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Theme Park Design & The Art of Themed Entertainment

Tue Mar 08, 2016 9:37 pm

We’ve recently been contacted by David Younger, the author of the upcoming book; Theme Park Design & The Art of Themed Entertainment, which we believe will be of interest to many members, so felt it was worth posting here.


The book aims to offer the most in-depth literature on theme park design ever written! Across nine chapters and almost six hundred pages, the book guides the reader through every aspect of theme park design, drawing from more than two thousand quotes from both historical and brand new interviews with designers from Walt Disney Imagineering, Universal Studios, Merlin Entertainments, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, and more. Take a look at the preview for a better idea of its contents.

While the book does look at theme parks globally, we’re told that there’s also a good amount of focus on Alton Towers and the other Merlin parks, with it also including brand new interviews with John Wardley, Candy Holland, and Ben Dowson.

If that’s got you interested, take a look at the press release or head over to the website for more information.

It’s now available to pre-order at, ahead of a worldwide release on March 28th, 2016. The book will be available in two editions, a Hardback Color Edition priced at $69.95 and a Paperback Black & White Edition priced at $49.95 with free postage in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Europe, and Australia when purchased through the book website.
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Re: Theme Park Design & The Art of Themed Entertainment

Tue Mar 08, 2016 10:38 pm

This looks great! May actually get this!
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Re: Theme Park Design & The Art of Themed Entertainment

Wed Mar 09, 2016 11:31 am

Thank you very much for sharing this, Lewis! Lots of people assume I'm American when they see this for some perplexing reason, but Alton Towers is actually only a few hours away from me, and has lots of mentions in the book. John Wardley was a big help in writing it (particularly the roller coaster design section, of course), and he's very kindly said for the back cover: "This book will become the definitive work to guide theme park designers.” Hopefully people here will find it interesting!

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