Friday, March 25, 2016

David Younger's Theme Park Design & The Art of Themed Entertainment Is the Awesome Book About "Imagineering" You've Always Dreamed About !

It's with great pleasure that i introduce to you today THE best book ever done about Theme Park Design. Theme Park Design & The Art of Themed Entertainment", is written by David Younger, former Creative Designer at WDI, and has a Foreword by Imagineer Tony Baxter and an Afterword by Imagineer Joe Rhode. The book has 570 pages (!) and 80 illustrations, a 11" x 8.5" format size, and in two words, is the book about theme park design that you've been dreaming about since years! 

David Younger tell you more about "Theme Park Design & The Art of Themed Entertainment": "Over the past century, theme parks have created worlds where pirates still loot Caribbean towns, where daring adventurers explore booby-trapped temples, and where superheroes swing from New York skyscrapers - and allowed us to step into them too. This is a book about how to design those fantastic places, and the ingenuity that goes into their creation.

More than just Hub & Spokes, Forced Perspective, and Wienies (although they’re covered too!), Theme Park Design & The Art of Themed Entertainment dives into every discipline and technique a themed designer needs to know to create amazing worlds, explaining vital concepts such as story design, set design, park and attraction layout design, shop design, roller coaster design, fireworks design, character design, lighting design, flat ride design, and much, much more, each pulling together the diverse perspectives and well-earned wisdom of accomplished designers. 

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Theme Park Design Book

This is a handbook for the practicing designer, a textbook for the aspiring student, and a behind the scenes guidebook for the theme park fan, drawing on hundreds of interviews with accomplished designers from Walt Disney Imagineering, Universal Creative, Merlin Entertainments, and more. Theme Park Design & The Art of Themed Entertainment explores everything from the stories, themes, and characters that theme parks bring to life, to the business models, processes, and techniques that allow them to do it.
From rocket ships to roller coasters, fairy tales to fireworks shows, and dinosaurs to dark rides, never before has a book dived so deep into the art form of themed entertainment."
David has written the book while undertaking the world’s first ever Art & Design PhD examining theme park design. In the course of doing so, David has served an elected two year term on the International Board of Directors of the Themed Entertainment Association, and has worked as a Creative Designer at Walt Disney Imagineering in Glendale, California. 
Theme Park Design & The Art of Themed Entertainment is without a doubt the most in-depth book on theme park design ever written! Across nine chapters and almost six hundred pages, the book guides the reader through every aspect of theme park design, drawing from more than two thousand quotes from both historical and brand new interviews with designers from Walt Disney Imagineering, Universal Studios, Merlin Entertainments, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, and more. 

David Younger: “As a young person within this industry, I viewed the process of writing this book as an opportunity to learn from the best designers in the history of theme park design, documenting their advice, their perspectives, and their tried-and-tested approaches to design so that, like me, others can learn from them too. 

Rather than trying to prescribe any particular approach to design, my aim was to document all possibilities theme parks have found so far, and show just how innovative, exciting, and varied theme park design can be. In fact, I first had the idea of the book when I was a student: while lots of books have touched upon aspects of theme park design, I wanted a book that pulled it all together, and covered the areas other books missed out. If it didn’t exist already, I decided, I’d write it myself!

Those of you who own my Disneyland Paris book know how much i love Imagineering. Some consider Disneyland Paris, From Sketch to Reality as the "bible" about Disneyland Paris, but let me tell you this: David Younger's Theme Park Design & The Art of Themed Entertainment IS the bible about anything Imagineering and how to create theme parks and will be for years to come. And, to be perfectly honest, i can't see anyone doing a book about the science of creating theme parks better than this book.

