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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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 IP is Dominating Themed Entertainment: The 2015 Thinkwell Experience Report

Posted on January 15, 2016

With the staggering success of partnerships like Harry Potter and Universal Studios, it’s easy to see why theme parks are paying more attention to IP franchises. According to the 2015 ...

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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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10 Epic Attractions, Theme Parks and Museums to Watch in 2016

Posted on December 31, 2015

It may seem hard to imagine with the holidays barely behind us, but 2016 is here and we’re gearing up for another exciting year of entertainment design. The start of ...

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Designing Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Posted on December 23, 2015

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is the heart of the Magic Kingdom’s holiday celebrations. The Imagineers do a tremendous amount of decorating, developing original live entertainment and creating a festive ...

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The Force is Strong: New Star Wars Attractions Open At Disney

Posted on December 8, 2015

The seventh installment of the Star Wars universe is set to open later this month with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” While fans wait on the edge of their seats ...

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Zombies and VR Coasters: IAAPA 2015’s Biggest Announcements

Posted on December 2, 2015

The 97th IAAPA Attractions Expo featured more than 1000 exhibitors and 28,000 entertainment design professionals from around the world coming together to learn more about the industry’s hottest trends and ...

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New Walking Dead: Battle for Survival Dark Ride Announced at IAAPA

Posted on November 23, 2015

Few shows have captured the American public’s imagination as thoroughly as the comic book spin-off The Walking Dead. The show is currently #1 on television and has been renewed for ...

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