What is your favorite time of day to visit a theme park? Many of might say "right at opening," when lines are short and you can bag many rides before crowds fill the park. But many fans also cherish that golden hour when the sun sets and the lights turn on.
It's an especially rewarding moment at the Disney theme parks, which consistently deliver amazing lighting design that goes far beyond simply illuminating the parks like it was still daytime.
In this week's, final episode of "The Rohdes, Less Traveled," Walt Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde said "light is a form of emotion," in explaining one of the tools that Imagineers use to evoke audience response to attractions such as Disney's Animal Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort, for which Rohde was the creative director.
Rohde dives into Pandora: The World of Avatar, which he said is bathed in a "third mysterious light" that's not sun and not fire or other human-made light. It's simulated bioluminescence, which most people are not used to seeing. That helps to make the land feel like another planet.
"In a built environment, when you are looking at a light, you are not only looking at a function, you are looking at a little encapsulated emotion."
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