Theme Park Apprentice 6 - Round 1 Challenges & Chat
Published: July 21, 2014 at 8:06 AM. Edited: July 22, 2014 at 9:32 PM
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.
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