PCL’s contribution to the Asia Area at this major Orlando theme park included construction of a highly themed flume ride and development of approximately half the land area. The ride track includes a large rock wall in the shape of a tiger’s head, rock work around the flume edge, and waterfall effects of smoke, fire, and sound. Shortly after PCL received notice to proceed, the owner decided to make the ride more exciting by adding a large drop at the end. This required a major redesign on the fly, to which PCL responded by resequencing construction activities. The project was completed on time thanks to an accelerated schedule.
The area development portion included landscaping with a tropical Asian forest theme and themed paving throughout. Two gibbon temples have plaster facades designed in the tradition of ancient Southeast Asian ruins, and a complementary educational aspect focuses on the devastating effects of deforestation. Mock clear-cutting with burning timber and fallen trees are featured along the flume ride.
During construction, the art director’s desired vision was to have the colored concrete paving appear as dried mud, with bicycle tire tracks and footprints scattered through the walk areas. PCL responded by going above and beyond: the project superintendant went home to pick up his wife’s bicycle, and the project manager brought in his son so they could make child-sized footprint molds. The bicycle was later themed out and secured to the wall as a permanent prop.