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What’s Working Today in Aquarium Theming?

Posted on October 9, 2014

We spend a lot of time thinking about the integration of theming, storytelling, technology and design to create exciting experiences in the entertainment world. Theme parks and live shows are ...

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Are Movie Franchises Taking Over Theme Parks?

Posted on September 17, 2014

In a move that didn’t surprise many fans, Disney is launching a new attraction based on its hit film Frozen. What may be unexpected to audiences, however, is that the ...

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Two Days of Play: Recap of World Congress of Play 2014

Posted on September 15, 2014

Can you imagine a conference where getting up in the middle of a panel discussion to TP the room is not only allowed, but encouraged? At the World Congress of ...

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Reimagining Theme Park Sponsorships

Posted on September 10, 2014

Do most theme park guests realize that the parks they attend have sponsors? Not the brands behind them – like Disney or Six Flags – but everyday product brands such ...

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Is the Race for World-Record Rides Ruining Theme Parks?

Posted on September 1, 2014

Schlitterbahn’s Verruckt (which is German for “insane,” by the way) is a water slide that stands taller than Niagara Falls at 17 stories high. Six Flags is home to the ...

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What Big Data Means for Animal Attractions

Posted on July 18, 2014

In many ways, animal-based attractions are some of the most complex venues to operate in the entertainment world. This is true for a wide variety of reasons. Complicated roller coasters ...

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Lessons on Asian Theme Parks from the IAAPA’s Annual Asian Attraction Expo

Posted on July 14, 2014

  Asia has one of the fastest growing theme park markets in the world. We’ve previously explored the explosion of China’s theme park industry and profiled a studio that’s thriving in ...

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Ni Hao, China: How One Studio is Navigating Theme Parks’ Next Frontier

Posted on July 9, 2014

When Walt Disney set out to create Disneyland, the goal was not to make an amusement park full of rides and cheap thrills; his vision was to create a place ...

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A Balancing Act: How Museums Balance Cost Cuts with Theming Decisions

Posted on July 2, 2014

One of the major trends highlighted in this year’s Center for the Future of Museum’s 2104 TrendsWatch report was increasing pressure on museums to diversify their income streams. Many institutions ...

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“Fair Warning”: Pushing the Limits of Fair Design at the Calgary Stampede

Posted on July 1, 2014

Here at Entertainment Designer, we talk a lot about how theme parks and museums get designed, but we almost never mention fairs. There’s a reason for that. The words “fair” ...

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