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.
Posted on May 13, 2015
Earlier this month, Orlando joined the ranks of tourist destinations that are investing in giant Ferris wheels. The London Eye. The Las Vegas High Roller. The Beijing Great Wheel. And ...
Posted on April 24, 2015
If you’re a Hunger Games fan looking for a theme park connection to your favorite book and film series, the odds may finally be in your favor. In a recent ...
Posted on April 13, 2015
Could theme parks be the place where technology and magic truly intersect? Often, tech-related discussions focus on the latest themed app, a touch screen, or in-ride developments. But Universal Studios Florida ...
Posted on April 3, 2015
Drones are one of the hottest topics in technology today. From their potential to deliver orders for Amazon to the question of whether they’re really a fun “toy” for kids, ...
Posted on April 1, 2015
A man in a hard hat gestures and I begin pulling levers, pushing buttons and squealing with delight. Dig This is Las Vegas’ heavy equipment playground and I’m at the ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...