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 September 17, 2014
In a move that didn’t surprise many fans, Disney is launching a new attraction based on its hit film Frozen. What may be unexpected to audiences, however, is that the ...
Posted on September 10, 2014
Do most theme park guests realize that the parks they attend have sponsors? Not the brands behind them – like Disney or Six Flags – but everyday product brands such ...
Posted on September 4, 2014
Six Flags, the largest regional theme park company in the world, is an entertainment brand that’s known for heart pounding roller coasters and thrill rides. Its Magic Mountain theme park ...
Posted on September 1, 2014
Schlitterbahn’s Verruckt (which is German for “insane,” by the way) is a water slide that stands taller than Niagara Falls at 17 stories high. Six Flags is home to the ...
Posted on August 26, 2014
Earlier this year, Amazon made headlines with the announcement that it was considering using drones to make fast deliveries to customers. Suddenly, visions of Jetsons-like robot couriers were swirling in ...
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 ...