Theme Park Apprentice 6 - Round 1 Challenges & Chat
TPA6 Challenge 1 - Busch Gardens/Sea World (deadline: 8/2 @ midnight)
The last couple of attractions that they have open at SeaWorld & Busch Gardens have been delayed, plagued with problems, and severely underperformed. They need something that will put them back on the map in a big way. But before you let your creativity get the better of you, keep in mind that SeaWorld at least tries to keep a conversation of conservation going in whatever they do. But is that the right direction? Is that what makes SeaWorld what it is? Or would Busch Gardens be easier to work with? But Busch Gardens is also hemmed in by its overall theme. Both SeaWorld and Busch Gardens need the help right now…
TPA6 Challenge 2 - Video Games(any location) (deadline: 8/9 @ midnight)
At the latest gaming convention, all of the major video game publishers seemed to agree that it was a travesty that there was not more of a presence of their intellectual property represented at theme parks. It sounds like now will be a wonderful time to take your expertise in theme parks to snap up an existing video game franchise or set of characters and give them the treatment they earned a while ago and never received. The goal here is to make something incredible and then shop it around to the different theme/amusement park companies. Since Disney/Universal/Six Flags/Cedar Fair/Merlin and others are going to be the ones deciding if they are going to buy and build your attraction, what you will want to do is not make it so horrifically expensive that you won’t be able to sell the idea, but impactful enough to make people around the world sit up and take notice.
TPA6 Challenge 3 - United Kingdom Parks (deadline: 8/17 @ midnight)
Paramount Park is going to be built in the United Kingdom. It is exactly what the other local parks don’t want to see, since it will poach a great deal of their customers away. What the other parks in Britain need is something that will earn them enough paying visitors that the impact of a high tech Paramount park will be dulled if not completely countered. You will not be able to use an existing franchise on this one unless it is in the public domain or unless the franchise is already in use at that park. The money needs to be spent on something new instead of IP’s.
TPA6 Challenge 4 – Australia (deadline: 8/23 @ midnight)
In the land down under, there is some serious competition going on between the different amusement parks. The arms race is so tight right now that maybe a single missing component designed with great skill could pull one of the parks out into the front of the pack. Pick a park and build what that park needs to pull ahead of the other parks.
For all of the challenges make sure that you include the name of the attraction, type of system you are using (from the list), the specs, full description, and anything else that will help elevate your proposal to the front of the pack.
Keep in mind that all times are website time (which I believe is Pacific currently). If you edit your proposal after the deadline the time will show that it was submitted late.
It probably wouldn’t hurt to look over the rules one more time just to make sure that you are on the right track.
If you have any questions feel free to post them in this thread.
One thing that we don’t want to see this year is people trying to stake their claims on ideas. In the past it has been allowed and usually causes another competitor to move their idea to attempt to find some open space. We have found that even with two people doing what sounds like the exact same ride in the exact same park, that the two proposals will be radically different. The challenges this year are a little more wide open than they have been in the past to help with this as well. So, what I am trying to get at is, go with your gut, if you think you have the best concept, go with it. Don’t be bothered by what others are doing. A head to head competition with an apples to apples comparison is actually easier for the judges. Just make sure that yours is the best. In the real world, you all would have been given the same IP, the same location, the same rough building size and shape, and the same hardware, then asked to come up with something original. But originality also counts for something…
Please keep in mind that this is a chatting threat and not a judging thread. You may post whatever you want to in here including your proposal, but it will be for the whole community to grade instead of the judges. As the votes are tallied for the previous challenge, we will open up new official posting threads for each challenge. Only proposals posting to the official posting thread will be considered final and ready to be judged. Likewise, if you are watching and not participating, feel free to work up a proposal and post it here for your peers to take a look at if you feel so inclined. There are plenty of slots open in the second round if you want to make an attempt before throwing your hat in the ring.
When is the judging thread going to be open?
The judging thread for the first challenge will be up on the 26th or the 27th. After that the challenge threads will go up right after the judges have completed their decisions...usually sometime late on Sunday or Monday.
Oooh, the Australia one is a good challenge. The main parks are near the gold coast - Dreamworld/WhiteWater world is about 2 mins drive from Warner Bros MovieWorld/Wet n Wild, where as Sea World (linked to Warner bros Movie World) is more or less in town.
