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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Posted on March 12, 2015

One of the biggest struggles that theme parks face is how to integrate retail and dining with their carefully thought out attractions and live shows in a way that enhances ...

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The Goddard Group: Leading the Way In China’s Entertainment Boom

Posted on February 17, 2015

The Goddard Group is a world leader in the design, development and production of major themed-entertainment attractions and destination resorts around the globe. The company’s clients include some of entertainment’s ...

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15 Epic Attractions, Theme Parks, and Museums to Watch This Year

Posted on February 13, 2015

It may seem hard to imagine with much of the East Coast blanketed under feet of snow, but spring is just around the corner. The start of what we like ...

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2015: A Busy Year for Wooden Roller Coasters

Posted on February 6, 2015

2015 is promising to be an exciting year for roller coaster fans. But one category in particular, the wooden roller coaster, is experiencing a resurgence in both popularity and reinvention ...

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Technology + Victoriana = Steampunk

Posted on January 30, 2015

Steampunk is one of the rising trends in the fandom and entertainment world that we’re paying attention to. If you’re not familiar with Steampunk, it’s been described as “an alternative ...

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What the Internet of Things Might Mean for Theme Parks, Museums, and Other Fun Places

Posted on January 21, 2015

The Internet of Things (IoT) is an intriguing idea. Basically, the concept goes like this: as more and more people use mobile devices and wearable technology, each person will walk ...

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Six Flags Introduces Batman: 4th-Dimension Roller Coaster

Posted on January 19, 2015

2015 is promising to be an exciting year for roller coaster enthusiasts. One of the most exciting introductions is the new Batman coaster, set to debut at Six Flags Fiesta ...

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The Evolving Role of Video Games at Theme Parks

Posted on January 13, 2015

The role of video games at theme parks is quickly changing. Disney recently announced that it plans to stop distributing prizes at its hotel video game arcades. New legislation has ...

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Top 7 Theme Park Attractions of 2014

Posted on January 8, 2015

2014 was an exciting year for the entertainment design world. Venues around the globe introduced new thrilling attractions, and many classic rides received a major facelift. Designers pushed the envelope ...

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Kabul City Park Offers Respite from Conflict & Hope for the Future

Posted on January 6, 2015

In October, Afghanistan opened what's being hailed as the country's first theme park. In fact, there have been other parks open for short stints over the years. This is just ...

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