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by admin
Mon Jul 03, 2017 11:02 pm
Forum: Our Guest Book
Topic: Nice to meet you!
Replies: 3
Views: 550

Re: Nice to meet you!

Hey Fabio -

Welcome to themedattraction.com. We're just getting started with our social network so be sure to create your profile. We're about to get some exciting things going. We're glad you're here!
by admin
Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering
Topic: A Design tool for 'motion-platform' sims..
Replies: 1
Views: 328

Re: A Design tool for 'motion-platform' sims..

Hey there -

Thanks for sharing this. Sorry I missed it earlier! This is pretty interesting and I'll definitely be taking a look.

Please post your railway stuff soon!

Nate
by admin
Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:32 pm
Forum: Post a project - post a resume
Topic: Mechanical Animator and Metal Fabricator for Hire
Replies: 6
Views: 2111

Re: Mechanical Animator and Metal Fabricator for Hire

That's fantastic. I'm glad you guys are able to connect.

Nate
by admin
Sat Apr 15, 2017 12:59 am
Forum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering
Topic: New updates!
Replies: 4
Views: 801

New updates!

Hi everyone -

Nate here. As you may have noticed, the spambots ruined our previous versions of the message boards. Fortunately, we were able to (finally) get rid of them just in the nick of time to completely reimagineer the web site.

We've got big plans and big news coming. Get ready!
by admin
Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:57 pm
Forum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering
Topic: Moderator No More
Replies: 3
Views: 768

Re: Moderator No More

Hey Wok -

Funny you should mention that. We're working on it. There are BIG things coming!!
by admin
Thu Aug 12, 2010 12:30 pm
Forum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering
Topic: Starting at the very beginning.
Replies: 12
Views: 3949

Yes, you should contact Universal Creative directly. You can find their contact information on www.themeit.com. They offer internships from time to time and at very least you could ask for a tour or a job shadow.

Nate
by admin
Fri May 08, 2009 12:24 pm
Forum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering
Topic: New Eddie Interview
Replies: 3
Views: 2372

New Eddie Interview

Check it out, this is over a year in the making. Our latest Eddie Sotto interview is here!!
by admin
Wed Dec 24, 2008 3:30 am
Forum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering
Topic: Happy Holidays!
Replies: 12
Views: 4929

Merry Christmas everyone!!

Nate
by admin
Wed Nov 26, 2008 11:42 am
Forum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering
Topic: Ringling
Replies: 10
Views: 4712

Phil -

There are a lot of people in the industry that came out of Ringling. It's a fine pick.

Nate
by admin
Wed Nov 26, 2008 11:42 am
Forum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering
Topic: Theme Park work in the current economic climate
Replies: 7
Views: 3551

The industry is usually dead in late November - January. But there is enough diverse work out there that it's almost recession proof. There's always something happening.

Nate
by admin
Fri Nov 21, 2008 1:33 am
Forum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering
Topic: wait times article.. CNN
Replies: 1
Views: 1841

wait times article.. CNN

CNN) -- Warning: Standing in line can cause extreme boredom, annoyance and even rage, which is precisely why there is a fascinating science devoted to what makes people tick -- and ticked off -- when forced to wait. Most places where people queue now offer single, serpentine lines that guarantee fir...
by admin
Thu Oct 09, 2008 12:20 am
Forum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering
Topic: News
Replies: 6
Views: 3773

News

Hey everyone - I've been having a blast the last couple days working at Universal Creative on an attraction project. It really is that cool. If someone reminds me in after the press release comes out, I'd be happy to share my experiences!! Also, sorry to everyone about my poor attendance on these bo...
by admin
Tue Jul 15, 2008 4:07 pm
Forum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering
Topic: Busch Buyout
Replies: 11
Views: 5598

I think it's bad news for Sea World. One of the reasons Sea World / Discovery Cove / Busch Gardens does so well is that Augie Busch and the senior management cares so much for their success. If the right investor came along the brand could do well, but if the wrong people were in charge... well, the...
by admin
Mon Jun 16, 2008 1:03 pm
Forum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering
Topic: Robotic Arm technology
Replies: 11
Views: 5701

What would one use one for? Examples?

Nate
by admin
Sun Jun 08, 2008 12:29 pm
Forum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering
Topic: universal hollywood fire
Replies: 25
Views: 10984

I know it's very sad that these famous attractions were lost. I will say however that in the long run it will be good for Universal Creative, in terms of a new project! And of course, it will add to the Studios Tour lore as they tell the story of the studios.

