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Holistic design and experiential attractions:...

There are few creative industries more suited to a holistic approach to design than location-based entertainment. By Louis Alfieri, Chief Creative Officer, Principal and Founder of Raven Sun Creative. ...

Capturing Coney Island on Camera with Jim McDonnell

Coney Island has always been one of my favorite places in the world. One of the people who gave me a great historical walk around the island was Jim McDonnell. McDonnell, who is archival producer for...

What challenges do today’s theme park designers...

In today's world of risk management, regional codes and trademarks, was theme park design simpler for the original Walt Disney Imagineers? By Eddie Sotto, President of SottoStudios/LA. What challenges do...

Themed entertainment’s TEA Summit & Thea...

The annual TEA Summit kicks off a weekend that culminates in the prestigious, black-tie Saturday night Thea Awards Gala. The three-day fixture returned to Disneyland Resort's Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim,...

General Data Protection Regulations and the attractions...

Major changes to the rules about the processing of personal data - the General Data Protection Regulations - are due to come into force from 25th May 2018 and these will apply to all EEA countries and companies...

Bill Nye the Science Guy and his Upside-Down Pyramid of...

I am a big fan of Bill Nye (yes, the Science Guy, above left) and recently had an opportunity to hear him speak in Los Angeles. In his new book, Everything All At Once, Nye introduces a process concept that...

The three keys to avoiding cultural cliches in...

Compelling entertainment experiences often depend on attracting people using a cultural hook. In China and South East Asia, social storytelling is becoming the standard for entertainment. By James Anderson,...

Disneyland and Universal Studios: genres or single IPs...

Disneyland and Universal Studios are both hugely successful theme parks. However, is Disney's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge part of a broader trend, as the mouse moves away from genre led to IP focussed design? By...

How Harrison “Buzz” Price invented the...

I have written about Harrison "Buzz" Price before. He was best known as the man who found the location for Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and Tokyo Disneyland. He was so important to the theme park industry...

The future of Walt Disney World: wise heads and a 1985...

In March 1985, Michael Eisner had not been in charge of Walt Disney Productions for very long when he brought together an esteemed group of men to discuss the future of Walt Disney World. By Sam Gennawey ...