If you want to design theme parks for a living, here's the class that shows you how! It's a fun class for everyone. Your instructor, Steve Alcorn, helped design Epcot. Since then his company has provided designs for thousands of attractions worldwide. In Theme Park Design you'll explore:
- Art Direction
- Story Writing
- Themed Architecture
- Ride Control
- Show Control
- Audio and Video
- Mechanics and Hydraulics
You'll participate in:
- "Blue Sky" Brainstorming
- Conceptual Attraction Design
- Project Management
- Architecture and Structural Considerations
- Mechanical Engineering for Rides
- Safety and Monitoring Techniques
- Ride Control Engineering
- Show Systems Design
- Audio Video Systems
- Special Effects
- Whole Park Infrastructure
- Merchandise and Food Service Planning
- Test and Adjust Processes
- How to Find Theme Park Design Jobs
You'll also receive:
- Lists of companies that do theme park design
- Referrals to Industry trade organizations
- Roller coaster, haunted houses and attraction links
- Tips on how to find jobs in the theme park industry
Enrolling in Theme Park Design is like signing up for the crazy roller coaster ride that every theme park project turns into. Along the way you'll experience all the thrills, spills and chills of creating a new attraction and opening it to your guests!
Enroll today, and let Steve Alcorn help you become an Imagineer!
Steve Alcorn is an entrepreneur, engineer, inventor, author and teacher best known for his involvement in the theme park industry. In 1982 he joined Walt Disney Imagineering (then known as WED Enterprises) as a consultant, where he worked on the electronic systems for Epcot Center. During his time with Imagineering he designed show control systems for The American Adventure, wrote the operating system used in the park-wide monitoring system, and became Imagineering's first Systems Engineer.
In 1986 he founded Alcorn McBride Inc. The company's show control, audio, video and lighting equipment is used in most major theme park attractions around the world.
In addition to designing theme parks, Steve teaches writing classes through writingacademy.com, where he has helped more than 20,000 aspiring authors structure their stories.
Steve is the author of several novels and the books Building A Better Mouse: The Story of the Electronic Imagineers who Designed Epcot, and Theme Park Design.
StartMeet the Engineers (3:55)
StartArchitectural, Mechanical and Structural Engineers (7:36)
StartRide, Show, Audio, Video and Lighting Engineers (6:46)
StartSystems and Project Engineers (6:01)
StartThe Show Control Engineer (9:01)
StartTypes of Show Control (9:07)
StartYou Want Me to Control What? (7:49)
StartMonitoring, Safety and Maintenance (6:15)
StartAlone in the Dark (6:16)
StartThe Ride Control Engineer (6:44)
StartAll Things That Move (10:32)
StartHow to Get Free Beer (5:17)
StartKisses in the Dark (4:28)
StartThe AV Engineer (8:55)
StartKeep It Sounding Good (3:12)
StartHeard Any Good Ones Lately? (6:21)
StartInto the Void (3:31)
StartLighting and Effects (13:46)
StartNuts and Bolts (7:06)
Frequently Asked Questions
Here's What Students Say:
"I just wanted to drop you a line and let you know that I managed to get a job in the Themed Entertainment industry here in the UK. I truly believe that sending e-mails with my projects (made from knowledge picked up in the class and from your advice) helped... I'm writing to say a big thank you for the course... I still also very much enjoy receiving the forum discussion updates from fellow students, as well as the updates you post."
"THANK YOU for all the work you put in, for replying so fast, for sharing your knowledge, and for setting up the forum so we can keep in touch."
"Well done! Now I'm better equipped to handle my new theme park design job."
"Great informal style, captivating, good humour. Definitely recommended!"
"What a complete set of lessons! No place on web has covered so much about this topic. I didn't NEED to be an engineer to enjoy or understand any topic. I also couldn't wait to see what was next. My only regret is that it's over!!"
"I thoroughly enjoyed the course and thought it not only gave me a more in depth understanding of theme parks, but also inspired me even more to become a theme park engineer."
"It was a pleasure to take this class and a starting point that I will never forget. I hope I can look back on a fortunate career in this field and proudly identify this as a beginning to a fundamental understanding of the field. Thank You Steve"
"It was an unusual course that really answered some of my questions about Imagineering. I've tried searching the web for another Imagineering or theme park designing course. I don't think there is anything else like this. Thank you for the course and thank you again for the time and participation you have spent in the forums, Steve."
"The course was fantastic. Steve's dedication and input was truly worth the price. It has helped me immensely in continuing with my dream for a job in Themed Entertainment. Thanks Steve!"
Class begins as soon as you sign up!