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 February 26, 2016
The world’s most thrilling roller coasters always play with gravity, with the ground rushing by and falling away as the ride car twists, turns, inverts and drops. However, with Alton ...
Posted on February 22, 2016
There are two kinds of rides that theme park fans love: immersive new dark rides that push the limits of our imaginations and thrill rides that get hearts pumping. This ...
Posted on February 5, 2016
Intellectual property partnerships have been a hot topic in the entertainment design world this year. The success of Harry Potter at Universal Studios and the impending development of Star Wars, ...
Posted on January 28, 2016
2016 is poised to be the year of hot new technologies, from the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset to the increased use of drones in theme parks. We’ve already discussed ...
Posted on January 13, 2016
This summer Universal’s Islands of Adventure is debuting a much-anticipated dark ride, Skull Island: Reign of Kong. Fans are excited about the latest incarnation of the Kong story. What’s fascinating ...
Posted on January 8, 2016
As we head into 2016, it’s helpful to look back and see what theme park attendance trends can reveal about the year ahead. The latest Themed Entertainment Association’s Theme Park ...
Posted on December 31, 2015
It may seem hard to imagine with the holidays barely behind us, but 2016 is here and we’re gearing up for another exciting year of entertainment design. The start of ...
Posted on December 23, 2015
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is the heart of the Magic Kingdom’s holiday celebrations. The Imagineers do a tremendous amount of decorating, developing original live entertainment and creating a festive ...
Posted on December 8, 2015
The seventh installment of the Star Wars universe is set to open later this month with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” While fans wait on the edge of their seats ...
Posted on December 2, 2015
The 97th IAAPA Attractions Expo featured more than 1000 exhibitors and 28,000 entertainment design professionals from around the world coming together to learn more about the industry’s hottest trends and ...