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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Why Dinosaurs Are Hot Again

Posted on May 24, 2016

The classic grade school dinosaur field trip was stuffy: it most likely involved memorizing scientific names, studying artist renderings, and perhaps, if you were lucky, checking out some bones at ...

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Experience Marketing: How Entertainment Design Helps Brands Capture Consumer Attention

Posted on March 28, 2016

The way that brands market themselves is changing rapidly. Today’s consumers are no longer satisfied with generalized advertising and discounts. Instead, they’re seeking deeper, personalized relationships with the companies they ...

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The Newest Theme Park Trend is….Safety?

Posted on March 18, 2016

Over the past several years, a few devastating accidents have made front-page headlines around the world and raised concerns about theme park safety. A number of op-eds have asked “How ...

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How Do We Address Environmental Sustainability in Entertainment Design?

Posted on March 9, 2016

Tourists are beginning to make their summer escape plans to theme parks, and they’re looking beyond who has the latest record-breaking roller coaster. Many of today’s consumers are interested in ...

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The Alton Towers Galactica: A Sojourn Into Space

Posted on February 26, 2016

The world’s most thrilling roller coasters always play with gravity, with the ground rushing by and falling away as the ride car twists, turns, inverts and drops. However, with Alton ...

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7 Roller Coasters We Can’t Wait to Ride in 2016

Posted on February 22, 2016

There are two kinds of rides that theme park fans love: immersive new dark rides that push the limits of our imaginations and thrill rides that get hearts pumping. This ...

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New EA and Carowinds Partnership Brings Video Game IP to Parks

Posted on February 5, 2016

Intellectual property partnerships have been a hot topic in the entertainment design world this year. The success of Harry Potter at Universal Studios and the impending development of Star Wars, ...

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Will Widespread Drone Ownership Influence Theme Park Design?

Posted on January 28, 2016

2016 is poised to be the year of hot new technologies, from the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset to the increased use of drones in theme parks. We’ve already discussed ...

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How Skull Island: Reign of Kong is Turning the Kong Narrative On Its Head

Posted on January 13, 2016

This summer Universal’s Islands of Adventure is debuting a much-anticipated dark ride, Skull Island: Reign of Kong. Fans are excited about the latest incarnation of the Kong story. What’s fascinating ...

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Theme Parks By the Numbers

Posted on January 8, 2016

As we head into 2016, it’s helpful to look back and see what theme park attendance trends can reveal about the year ahead. The latest Themed Entertainment Association’s Theme Park ...

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