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This is a thread on a concept for a new park map for the 2014 season. I was actually expecting a complete overhaul in 2013 after they went balls out with the new branding, but that obviously didn't happen. Nonetheless, the new advertising gives them a great opportunity to redo the map as well. I'm going to focus on three points that I'd like to see the park map advance in: art, accuracy, and text.


First, the artwork on the map. I really like the pastel color palette and art style of the 1987 and 1989 maps. It gives the park a vibrant, inviting feel that I think is lacking in the current version. This approach would be a good balance between the all-out cartoon look of the early 2000s [Link] and the more detailed graphics they are going for now. The rich colors as seen in those older maps would be very fitting for a park that's known for landscaping and gardens as opposed to a huge amount of rides. It would also be a great look for Christmas Town, and an option for HOS would be simply darkening the colors.

Second, it's evident that the precision of the current map is quite flawed. If you've ever seen the park on Google Maps, you know the map is a far cry from real life. I'd incorporate a more realistic, direct-overhead view on the park based on satellite images, as opposed to the angled, bird's eye view they opted for recently. It would be as simple as obtaining satellite images of the park during the winter and then drawing over it in the program of their choice. This would make the proportions on the map accurate, and thus easier to judge distance. After the overhead view is included, it would follow that pathways would be much more easily discernible. This is the major flaw of the current map; some path sections are obscured by graphics or labels because of its angled view. Knowing how to navigate the park is the main function of the map; to make them definite, all surfaces one can walk on (including bridges) should be one consistent color.

Third, the text and labels. I would reorganize the hamlets/countries on the park maps. I think the maps should feature three categories: countries, hamlets within countries, and geographical or colloquial terms for sections in hamlets. As an example, we have Germany, which contains Oktoberfest and Rhinefeld. It also has a third division, Land of the Dragons, which would be labeled separately. Other "third divisions" I can think of are Da Vinci's Garden within San Marco and Forest of Fun in Banbury. As far as the Wild Reserve discrepancy, I think it should be it's own hamlet, but under the umbrella of Ireland, kind of like Festa under Italy. See this diagram:

 

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*slow clap*

I couldn't agree more. I despise the current park map and, in all honesty, it's about as unusable as a map can get. Anyway, secret time. I have had a super long-term project I've been sitting on for a while...

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I don't know if I'll ever end up finishing it, but I do really want to one day.
 
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Zachary said:
Anyway, secret time. I have had a super long-term project I've been sitting on for a while...

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Very impressive work, major props for putting that together so far. It looks extremely accurate.

destroyer421 said:
I feel like they're gonna change the map for next year when they see this.

I certainly hope so. If an update is coming, they should do it sooner than later so it can ride on the coattails of the new brand identity.
 
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Allllllllrighty then....I must say my piece for this one.

To me, the problem isn't the illustrations for the map. My problem is the the utter lack of attraction descriptions, more specifically, for food, beverages, cabanas, stuff like that.

I, like most of you, do NOT want to go back to the ridiculous cartoonish era of the early 2000's.

However, a more comprehensive list of places to shop & eat wouldn't hurt at all. Just designate each one of those by number & make a list of those numbers w/the attraction on the side of the map. This way the map isn't overloaded with words, leaving no room for the illustrations.

And for cripes sake, BGW, PLEASE get rid of the Bistro 205 words on the map already!!

Oh yes, and no disrespect to the work already done by Zach, but really....to me it would be a waste of map space to illustrate every single parking lot.

The current presentation of the map works. It just doesn't highlight enough of what's available besides Kidsiderate rides, bathrooms & smoking sections. I wanna see more numbers to designate shops, snack carts & other places that constantly get overlooked in the park.
 

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IndyRacingNut said:
Oh yes, and no disrespect to the work already done by Zach, but really....to me it would be a waste of map space to illustrate every single parking lot.

