“Earning My Ears”: How I got my first job with the Disney company

by Nate Naversen This is a story of how I got my first job with the Walt Disney company.  It’s a story of perseverance and how I managed to turn failure into success in my job search.  Now just for clarification’s sake I don’t consider myself any better or any more qualified than anyone else just because I was successful in getting hired by Disney.  Indeed, there are many more qualified candidates than I.  But I was probably more persistent than most, and that was what made the difference for me in this case.  It was a good lesson...
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How is a new themed attraction generated within the theme park industry?

The Central School of Speech and Drama, London by Lynsey Brown Introduction My college experience as a scenic constructor within the theatre industry has encouraged me to find out more about the theme park industry within my profession. I have always been excited and even amazed by theme parks and their attractions because they involve you in an environment that stimulates all your senses to achieve unbelievable experiences. I chose this area for my enquiry for I believe if you have a passion you should pursue it. It was important to find how my role of a scenic constructor...
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Theming the Thrills

A study into the use of theming and design as a marketing medium to enhance the visitor experience at theme parks. RJ Cumberworth BA (Hons) Leisure Management Birmingham College of Food, Tourism & Creative Studies March 2001 Preface & Acknowledgement The topic of theming and design at theme parks has been chosen due to a very strong interest in the global theme park industry, with possible career implications in the marketing department of a major theme park. The topic, which is very expansive, combines three core aspects of the theme park industry – the need to visit for leisure...
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Contagious Business Philosophy the “Disney” Way!

Once every other decade a company comes around that dares to defy the odds and do things differently.  We saw this with Henry Ford in the 1900’s-1920’s, with Walt Disney in the 1930-1960’s, and with Saturn and Netscape in the 1990’s. Here’s a friendly Q & A about how to defy conventional wisdom and transform your company into a contagiously successful business. It was developed from letters written between Themedattraction.com founder Nate Naversen and Donna Brewster of the Weyerhaeuser Company in Oregon. Dear Nate, I am employed by Weyerhaeuser Company. Disney is one of our corporate heroes in developing...
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The Disney Dream Job Page

Would you like to work for the happiest company in the world? Well if so, you are in luck! Here’s some information to get you headed in the right direction: Disney Company Job Line: 1 (407) 828-2850 Walt Disney World Casting Office 1515 Lake Buena Vista Dr. Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 1 (407) 828-1000 Walt Disney World College Relations Department P.O. Box 10,000 Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-0090 American Students (407) 828-3091 International Students 407-828-2850 Disneyland College Program Disneyland College Relations 1313 Harbor Boulevard PO Box 3232 Anaheim, California 92803 Walt Disney Imagineering Attn: Human Resources 1401 Flower...
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Help! I want to be a Theme Park Designer. What Do I Do Now? 13 Guidelines for your success

So, you want to be a theme park designer, do you?  I get hundreds of emails every year from people who want to design rides and other theme park attractions for a living. In this article, I hope to answer a lot of the commonly asked questions so that you too will have a better idea about how to get started in the themed entertainment industry. If you remember all guidelines I’ve laid down for you and follow them, your chances for success will be greatly increased. Guideline #1:  The average job in the themed entertainment lasts about 18...
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Confessions of a Freelance Attraction Show Writer

In response to your excellent questions about getting into the business of becoming a freelance themed attraction writer, I can only refer to my own experiences. As you know, I worked as a freelance writer in the themed attraction design business for several years before ITEC Productions finally hired me to be their full-time show writer. But I actually started my writing “career” many years earlier writing for free. Yes, I actually gave my work away. The point was to get myself published in any way possible so I could get the experience and the portfolio. So my first...
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A Short History of Roller Coasters

Today, they are high-tech marvels rising more than one hundred feet in the air with tubular steel tracks, loops, corkscrews and boomerangs. Their riders are hurled through space at 60 miles per hour — while sitting, standing or suspended from an overhead track. Their roots are still with us today — majestic wooden labyrinths with steep rises and swooping plunges and superstructures that look like delicately balanced matchsticks. Steel and wooden roller coasters may look different, but there is much they have in common. All exist to exhilarate and terrify. The exhilaration began with Russian Mountains, in the 15th...
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Design Tools: What tools are used?

