Challenge 0: Park Outline
Welcome to Theme Park Apprentice 8. This season, you will be creating a cumulative theme park of your own design throughout the competition. Every attraction, show, shop, and restaurant you later create must fit into the original concept presented here, and while some modifications will be permitted your theme will be locked in.
For this challenge, you must present a brief outline of your park concept. You do not need to go into extreme detail, but you should give a brief overview of the key elements of your park. Think of this as an announcement of the project, giving enough detail to generate interest while waiting to reveal exact specifics until they are known. While you are free to develop your park as you wish, your park must contain at minimum:
-At least four themed areas (not including the entrance area).
-At least one notable attraction per area (except the entrance area).
-A unifying theme for the whole park, as well as individual themes for each area.
What is a theme? A theme is an overall concept or idea which will act as your park’s “guiding light.” Every ride, attraction, or other element you pitch in a proposal during this competition should fit into the overall theme of your park. For reference, here is how the judges look at themes and some recommend for defining themes for your park:
-A broad theme is one that is very general and often encompasses many smaller themes. These can often be thought of as genres, and while works within them may share some traits there are only a handful of absolutes that define these themes. Examples of broad themes would be Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Horror, etc.
-A narrow theme can be thought of as a small section of a broad theme. Narrow themes typically cover a smaller collection of works that all fit within a sub-genre of the main genre. For example, Traditional Fairy Tales would be a narrow theme within Fantasy, Dystopia/Utopia stories are a subset of Sci-Fi, and American History is one section of History.
-A single theme is a specific work or collection of related works that fit within a narrow theme. An individual book, movie, video game, etc., or a franchise of such fit this category, as would a bunch of stories all discussing the same event. The Legend of King Arthur and his knights, Panem (aka the Hunger Games franchise), and the American Civil War would all be examples of single themes fitting into the narrow themes above.
-In general, you will often get the best results when you use a broad or narrow theme for your overall park, narrow themes or single themes for the individual themed areas, and single themes for individual attractions. While it is possible to do an entire park with a single theme, this is generally not recommended as you may run into a corner due to the limitations of the theme and will definitely limit the potential audience of the park.
Lastly, a word about IP. In the theme park industry, IP based attractions are rapidly becoming the dominant focus at major theme parks worldwide. However, there are no theme parks based solely on a single IP. This is because IP is a single theme and carries the same limitations as any single theme. Therefore, while you are welcome to use IP within your park for attractions and themed areas, we will not permit a park that is entirely based on a single IP.
For this challenge, your proposal should be 2-3 pages and include the following:
-The name, theme, and location of your park
-The names of each themed area, as well as one attraction within
-A brief description of the park as a whole, including the basic layout and unifying theme
-A brief description of what guests can find within each themed area as well as how it fits the general theme of the park
-Which chain your park is part of or, if independent, which IP properties you plan to use (if any) for verification purposes
-Any other information you feel is necessary for your proposal
Special Image Allowance: In this challenge, you may use two images per themed area in addition to your header and footer. As always, images are not required and do not replace text, they are only to enhance your proposal.
Remember, whatever you pitch you will be expected to stick with. While we will allow small to medium-sized changes (up to but not exceeding the addition or replacement of an entire themed area), major overhauls like completely ditching your original concept to create something new are frowned upon. As for IP, you are not committed to only IP listed here and you are not bound to use everything, but we expect to see most of it in your final proposal unless it is rejected. Also, IP is not exclusive...multiple competitors may use the same IP provided they do not create copies of each other's attractions.
All proposals must be submitted by Saturday, June 4th at midnight. While we will not be eliminating anyone at this point (though we will provide critiques), you must submit a satisfactory proposal by that date in order to participate in Theme Park Apprentice 8.
Additionally, here is the full challenge schedule for the competition:
1. Dark Ride: Welcome to Theme Park Apprentice 8. Your first task is simple: Design a dark ride for your park. You may use any type of attraction of any level of scale, but it must follow the basic premise of a dark ride...story and theme over thrill.
2. Flat Ride: For your next challenge, you must develop the ultimate flat ride attraction. Take a stock model carnival ride, then add anything you desire to make it a true one of a kind attraction.
3. Dining Experience: All theme parks have restaurants, and all theme parks have shows. However, few have an attraction that combines the two together. For this task, you must create not just a full service restaurant, but a dining location that is a full attraction in its own right.
4. Thrill Ride: One core demographic of the theme park audience is the thrill seekers. Your task here is to create a ride just for them, delivering an adrenaline rush while fitting in with the overall theme of your park. Roller coaster, water ride, high speed car chase...the choice is up to you.
Redemption: Past Mistakes: At some point, everyone deserves a second chance. If you were eliminated and think you can do better, this is yours. Redo the challenge you failed, keeping the same idea but improving the execution, and show that you can hold your own against others who have made it this far.
5. Street Show: Not every theme park attraction requires a permanent venue. In this challenge, you are to come up with a live performance that can roll out, perform, and then disappear as though they never existed. Parades and static shows are both permitted, but whatever you choose must be an event and not just a diversion.
6. Themed Area: You’ve shown you are capable of creating an attraction. Now, you must use your skills to create an entire themed land. Pick your favorite of the past five challenges and build a land around what you pitched. Be sure to bring everything you’ve got, as only the best of the best will continue on.
7. Theme Park: You teased your theme park at the beginning, but now it is time to show what you’ve got. Pitch your entire park down to the last detail, and show why your idea is the best. You'll have two weeks, but use your time wisely as the title of champion is at stake.
Lastly, we still have an opening for a third judge. If you are interested, see the announcement thread for details on how to apply.
Okay, I think that wraps it up. Good luck to everyone, and I can't wait to see what you all come up with.Tweet
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