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.


How Disney World Tackles Long Lines

Posted on February 10, 2011

According to Disney research, the average Magic Kingdom visitor has time for only nine out of nearly fifty rides. In order to keep more than 30 million annual visitors happy ...

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Universal Studios’ Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Posted on February 7, 2011

Harry Potter has been a worldwide sensation since Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was first published in 1997. One of the grandest additions to the JK Rowling-created empire is ...

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10 Most Insane Loop-the-Loop Roller Coasters on Earth

Posted on January 7, 2011

There are no two ways about roller coasters – either you like them or or you don't. Our list of ten of the most insane (shall we say loopy?) roller ...

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Disney’s Pleasure Island Re-Design to Create 1,200 Jobs

Posted on November 27, 2010

Disney recently announced a plan to reconstruct Pleasure Island at Downtown Disney, and projects that the re-design will create 1,200 new jobs over the next three years. Disney is excited ...

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Legoland Florida Theme Park to Open in October 2011

Posted on November 11, 2010

Legoland Florida will open in October 2011 featuring 50 rides, attractions and shows at the former Cypress Gardens theme park in Winter Haven, about 40 miles from Disney World. Legoland ...

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The 99 Village Theme Park

Posted on September 30, 2010

In March 2009, a theme park opened in Jahra, Kuwait with what might seem like an unusual theme: an Islamic comic strip. The park was created by the Teshkeel Media ...

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Saw-the Ride

Posted on September 27, 2010

The Saw film franchise’s first six installments have taken more than $730 million at the worldwide box office, with a combined budget of only $47 million. While Saw might not ...

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10 Highest Roller Coasters on Earth

Posted on September 20, 2010

Image: adpowers Roller Coasters. If you’ve got a head for heights and can stomach huge drops, there’s no greater thrill in the theme park. First patented in 1885, these wonders of ...

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