But may be you're interested to know what Imagineers themselves think about Theme Park Design & The Art of Themed Entertainment? Well, as i told you the book’s Foreword is written by legendary theme park designer Tony Baxter, and here is what Tony says about David book:

“I can’t imagine a person contemplating a role in themed entertainment not coming out of this immersive experience inside David Younger’s mind without the equivalent of a Master’s Degree in the psychology of the themed experience. Add to that the good fortune to have a large reserve of inbred talent, and they should be fully charged to make a major leap towards discovering that elusive next big thing!”
- Tony Baxter, Theme park designer, Disney Legend, and Themed Entertainment Association Lifetime Achievement Award winner

...And Tony is not the only one who love David's book. Here is further praise from more WDI Imagineers and Theme Parks Creatives: 

“This is the most thorough book on theme park design I have ever seen. One that quotes real designers with priceless knowledge.”
– Peter Alexander, Lead Designer of Universal Studios Florida (1990)

“What a fantastic, very comprehensive, book. I’m a forty year veteran of the themed entertainment industry and I still learned a few things! I would recommend this to aspiring theme park designers, and to my colleagues as well.”
– Jon Binkowski, Lead Designer of Hard Rock Park (2008)
“It's the kind of book our young industry has never really had before - equal parts academic, celebratory, and archival, with the Herculean and noble goal of trying to summarize and quantify a half-century sprawl of disparate, disconnected design techniques, achieving it admirably.”
– Dave Cobb, Lead Designer of Men in Black: Alien Attack (Universal Studios Florida, 2000)

“The most comprehensive book in experiential design! David Younger’s in-depth research and collection of comments from the most influential theme park designers in the world will make this book the gold standard for the themed design industry.”
– Tim Delaney, Lead Designer of Discoveryland (Disneyland Paris, 1992)

“An invaluable reference for both the practicing designer and for anyone who wants to learn this art form.”
– Anthony Esparza, Chief Creative Officer of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

“You have in your hands David Younger's Theme Park Design, a colossal compendium of the best guidance that has been collected from the best in the business. Theme Park Design covers all the bases. I speak from experience. I'm one of Walt Disney's original eighteen 1954 Imagineers. We started the whole theme park industry, an unending trial and error saga. All the hard earned lessons of the past sixty years are now offered in Theme Park Design to guide YOU.”
– Bob Gurr, Lead Designer of the Disneyland Monorail (Disneyland, 1959)

“A comprehensive textbook that codifies theme park design in a way that no single book has achieved before it.”
– Craig Hanna, Chief Creative Officer at The Thinkwell Group

“David Younger has distilled the theme park design and production process from a vast cloud of pixie dust into a thoroughly-researched and incredibly detailed account of how dreams are made. It’s the perfect balance of pull-back-the-curtain magic and intelligent discussion of theme parks from concept to completion.”
– Garner Holt, Chief Executive Officer at Garner Holt Productions

"David Younger has created one of the finest studies of the themed entertainment industry ever attempted. It is a comprehensive and thoughtful analysis of every aspect of this most complex design discipline from the micro to the macro levels without once becoming heavy handed. Congratulations on providing both the novice and the grizzled veteran with this wonderful compendium!”
– Steve Kirk, Lead Designer of Tokyo DisneySea (2001)

“I have never seen such an exhaustive, thoroughly researched treatment of this subject, anywhere; well organized and extremely readable. If I were teaching a course in theme park theory and design, I would want this as my standard text.”
– Tim Kirk, Lead Designer on Muppet*Vision 3D (Disney’s Hollywood Studios, 1991)

“Authoritative, entertaining, and fascinating, Theme Park Design is a themed entertainment aficionado’s dream. David Younger has created a one-of-a-kind work that is both a scrupulously researched reference and a jolly good read; an excellent encyclopedia on its subject, and a 'bathtub book’ one can open to any page and have a wonderful time exploring.”
– Jeff Kurtti, Lead Designer of The Walt Disney Family Museum (2009) and Author of The Art of Disneyland (2005), Walt Disney’s Imagineering Legends (2008), and Disneyland Through the Decades (2010)

“Probably the most comprehensive summation of themed design committed to print. David Younger has really pulled it all together, in one very readable package.”
– Joe Lanzisero, Lead Designer of the Disney Dream Cruise Ship (2010)

“Theme Park Design is an amazing compendium of theme park and themed entertainment knowledge. This book covers the who, what, where, and why of creating themed entertainment projects and includes personal insights from the top thought leaders and designers who have shaped the theme park industry over the last sixty years. This is a must read for anyone interested in this highly creative and technical industry.”
– Monte Lunde, Founder of the Themed Entertainment Association

