Monthly Archives: March 2013

Hard Rock Park 4: “Whole Lotta Love”

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Theme Park University takes a look at Hard Rock Park’s creative process in putting together the world’s first, and only, roller coaster themed to the legendary rock band: Led Zeppelin.

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A Dreamfinder’s Guide to Imagineering Your Life – I

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  Today’s lesson is for you. Yes, I mean you, sitting in the back. You probably hoped I’d never call on you and you wouldn’t be dragged into the discussion. Well, you were wrong. Today’s subject is you… so listen up. There will be one hell of a test years from now. Since you’re hanging […]

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Hard Rock Park 3: How To Move People

In the latest article of Josh Young’s series on Hard Rock Park, he takes a look at what changes from the original art work, and deliberate choices designed to keep the family together.

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Wanna Be a Theme Park Designer? Like NOW?

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At TPU we’re dedicated to giving our readers a realistic vision of what it takes to have a career in attraction design. None of this pie-in-the-sky, ‘think happy thoughts’ and Someday Your Prince Will Come nonsense here, kids! It takes years of study and lots of connections to get into THIS private club, buddy. Unless… […]

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Let the Characters Tell the Tale…

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In a recent MiceAge.com article by George H. Taylor, Jeff Heimbuch shared some interesting details of Disneyland’s City Hall. It’s a collection of books – classics of fantasy and adventure that fill a shelf in the reception area. The titles would be familiar to any Disney fan – but where you would expect to see […]

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Hard Rock Park 2: Design Orchestration

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Josh Young looks at some of the original concept artwork that was used to help sell the investors on the Hard Rock Park concept.

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TPU Interview: The Hackmeister 2000

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Dear Reader – I always look forward to any new theme park show, eternally hopeful that I will be thrilled, amused or moved by what the park’s creative forces have in store. Certain shows have exceeded my expectations, but there’ve always been disappointments as well. Right now, I’d say the industry is running about 50/50 […]

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Hard Rock Park 1: The Birth of The World’s First Rock N Roll Theme Park

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How often does a theme park open in the United States? In the summer of 2008, Myrtle Beach opened an extremely ambitious theme park that only lasted 4 months. Josh Young takes us on a journey in what it took to build the park in the first of an expansive series.

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On Imagination’s 30th: A Re-Birthday Wish

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If Walt Disney ever actually said, “Disneyland will never be completed as long as there is imagination left in the world,” I’ve never met anyone who heard him say it. On the other hand, there were hundreds at last year’s IAPPA symposium who heard Tony Baxter say: “I don’t think the Imagination pavilion works anymore.” […]

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Drip: Sticking A Toe Into The World of Immersive Theater

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“All I want out of art and life is for my guts and my brains to collide. It’s the feeling of going on a roller coaster. My guts knowing I am going to die and my brain explaining that if they killed too many people, the insurance rates would be too high.” – Penn Jillette […]

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