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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Posted on October 6, 2015

Are you looking for an alternative to the soulless sugar-coated banality of the average family day out? Or just somewhere cheaper. Then this is the place for you—a chaotic new ...

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The Court of Holland Brings Interactive Storytelling to Maturodam

Posted on September 30, 2015

Within the Hague, the Madurodam is a miniature park that celebrates the history of the Netherlands through replicas of full-sized important landmarks at a 1:25 scale. Within the Madurodam, there ...

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Six Flags Announces Its 2016 New Rides Lineup

Posted on September 25, 2015

2015 was an exciting year for Six Flags parks around the country. The theme park brand launched dark rides at two of their locations and opened a number of new ...

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What Entertainment Designers Need to Know About Flying Theaters

Posted on September 16, 2015

  During a recent trip to Vancouver, I had the opportunity to experience an unexpected but delightful attraction: Fly Over Canada. Fly Over Canada offers guests an experience that’s exactly what ...

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An Inside Look at D23: Disney’s Big Announcements

Posted on August 28, 2015

There’s no brand with fans more fanatically devoted than Disney. Visit a park and watch people happily strolling Main Street USA wearing themed T-shirts with mouse ears perched upon their ...

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How Theme Parks Are Leveraging Guest Social Media Usage for Marketing     

Posted on August 13, 2015

The social media landscape is rapidly evolving and in turn having a direct impact on themed entertainment. Guests increasingly bring their smartphones and even sometimes tablets with them to attractions. ...

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Could Pop-Up Events Represent The Next Big Entertainment Trend?

Posted on August 9, 2015

Could pop-up entertainment experiences built around pop culture franchises be one of the next big trends in entertainment design? The Marvel Experience and its success suggests that just might be ...

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Why Is Everyone Focusing on Virtual Reality Theme Parks?

Posted on July 31, 2015

Virtual reality has been a hot topic in the entertainment design space. Venues from theme parks to museums are working to determine how best to integrate virtual reality and augmented ...

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Six Flags Breaks New Ground With Dark Rides

Posted on July 27, 2015

Earlier this year, Six Flags made waves with the announcement that they were going to be dipping a toe into dark rides. The theme park chain is largely known for ...

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Could VR Theme Parks Be A Reality by 2018?

Posted on July 20, 2015

The intersection of theme parks and technology has long been a major topic of discussion and recent innovations have captivated both media and consumer attention: Disney’s MyMagic + Bands, theme ...

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