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Six Flags Power Plant 4: Concept Art

Considering it never made any money, the Six Flags Power Plant was a unique attraction with some ingenious design. In Parts 1, 2 and 3 of our series we discussed how the project came about, what ultimately opened and reasons for it’s demise. Today we look at some concept art for the attraction, a lot of this was from Disney Imagineers. Keep in mind, the project really benefited having many former (or between projects) Disney people help in it’s design. First up, despite the Power Plant not having any rides, Gary Goddard and his team did pitch several to Six Flags.

In this sketch we can see that the audience, in a simulator designed as a rocketship, would indeed blast off to the Moon, while stewardesses would serve light refreshments. (I would note this attraction concept was created a decade ahead of the STAR TOURS attraction that opened at Disneyland in 1992.) Copyright The Goddard Group All Rights Reserved

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The sketch above was done several years before Star Tours opened in 1987. Here we see a simulator attraction, designed as a rocket ship that would take guests “From Earth to the Moon”.  All while a hostess serves light refreshments, of course.

In this sketch the people mover is passing THE JOURNEY TO THE MOON attraction which was conceived as a simulation ride taking people on a Journey into Space that would follow the traditional narrative of the Jules Verne tale, “From the Earth to the Moon” Copyright The Goddard Group All Rights Reserved

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There is a kind of Victorian “People Mover” that was designed to give people an aerial tour of the total space. This ride would make it’s way through the beams and girders, through the smokestacks and even would take a brief turn out of the building to give a high view of the Inner Harbor and then return to the interior of the Power Plant.

his is a view looking into the main pavilion and you can see rides that are worked into the overall architectural space.  There is a kind of Victorian “People Mover” that was designed to give people an aerial tour of the total space.  This ride would make it’s way through the beams and girders, through the smokestacks and even would take a brief turn out of the building to give a high view of the Inner Harbor and then return to the interior of the Power Plant.  A set of Victorian “Balloons” were going to move through the center space as well, and we had even hoped to include some curling slides that would allow guests to zoom down from the upper levels to the main floors below. Copyright The Goddard Group All Rights Reserved

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This is a view looking into the main pavilion and you can see rides that are worked into the overall architectural space. A set of Victorian “Balloons” were going to move through the center space as well, and we had even hoped to include some curling slides that would allow guests to zoom down from the upper levels to the main floors below.

In addition to the rides, we would have shows one of which was to be the HOME OF THE FUTURE and is pictured here in an initial sketch. Copyright The Goddard Group All Rights Reserved

In addition to the rides, we would have shows one of which was to be the HOME OF THE FUTURE and is pictured here in an initial sketch.
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In addition to the rides, other shows were pitched. One of which was to be the Home of the Future and is pictured here in an initial sketch.

As part of the post show for the Home of the Future we envisioned having a series of interactive “exhibits” in which guests could pilot their own miniature submarines or flying ships, along with having other interactive devices. Copyright The Goddard Group All Rights Reserved

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As part of the post show for the Home of the Future they envisioned having a series of interactive “exhibits” in which guests could pilot their own miniature submarines or flying ships, along with having other interactive devices.

The scale model with the “Toy Band” rising out of the orchestra pit and with the stars of the show MR. ELECTRO and PROTO at the edge of the stage. Copyright The Goddard Group

The scale model with the “Toy Band” rising out of the orchestra pit and with the stars of the show MR. ELECTRO and PROTO at the edge of the stage.
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Finally, we will close with a series on a show that did make it into the Six Flags Power Plant: The Magic Lantern Theater. The show was very similar to Disney’s Country Bear Jamboree in terms of staging, where animatronics can rise up to stage level from the pit, can come from behind the curtain as well as two smaller stages to the left and right of the main stage.

Eddie Martinez Color Study for the Proscenium Arch interior of The Magic Lantern Theatre Copyright Landmark Entertainment Group All Rights Reserved

Eddie Martinez Color Study for the Proscenium Arch interior of The Magic Lantern Theatre
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Marc Davis, one of Walt Disney’s “9 Old Men” created most of the character sketches for the show which will be featured below.

Marc Davis design for The TOY CIRCUS FINALE that was part of The Magic Lantern Theatre show Copyright The Goddard Group All Rights Reserved

Marc Davis design for The TOY CIRCUS FINALE that was part of The Magic Lantern Theatre show
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Marc Davis design for two of the featured characters in the Toy Circus Parade Copyright The Goddard Group  All Rights Reserved

Marc Davis design for two of the featured characters in the Toy Circus Parade
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Marc Davis character designs for several of the more than twenty ALL AMERICAN GIRL sequence Copyright The Goddard Group All Rights Reserved

Marc Davis character designs for several of the more than twenty ALL AMERICAN GIRL sequence
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Marc Davis character design for the TRIBUTE TO THE ALL AMERICAN GIRL sequence in The Magic Lantern Theatre show.

