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 August 19, 2014
Since the release of the documentary Blackfish, the marine theme park SeaWorld has struggled with a tidal wave of negative press, legislative actions, and public pressures. The backlash has focused ...
Posted on August 14, 2014
Summer isn't over yet, but Universal Studios is already getting fans excited for Halloween. The theme park giants have announced the lineup for their Halloween Horror Nights 2014 series at ...
Posted on August 12, 2014
The Force is about to grow stronger at US-based Disney theme parks and resorts. In a recent earnings call, Walt Disney Company's Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger announced that Disney ...
Posted on August 4, 2014
The Walt Disney Company is one of the most rigorous employers in the world. Their reputation for extensive training and high standards is one of the secrets behind their industry-leading ...
Posted on August 1, 2014
When J.K. Rowling’s first Harry Potter book hit the shelves in June 1997, the author was relatively unknown. But the magical world and characters she created quickly captured the public’s ...
Posted on July 22, 2014
The American public has been captivated by Frozen, and perhaps even more so by the hit song Let It Go. Elsa and Anna, stars of the hit animated blockbuster from ...
Posted on July 21, 2014
One of the best aspects of Epcot is its ability to transport you to so many locations around the world in a single day. Its global theme engages on every ...
Posted on July 14, 2014
Asia has one of the fastest growing theme park markets in the world. We’ve previously explored the explosion of China’s theme park industry and profiled a studio that’s thriving in ...
Posted on July 11, 2014
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's magical novella The Little Prince has entranced readers around the world for more than seven decades and now a new French theme park celebrates the timeless tale. ...
Posted on July 7, 2014
Zumanjaro Drop of Doom has opened at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey. After being plagued by pre-opening snafus, the world's tallest and fastest drop ride opened on ...