I enjoyed reading this while 'Working'......
I would love to see an article on the economics of theme parks, you could have a whole series! ;)
.Overall economics of ride design- water vs not, enclosed vs not etc.Economics driving a design- interview a designer about a design, and how budget impacted it (what was removed/improved/modified would be fascinating).Economy of spaces- optimising design of spaces for people flow/ride flow
So while it would probably be a pretty interesting column, it would be insanely difficult to pry this type of information out of a theme park. I had tried late last year to get some information from some local parks about ride evacuation procedures, and they were very hesitant to provide that, and I would expect similar hesitancy when it comes to line item operational costs.
Maybe something along the lines of a historical article about a ride built decades ago might be more feasible to tackle from the cost/benefit/design changes angle.
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