Art of the Day #328: Welcome to Wild Times!

Sunderance – The Mountain King by TheWyvern’sWeavert
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Wild Times, Nick Wilde’s ill-fated amusement park from the Zistopia version of of the film. Zootopia co-director Byron Howard has said that when the decision was made to bag the ‘shock collar’ plot in favor of something more upbeat, having to leave Wild Times behind was one of his few regrets, albeit a very big one. (And with all the amazing concept art, it’s easy to see why.)

And so, today we present a collection of (mostly) concept pics and fanart dedicated to Wild Times amusement park, ‘Where a Pred Can Be a Pred’.

Enjoy, and don’t forget to show the original artists some love by clicking on the source links.


We open with a fewearly concept images of Wild Times.

That one on the upper-right side calls to mind a certain Pink Floyd album cover. Given the title of that piece (Animals) one has to wonder if perhaps it wasn’t intentional.  Note that the crane in the background is built to look like a giraffe.


Areans WT 01 by man-arenas
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This one looks like a late-’50s-era bowling alley.

Arenas WT 02 by man-arenas
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And this one looks like something out of Disneyland’s Country Bear Jamboree attraction

Early WildTimes sketch 01 by Matthias Lechner
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We come now to a series of ‘before’ and ‘after’ pics of Wilde Times.

There’s Nick in the foreground, just left of that life preserver.

Wild Times Before 02 by Matthias Lechner
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Wild Times After 2 by Matthias Lechner
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There he is again, just right of that yellow sign.  Note the lettering on the roof and the tree growing through it

WildTimes before by Matthias Lechner
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This is probably the closest thing to what Wild Times would have looked like, had it not been dropped from the film.  Note the boat dock, just left of the entrance.

Wild Times After by Matthias Lechner
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In the original concept, Wild Times had a secret entrance that allowed predators to remove their shock collars before accessing the park.  (More about that below.)

Secret Entrance overhead by Matthias Lechner
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The way it worked was as follows:  First, you went inside the ‘clinic’ (center of this pic,) for a medical exam, one that required the removal of your shock collar, (the only way a predator could legally take it off.)  And then from there, you continued on to Wild Times by way of an underground tunnel.

Secret Entrance by [Matthias Lechner
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Here we have a series of interior shots, showing Wild Times at various stages of the construction process.

Interior01 by [Matthias Lechner
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Interior 02 by Matthias Lechner
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Interior 03 by Matthias Lechner
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Interior 04 by Matthias Lechner
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Interior 05 by Matthias Lechner
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And here are some the games and attractions featured inside the park.

Games 01 by Matthias Lechner
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Note that the ‘Cat*a*pult Cat’ is actually Figaro, the kitty from Disney’s Pinocchio.

Games 02 by Matthias Lechner
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Games 03 by Matthias Lechner
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Ride 02 by jimjam-art
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Ride 01 by jimjam-art
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We can only hope that Judy never finds out about this one…
“N-Now Carrots, just calm down, I can explain everything–OWWWWWW!”

Bop-A-Bunny by jimjam-art
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Nick’s office-wall clock. Who else wants one?

Wall Clock by Matthias Lechner
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Nick’s office inside the park.  Not exactly Mr. Tidy-Fox, is he?

Nick’s Office by Matthias Lechner
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Another view of Nick’s office, and our segue into the fanart section

Nick’s Office 2 by Marco Refrigerato
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Map of Wilde Times by doraemonbasil
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Even Predators Can Dream by H-StallionWolf
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Daylight Version by Sheep 7465
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Abandoned by Sheep 7465
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Until next time… D’awwww!


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