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07/08/15 at 03:23pm in "Nightscape" belongs at Busch Gardens (Latest Edit: 07/09/15 at 09:54pm by Nicole.)
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The other day I found myself at Longwood Gardens, the 1,000 acre botanical gardens located near Philadelphia.  I was fortunate to behold an experience called "Nightscape" that completely blew me away.

"Nightscape" is a series of breathtaking, vividly colored, moving light displays projected directly onto the gardens' trees and large flora, accompanied by perfectly atmospheric music. Some of them have repeating 5-7 minute narrative "show" elements, with others just continuously running from dusk to close.  One display covers a stand of trees 100+ feet wide by 50 feet tall at the edge of a lake.  It is absolutely amazing.  Stunning.  Glorious.

In other words, it would be a truly fitting after-dark event at Busch Gardens.


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Let me just tell you, THAT is what a nightly event at Busch Gardens should be like.  Ethereal, breathtaking, seemingly alive, playful, haunting, musical, artistic, memorable, mystical, disembodied in a sense.  The Gardens themselves serving as both the canvas and the final work, painted with nothing but light.

Imagine the wooded bridge and walkway from Pompeii to the Garden of Invention... the bridge from Italy to Germany... the space between Lorikeet Glen and France... the view from the Ireland drawbridge... the list goes on.  And as a centerpiece, a narrative work projected onto the gigantic screen formed by the trees on both sides of the floating walkway over the Rhine.

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07/08/15 at 09:29pm in "Nightscape" belongs at Busch Gardens (Latest Edit: 07/08/15 at 09:29pm by Nicole.)
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Oh my goodness. That looks fantastic. And I totally agree with you: I would love it if BGW did something like that. Just fantastic.

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07/08/15 at 10:16pm in "Nightscape" belongs at Busch Gardens
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BGW has been built into its natural environment, and has amazing horticultural feats of landscape design that make it stand out from any other theme park. It only seems right that they would build on that to make their summer time event be unlike what any other theme park has. This is a fantastic idea, and it seems like the perfect way to make the worlds most beautiful theme park just as fantastically beautiful at night, which is something the past two concepts for summer events have royally failed to achieve. It would be amazing if the park did this.
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07/09/15 at 08:24pm in "Nightscape" belongs at Busch Gardens (Latest Edit: 07/09/15 at 08:27pm by MAZ.)
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After the initial cost of equipment, it would have to be much cheaper than blowing up fireworks all summer. Oh...and this would be on a different level of awesome compared to the same ol' fireworks every year.

Edit...And this seems cool enough to bring back year after year, and still get enjoyment out of.

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07/09/15 at 08:29pm in "Nightscape" belongs at Busch Gardens
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Looks like a much larger-scale, more "mystified" version of Snoopy's Starlight Spectacular at KD- and I'm all for it. I've actually thought of something like this before; as you said, it belongs at Busch Gardens.

Each hamlet (or a few designated hamlets, anyway) could have a different "styles" of this light projection, making different areas of the park have a different feel.

Honestly this would be the perfect summer event for BGW, and perhaps something that could replace the (costly) fireworks.

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07/09/15 at 08:36pm in "Nightscape" belongs at Busch Gardens
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This may even work with enhancing Christmastown. I'm not sure how easy it would be to re-program images for two different events, but it sure seems realistic.

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07/09/15 at 09:32pm in "Nightscape" belongs at Busch Gardens (Latest Edit: 07/09/15 at 09:33pm by Zachary.)
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Once upon a time something sorta similar to this was in the plans for Howl-O-Scream and Christmas Town. I beleive it was in planning in 2012 or 2013-ish? Anyway it ended up being scrapped in a round of budget cuts. I'd love to see the plans dusted off and implemented one day though.

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07/10/15 at 10:30am in "Nightscape" belongs at Busch Gardens (Latest Edit: 07/10/15 at 10:32am by CastleOSullivan.)
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^I heard that Demon Street was supposed to have full-blown projection mapping.

This idea reminds me of a quote along the lines of "Unlike ordinary theme parks, Busch Gardens was sculpted out of God's own canvas." I think the park is a wonderful canvas, and it would be great to see the park embrace what is already there. I think this is a big possibility, since that is the way that Phil Raybourn initially described Illuminights. His description was completely different from Scott and his team's depiction. In the end, Phil ended up being the main supporter of Giardino Magico, which was very close to that concept.

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07/10/15 at 11:00am in "Nightscape" belongs at Busch Gardens
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(07/10/15 10:30am)CastleOSullivan Wrote:  ^I heard that Demon Street was supposed to have full-blown projection mapping.

Yep. There were talks of it being used on Das Festhaus as well. Imagine the vines with the eyeball roses growing all over DFH occasionally blinking, looking around, etc back when "Fear Had a Way of Spreading." There are a ton of lost Howl-O-Scream concepts and plans that I'd love to see come to fruition eventually one way or another.

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07/10/15 at 02:08pm in "Nightscape" belongs at Busch Gardens
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I love Longwood Gardens. The place is stunningly beautiful and absolutely amazing. I want to check this out. It's also right around the corner from Sesame Place.

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07/10/15 at 03:00pm in "Nightscape" belongs at Busch Gardens
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(07/10/15 10:30am)CastleOSullivan Wrote:  In the end, Phil ended up being the main supporter of Giardino Magico, which was very close to that concept.

Giardino Magico was my favorite part of Illuminights. It had the atmosphere I wished the entire event had.
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07/13/15 at 09:45am in "Nightscape" belongs at Busch Gardens
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This is something id love to see! Using the nature and beauty that BGW has to enhance events would be awesome Aww

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08/16/15 at 02:25pm in "Nightscape" belongs at Busch Gardens
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A concept like this is great because it's technology that really needs to only be invested in once, and besides some maintenance, could be used year round for various purposes.

BGW destroys all but Disney when it comes to atmosphere in the parks, and this would be a great enhancement. So many different companies are using projection mapping technology, in fact it already has been started with the use in London Rocks. Adding some outdoor night time usage could be cool.
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08/16/15 at 04:48pm in "Nightscape" belongs at Busch Gardens
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Have you ever been to Universal?

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08/16/15 at 04:57pm in "Nightscape" belongs at Busch Gardens
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(08/16/15 04:48pm)Joe Wrote:  Have you ever been to Universal?

Universal does great when it comes to The Wizarding World of HP - but in my opinion, the rest of the park really falls short in immersion. This is really no fault to those who designed the park, but moreso the concept behind the park. The themes of Islands of Adventure don't really fit together, and Universal Studios is primarily just a many blocky backlot buildings with facades.
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