Thinkwell publishes white paper on future of socially-distanced theme park planning

Thinkwell Group, the global experience design and production company, has produced a new white paper exploring socially-distanced theme park planning in a post-COVID-19 era.

Thinkwell Group is pleased to announce the publication of a new white paper, covering the concept of physically distanced theme park design. It includes concepts like the amount of space needed to create a new, socially-distanced park, the room needed for specific areas such as retail and food and what space is required for shows and attractions.

The paper looks at what needs to be taken into account to plan a mega theme park, guided by physical distancing and post-COVID-19 health and safety requirements.

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Designing a physically-distanced park

Brad Kissling, Thinkwell’s Principal of Planning, uses the standard rules of theme park design and planning to break down how to create a new type of park, with appropriate social distancing measures in each area, from rides and shows to refreshments and merchandise areas.

The paper examines the kind of space increases that would be required for a physically-distanced guest flow, while still catering to the kind of attendance numbers that parks would have seen before the pandemic.

It also questions the impact on different areas such as retail, attractions, live shows, and food & beverage, as well as entry points, exits, and flow parameters.

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The company collaborated with Entertainment + Culture Advisors (ECA) to look at space implications, costs and revenue considerations for such a park. Given that revenue is based on attendance and guest spend, the paper questions if limits on capacity will cause the accepted business model to shift and discover new premiums in guest spend.

The full report and analysis is available here.

Earlier this year, Thinkwell also published a white paper that explored the seven areas to consider when reopening theme parks, museums and more.