Nate
by admin
Sun May 18, 2008 10:20 am
Forum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering
Topic: New Innoventions Hurricane Attraction
Replies: 1
Views: 1907

New Innoventions Hurricane Attraction

ORLANDO, Fla. — Hurricane Charley, one of the most destructive storms to strike the United States, is getting the Disney treatment. A new exhibit opening in late August at Disney's Epcot Innoventions pavilion will put visitors in the eye of the storm's lashing Category 4 winds using 3-D technology a...
by admin
Tue May 06, 2008 8:49 am
Forum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering
Topic: Dreams
Replies: 6
Views: 3683

Speaking of dreams, last night was a great one. I worked most of the night at Universal Creative, but the project is their new coaster. I won't reveal details because I can't... but y'all should check out the links on the web because it's going to be great!! Never give up on your dreams. You just ne...
by admin
Tue Apr 29, 2008 11:17 pm
Forum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering
Topic: Practice pitch
Replies: 9
Views: 4612

Great images... great storyboards....a master plan. a cool logo. Professionally printed on vinyl and mounted on gator foam. Then Sell sell sell!

Nate
by admin
Tue Apr 29, 2008 7:17 am
Forum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering
Topic: Intimate Themed Experience instead of massive theme parks
Replies: 21
Views: 10104

Are you guys confusing the terms FEC (family entertainment center) with LBE (location based entertainment?)

Nate
by admin
Sun Apr 27, 2008 12:54 am
Forum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering
Topic: Guest mentality article
Replies: 6
Views: 3528

One of the key aspects that I've come to realize is that it's no longer Disney vs Universal or Disney vs everyone else. Maybe in the 1960's-1980's that was the case, but at least in Orlando it's not the case. The mentality one should have to understand the Orlando theme park industry (and also other...
by admin
Sat Apr 26, 2008 4:46 pm
Forum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering
Topic: assembling an animatronics dept. as opposed to contracting
Replies: 6
Views: 3525

We have a lot of people who come to this place with ideas. Many are secretive believing that they really need to protect the idea, that somehow it is unique and can't be disclosed. The problem with that thinking is shortsighted. In reality, there are far too many people with ideas than there are dol...
by admin
Fri Apr 25, 2008 5:19 pm
Forum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering
Topic: assembling an animatronics dept. as opposed to contracting
Replies: 6
Views: 3525

Hmm... maybe you should spell out exactly what you're trying to do for some true advice? Even so, I'm not sure it required contracting. You simply purchase the animatronics with some sort of maintenance agreement. When something breaks, they send a replacement. You'll probably want to have a spare o...
by admin
Fri Apr 25, 2008 12:51 pm
Forum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering
Topic: assembling an animatronics dept. as opposed to contracting
Replies: 6
Views: 3525

Respectfully, I don't think starting from scratch would be better than simply buying a product off the shelf and then installing it. Would you rather buy a Ford or build a Ford factory? Which is cheaper? These animatronic companies will make the product to your specifications and will install them, ...
by admin
Fri Apr 25, 2008 1:32 am
Forum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering
Topic: Animatronic freedom?
Replies: 5
Views: 3864

Actually, the most advanced figures at Disney are actually made by Sarcos and aren't Disney figures at all. Sarcos is a company based in Utah. www.sarcos.com Examples of the Sarcos figure are from the following attractions: 1) Buzz Lightyear in the preshow at Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin 2) Th...
by admin
Sun Apr 20, 2008 5:37 pm
Forum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering
Topic: The Rumor Mill
Replies: 5
Views: 3185

Sorry, I can't and won't delve into rumors. Just facts and history. We don't do rumors, leak information or anything like that because it would jeopardize future projects we could otherwise obtain, not to mention violate confidentiality. This site isn't about leaking information, it's about professi...
by admin
Sun Apr 20, 2008 5:32 pm
Forum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering
Topic: Show Writing...
Replies: 2
Views: 2143

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Hey there - Who is this, by the way? Will possibly? Adam Berger got his start writing for "lies and smears" .... err... Eyes and Ears, the weekly newspaper publication for the Walt Disney World cast members. He then got sucked into a project at WDI and then went on to a highly successful freelance c...
by admin
Sun Apr 20, 2008 11:36 am
Forum: Our Guest Book
Topic: Rest in Peace, Ollie Johnston (1912 – April 14th, 2008)
Replies: 0
Views: 2514

