I’ve been championing more urban roller coasters and amusement parks, but this concept takes the idea quite a bit further. One of the most interesting segments of The Travel Channel’s show Future Scream Machines was Ju-Hyun Kim ‘s concept of the vertical theme park.
Currently, more than half of the World’s population lives in urban areas and that number’s projected to reach 70% by 2050. When you consider where people live and the interest in reducing our carbon footprint (walking instead of driving), Ju-Hyun Kim argues that vertical theme parks should be the way of the future. If you lived in Manhattan or London, you wouldn’t have to drive an hour or more outside of the city to where theme parks are usually located. You could just walk or take mass transit.
By building the park up, instead of out, an amusement park that would normally take up many acres could fit into a much smaller footprint. His concept features a park that’s 200 feet wide and 1,000 feet tall. And also, by stacking the structure vertically, you create opportunities to exploit the altitude. Roller coasters and log flumes could wind their way down the tower and there would places for controlled skydiving like we’ve seen on the Stratosphere.
Today, it’s only a concept, but the show did mention that there are international cities that have shown serious interest. So, who knows? What may seem out there and unthinkable today, may be a reality before you know it.
Learn more about Ju-Hyun Kim’s vertical theme park concept.
What’s Your Take?
Do you think this is a neat concept? Can you think of any advantages or disadvantages of such an idea? Leave a comment below. Images courtesy of Ju-Hyun Kim