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.


SeaWorld Announces the Blue World Project

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 ...

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Universal Studios Hollywood Unveils Halloween Horror Nights 2014 Lineup

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 ...

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Star Wars To Get Bigger Billing at Disney

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 ...

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How Do Theme Parks Cultivate World-Class Talent?

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 ...

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Now Open: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Japan

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 ...

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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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