Rest in Peace, Ollie Johnston (1912 – April 14th, 2008)

Oliver Martin Johnston, Jr. (October 31, 1912 – April 14, 2008) was an American motion picture animator. He was one of Disney's Nine Old Men, and the last living member. His work was recognized with the National Medal of Arts in 2005. He was a directing animator at Walt Disney Studios from 1935 to 1...
by admin
Sun Apr 20, 2008 10:58 am
Forum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering
Topic: project design team
Replies: 1
Views: 1985

I think your question actually isn't correct because it's not that simple. To complete a theme park you'd need only a few people, or maybe hundreds, but to put a number to it, it all depends on how you break it out. Theoretically, you would only need a single architect complete the master plan for a...
by admin
Wed Apr 16, 2008 11:59 pm
Forum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering
Topic: Supporting and structural elements of a themed environment
Replies: 20
Views: 8730

In general, an elevation is simply a front view of a wall or a facade. A section cuts right through the space, so in a section you'll see wall thicknesses, the roof thickness, etc... Sections are a great way to express several rooms at a time because you're literally cutting through the building. A ...
by admin
Tue Apr 15, 2008 7:09 pm
Forum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering
Topic: Supporting and structural elements of a themed environment
Replies: 20
Views: 8730

Holly's right - Although the one thing I'd say about models is that it especially helps eliminate obvious mistakes that one just can't see until the space is created three dimensionally. A lot of times people will fall in love with a particular rendering of a scene, but it's drawn from the perfect a...
by admin
Tue Apr 15, 2008 5:59 am
Forum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering
Topic: Supporting and structural elements of a themed environment
Replies: 20
Views: 8730

Hey there - I'll answer your question in because detailed answers should be posted on the main site. Here are some thoughts: (By the way, welcome! Thanks for posting!) * I'll answer specifically for a ride in the E.T. model of things to break it down a bit. I didn't develop E.T. but I do know the as...
by admin
Wed Apr 02, 2008 10:23 pm
Forum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering
Topic: Next steps into the industry (lighting)
Replies: 7
Views: 4413

If you're in San Francisco you should look up Nancy McCoy. She's associated with the architectural lighting design community there and is a great designer... a good person to know. If you want to get into the themed entertainment aspect of it, I highly recommend you contact Pat Gallegos of Gallegos ...
by admin
Mon Mar 31, 2008 7:51 pm
Forum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering
Topic: Runaway show!
Replies: 26
Views: 12366

Rob (Loric) - you're well on your way, my man!! Well done, young jedi!

Nate
by admin
Thu Mar 20, 2008 9:59 pm
Forum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering
Topic: Disaster Studios at Universal Studios Florida
Replies: 13
Views: 6333

I can't give away the secret. But let me just say that I'm talking about what's behind Christopher Walken.
by admin
Thu Mar 20, 2008 5:11 pm
Forum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering
Topic: Disaster Studios at Universal Studios Florida
Replies: 13
Views: 6333

Actually, a musion pepper's ghost doesn't look best against a black backdrop. In order for Chris Walken to look like he's not just floating in space, it's better to place him in front of a dark color like a dark blue or purple.
by admin
Thu Mar 20, 2008 2:51 am
Forum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering
Topic: new coaster at Universal... coming soon!
Replies: 3
Views: 2734

new coaster at Universal... coming soon!

The story just broke....it will be a great coaster. Glad the secret's out so I can finally tell my friends. Did you guys see that first drop? It looks like a doozy! ORLANDO, Fla. -- A new state-of-the-art roller coaster scheduled to open at Universal Studios Orlando theme park will hover over the he...
by admin
Wed Mar 19, 2008 4:49 pm
Forum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering
Topic: The Happiest Place on Earth?
Replies: 2
Views: 2201

Having worked at both Disneyland in the early 90's and the Magic Kingdom in the late 1990's and early 2000's, I feel qualified to comment: There is a different corporate culture at Disneyland compared to the Magic Kingdom. Disneyland is more in tune with Walt's traditions. Walt actually lived and wo...
by admin
Wed Mar 19, 2008 2:30 am
Forum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering
Topic: Update on the site.
Replies: 16
Views: 8004

Rob -

Would you mind defining reflective distance, natural theater and NOH theater? I've been out of school for too long...

