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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The First Ten Seconds: Hooking Today’s Attraction Visitors

Posted on December 11, 2014

Experts suggest that we have just a few seconds to make a good first impression in the face to face world of networking and personal meetings. The same is true ...

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Live Shows, Theme Parks: New Cirque du Soleil Park Explores These Intersections

Posted on December 4, 2014

Can the masters of live show design seamlessly translate that vision into a theme park format? We’re about to find out. The Cirque du Soleil franchise is partnering with Latin ...

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LARP in the Park – Planet J’s Live Action Role Playing Theme Park in China Opens 2015

Posted on November 24, 2014

  Today in news of the fabulously nerdy, we bring you an announcement that may encourage you to put down your XBOX controller, your comic books, your latest Minecraft project and ...

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21st Thea Award Recipients Announced

Posted on November 20, 2014

This week, the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) announced its 21st annual Thea Award recipients who will be honored at a Gala in Anaheim set for March 2015. The roster of ...

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How Can You Become the Next Imagineer or Roller Coaster Engineer?

Posted on November 18, 2014

There are no official statistics, but we’re guessing that Disney Imagineer and theme park roller coaster engineer rank pretty high on the scale of “dream jobs” around the world. But ...

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How Wacky and Wonderful Would a Wes Anderson Theme Park Be?

Posted on November 12, 2014

While most theme park news is about Disney expansions, the ever more wonderful magic of Harry Potter and the latest high thrill roller coasters, today we bring you something utterly ...

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Will Disney Parks Cut Classics to Make Room for Frozen and Tangled?

Posted on October 27, 2014

With the immense success of animated blockbusters like Tangled and Frozen, there have been new attractions and performances popping up at Disney theme parks around the globe. Earlier this year, ...

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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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