Marc Davis character design for the TRIBUTE TO THE ALL AMERICAN GIRL sequence in The Magic Lantern Theatre show. Copyright The Goddard Group All Rights Reserved

Marc Davis design for the Barbershop Quartet in The Magic Lantern Theatre show Copyright The Goddard Group All Rights Reserved

Marc Davis design for the Barbershop Quartet in The Magic Lantern Theatre show
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Marc Davis final character design for MR. ELECTRO, Emcee and Host for The Magic Lantern Theatre Copyright Landmark Entertainment Group All Rights Reserved

Marc Davis final character design for MR. ELECTRO, Emcee and Host for The Magic Lantern Theatre
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Marc Davis design for the “crashed” version of Proto (in the Magic Lantern Theatre show) Copyright Landmark Entertainment All Rights Reserved

Marc Davis design for the “crashed” version of Proto (in the Magic Lantern Theatre show)
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Sketches by Marc Davis of Proto, the comic relief character that worked with Mr. Electro. These were part of a fantasy sequence in the Magic Lantern Theater. Copyright The Goddard Group All Rights Reserved

Sketches by Marc Davis of Proto, the comic relief character that worked with Mr. Electro. These were part of a fantasy sequence in the Magic Lantern Theater.
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Sketches by Marc Davis of Proto, the comic relief character that worked with Mr. Electro. These were part of a fantasy sequence in the Magic Lantern Theater. Copyright The Goddard Group All Rights Reserved

Sketches by Marc Davis of Proto, the comic relief character that worked with Mr. Electro. These were part of a fantasy sequence in the Magic Lantern Theater.
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Sketches by Marc Davis of Proto, the comic relief character that worked with Mr. Electro. These were part of a fantasy sequence in the Magic Lantern Theater. Copyright The Goddard Group All Rights Reserved

Sketches by Marc Davis of Proto, the comic relief character that worked with Mr. Electro. These were part of a fantasy sequence in the Magic Lantern Theater.
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Sketches by Marc Davis of Proto, the comic relief character that worked with Mr. Electro. These were part of a fantasy sequence in the Magic Lantern Theater. Copyright The Goddard Group All Rights Reserved

Sketches by Marc Davis of Proto, the comic relief character that worked with Mr. Electro. These were part of a fantasy sequence in the Magic Lantern Theater.
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Sketches by Marc Davis of Proto, the comic relief character that worked with Mr. Electro. These were part of a fantasy sequence in the Magic Lantern Theater. Copyright The Goddard Group All Rights Reserved

Sketches by Marc Davis of Proto, the comic relief character that worked with Mr. Electro. These were part of a fantasy sequence in the Magic Lantern Theater.
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Sketches by Marc Davis of Proto, the comic relief character that worked with Mr. Electro. These were part of a fantasy sequence in the Magic Lantern Theater. Copyright The Goddard Group All Rights Reserved

Sketches by Marc Davis of Proto, the comic relief character that worked with Mr. Electro. These were part of a fantasy sequence in the Magic Lantern Theater.
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Marc Davis designs for Proto as he imagines himself in a variety of roles during this “I WANT TO BE IN THE SHOW” musical number. Copyright The Goddard Group All Rights Reserved

Marc Davis designs for Proto as he imagines himself in a variety of roles during this “I WANT TO BE IN THE SHOW” musical number.
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Marc Davis designs for Proto as he imagines himself in a variety of roles during this “I WANT TO BE IN THE SHOW” musical number. Copyright The Goddard Group All Rights Reserved

Marc Davis designs for Proto as he imagines himself in a variety of roles during this “I WANT TO BE IN THE SHOW” musical number.
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Marc Davis designs for Proto as he imagines himself in a variety of roles during this “I WANT TO BE IN THE SHOW” musical number Copyright The Goddard Group All Rights Reserved

Marc Davis designs for Proto as he imagines himself in a variety of roles during this “I WANT TO BE IN THE SHOW” musical number
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Incredible, isn’t it?  My thanks again to Gary Goddard to providing all the images and information for this series.

 

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  1. Arania
    Posted December 15, 2014 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    I’ve read all four parts of it, and I’m still confused. Like the good people of Baltimore, I know what it wasn’t, but I still don’t understand what it was supposed to be and what it actually ended up as. Was it a mall? A theater? What did it consist of? Just different rooms with exhibits like a museum?

  2. Triton
    Posted December 25, 2014 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    Just wanted to tell you thanks for the incredible series of articles. There is a lot of information out there about Disney, but information about many of the other parks and attractions is difficult to find. This is great. TPU has a unique voice, information and perspective among the many Theme Park related sites. Thanks again.


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