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.


Top Five Frozen Themed Events at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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 ...

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Why Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival is Worth the Trip

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 ...

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Lessons on Asian Theme Parks from the IAAPA’s Annual Asian Attraction Expo

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 ...

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The Little Prince Park in Ungersheim, France Is Designed to Delight All Ages

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. ...

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How High Is Too High? Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom at Six Flags Breaks Records

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 ...

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Diagon Alley Comes to Universal Studios Orlando July 8 – Muggles Welcome!

Posted on June 26, 2014

At long last, the Harry Potter expansion we've been waiting for is prime to open at Universal Studios Orlando. The construction walls have come down and the Hogwarts Express is ...

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Downtown Disney Food Truck Festival Heralds Opening of New Food Truck Park

Posted on June 18, 2014

Food trucks are a trend that have been sweeping parts of the US, such as Austin and the Bay Area, for the last several years. The beloved “roach coach” of ...

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Field Reports: The 2013 Theme and Museum Index Released

Posted on June 16, 2014

The Themed Entertainment Association has released the TEA/AECOM 2013 Theme Index & Museum Index in partnership with AECOM. The publication is considered to be the industry’s definitive attendance study, looking ...

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What Have I Missed? A Roundup of Entertainment Design News

Posted on June 3, 2014

2014 has been an exciting year so far in the world of Entertainment Design. We’ve reported on a spate of new water parks, exciting theme park plans, innovative museum exhibits, ...

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Could Evermore Change the Interactive Theme Park Experience?

Posted on May 26, 2014

These days, most of the big discussions around interactivity and theme parks center on technology. But Evermore Adventure Park, a new theatrical theme park under development in Utah and set ...

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