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 November 20, 2014
This week, the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) announced its 21st annual Thea Award recipients who will be honored at a Gala in Anaheim set for March 2015. The roster of ...
Posted on November 18, 2014
There are no official statistics, but we’re guessing that Disney Imagineer and theme park roller coaster engineer rank pretty high on the scale of “dream jobs” around the world. But ...
Posted on November 12, 2014
While most theme park news is about Disney expansions, the ever more wonderful magic of Harry Potter and the latest high thrill roller coasters, today we bring you something utterly ...
Posted on October 27, 2014
With the immense success of animated blockbusters like Tangled and Frozen, there have been new attractions and performances popping up at Disney theme parks around the globe. Earlier this year, ...
Posted on October 16, 2014
It has been in the works for some time now, but the official announcement came on Monday. After over a decade of negotiation, Universal Parks & Resorts and the Chinese ...
Posted on October 14, 2014
36% of Americans are expected to attend a horror attraction this fall in the lead up to Halloween. In the past, Halloween themed attractions relied on rubber masks, creepy costumes, ...
Posted on September 24, 2014
On October 2nd and 3rd, the industry’s best and brightest will be coming together in Sarasota, Florida for the Themed Entertainment Association’s (TEA) annual SATE conference. SATE stands for Storytelling, ...
Posted on September 22, 2014
Actually, it’s 93 days but we didn’t want to give anyone a heart attack! As summer fades into a memory and the weather begins to cool down across the country, ...
Posted on September 18, 2014
Have you ever imagined putting your engineering skills to work building the next heart-pounding roller coaster or applying your art skills to illustrating the latest Disney attraction as an Imagineer? ...
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 ...