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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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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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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