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 November 23, 2015

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TEA Announces the 22nd annual Thea Awards

Posted on November 18, 2015

  The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) has announced the 22nd annual Thea Award winners, recognizing excellence in themed entertainment. The Thea Award is one of the attractions industry’s most prestigious honors, ...

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Purposeful Design: Trends in Religious and Mission-Driven Theme Parks

Posted on November 13, 2015

Recently, Banksy made a splash with his Dismaland project, an artistic assertion that “theme parks need bigger themes.” Many were intrigued; however, it’s important to note that themed entertainment design ...

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Indonesia May Be the Next Hot Theme Park Destination

Posted on November 11, 2015

International markets are the fastest point of growth for theme parks today. While China immediately comes to mind, another Asian destination is quickly heating up for theme park development: Indonesia. ...

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Posted on October 28, 2015

For many theme park fans, autumn is one of the most exciting times of year. The record breaking roller coasters and latest dark rides have given way to some of ...

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Exploring the Backlash to Disney’s Price Hikes

Posted on October 23, 2015

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Disney has implemented a new survey program this week to ask past visitors about demand-based pricing models. The demand-based pricing discussion comes in ...

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Why Did Banksy’s Dismaland Capture Everyone’s Imagination?

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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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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