Pixar-Neering: An Interview With the Minds Behind The Magic
What happens when you cross Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering? Answer: the Theme Parks Department at Pixar, headed by Liz Gazzano and Roger Gould. While small, this department ...
An Interview With The Industry’s Shape-Shifters: Thinkwell Group
Unlike most creative companies, Thinkwell does not want to stand out. Producers in imaginative industries –authors, film directors, or architects for instance – typically hope to be recognized for their ...
American Iconic: An Interview With The Hettema Group
If the entertainment design industry was a high school, The Hettema Group would be the school sweethearts: they’re overachievers, good listeners, well-liked, and friends with everyone. They’re also the self-proclaimed ...
The Real Magic Makers
It’s one thing to come up with a fantastical, creative theme park concept, but quite another to actually build it. If you’ve ever wondered how theme park concepts turn into ...
The Truth About Kids (How To Design Kids’ Spaces)
When it comes to designing children’s spaces, adults tend to make a lot of assumptions about kids – namely, that they like bright colors, plastic, and lots of stimulation. But ...
The Adventure Designer: An Interview with 5 Wits’ Matthew DuPlessie
Why pass by an adventure on a ride vehicle when you can actually be part of the story, solving puzzles and navigating your way through immersive sets? That’s exactly what ...
The Top 10 Most Innovative Entertainment Design Projects of 2012
2012 was an exciting year in entertainment design - from new museums transforming the way we teach math and science to the reimagining of classic theme park rides. With so ...
The Accidental Theme Park Designer: An Interview with Adrian Gorton
For most people, becoming a theme park designer and Hollywood film set maker is a dream, not an accidental tangent. But for Adrian Gorton, that’s exactly what it was. After ...
An Inside Look at Merlin Magic Making
While most of us have heard of major theme parks and attractions like LEGOLAND, Alton Towers, Madame Tussauds, or the London Eye, fewer are aware that the same core group ...
The 10 Best Booths at IAAPA 2012
Tired of going to stiff, corporate conferences where nobody smiles or has any fun? Check out the IAAPA Expo (short for the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions), which ...
A Chat with Chimera Design
What happens when an architect-turned-businessman and a filmmaker-turned-designer join forces? Figments of the imagination become tangible places.EntertainmentDesigner.com recently interviewed the two principal forces behind Chimera Design, which has helped develop ...
An Interview with Second Story
Most entertainment design companies have at least three things in common: storytelling, design, and technology. While these pillars certainly exist at Second Story, there is little else that makes this ...
From EPCOT to ASCOT
When Imagineers retire from Disney, where do they go? We can certainly tell you where all the Imagineering memorabilia goes: into John Drury’s backpack! Meeting with John was like getting ...
News & Articles
Written by: Kate W June 19th, 2013 .
The average adult will spend nearly one year of their lives waiting in line. Think about it...there are lines everywhere you go on a daily ... Read More
Written by: Kate W June 18th, 2013 .
As much as theme park officials would love to keep details of cutting-edge attractions under their hats until they’re ready to make an official statement, ... Read More
Rumored Star Wars Land At Hollywood Studios Could Boost Traffic, But Will They Do The Franchise Justice?
Written by: Kate W June 17th, 2013 .
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away – well, okay, actually, it was in this galaxy - a man named George Lucas ... Read More
Written by: Kate W June 14th, 2013 .
The Marriott International hospitality group oversees a plethora of hotel brands. Guests looking for a high-end luxury experience can stay at their Ritz-Carlton or Bulgari ... Read More
Written by: Kate W June 13th, 2013 .
This city of Dubai is famously hot: last July, it reached record-setting temperatures of 119 degrees Fahrenheit. So it’s no wonder that water-themed attractions are ... Read More
Written by: Kate W June 12th, 2013 .
Roller coasters and water slides are one of the most ephemeral kinds of fun. Even the most exhilarating and electrifying ride is often over far ... Read More
Written by: Kate W June 11th, 2013 .
The Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens is one of London’s most popular destinations for people interested in viewing modern and contemporary art, attracting upwards of ... Read More
Written by: Sasha Bailyn June 10th, 2013 .
What happens when you cross Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering? Answer: the Theme Parks Department at Pixar, headed by Liz Gazzano and Roger ... Read More
Written by: Kate W June 10th, 2013 .
Some museums have an easy time creating exhibits that are fresh and relevant, For example, Seattle’s EMP museum brings pop culture history to life by ... Read More
Written by: Kate W June 7th, 2013 .
Earlier this week we touched on the issue of theme park accessibility. We discussed how not all kids and their families have the means to ... Read More