No doubt. That map of mine wasn't meant to be used printed in-park. The end-goal is actually to implement it into the BGWFans for Android app. Because everything is 100% to scale, it can be used with GPS to show guests their exact location. The parking lots were included so guests could use GPS to mark the location of their cars in-app.
 
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IndyRacingNut said:
However, a more comprehensive list of places to shop & eat wouldn't hurt at all. Just designate each one of those by number & make a list of those numbers w/the attraction on the side of the map. This way the map isn't overloaded with words, leaving no room for the illustrations.

I THINK this is what you are talking about. http://www.themeparkbrochures.net/maps/1978/bgtoc1978map.html
I for one like the map that they have now. Yes, an update would be nice, but really the only thing I look on the map for is the show times. :p It really doesn't concern us that much. :p
 
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^^^ I can agree with that if we're talking about us pass holders, but this is for the majority of the park visitors who only make the trip to the park once a year or even less seldomly. They could make it easier to identify shops and snack areas w/numbers, rather than just leave it to chance by wandering the park. I'm sure merch revenue would go up if they did this.
 
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Keep in mind, all shops, restaurants, shows, and attractions are ALREADY listed on the back of the park map with their location on the map listed after a short description.
 
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Why not use numbers with short descriptions on the side like Disney and Universal? It seems to work pretty well for them.
 
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Griff said:
Why not use numbers with short descriptions on the side like Disney and Universal? It seems to work pretty well for them.

Because they are not Disney nor Universal. They are Busch Gardens and they do things differently. I actually prefer the set up they have now. They list each country on the back, under each country is a list of all the attractions and such in that area with a short description of each. At the end of the description is the grid location. Honestly what I love about this is the map isn't cluttered with ugly numbers everywhere. I think they should try to clear the map of all words and numbers as much as possible, they can become distractions and confuse people. However, a few names that signify each hamlet or country and major rides like coasters is just fine.

As far as map design, I live what we have compared to what we had a few years ago in the early 2000's. Yes I would love to see more accuracy, but like I said the park is somewhat more accurate than what we had so we are improving!

Also like to point out Water Country USA is getting a new map to be used starting mid this year and really starting next year. It will have a different angle and will feature less cartoony images as well as become more accurate. It won't be fully straight on accurate, but it will be much better. Not sure when to expect it but keep your eyes out this year.
 
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I think they should do a map like this... http://www.themeparkbrochures.net/maps/1983/bgtoc1983map.html
It is artistic and it has pretty pictures for those who are easily distracted. :s
 
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You have to have a bird's eye view for the map. It makes it possible to use landmarks throughout the park that would just be squares if they were seen from above.

I believe the map they have now is great. It just needs some tweaking.
 
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jmu2011 said:
You have to have a bird's eye view for the map. It makes it possible to use landmarks throughout the park that would just be squares if they were seen from above.

I believe the map they have now is great. It just needs some tweaking.

I agree to some extent, though I still feel the current angle is just too "low" to be functional as a map. For the average guest, who actually uses the map for navigation, I feel having clear walkways, as would be in a satellite view, would take precedence over making landmarks recognizable. If the view I suggested isn't implemented, I think just a slight angle would be optimal so the accuracy can be preserved. Another option would be simply labeling landmarks as any other attraction, e.g. Big Ben, and/or adding them to the back of the map in their respective country.
 
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You know, no matter what the map looks like, the key is that people actually get one, read it, and USE it. Way too many people have their heads up their...you know what, when trying to find stuff. They won't pick up a map, and the worst offenders tend to be standing right next to one of the BIG maps and/or signs posted around the park while they stand there asking each other, "Well, where is that?", "How do I get there?" I love it when I hear some people say they are lost and have been walking in circles. :p



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To add to what PR is saying, I like the current map style because, to me at least, it is a piece of art. I enjoy pinning these up on my bulletin board in the kitchen to look at and show off with guests. They are lovely compared to many other park's maps that I have seen (not mentioning any names).
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