If you don't like interactive, do you prefer immersive attractions? Is immersive the same as reflective distance?

Nate
by admin
Wed Mar 19, 2008 1:57 am
Forum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering
Topic: Blair family protests small world changes
Replies: 12
Views: 6095

Yeah, what I meant by the Universal comment is an opinion I've held for quite some time: The problem with Disney is that any time they design something new, it's always got to have Mickey Mouse stamped on it. A perfect example of this is the Fantasmic show at WDW versus Disneyland. At Disneyland a w...
by admin
Tue Mar 18, 2008 11:08 pm
Forum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering
Topic: Blair family protests small world changes
Replies: 12
Views: 6095

This is exactly why I think Universal Studios is where it's at right now. I simply don't understand why the execs at Disney think that it's an enhancement to add Disney characters to the inside of an attraction. Is this really what they consider an enhancement? Does it add any value whatsoever? As i...
by admin
Wed Mar 12, 2008 8:11 pm
Forum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering
Topic: Update on the site.
Replies: 16
Views: 8004

What's interesting about Dumbo is how they improved upon it. At Islands of Adventure the One Fish, Two Fish ride is the same concept, only now it does have a story. I think it actually makes it more fun than Dumbo. It's interactive, it is appealing to both children and adults alike, and it's got a c...
by admin
Tue Mar 11, 2008 10:48 pm
Forum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering
Topic: Update on the site.
Replies: 16
Views: 8004

What's the Dumbo story again? I know I should know this.... but it's late.

Nate
by admin
Tue Mar 11, 2008 11:08 am
Forum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering
Topic: Update on the site.
Replies: 16
Views: 8004

Update on the site.

Hey everyone - This is just an update for you all. A long time ago we told you that we were working on going "wiki" allowing you guys, the fans and professionals of Imagineering to update and edit our site. We're still working hard on it and hope to have that for you soon. We'd like for you to be ab...
by admin
Sun Mar 09, 2008 12:50 pm
Forum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering
Topic: Friday March 7
Replies: 5
Views: 3268

It's called the "Mickey Mouse Field" to pilots. It's place strategically close to the final approach to runway 7 (the main runway) on your way into the Orlando Executive Airport. I show all my friends when I go flying. Pretty cool stuff.

Nate
by admin
Wed Mar 05, 2008 12:34 am
Forum: Post a project - post a resume
Topic: Follow My Heart to a SW Park
Replies: 9
Views: 7011

Yeah, exactly. It's like trying to sell someone else's car on ebay. You may find a buyer, but you don't really own it and therefore shouldn't really be trying to sell it.

Nate
by admin
Sun Mar 02, 2008 2:28 pm
Forum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering
Topic: Runaway show!
Replies: 26
Views: 12366

My advice is to enjoy the madness. The journey is the destination. Enjoy the journey. You're living your passion.

Nate
by admin
Sat Mar 01, 2008 7:59 pm
Forum: Our Guest Book
Topic: Newbie in So Cal
Replies: 2
Views: 3357

Matt, Glad you're here. If you're into theme park design, L.A. is definitely one of the hotspots in the world to be. You're in a great location and you'll have the added bonus of being able to go back and forth from film to theme park rides. I hope you chime in on the boards regularly. We need that ...
by admin
Wed Feb 13, 2008 1:19 am
Forum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering
Topic: Line Weights in drawing
Replies: 1
Views: 2065

Yeah, that is a good article. I typically keep it simple when drawing and use three line weights. 1. Outlines = heaviest. 2. Details like text on a surface or other "flat" objects on a surface = lightest. 3. Everything else or changes in plane like the front edge of a step = medium. That generally w...
by admin
Fri Feb 08, 2008 2:58 pm
Forum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering
Topic: Hobbs End...
Replies: 8
Views: 4568

The forum rules are just to protect the designers in here. Quite frankly, since there are always more ideas than dollars... if you want your dream enough to actually build it, well then you'll probably be the only one who will do it. Generally, people chase after their own dreams only...
by admin
Fri Feb 08, 2008 10:20 am
Forum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering
Topic: Roller Coaster Physics
Replies: 8
Views: 4457

I could be wrong about this, but there's a difference between instantaneous G's and sustained G's. A fighter pilot can withstand a tremendous amount of instantaneous G's but only 5-7 sustained G's without blacking out.