist high and stops in the dining room. This breaks up some of the noise as well as hides each window from view limiting the number of windows you see giving you a different dining experience each time you go. The booths line these walls and the rest of the dining room is tables (very crudely and not accurately depicted on the map as the black squares. When first entering there is a sloping path to your left leading to the second floor dining area. This stairwell aslo goes above some of the prep kitchen that is not depicted on the map.
.Concept art (to give you a feel of the colors and mood of the room)
This leads us to...
Main Dining room first floor SHOW ELEMENTS.The DWD Imagineering team wanted to make this into an attraction of sorts. Each blue line depicted on the crude map is a space port window. Each window is sunken in several feet and is panoramic in view. Each window is broken up like a houshold window and this hides that each window is actually 4 high tech LCD video screens. Each "window" is around 12 feet wide and 10 feet tall. This should give each table a good view of the window(s) they face. The static scene that is portrayed is of a large walking space leading out to a space port for any size spaceship to park and exit the craft onto the landings that go right up to the window. Off each side of each window is to be imagined where people/aliens getting on and off their craft enter the space port. Each day a planet is depicted in the dinstance but large enough to make a visual impression and that planet color/shape/rings etc changes daily and remains static each day. The entire visual process is done with CGI and any actors used in the scenes are done either CGI or Green Screen. Computers randomize each ship/scene happening and takes hours before any scene is repeated (as time goes on and new scenes are added it is hoped that no scene is ever repeated each day and with even more time some scenes may not have time to show each day creating a unique experience with each meal enjoyed in the Port). Show elements (on both floors) are also able to have a holiday overlay adding special seasonal scenes as well as things added to the exterior landscape as easy as clicking a checkbox on the computer that runs the screens. One leap of faith the imagineers are asking is that some humans will be walking out on the ledge in mid space and not wearing any protective clothing. It is meant to be fun and most cases light hearted and having everyone wearing protective space masks limits the scenes.
WINDOW SCENES:Each window will have random scenes that happen from time to time with time inbetween showing only the static space port scene that never changes. This is all randomized by computer and will never show the same scene at the same time in 2 different windows and will try to never show the same scene twice in the dining room untill all options have been showed. Each window also has a "airlock" gate that can lower and cover the window in the case of Bad Show and has the words "airlock secured". There is also a CGI version when the scenes are working properly when certain things happen but these are for show. Some examples of the random sights outside the "windows" are (but not limited to and able to be added to the show at any time uninteruppted). Keep in mind this is a space port and no sound accompanies the visuals outside with some VERY rare exceptions.
Common scenes that can be duplicated each day without creating a bad show.
-Random Cargo Ships. (these are common scenes that depict things being brought to the space station and opening day logos on the ship are from the 5 food stations in the port.)
-Random Commercial Space Travel Ships (brining tourists, business flight passengers, etc into and out of the space port. These are common scenes that appear. Some departing people will be in full fledged Disneyland tourist gear)
Unique Scenes that are not to be repeated each day.
-Rockett Rodd ship lands in a puff of smoke. Tow truck like vehicle tows the broken vehicle out of view
-Melinium falcan lands and R2D2 and C3PO casually walk to the space station. Time passes and they return and fly away
-Alien Tourist Ship (standard alien stereotypes) complete with cameras etc exit the craft. One family goes right up to the window and peeks in while others take numerous flash pictures at the people dining in the restaurant.
-Blimp like spaceship wtih painted spots lands. Cruella De Vill exits with some crates. Port authority stops her close to the window and stamps the crates carried by her goons with "live cargo" and instrutcs her to leave by pointing to her ship.
-Darth Vader docks and exists the ship flanked by 2 imperial guard and several storm troopers. They are stopped close to the window by Customs and after viewing passport is denied entry. Darth sends a storm trooper inside and waits..obviously irritated. The storm trooper comes back outside with an Alien Dole Whip and hands it to Darth. They board their ship and take off.
-Random Ships arrive, get refuled by service men and take off with no one leaving ship.
-Random Space battles in the distance. (5 different versions on opening day. 2 of them the winners try to dock the evil winners are denied entry while the good guys winner gets a mini celebration welcoming them back)
-Darth Sith docks and exists the vehicle. Customs scratches their head while checking passport and is granted entry. Shortly after he leaves carrying a Pizza Port pizza box and takes off.
-Ship marked "Muppets" docks. Cargo unloaded and is stamped "Dangerous Cargo" and given papers and granted access. Ship leaves
-Evil Queen ship arrives. Gets stopped by customs and she dissapears in a cloud of smoke. Soon later is seen leaving the port back to her ship with workmen behind her with crates carrying the Green Goddess Logo marked "Apples". Boards ship and leaves.
-Celebrity appearance by Sigourney Weaver lands her ship. Her and Bishop exit ship talking frantically to Customs (a warning perhaps?) and is denied entry. Small spiderlike alien is seen scuttling toward the base during this time. They reboard and fly away
-Disney Imagineering ship with logo lands. Joe Rhode and Tony baxter exit and enter the building. Eaching Leving with handfuls of souvineers (figment doll, yeti doll, tower of terror t-shirt, BTMR t-shirt, mouse ears...basically souvineers of the attractions they created). Ship takes off.
-Ship lands with a mickey mouse logo. Major Security is rushed to the ship door and is obstructing the view of the passengers leaving the ship (you can, however, see mickey mouses feet inbetween the legs of the security team.) Minute later the same security team hiding the celebrity leaves but this time with a mikey mouse balloon hovering in the middle. Ship Leaves
-Organic Pod looking ship lands. Several Humanoids from the Movie Avatar land. They leave with salads in togo boxes and leave.
