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Insights from the academic world as it pertains to the themed entertainment industry:

Announcing the Themed Attraction Student Showcase

Themed Attraction Student Showcase Important: Please continue to check this post for updated information. We will add to this post as more information comes available. Themedattraction.com exists to inform, encourage, educate, and expand the themed entertainment / location based entertainment / attractions industry. We are pleased to announce the inaugural “Themed Attraction Student Showcase” for…

Welcome to HORRORVILLE, a Scary Theme Park Land

Senior Thesis: Mike Artwell. Interior Architecture at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Part 1: Crafting a Year-Round Horror Park Most of my peers studying Interior Architecture at the Cleveland Institute of Art knew they wanted to craft a senior thesis that tackled hard-hitting, real world issues like re-developing the passenger experience at an airport, creating…

2020 Themed Experience and Attractions Academic Symposium Open Call for Proposals, Accuracy in Amusement Ride Safety Reporting, & Students Build a Dark Ride from Scratch

Each year international scholars from a variety of disciplines assemble during the final day of the IAAPA expo to exchange ideas, enhance research, and debate intricacies of the blending of art and science in themed environments and attractions. The Themed Entertainment and Attractions Academic Symposium (TEAAS) includes oral research presentation sessions and poster exhibitions relevant…

Purpose-Based Design: The Next Evolution in Immersive Environments

“To all that come to this happy place, welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. “ ― Walt Disney I’ve been involved with quite a few development projects throughout my career, in every project my goal has…

Non-linear Storytelling, Fantawild Oriental Heritage, and Service Robots: Summary of 2019 IAAPA Expo Themed Experience and Attractions Academic Symposium (TEAAS) – Part 2

Summary – Earlier this month Themedattraction.com highlighted research presentations on dark rides, perceptions of theme park crowding, and immersion-as-inhabitation known as scenographic storytelling from the Themed Experience and Attractions Academic Society (TEAAS) 2nd annual symposium sponsored by the IAAPA Foundation. The symposium includes oral research presentation sessions and poster exhibitions relevant to themed experience and attractions.…

Dark Rides, Crowding, and Scenographic Storyworlds: Summary of 2019 IAAPA Expo Themed Experience and Attractions Academic Symposium (TEAAS) – Part 1

On November 22, 2019, the Themed Experience and Attractions Academic Society (TEAAS) held its 2nd annual symposium sponsored by the IAAPA Foundation. The symposium includes oral research presentation sessions and poster exhibitions relevant to themed experience and attractions. TEAAS promotes the open access publication of scholarly research. This year nine oral presentations focused on tourism…

Online Theme Park Engineering Class Peeks Behind the Scenes

ORLANDO, FL — Have you ever gone to a theme park and wondered, “How did they do that?” Now you can find out, in Theme Park Engineering. This fun new online class surveys everything about the design of theme park attractions. The course is taught by Steve Alcorn, president of Alcorn McBride Inc., a company…

Theming the Thrills

A study into the use of theming and design as a marketing medium to enhance the visitor experience at theme parks. RJ Cumberworth BA (Hons) Leisure Management Birmingham College of Food, Tourism & Creative Studies March 2001 Preface & Acknowledgement The topic of theming and design at theme parks has been chosen due to a…

‘Authenticity vs. Staged experiences’ Christian Engler

MA studies intourism management at the University of Brighton / England 1. Introduction 2. Is there any objective authenticity? 3. Constructed authenticity 4. Giving meaning to the world 5. Why the concept of objective authenticity is still preserved 6. Conclusion 1. Introduction It is a commonly held view that mass tourism and the commodification of…