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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Harry Potter’s Interactive Wands: Experiential Tech at Theme Parks

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 ...

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Puy du Fou: How One French Theme Park is Pioneering Drones in Live Show Design

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, ...

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Hitting Pay Dirt: The Rise of Dirt Based Attractions

Posted on March 31, 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 ...

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Bistrot Chez Remy: Imaginative Themed Dining Earns Disney A THEA Award

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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