One subject that themedattraction.com has not addressed yet is the question of design tools: That is, what tools are used by designers to create theme park attractions? AutoCad drafting AutoCad is a tool that has almost completely replaced hand drafting for the development of plans, sections and elevations in most of the world of design and construction. AutoCad is a part of many attraction designers’ skill sets. AutoCad designers are an essential part of the design team, and often translate concept sketches into objects with real dimensions. Cad drafting in the theme park design world is used in the...
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‘Authenticity vs. Staged experiences’ Christian Engler

MA studies intourism management at the University of Brighton / England 1. Introduction 2. Is there any objective authenticity? 3. Constructed authenticity 4. Giving meaning to the world 5. Why the concept of objective authenticity is still preserved 6. Conclusion 1. Introduction It is a commonly held view that mass tourism and the commodification of attractions are a threat to the ‘uniqueness’, ‘authenticity’, ‘natural state’ (Galla, 1994) or ‘scholarly credibility’ (Goulding, 2000) of ethnicities, heritage and culture (Wang, 1999). Many people fear that these valuable assets are sacrificed for the sake of entertainment, popularity, and profit (Goulding, 2000; Lancaster...
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Design Toolchest: Using Theming Foliages

  by Brett Peterson of Commercial Silk Int’l What is Themed Foliage? Themed foliage is the process by which a designer selects a pallet of artificial foliages from hundreds of foliage varieties in order to be used in combination together to create a desired theme. How should you evaluate and choose a themed foliage company? There are three main disciplines to evaluate when selecting a foliage Company; design, manufacturing and installation. Many foliage Companies only supply the product and it is the responsibility of the client to hire a themed fabricator to use the product to create the theme...
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Universal Studios Art & Design

Since the year 2000, I’ve had the good fortune to work as a creative consultant for Art & Design at Universal Studios Florida. As a theme park attraction designer, there can be no better place to learn about theme park attraction design. Unlike Universal Creative, charged with producing all of the permanent theme park rides; Art & Design is responsible for designing all of the new entertainment oriented shows and attractions for Univeral Studios. These are the yearly events that occur Universal Studios like Macy’s Christmas, Grinchmas, Mardi Gras, New Years, July 4th Celebration, and Halloween Horror Nights. My...
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Our Story

Welcome to Themedattraction.com. We are a web site dedicated to the art of theme park attraction design. We are unlike most other theme park sites around the web because we are not a rumor site. We don’t get attention by leaking information about new theme park attractions to the web. Rather, we focus on how theme park attractions are actually produced. We have a lot of credibility because we actually design theme park attractions ourselves! So here you have a rare opportunity to see behind the magic: To learn about the people who make it all happen, to make...
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About Nate Naversen – Creative Consultant to the themed entertainment industry

Nate Naversen is a creative consultant to the themed entertainment industry. Nate got his start working on the “world famous” Jungle Cruise at Disneyland in California. He also worked on such famous attractions as the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean while interning with the Disneyland Engineering department. After graduating from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Nate made his way to Orlando, Florida to pursue his dream of becoming a theme park attraction designer. With all that experience working in theme park operations, the transition was easy to make. Early in his career, Nate worked with various theme...
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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Ride Script

(As our submarine Nautilus slowly pulls out of the dock of the home port of Vulcania, we hear the stern authoritative voice of Captain Nemo.  An organ musical track is constantly playing in the background, playing a variation of the theme from the movie 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.) Captain Nemo:  Stand by to dive! Mr. Baxter:  Diving stations.  (Bosun’s whistle sounds) Captain Nemo:  Dive!  Dive!  (Diving claxon sounds) Mr. Baxter:  Trim bow on diving planes.  Three degrees down.  (A stream of bubbles indicates diving has commenced) Captain Nemo:  Take her to ten fathoms. Mr. Baxter:  Aye, aye, sir....
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