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Theme Park Design: Behind The Scenes With An Engineer (Anglais) Broché – 27 octobre 2010

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Have you ever gone to a theme park and wondered, "How did they do that?" At last there's a book that shows you. Theme Park Design reveals the secrets behind some of the world's greatest attractions. Take a peek behind the scenes, with a theme park engineer. Aimed at theme park enthusiasts, the book features behind the scenes information based upon author Steve Alcorn's 35 years designing attractions. The story follows the development of an attraction from "Blue Sky" design to opening day. Along the way it reveals the engineering tricks used to build many fan favorite rides. "This book shows you the secrets behind the magic," says Alcorn. Theme Park Design explores ride control, mechanics, audio, video, lighting, special effects, animated figures, art direction, and much more, with insider commentary. The author illuminates the fast-paced world of theme park design through tales of calamity and triumph, sprinkled with many humorous anecdotes. He also offers career tips on becoming an Imagineer. A must-read for every theme park enthusiast!

Biographie de l'auteur

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. Mr. Alcorn is the author of many novels and non-fiction books, including How to Fix Your Novel, and Building a Better Mouse: The Story of the Electronic Imagineers who Designed Epcot. During the past decade, Mr. Alcorn has helped more than 20,000 aspiring authors structure their novels through his online classes, offered at over 1500 universities and colleges worldwide. He also teaches theme park design online at imagineringclass.

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Un livre assez technique mais néanmoins très intéressant et même amusant sur comment concevoir une attraction et/ou un parc à thèmes.
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HASH(0x9b1c4e70) étoiles sur 5 a very smart book about designing theme park attractions 19 janvier 2011
Par Nicholas Weisenberger - Publié sur
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I just finished reading Theme Park Design: Behind the Scenes with an Engineer by Steve Alcorn, a very smart book about designing theme park attractions. Have you ever looked at a ride and asked yourself "how did they do that'? Have you ever wanted to design theme park attractions? This book takes a look at the people who design theme park attractions and what their specific roles and responsibilities are. After reading, you'll know the answers to such questions as how a Show Control Engineer differs from a Ride Control Engineer.

The nice thing about Theme Park Design is that anyone can read it. Even though it is written by an engineer the book can easily be understood by anyone. The only math equation isn't encountered until page 182 and shouldn't be very hard to understand thanks to Steve's excellence explanation (P=IV or power equals current times voltage).

This book is a great starting point for anyone interested in pursuing a career in theme park design. Designing a ride includes a wide range of individuals with different skill sets. Reading Theme Park Design can help you understand what role you would like to fulfill and the skills you need to acquire.

Theme Park Design includes some great tidbits about actual attractions and park operations: Disney...runs a department devoted to figuring out how many guests will be in each park at a major Florida resort on everyday for the next five years. Steve talks a lot about his work on Epcot getting many of the attractions, which were technologically advanced at the time, ready for opening day. (I'm sure there are even more details in another book by Steve, Building a Better Mouse: The Story of the Electronic Imagineers Who Designed Epcot, which I am now thinking about picking up a copy.) It's these little pieces of information that make this book such a great read.

My only real complaint is that, as an engineer myself, I would've loved to see even MORE in-depth details. I want to read more about the specific numbers and formulas used and the reasoning behind design decisions that were made. I don't just want to know the facts, I want to know WHY. Also, there seemed to be a surprising number of spelling and grammatical errors.

Overall, Theme Park Design contains fascinating and detailed information about theme parks and how they go from a blue sky concept to reality. It's a very easy read which will sometimes have you laughing out loud. Remember: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it. But if it is broke, it better be fixable in one night." If you're looking into a career in the theme park industry or just want to learn more about how rides are designed then this book is a must read!
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HASH(0x9b1c4ec4) étoiles sur 5 Excellent Resource 10 mars 2011
Par L. Kuntz - Publié sur
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I purchased this book for my 15 year old son who is interested in becoming a roller coaster engineer/designer. He has read the book from cover to cover more than once and has really enjoyed it. The book is well written, in a conversational style and is comprehensive, giving specific, detailed information based upon the author's long term career experience within theme parks . My son feels this book is an excellent introduction into the field and has given him a good base of information to proceed in developing his career goals.
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HASH(0x9a4561bc) étoiles sur 5 Very educational...and funny! 29 octobre 2010
Par Loren Barrows - Publié sur
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If you are interested in Theme Parks, read this. I am not an Engineer and did not feel like it was over my head. I loved the behind the scenes stories! Having been to the Disney parks hundreds of times (was there for Epcot's opening day!) I've always wondered what goes on behind the curtains. (Also read "Building a Better Mouse.") Both very fun reads!
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HASH(0x9a4566e4) étoiles sur 5 Of all my Disney books this is one of my favorites 11 décembre 2013
Par David Korhonen - Publié sur
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I have always loved Walt Disney world and especially the slow show rides like pirates and haunted mansion. Growing up I have gathered many books and articles looking for real behind the scenes information and it was very scarce. The books title is exactly what is inside: Theme Park Design: Behind The Scenes With An Engineer. It’s behind the scenes stories and firsthand knowledge on what really happened for instance when Epcot was being constructed. It’s NOT a technical book on how to construct your own roller coaster.
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HASH(0x9b1c4f84) étoiles sur 5 Want the Inside Scoop? 22 juin 2011
Par George H. Taylor Jr. - Publié sur
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This book is a must-have for anyone interested in the engineering side of theme park design.

Steve Alcorn is the co-author of Building a Better Mouse, one of the few books to take an insider look at building a Disney attraction. He formed Alcorn McBride in 1986 and the company has become the leader in show control, lighting, audio and video equipment for the theme park industry. Steve also teaches a class about theme park imagineering. You can find more information at Imagineering Class.

Spread over 50 chapters, Steve takes us through every step of theme park design from an engineer's perspective, making this book very unique. The Walt Disney Imagineering books favor the artistic side of Imagineering while Steve shows us everything that has to happen once the designs are set. After reading Theme Park Design, you will garner a monumental sense of what it takes to design and construct an attraction.

Steve has a great style and he is careful to steer us away from jargon, overtly-technical terms and engineering play-by-play. Often, Steve will start out with a description of a specific engineering tract and slide into an anecdote about EPCOT or another theme park attraction. I would say that those were the hidden gems of the book, but Steve is so affable that the entire book has a friendly, charming and excited tone. It is obvious that Steve loves what he does and wants to share it with the world.

Not only do you see the amount of people it takes to imagineer an attraction, but you get a glimpse of all of the different disciplines involved. For example, Steve spends a good amount of time describing and differentiating the various jobs/titles that are used in building an attraction (project engineer vs. system engineer or directors vs. producers). It is surprising how much information Steve is able to relate on such a personable level.

Anyone looking for an insider's perspective about working in the theme park field must read this book. Especially if you are looking for a career in the industry; Steve offers a chapter about what he typically looks for in a potential candidate. Take his advice seriously--he is someone who hires in the industry and works with the big names in themed design.

Plus, how you you go wrong when you read that Steve's favorite dark ride is Mr. Toad's Wild Ride!
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