Imagineering Explored: Great Themed Park Transitions
We’re embarking on a new series here in Disney at Work and Play. Imagineering Explored is an opportunity to deep dive into best practices of Imagineering. We look at what works and more importantly why it works. And on occasion, we’ll even make application to life outside Disney’s gates. This first podcast in the series looks at great themed transitions that occur in the parks–particularly as you move from one setting to another. These are dramatic transitions that are often so subtle that you hardly recognize you’ve moved from one locale to another. We’ll look at some great examples across the globe and discuss how the elements support the transition. From the Magic Kingdom to Disneyland Paris; from Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge to the “Happiest Place on Earth”, we’ll look at some of the most enveloping and clever Imagineering design elements ever created. We’ll even see their application from any brick and mortar store to navigating web sites. Join us as we examine Great Themed Transitions in this Imagineering Explored podcast.
Below is an outline of what we’re chatting about on today’s podcast:
Themed Park Examples:
Magic Kingdom: Main Street to Adventureland to Liberty Square to Fantasyland
Tokyo Disneyland: World Bazaar to New Orleans Square to Adventureland
Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Grand Avenue into Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge
Disneyland Paris: Fantasyland to Adventureland
Disneyland: Entrance into Main Street
The original transition–moving you from the California Freeways into the “Happiest Place on Earth”.
Walt Disney World: TTC to Magic Kingdom
Perhaps this was the most expensive transition Disney ever created. It is a transition from a freeway passing a stopping point through Florida to ultimately an entire resort stay experience.
Elements that Support Transition:
These variables matter as much to a hospital layout, an office complex, an auto dealership and even a web site. You don’t have plants or paint in all these instances, but you have elements when combined create a transition that pulls you into the experience you are trying to provide your customers:
- Natural Landscaping
- Music & Sound FX
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