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.


Six Flags Introduces Batman: 4th-Dimension Roller Coaster

Posted on January 19, 2015

2015 is promising to be an exciting year for roller coaster enthusiasts. One of the most exciting introductions is the new Batman coaster, set to debut at Six Flags Fiesta ...

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The Evolving Role of Video Games at Theme Parks

Posted on January 13, 2015

The role of video games at theme parks is quickly changing. Disney recently announced that it plans to stop distributing prizes at its hotel video game arcades. New legislation has ...

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Top 7 Theme Park Attractions of 2014

Posted on January 8, 2015

2014 was an exciting year for the entertainment design world. Venues around the globe introduced new thrilling attractions, and many classic rides received a major facelift. Designers pushed the envelope ...

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Kabul City Park Offers Respite from Conflict & Hope for the Future

Posted on January 6, 2015

In October, Afghanistan opened what's being hailed as the country's first theme park. In fact, there have been other parks open for short stints over the years. This is just ...

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Say Hi to Hello Kitty – Theme Park Based on Japanese Sensation Opens in Two Weeks!

Posted on December 23, 2014

Most of us have experienced Disney parks and the thrill of the mouse, but now there's a new cat in the theme park realm. Set to open on New Years ...

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The First Ten Seconds: Hooking Today’s Attraction Visitors

Posted on December 11, 2014

Experts suggest that we have just a few seconds to make a good first impression in the face to face world of networking and personal meetings. The same is true ...

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Live Shows, Theme Parks: New Cirque du Soleil Park Explores These Intersections

Posted on December 4, 2014

Can the masters of live show design seamlessly translate that vision into a theme park format? We’re about to find out. The Cirque du Soleil franchise is partnering with Latin ...

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LARP in the Park – Planet J’s Live Action Role Playing Theme Park in China Opens 2015

Posted on November 24, 2014

  Today in news of the fabulously nerdy, we bring you an announcement that may encourage you to put down your XBOX controller, your comic books, your latest Minecraft project and ...

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21st Thea Award Recipients Announced

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 ...

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How Can You Become the Next Imagineer or Roller Coaster Engineer?

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 ...

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