-Darth Vader lands, again, and this time leaves the ship alone. Again denied by customs but waves his hand infront of him (using the force) and is now granted entry. Leaves again with an Alien AND regular Dole Whip and flys away.
-Ship crashlands onto the platform. A piece of the ship flys at the window and cracks it. Workmen rush to the window and cup their hands over their face to look inside. They lower a CGI airlock door. When the door opens the window is repaired.
-Alien movie star lands with lots of paparazzi rushing in taking pictures. She walks up to the window and kisses the window and waves to everyone inside. Workmen come shortly after and clean the lipstick off. Ship takes off and it can be assumed she is taking a separate flight somewhere else.
-Space Pirates land dressed almost like futureistic versions of the Pirates of the Caribbean pirates and are denied entry but allowed to accept crates of rum and be on their way.
-Commercial flight lands and a man with a sign that sais "Space Skippers" is waiting outside the ship. The crew that exits the ship are futuristic looking Jungle Cruise Skippers (complete with phaser guns) and enter the station. Ship Takes off.
-Darth Vader arrives, again, Customs official nervously looks at passport and is gained entry to the station. Leaves with a Disney Parks bag of souvineers.
There are many more that are not listed, but this gives you a good idea of the possibilities.
....Now lets move upstairs...
2ND FLOOR DINING ROOM "Transit to Connecting Flights"The sign above the elevators and ramp to upper level have signs that read "Transit to Connecting Flights". The ramp upward contains all the posters that have old tomorrowland attraction posters and other such nostalgia that was in the original pizza port building. A 2nd floor emergency door is added at the top of the ramp with fire escape like exit for fire codes.
Once upstairs you cannot see to the floor below. The windows this time are now more of an incomplete circle vision style of screens. The roof is a dome with fiberoptic stars glowing. The roof (under the dome) is a large space style window much like you would see in Star Wars. This gives places for the recest spot lighting to give illumination to the tables and walkways. There are no walls or separations upstairs, nor any booths. Just many tables all over the place giving a pretty high capacity as there are no barriers. The scenes depicted outside shows a similar space scene, large ledge all the way around. In the distance toward the edge is a monoral track that shows past, present, and future versions of monorails going around. (in all the colors past and present and future). The scenes that go by the windows are much closer than the huge space ships that are docking in and out of the room below as they are depicted as transit vehicles that is assumed taking people/aliens to different commercial boarding gates at the station (much like the orlando airport). The vehicles that are taking people are more comedic than downstairs and not conventional. Most of the vehicles that are moving passed the windows going from one side to the complete opposite side of the circular room (hence the circle vision). The windows stop just before the entrance to the ramp down ward and about a third of the room does not contain any sort of viewing screen.
Examples of vehicles going past the windows to their connecting flights are.
-People mover (each time this goes past has a different set of passengers. From disney tourists, to aliens with cameras gawking at the human zoo inside the restaurant).
-Skyway vehicles (the space version. Slowly hovering up and down as they go by that look exactly like the original skywya vehicles only with small rockets keeping them afloat as they slowly go by. each carrying tourists gawking at the people in the restaurant.
-Jungle Cruise Hovercraft vehicles complete with a skipper giving a tour in a microphone. At one point he shoots a screen and workmen show up afterwords and lower a CGI airlock door to fix the window. Window goes up shortly after, and before next scene starts.
-Space mountain vehicles zooms by with various types of people on board
-Rocket Rod zooms by and makes it half way around before smoking and stalling. Tow vehicle takes it away.
-A few dark looming eggshapes start moving around. about 1/3rd of the way they start turning to reveal they are actually doom buggies. People on board the buggies are pointing and laughing at the windows, some scared.
-Slow moving astro orbiter jet flys by entire circle with Timekeeper and 9-eye as passengers.
-Another People mover goes by carrying Pixar movie stars and villians. Including Nemo and Dory in a fish bowl carried by the dentists daughter.
Again there are further scenes but you get the idea.
***Fun Fact. The 2nd floor trash cans located near the on ramp are actually shoots that lead to the basement level. This is so no unsightly trash is being carried on the downramp as guests are bringing their food up.
***Corporate sponsorship is available for the scenes as well. They must pay for some of the upkeep of the screens, computer equipment, and for the filming of their scenes and logos can appear on scenes in the form of spaceship logos and even clothing of those in the scene. For Disney corporate sponsorships this will be relatively inexpensive.
EXTERIOR OF BUILDING.Much of the exterior is the same, including the outside eating areas. The paint job is more traditional Tomorrowland like with more soft blue neon and white curves. The rocket ouside is repainted with the WED logo. The red sign also remains the same but repainted dark metallic blue (almost black) with hundreds of fiberoptics that light up at night in a shooting star/vegas type fasion. The sign is raised lettering with the words "WEDway Port Authority" giving obvious nods to WED and the Peoplemover. They are backlit by blue neon and are more future like instead of the cartoony sign style of the Pizza Port. The added room to the top of the building and dome on top will be painted in a reddish color that looks much like the colors of Jupiter and has diagonal rings jetting out of it.
WHEW...all done. Sorry for the long read I hope you enjoy. As a WDW Park regular and not a Disneyland regular this was alot harder than I thought. I looked everywhere for blueprints, pictures, family videos from youtube to get a feel for the place as well as the food and room to work with. Hopefully I stayed within the footprint of the building and flow of the land!
*****Sorry for any mispellings, bad grammer, run on scentences etc....My hands are quite tired of typing and double checking. Any questions or clarifications please feel free to ask and I shall elaborate my vision of this refurbishment!