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Old Today, 12:15 AM   #1
AussieCaribou
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What would you tell her?

Hi Everyone,

Okay, my 15 year old daughter wants to be an engineer. Specifically, she wants to build theme parks. - Disney theme parks...

So, in Australia, we have very few theme parks and they are two days drive from us and they are not Disney. So, my wonderful hubby (and her awesome father) has planned a trip to the US for us this December to visit some of the amusement parks and theme parks - we are going to Universal Studios Hollywood, Knott's, Santa Monica, Mission Beach (San Diego), Sea World, WDW, and DL. We think that this would give her a good grounding in the good and the bad of amusement parks. Yes, we have gone to most before, but this time is about getting her to think about what it would be like to build these parks.

So, here's my question, what would you suggest that she look at when she's at DL/DCA (or we could open that to the other parks too I guess...but trying to keep it to DL here)? What is it that makes Disney so special compared to the other parks?

Thank you for your advice.

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Old Today, 02:34 AM   #2
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...So, here's my question, what would you suggest that she look at when she's at DL/DCA (or we could open that to the other parks too I guess...but trying to keep it to DL here)? What is it that makes Disney so special compared to the other parks?..

That is a great question in itself. Why not have her take notes about what she sees at all the places she visits, e.g. what impresses her most/least, what stands out as unusual, or what communicates the theme of that particular theme park, what she would have done differently or better, etc.? Then have her do the same while at DLR. She can then compare the Disney parks with the others based on her own observations and come to some conclusions. This will give her the chance to train her eyes to see the parks (Disney and others) in a new light. Post her conclusions here for more discussion (there should be plenty!).
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Old Today, 12:13 PM   #3
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Has your daughter been introduced to the "Roller Coaster Tycoon" game series? While it is a bit of an older program, it gives a really good idea of what it takes to set-up and run successful theme parks.

I especially like the ability to design/test roller coasters. "Roller Coaster Tycoon 3" even has an option to view the rides from the point of view of the guest!
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