What Makes A Great Theme Park Story?

Edited: September 2, 2020, 11:15 AM

Theme park rides don't have nearly as much time as books or films to explore a character arc... or do they? If someone spends an entire day at a park living the story, it's a much longer storytelling experience. Due to the differences in this medium, I'd like to know what you think makes a great theme park story, and what the future of cinema-like storytelling in theme parks could become.

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Edited: September 2, 2020, 1:14 AM

I think the mythology behind an attraction is what makes a story great and everlasting. If you were to give a plot summary of the ride portion to Haunted Mansion, not a lot really happens story-wise. But because Disney gave it a detailed backstory, guests enjoy coming back to ride year after year and even cosplaying as some of the characters.

Even Universal knows this as seen by HHN. Most people who go through the houses don't really pay to the story, rather they just go for the frights. For the super-fan however, they'll gobble up all the Easter Eggs and behind the scenes videos that elaborate on what the story of the maze really is.

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