Theme Park Design

Walt Disney is credited with developing the modern theme park; he was inspired by several smaller amusement parks, World's Fairs and Disney's own animated characters when he designed the world-famous Disneyland, which opened in Anaheim, California in 1955. Disney's revolutionary park ushered in an era of significant change, and many amusement parks were replaced with more modern theme parks like the well known Six Flags franchise and Universal Studios during the 1960's and 70's.

Today, Walt Disney World, which opened in 1971, is still the largest theme park and resort complex in the world. California and Florida feature the largest theme parks in the U.S., but demand for these enormous playgrounds continues across the world, featuring nearly every theme imaginable.

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It’s Official: Universal Studios is Coming to Beijing in 2019

Posted on October 16, 2014

It has been in the works for some time now, but the official announcement came on Monday. After over a decade of negotiation, Universal Parks & Resorts and the Chinese ...

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High-Tech Halloween: Taking Horror Attractions Up a Notch

Posted on October 14, 2014

36% of Americans are expected to attend a horror attraction this fall in the lead up to Halloween. In the past, Halloween themed attractions relied on rubber masks, creepy costumes, ...

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Why the SATE Conference Should Be On Your Schedule

Posted on September 24, 2014

On October 2nd and 3rd, the industry’s best and brightest will be coming together in Sarasota, Florida for the Themed Entertainment Association’s (TEA) annual SATE conference. SATE stands for Storytelling, ...

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100 Days Until Christmas: An Advance Look at Disney’s Holiday Plans

Posted on September 22, 2014

Actually, it’s 93 days but we didn’t want to give anyone a heart attack! As summer fades into a memory and the weather begins to cool down across the country, ...

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Aspiring Entertainment Designers: A Rare Look Inside the Industry

Posted on September 18, 2014

Have you ever imagined putting your engineering skills to work building the next heart-pounding roller coaster or applying your art skills to illustrating the latest Disney attraction as an Imagineer? ...

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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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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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Six Flags Announces Brand New 2015 Ride Lineup

Posted on September 4, 2014

Six Flags, the largest regional theme park company in the world, is an entertainment brand that’s known for heart pounding roller coasters and thrill rides. Its Magic Mountain theme park ...

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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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Are Drones Coming to a Theme Park Near You?

Posted on August 26, 2014

Earlier this year, Amazon made headlines with the announcement that it was considering using drones to make fast deliveries to customers. Suddenly, visions of Jetsons-like robot couriers were swirling in ...

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