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Theme Park Design & The Art of Themed Entertainment by david younger

Theme Park Design & The Art of Themed Entertainment

By David Younger

Over the past century, theme parks have created worlds where pirates still loot Caribbean towns, where daring adventurers explore booby-trapped temples, and where superheroes swing from New York skyscrapers – and allowed us to step into them too. This is a book about how to design those fantastic places, and the ingenuity that goes into their creation.

This is a handbook for the practicing designer, a textbook for the aspiring student, and a behind the scenes guidebook for the theme park fan, building on hundreds of interviews with accomplished designers from Walt Disney Imagineering, Universal Creative, Merlin Entertainments, and more. Theme Park Design & The Art of Themed Entertainment explores everything from the stories, themes, and characters that theme parks bring to life, to the business models, processes, and techniques that allow them to do it.

From rocket ships to roller coasters, fairy tales to fireworks, and dinosaurs to dark rides, never before has a book dived so deep into the art form of themed entertainment.

Theme Park Design Behind the Scenes with an Engineer by Steve Alcorn

Theme Park Design

Behind the Scenes with an Engineer

By Steve Alcorn

If you’ve ever visited a theme park and wondered how the magic is created, this is the book for you. Theme park design invites you to become an apprentice Imagineer. Inside, you’ll:- Explore the different types of rides and shows- Experience creating an attraction from conception to opening day- Discover the different professional roles in Imagineering so you can determine which best suits your interestsAnd for avid fans and gearheads, a special section takes you on a deep dive into show control, ride control, audio, video and special effects.Whether your goal is to become an Imagineer, or you’re just curious about how theme parks are created, Theme Park Design pulls back the curtain on what goes into creating the greatest attractions on Earth!

Tell Your Story the Walt Disney World Way-Using Disney Imagineering to Make Your Message Heard by Louis Prosperi and Bob McLair

Tell Your Story the Walt Disney World Way

Using Disney Imagineering to Make Your Message Heard

By Louis Prosperi and Bob McLair

We all have stories to tell in our lives and our work. Whether it’s presenting a vision to stakeholders, or introducing new concepts and tools to co-workers, or explaining products and services to potential customers, we all have situations where we have to tell our audience—whoever that might be—something they need to know.

But where can we learn to tell these stories more effectively? Walt Disney World of course!

The Imagineers who design and build Disney theme parks are among the world’s best storytellers, and at the heart of their storytelling is effective communication. Disney’s Imagineers employ a variety of tools, techniques, and disciplines to convey specific ideas and experiences to their audience.

In Tell Your Story the Walt Disney World Way, a group of friends take an Imagineering Storytelling tour of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World to learn how the Disney Imagineers communicate with their audience to tell their stories. Along the way, these friends also learn how they can adopt these Disney Imagineering principles to their own lives and jobs to help them tell their own stories.

Everyone has a story to tell. The question is, how will you tell yours?

The Imagineering Pyramid-Using Disney Theme Park Design Principles to Develop and Promote Your Creative Ideas Paperback by Louis J Prosperi and Bob McLain

The Imagineering Pyramid

Using Disney Theme Park Design Principles to Develop and Promote Your Creative Ideas Paperback

By Louis J Prosperi and Bob McLain

Creativity. Innovation. Success. That’s Disney Imagineering. It was the Imagineers who brought Walt Disney’s dreams to life. Now you can tap into the principles of Imagineering to make your personal and professional dreams come true.

Even if you’re not building a theme park, the Imagineering Pyramid can help you plan and achieve any creative goal. Lou Prosperi designed the pyramid from the essential building blocks of Disney Imagineering. He teaches you how to apply the pyramid to your next project, how to execute each step efficiently and creatively, and most important, how to succeed.

The Imagineering Pyramid is a revolutionary creative framework that anyone can use in their daily lives, whether at home or on the job. Prosperi shares with you:

  • How to use “The Art of the Show” to stay focused on your mission.
  • Practical tutorials for each of the fifteen building blocks that make up the pyramid.
  • Creative Intent, Theming, “Read”-ability, Kinetics, Plussing, and other Imagineering concepts.
  • Imagineering beyond the berm: how to apply the pyramid to fields as diverse as game design and executive leadership.

One Little Spark-Mickeys Ten Commandments and the Road to Imagineering By Marty Sklar

One Little Spark

Mickeys Ten Commandments and the Road to Imagineering

By Marty Sklar

We’ve all read about the experts: the artists, the scientists, the engineers-that special group of people known as Imagineers for The Walt Disney Company. But who are they? How did they join the team? What is it like to spend a day in their shoes?

Disney Legend Marty Sklar wants to give back to fans and answer these burning questions. When Marty was president of Walt Disney Imagineering, he created a list of principles and ideals for the team, aptly named Mickey’s Ten Commandments. Using this code of standards as his organizational flow, Marty provides readers with insights and advice from himself and dozens of hands-on Imagineers from around the globe. It’s a true insider’s look like no other!

theme park project management by val usle

Theme Park Project Management

By Val Usle

Walt Disney Imagineering-A Behind the Dreams Look at Making More Magic Real (A Walt Disney Imagineering Book) Hardcover – Illustrated, May 18, 2010

Walt Disney Imagineering

A Behind the Dreams Look at Making More Magic Real

How can you make dreams come true?
Or transform a fantasy into a colorful, exciting world that visitors can move through, touch, and enjoy? Such fabulous work is the daily business of Walt Disney’s Imagineers, a core group of creative and highly skilled professional wizards who combine imagination with engineering to create the reality of behind the dreams that comprise the Disney theme parks.

