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 March 6, 2014
Theme parks are notorious for overpriced, barely edible fare. Admittedly, some parks are stepping up their culinary game and offering more appealing eats but, overall, you head to parks for ...
Posted on March 4, 2014
Sherlock fans rejoice! Plans are being made in Portsmouth, UK to develop a theme park devoted to the popular detective of literary, cinematic and television renown. Why Portsmouth, you ask, ...
Posted on February 25, 2014
To Trekkies worldwide, here's a phrase you'll soon need to know: “Vida larga y próspera.” Roughly translated, that's Spanish for “Live long and prosper.” Paramount Pictures has announced a grand ...
Posted on February 24, 2014
It hardly feels like fifteen years have elapsed since the launch of the wildly successful Shrek movie franchise. But DreamWorks Animation, the Hollywood studio behind the animated series, is partnering ...
Posted on February 20, 2014
Three years ago, Global Animation Joyland – also translated as World Joyland - opened in Changzhou, China just a short high-speed train ride outside of Shanghai. It's a beautifully designed ...
Posted on February 18, 2014
Boasted to be the Russian Disneyland (and it may yet be), the soft and small opening of Sochi Park has disappointed Olympic athletes and observers. Twitter has abounded with pics ...
Posted on February 13, 2014
It was on, then off, and now on again! The government of South Korea has announced they are really building a giant robot theme and research park in Incheon, S ...
Posted on February 12, 2014
When it comes to roller coasters, you either can't wait to climb aboard or you can't stay far enough away from them. There's typically no middle ground for these heart ...
Posted on February 11, 2014
You know Maslow's hierarchy of needs (and if you don't, get to know it to understand how our species is motivated) but did you know there's also a hierarchy of ...
Posted on February 7, 2014
One way that theme parks, zoos, and other attractions offer guests a different perspective is by selling behind the scenes tours and paid premium experiences. These range from Disney’s Keys ...