Competitors, welcome to the final challenge of Theme Park Apprentice 7. Everything you have done so far has led to this. Three of you remain, but only one may be crowned the next Theme Park Apprentice. I wish you all the best of luck in this challenge and hope to see the best proposals you've ever written.
Challenge 7: Disney’s Next Gate
Walt Disney Parks & Resorts operate five theme park resorts around the world: Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World, Tokyo Disney Resort, Disneyland Paris, and Hong Kong Disneyland. Together, these properties are known as the best theme parks in the industry and they attract the highest crowds. The time has come for Disney to expand their existing resorts, and you have been hired to design the next park. You may pick any of the five existing theme park resorts and, using all your skills as a designer, create an entire new park from scratch.
Disney has stipulated the following guidelines for the park, all of which you must meet:
-The park must be unique and not a clone of an existing Disney park.
-The park must contain 6-8 themed areas, including an entrance area.
-The park must contain a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 40 attractions.
-The park must have a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 30 dining locations.
-The park must have a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 30 retail locations.
-No themed element of the park may utilize IP not currently owned or available for use by Disney.
Themed Area Guidelines:
-Themed areas must be original and may not be a copy of themed areas at other Disney parks.
-Each themed area must contain a minimum of 1 attraction, 1 dining location, and 1 retail location. They may contain a maximum of 15 attractions, 5 dining locations, and 5 retail locations.
-No themed area may contain more than 3 E-Ticket attractions.
-No themed area may contain more than 2 full service dining locations.
-No themed area may contain more than 3 major retail locations.
-The entrance area does not need to contain attractions but must meet the dining location and retail location requirements.
-Up to 1/3 of the park’s attractions may be cloned from other Disney parks, provided the attraction is not already present at the selected resort. The remaining attractions must be original creations.
-Your park must contain a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 10 E-ticket attractions. A maximum of 2 E-tickets may be clones.
-You must have at least 1 dark ride in your park. You may have a maximum of 10 dark rides in your park.
-While recommended, roller coasters are not required. You may have a maximum of 5 roller coasters in your park.
-You must have 5-10 non-ride attractions in your park (including shows, walkthroughs, and character encounters).
-To allow the entire family to experience your park together, only 1/4 of your attractions may have strict height restrictions. All other attractions must allow a child capable of sitting by themselves to ride if accompanied.
-If you decide to use a transportation attraction, it must stop at your entrance area and 2-3 additional themed areas. You may only utilize one transportation attraction.
Dining and Retail Location Guidelines:
-Quick service restaurants and minor retail locations may be copied from other parks if they are thematically appropriate. Full service restaurants and major retail locations must be original. For the purposes of this competition, major retail locations are defined as independent stores with a variety of merchandise and minor retail locations are defined as stores connected to attractions with merchandise specific to that attraction.
-Your park must contain at least 2 full service restaurants and 5 quick service restaurants. You may not have more full service restaurants than quick service restaurants in your park.
For this challenge, your proposal should be 10-25 pages (not including pictures). Your proposal must include:
-The name, theme, and location of your park, including the location within your selected resort
-An overview of your park
-A map of your park
-A full list of themed lands, attractions, dining locations, and shopping locations
-A detailed description of each themed area, including short descriptions of each attraction, dining location, and shopping location (1-2 paragraphs per feature, 2-3 pages per area)
-A full description of any extra features (parades, fireworks, etc.) that affect multiple areas of the park
-Anything else you feel will benefit your proposal
Due to the nature of this challenge, the following allowances on visual aids will be in place:
-For each themed area of your park (including the entrance area), you are allowed three images.
-In addition to the above, you are allowed one map per themed area. This may be replaced with a fourth image if desired.
-In addition, you have six free images to be used anywhere you desire in your proposal. A header/logo image, footer image, and your required park map do not count toward this requirement.
-You are permitted to use up to four videos, with a maximum of one video per themed area.
-This is the final round, so it is time to pull out all the stops and create the best park you can dream up.
-If you’re not sure what an E-ticket is, we will consider attractions similar to the following E-tickets: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, DINOSAUR, Expedition Everest, Fantasmic!, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Mission: Space, Pirates of the Caribbean, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Soarin’, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, Test Track, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, and Toy Story Midway Mania. Attractions similar to the following will not be considered E-tickets: Captain EO, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!, Kali River Rapids, Lights, Motors, Action!, Spaceship Earth, The American Adventure, and The Great Movie Ride.
All proposals must be submitted by Tuesday, September 15th at midnight. However, if you have a valid reason that you cannot make this deadline, please inform the judges as early as possible and we will attempt to work with you.
A Note From the Judges
We all try our best to get proposals critiqued and scored as efficiently as possible. However, with longer proposals it may not be possible to write a quality critique for every proposal in the usual timespan. Therefore, please allow several days for all judges to submit their critiques. Critiques may be posted at different points following the deadline of this challenge and the winner of Theme Park Apprentice 7 will be announced on Sunday, September 20th. Don't worry, we've got something planned to fill in the down time.Tweet
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