ON THEME PARKS
There is an old saying, attributed to the American writer and poet Gertrude Stein that speaks: “Nature is commonplace. Imitation is more interesting.” At least in my case, I have always found the quotation more than relevant. I think a themed environment is an interesting place. A place of discovery simultaneously mixed with familiarity, wonder blended with reassurance. Theme Parks combine the proficiencies of multiple entertainment disciplines to forge an inimitable experience, a postmodern fantasia.
There is also the contribution to culture. Disneyland, built under the theories and techniques of a film studio, introduced the concept that a park could tell stories through its attraction base. An underlying and continuing narrative can continue to endear a park to its audience.
Furthermore, from time to time, Theme Parks can transcend their medium, to educate and inspire its visitors: as seen with 1982’s EPCOT Center. Today, Theme Parks exist as a place where memories transcend the promises of marketing campaigns, mingling with the presence of nostalgia. In my experiences, the power of story mixed with sentimentalism creates a poignant and lasting experience.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
My name is Brice Croskey and I am currently pursuing a MFA in Themed Entertainment Design at SCAD.
My other interests include film, songwriting, American history, twentieth-century fiction, vinyl records, 1990’s television, animation, and supporting the sports teams of the great City of Cleveland.
I a proud member of the Themed Entertainment Association. I aspire to have a career in Show Production/Concept Development in the Themed Entertainment Industry.