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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Six Flags Is Coming to Dubai, But Is This Budget Theme Park a Fit for the Luxe Emirate?

Posted on April 15, 2014

Six Flags has made deals in Dubai in the past to bring its franchise to the UAE in the form of Dubailand, but these plans fell through in 2009. Now, ...

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What Does the Future Hold for SeaWorld?

Posted on April 10, 2014

Last year, documentarian Gabriela Cowperthwaite debuted the documentary Blackfish at the Sundance Film Festival. Blackfish explored the story behind one of SeaWorld’s captive orcas, Tilikum. The film exploded in viewership ...

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Malaysia’s First Animation Theme Park Coming 2015 to Ipoh Will Feature the Croods and Megamind

Posted on April 3, 2014

Ipoh, on the Malaysian peninsula, will soon be home to the world's first theme park devoted solely to animation – Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS). Perak Corporation and partner Sanderson ...

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Mystic Manor and The Marine Carousel: Leading The Way in Ride Design

Posted on April 2, 2014

Two international theme park rides have been recognized with THEA Outstanding Awards this year, and  they couldn’t be more different from one another. One is Mystic Manor, a ride-through attraction at ...

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Disney Wins by Keeping It Simple with Enchanted Tales with Belle

Posted on March 24, 2014

While many of this year’s THEA award winners are being recognized for their technological innovation and pushing the boundaries of storytelling and technology integration, Disney’s Imagineers received an Outstanding Achievement ...

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Plans for Ferrari Land in Spain Are Revving Up

Posted on March 18, 2014

If high end sports cars and theme parks are passions of yours, Ferrari Land will allow you to indulge in both. This will be the second expansion of the Italian ...

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There’s Raptors in Them Thar Hills: EarthQuest Brings Dinos to the Lone Star State

Posted on March 13, 2014

This exciting project has been on hold for a while but is now back on again and back in a big way. The new plans for EarthQuest have amped the ...

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One New Theme Park Roller Coaster Addresses “Am I Too Large to Ride?”

Posted on March 12, 2014

If you spend a few minutes reading any major publication, you’ll quickly realize that America’s overweight population is growing. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, nearly 2/3 of ...

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The Disney Price Increase and Theme Park Economics: Will Attendance Suffer?

Posted on March 10, 2014

Last year, Disney posted record operating profits of more than $2.3 billion dollars. The number is doubly impressive when considered in the context of the recent economic downturn. Yet amidst ...

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Fico Eataly World Coming to Italy – A Theme Park You Can Really Sink Your Teeth Into

Posted on March 6, 2014

Theme parks are notorious for overpriced, barely edible fare. Admittedly, some parks are stepping up their culinary game and offering more appealing eats but, overall, you head to parks for ...

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