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What sources do you use to come up with a ride idea? DO you build the story first, then fit the ride to that, or do you get a general idea of the ride first, and then find a storyline to go along with it?
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Those are the two schools of thought. Some say write the story then the ride, others say design the ride then make a story around it. But most will likely say to write the story first, then theme the ride around the story.
Many find that after writing the story, the ride changes from thier original concept to one that more adequately tells the story. Many times designers have a very rough basic idea of what they want (ie dark ride, thrill ride, etc) and a specific area the ride is to fit.
Take for example Animal Kingdom’s Expedition Everest. I live in Orlando but haven’t been on the ride yet, but from the commercials I can tell you the basic storyline. A train ride through the Himalayas and Mount Everest is interrupted by an encounter with the Yeti who wreaks havoc on the train and its passengers. Fortunately Disney has the room to put such an enormous ride but many parks don’t.
Star Trek Experience in Vegas is also story-driven. Without the story, the ride and exhibit is pretty pointless.Rides without a story are just a ride. Hope this helps