The Global Theme Park Industry

Paperback
April 2007
9781845932084
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  • Publisher
    CABI
  • Published
    16th April 2007
  • ISBN 9781845932084
  • Language English
  • Pages 480 pp.
  • Size 6.875" x 9.75"
$74.95

Since the 1980s, the theme park industry has developed into a global phenomenon, with everything from large, worldwide theme parks to countless smaller ventures. From the first pleasure gardens to the global theme park companies, this book provides an understanding of the nature and function of theme parks as spaces of entertainment. Illustrated throughout by worldwide case studies, empirical data and practical examples, the book portrays the impacts of theme parks as global competitive actors, agents of global development and cultural symbols, particularly in the context of their role in the developing experience economy. In conclusion, this book is a practical guide to the planning and development of theme parks.

I. THE DEVELOPMENT OF THEME PARKS
The social origins of the theme park concept
Case 1. Searching the origin of amusement parks at Bakken, Denmark
Case 2. The New World in Singapore, an early XXth century amusement park in Asia
Development and categorisation
Case 3. Efteling, the best childhood memories for everyone
Case 4. Huis ten Bosch, a replica of the Dutch world in Japan
Case 5. Cedar Fair, the roller coaster capital of the world
Globalization of the theme park industry
Case 6. The recent growth of the theme park industry in Brazil
A profile of major theme park operators
Case 7. The family-run Europa Park
Case 8. A chocolate-related entertainment destination in Hersey, Pennsylvania
Case 9. Suncity, entertainment and property development in Malaysia

II. THEME PARKS IN THE ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY
Theme parks and the commercialisation of leisure
Case 10. The ecohistorical parks of Grupo Xcaret
Case 11. The globalisation of leisure and the Sesame Street characters
The urbanism of theme parks and spatial innovation
Case 12. The creation of a leisure destination in Dubai
The impact of theme parks
Case 13. Environmental protection measures in the redevelopment of Ocean Park
Caso 14. The Grand Parc du Puy du Fou and the valorisation of the local heritage
Caso 15. The enhancement of the urban landscape at International Drive, Orlando
The development of theme park destinations
Case 16. The transformation of PortAventura into a tourist destination

III. FUNDAMENTALS OF THEME PARK DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT
Factors influencing the development process
Case 17. Effects on attendance of the addition of a new gate in a multipark destination
Basic principles of theme park planning
Case 18. Access for the disabled at Disneyland Paris
The architectonical design of a theme park
Case 19. A flow management model to optimise retail profits at Universal Studios Hollywood
Management strategies
Case 20. The safety of the attractions at Six Flags parks
Case 21. The International Attractions and Amusement Parks Association

S Anton Clavé

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