Growing up, I loved Steampunk because it was a fantasy of living both in the past and in the future.
I was lucky enough to have a close relationship to my maternal grandfather who shared with me the stories of his youth and his time in the service during World War II. And that led me to have a healthy appetite for history.
I remember the first time I went to Disneyland in Orlando, Florida, being in awe of Tomorrowland and Main Street USA, bringing back some retro elements from the 1950s.
There was always a sense of adventure.
I guess that’s why I keep re-watching cult classics like:
20,000 Leagues under the Sea
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
The Mummy I and II
Sky Captain and the Land of Tomorrow
And yes, I do imagine what life would be like if we actually did live in a steampunk world, it seems pretty awesome.
I’m also lucky enough to be in Hong Kong, where we have both Ocean Park and Disneyland, two large theme parks.
My favourite is (hands-down) Disneyland even though it is much smaller with more vanilla rides. It is due to the ambience and their strict attention to detail on the most minute things. When you’re in Disney, you do feel like you’re transported to another world.
Over the weekend, I decided to hit up their newest hotel, Explorer’s Lodge. At first, I tried to pinpoint the era, but it had both elements of the late 1890s and 1950s. It reminds me of the opening scene of UP, when Carl and Ellie talk about Paradise Falls when they were kids. It’s also an extension of the Mystic Manor ride in Mystic Point, a dark ride in the park.