CONCEPT ART: Disneyland Dubai was to include a giant castle, “Star Wars” Tomorrowland and Cars Land

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Leaked concept art for a possible Disneyland Dubai project that never saw the light of day has been circulating online. The art is a few years old now, and Disney never announced a Dubai resort, but it’s interesting to look at what might have been.

The art reveals a giant, sprawling castle partially inspired by the European-style Disney castles seen in the United States, but with rounded turrets that are more reminiscent of Agrabah. At the entrance is a large Mickey planter, standard in Disney parks.

To the right is a “Star Wars”-inspired version of Tomorrowland. Instead of Astro Orbiter, the spinner ride circles a small version of the Death Star. The rest of the country’s architecture is sleek and rounded like the buildings of Naboo or another “Star Wars” planet. Here you can also clearly see an elevated railway track crossing the land instead of around it, leading to the Main Street station.

Opposite Tomorrowland, the concept art is mostly taken up by a cluster of flat buildings. But in front of these buildings are colorful structures, including a light yellow and blue ball: the iconic Pixar ball and Luxo Jr. lamp. It could be a Pixar land or attraction.

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In the upper left corner is Cars Land, which already exists at Disney California Adventure. The orange traffic cones are clearly visible on the rocky terrain of Radiator Springs.

Top right, a river meanders through lush jungle. Boats are visible on the river, and this could very well have been Disneyland Dubai’s version of the Jungle Cruise.

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