In this sequel to the best-selling Walt Disney Imagineering: A Behind-the-Dreams Look at Making the Magic Real, the Imagineers serve up another dose of magic with an even closer look at who they are, what they do, and how they do it, illuminating their theories and explaining the tools they use, and where and how they use them. Contained within this deluxe tome are rough drawings, conceptual models, and behind-the-scenes stories showcasing Disney’s newest attractions and innovations from the inside out. There’s also an exclusive peek inside the Research and Development Lab to see what new magic will soon be appearing.

The Imagineers tell their own stories, as well as how they got there, what they do on a daily basis, what they show their friends in the parks, and how you can learn what it takes to become an Imagineer.

Presented in a large, lavish format, this book is sure to be a must-have for every Disney collector.

Walt Disneys Disneyland book

Walt Disneys Disneyland

Walt Disney dreamed for decades about opening the ultimate entertainment venue, but it wasn’t until the early 1950s that his handpicked team began to bring his vision to life. Together, artists, architects, and engineers transformed a dusty tract of orange groves about an hour south of Los Angeles into one of the world’s most beloved destinations.

Today, there are Disney resorts from Paris to Shanghai, but the original Disneyland in Anaheim, California, which has been visited by more than 800 million people to-date, remains one of America’s most popular attractions. From the day it opened on July 17, 1955, Disneyland brought history and fairy tales to life, the future into the present, and exciting cultures and galaxies unknown to our imaginations.

This bountiful visual history draws on Disney’s vast historical collections, private archives, and the golden age of photojournalism to provide unique access to the concept, development, launch, and enjoyment of this sun-drenched oasis of fun and fantasy. Disneyland documents Walt’s earliest inspirations and ideas; the park’s extraordinary feats of design and engineering; its grand opening; each of its immersive “lands” from Main Street, U.S.A., to Tomorrowland; and the park’s evolution through the six decades since it opened. It is a treasure trove of original Disney documentation and expertise, with award-winning writer Chris Nichols drawing on his extensive knowledge of both Disneyland and Southern California history to reveal the fascinating tale of “the happiest place on Earth.”

The Immersive Worlds Handbook-Designing Theme Parks and Consumer Spaces By Scott Lukas

The Immersive Worlds Handbook

Designing Theme Parks and Consumer Spaces

By Scott Lukas

Scott Lukas, famed industry expert on designing themed spaces, brings you a book that focuses on the imaginative world of themed, immersive and consumer spaces. Whether or not you are involved in designing a theme park, cultural museum, shop, or other entertainment space, you will benefit from the insider tips, experiences, and techniques highlighted in this practical guide. Make your themed spaces come to life and become true, immersive worlds. The book features informative sidebars addressing possible design issues and current trends; case studies and interviews with real-world designers, and further reading suggestions. The book also includes a companion website, as well as exercises that accompany each chapter, lavish photos, illustrations, and tables.

  • Practical guide for designers of entertainment spaces on how to create convincing and effective immersive worlds (whether theme parks, museums, shopping malls, lifestyle stores, or entertainment venues)
  • Lavish photos:  Peek into immersive worlds in the stunning photos that line the pages of the book
  • Practical charts and tables offer clear and concise summaries of key concepts
  • Inspiration to stimulate design process with real world examples
  • Interviews with expert voices in the field covering practical hard-won techniques

Theme Restaurant Design-Entertainment & Fun Dining By Martin M Pegler

Theme Restaurant Design -Entertainment & Fun Dining

By Martin M Pegler

Tour the world’s best theme restaurants It’s the hottest trend sweeping the restaurant industry: entertainment eating. And here’s your chance to get an up close, full-color tour of the world’s best, and most elaborate, establishments. Theme Restaurant Design: Entertainment and Fun in Dining, by Martin Pegler, takes you on a unique, unforgetable journey to the Motown Cafe… Tinseltown… Jekyll & Hyde… Harley Davidson Cafe… Dive… Race Rock… Dick Clark’s American Bandstand… Cafe Med.#. .Route 66… Daily Planet… Alcatraz Brewing… Night Gallery… Country Star Rainforest… Kyoka… Benihana… All Star Cafe… Michael Jordan’s… and many other innovative eateries. Each entry includes a stunning full-color photograph, floor plans, plus the story behind the establishments phenomenal success. Whether you’re an architect r designer looking for ideas and inspiration, or simply want to tour the world’s greatest theme restaurants, this is the guide you’ve been waiting for.

Follow The Story-The Foundation of Every Great Attraction By Scott Swenson

Follow The Story – The Foundation of Every Great Attraction

By Scott Swenson

An attraction is most effective when it follows a path, when it takes guests on a journey. The story determines an attraction’s physical layout, character development, and technical design. It also points the way for clever marketing, merchandising, and branding. This book gives you the tools to develop a story and to use that story as a blueprint for your attraction’s development.

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