Mar. 18 – “While the other Walt Disney World parks use their environments to evoke universal stories of reassurance, wonder, or nature, Hollywood Studios by contrast is both narrow in concept and narcissistic in delivery. It’s a vanity project designed primarily to please the old guard of Hollywood executives who built it in the first place.” If you haven’t guessed it by now I’m not a huge fan of Florida or its theme parks; nevertheless there are several gold nuggets that can’t be overlooked, Disney’s Hollywood Studios containing a few of them.
Feb. 23 – “The EPCOT Center was to be the 21st century’s shining city upon a hill, built in a state where the sun shines brightly but there are no hills.” The Magic Kingdom review was able to generate a fair amount of controversy, so let’s see if we can keep that momentum going into Epcot, which includes topics about racism, pornography, and (most debatable) the theoretical relationship between technology and history.
Jan. 15 – The full set of Magic Kingdom capsule reviews is now published, along with the photo journal for more visually inclined folk. Hopefully I was able to say one or two things that haven’t already been said about the world’s most popular theme park. Next up is Epcot.
Dec. 11 – Just a minor update today, as the first update for Disney World is still at least a few days away (most likely to be the Magic Kingdom, and continuing in chronological order), but I wanted to go back and add photo journals for the other three Orlando theme parks I already covered before moving on too far to other parks. That said, there’s still 1093 photos included between the three galleries posted below (if you’re so inclined to peruse through every page), so perhaps calling it a “minor update” is a bit of a misdirection on my part. There’s also over a thousand more of the Disney World theme parks already posted to Flickr if you’re really photo hungry, although these will likely be included in photo journals of their own in the near future.
Nov. 10 – I am now off to Orlando, Florida. Below is the web version of the one-sheet presentation I’ll bring to the IAAPA convention. Sequencing is a topic I’ve discussed a lot in coaster reviews on these pages, but this is the first time I’ve formally explained what it is and how to use it to be shared with the public. By the way, I’m not worried about others “stealing” this idea from me and putting me out of a future job; by all means, I hope as many people as possible use the basics I’ve outlined here. The complex stuff is still secret to my own head, as well as all of the unexplored possibilities in designing the next great ride that I believe sequencing theory allows for. Anyway, hopefully I’ll be back with good news and another update in the next few weeks.