Published: May 10, 2007 at 10:42 AM
What? You mean that there is STILL a US-based Theme Park Design Industry? Didn't all of that mighty entertainment machinery get "repurposed" into museum development?
Yes, like the life of Mark Twain and the pre-infomercial career of Brittney Spears, news of the death of the "out of home, themed entertainment experience" industry has been greatly exaggerated. Well, that of Twain and theme parks, anyway.
Aw, yes! the sun is rising over a new era of themed entertainment! Whoop! Once again, otherwise sensible people will leave their sanity behind to toil in the rich field of themed design and development.
But . . . after all of these years, with all of the finest minds in the business -- and mine, too -- having gone the museum route? Will there be a period of adjustment? Will we still have the chops to Get The Big Immersive Fun Done? Or will the themed entertainment client whine be, "well, we want this to be wacky! What we don't want is the Louisiana State Museum here!'
Naw, friggit, like riding a bike or padding an expense account, the themed entertainment mojo is e-rpommed into our fixated brains.
So, soggy cups of Starbucks? Check! Wind up walking "Replacement-in-a-trench coat" toy? Got it. Ability to say "But where's the weenie?" without giggling? You bet!
C'mon, Professional Funsters . . . let's get themed!
-- E "Eddy" Edwards, DeScope.com