Chad, and THAT is what the judges will be looking for- competitors willing to take a risk, not take the easy obvious route, and create a brilliant solution to a seemingly-insurmountable problem....while still expecting a professional presentation. Every proposal should be written as if you are presenting it to the Board of Directors of (fill in the blank) who will be deciding which proposal will get the green light to proceed...and the greenbacks to pay for it (that means money for our overseas competitors who might be used to money of a different color than American money).
I'm ready to enter.
Oscar, and all other competitors, you can post whenever you are ready and want to post. Post on the "Round 1- Challenge 1" thread. I'm sure the other judges join me in hoping that everyone DOES NOT wait until just before the deadline on Saturday night. We like to read your proposals several times, taking time to write our critiques and decide on rankings. If you all wait until the last minute, we will be rushed and won't do as good a job of critiquing your work...plus I'm spending all weekend at Kings Island with my son and don't want to find eleven proposals waiting for me when I get home ;+)
how idea have to be posted? if i have a good idea just post it? or do i have to put a propsal together a contract an outline or powerpoint or prezi? what exactly needs to be done?
Alec, we've already got a lot of competitors for round 1, but according to the rules you can still compete as long as you post your proposal before the deadline of August 2 at midnight website time (which is Pacific Time). If you want you can also wait for round 2 which starts at the end of August (see the thread titled "Signup and Rules for Theme Park Apprentice 6" for all the details, rules, dates, etc. To see what the judges are looking for, I would strongly recommend doing some research on Theme Park Insider in the search box at the top right of the page, and look for past Theme Park Apprentice competitions. Read over some of the winning and high-ranking proposals to see how the best of the competitors presented their ideas. Also read over the rules carefully to see what you are allowed to post and what you can't post- we do have limits on numbers of pictures, videos, etc. you are allowed. Everything should be in the rules, but you can always contact any of the judges either on this thread or in private with questions.
Sorry to do this, but I am going to have to pull out, I just dont have the time this year. I was hoping to squeeze it in but 15 hour shifts and a new baby, its just not possible to do it properly and my personal opinion is if you cant do it properly, dont do it.
I'm really sorry to hear that, Alan, but thanks for letting us know- and congrats on the new baby!
Looks like everyone is playing it tight with the timeline... No submissions yet!
And my first submission has been made. Did have a lot of fun putting the proposal together. Look forward to comments so that I can improve on future proposals. Good luck to everybody.
Theme Park Apprentice 6- the Obituary
Let me take a moment to disregard some of what James said.
Let me take a moment to disregard some of what Jeff said....ok, maybe not. I didn't want to see TPA end at all- it has really been important to me, so I second what Jeff said. If there is interest in a future edition(s) please let us know. You can do it here or in private, but we have to know 1) what happened to make so many, including so many veterans, sign up then just not show up to the party, and 2) if there is something in the basic set-up, organization, timing, etc. that needs to be changed.
The only reason I had to delay until round 2 was because I was in Quebec visiting my girlfriend (with a side trip to la ronde....), otherwise I would have been on it like a shot.
I just saw the news, and decided that I won't wait until I get home to comment on this (even though I hate typing on my iPhone). As a former competitor and champion who was scheduled to play in round 2, I am disappointed that I won't get a chance to play again. However, I was never planning to compete this year due to all my trips (I'm currently nearing the end of a 3 week trip and did a 2 week trip back in June), so I'm not too bothered by it.
I'm wondering if anyone actually had any thoughts on the later rounds... I'm trying to come up with something off the wall for the Australia round...
Chad, save the idea. We really don't know what will happen in the future, but save the idea you have. You never know...
Had a potential idea for a TPA series. This is sorta inspired by shows like Kitchen Nightmares/Bar Rescue/Hotel Impossible/Resturant Impossible, etc, and a single line in the Beyond CaliFlorida blog that made me go researching the Hard Rock Park (and thinking damn... that place sounded impressive).
Wow, Chad, you put a lot of work into this! We're definitely going to take a closer look at your ideas as we proceed on life support mode. Thanks!
I saw that the rides were being removed... Was surprised to learn a) there was a hard rock park, and b) that things didn't work out. It strikes me as something that should have - right location, strong international brand, good theme, strong reviews.
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