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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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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What Can Mobile App Designers Teach Us About Theme Parks and Entertainment Design?

Posted on July 15, 2015

People walk around tethered to their smartphones and tablets. They’re just as likely to be playing a game as checking email or looking for restaurant reviews. Games represent 21.8% of ...

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Why Everyone Is Talking About the Disneyland Forever Fireworks

Posted on June 23, 2015

Fireworks and nighttime extravaganzas have always been a quintessential part of the Disney experience. Not only are these types of shows a natural fit for the magical theme parks that ...

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Why We Need to Pay Attention to the Possible Disneyland Peak Pricing Plan

Posted on June 5, 2015

The LA Times recently reported that The Walt Disney Parks and Resorts may be considering a change in pricing structure at Disneyland. The tip off was a survey that was ...

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All “Eyes” on Orlando: Why Tourist Destinations Are Investing in Giant Ferris Wheels

Posted on May 13, 2015

Earlier this month, Orlando joined the ranks of tourist destinations that are investing in giant Ferris wheels. The London Eye. The Las Vegas High Roller. The Beijing Great Wheel. And ...

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Hunger Games Theme Park Attractions Latest Addition to motiongate™ Dubai

Posted on April 24, 2015

If you’re a Hunger Games fan looking for a theme park connection to your favorite book and film series, the odds may finally be in your favor. In a recent ...

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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 April 1, 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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