“This is a seminal tome for our industry. David Younger has compiled and made sense of the incredibly wide range of work and art that our industry has produced. With clear affection, but intelligent discrimination, he examines the successes and failures that have already evolved in the short history of the art form. Many of the issues he tackles have come again and again in my career, and he provides a wonderful compendium of diverse perspectives. I read it with constant fascination.”
– Luc Mayrand, Lead Designer of Treasure Cove (Shanghai Disneyland, 2016)

“David Younger has created an essential document for those wishing to have a deeper understanding of the theme park industry. Filled with indispensable quotes from industry luminaries, it provides both the layman and the professional with an excellent resource on how theme park attractions are imagined and brought to fruition.”
– Chris Merritt, Lead Designer of Far Far Away (Universal Studios Singapore, 2010) and Author of Knott’s Preserved and Pacific Ocean Park: The Rise and Fall of Los Angeles' Space Age Nautical Pleasure Pier

“The art of theme park design involves more alchemy than it does art or science, and much of the secret sauce resides behind the obvious surface. Perhaps that’s why so little has been written about the subject, let alone anything of practical value. David Younger’s book is the first to break down many of these illusive and temporal theories into distinct, understandable, and enlightening observations.”
– Tom Morris, Lead Designer of Hong Kong Disneyland (2005)

“A great resource! This extensive, well-written guide should be on the desk of any person who wants to understand the business, art, and science of theme parks. Whether you’re new to the themed entertainment industry or an old pro, you’ll find this handy reference an indispensable guide.”
– Paul Osterhout, Lead Designer of Walt Disney Studios (2002)

“Expertise is real, and, at least in part, quantifiable, as David Younger’s magnum opus demonstrates. By amassing the communal knowledge of this disparate and diverse group into a single opus, David Younger has provided us all with a landmark in our intellectual space.”
– Joe Rohde, Lead Designer of Disney’s Animal Kingdom (1998)

“David Younger has pulled together an engaging anthology of theme park design information that is vast in its levels of detail and well worth exploring. His book acts much like an Epcot pavilion, providing a grand doorway through which the interested reader can pass to gain insight on a plethora of subject matter, provoked to dig deeper and learn more about the complexities of our industry and the design process by which it is continually enriched.”
– Rick Rothschild, Lead Designer of The American Adventure (Epcot, 1982)

“David Younger has done his homework. This book is chock full of insights into the theme park design process. Comprehensive in its scope, it is a must read for anyone wishing to understand the full development process of complex themed environments.”
– Bob Shreve, Lead Designer of Jurassic Park (Universal’s Islands of Adventure, 1999)

“Walt Disney said it’s fun to do the impossible. David Younger has done just that by capturing an entire industry between two covers. If you want to be a theme park designer, or just love the history and inside jargon, this book is a labor of love - an E Ticket!”
Eddie Sotto, Lead Designer of Main Street, U.S.A. (Disneyland Paris, 1992)

“Theme Park Design is an exhaustive, in-depth exploration of storytelling in three dimensions. Featured are the words of the creators of this unique art form, as well as David Younger’s well-informed analysis of the history, the business, and the process of creating themed entertainment. The scale and scope of the book is totally unprecedented. For a serious fan, student, or employee, here is the complete story, a real deep dive into the Art of the Show. Indispensable.”
– Michael Sprout, Lead Designer on The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (Disney’s Hollywood Studios, 1994)

“In this insightful book, David Younger burrows into the theme park industry in an intelligent and thorough way, analyzing it from the perspective many of us take for granted and never bother to articulate. This book will become the definitive work to guide theme park designers.”
– John Wardley, Lead Designer of Alton Towers (1980)

As this amazing list of endorsements attest, the book is written to be suitable for professional designers looking for a valuable reference handbook suitable to their projects, theme park design students looking to learn the ins and outs of the discipline, and the curious theme park fans, looking for peek behind the curtain to learn how the magic is made.

How to Purchase David Younger's 570 Pages "Theme Park Design & The Art of Themed Entertainment" Book?

As Disney and more is a site specialized in Imagineering, D&M is happy to work in partner ship with David and to propose this fantastic book. You can place your order RIGHT NOW as the book has its worldwide release this Monday, March 28th, 2016. The book is available in ENGLISH Hardcover Color Edition priced at $69.95 with free shipping to the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and all Europe countries.

Payment can be done with Paypal, credit card or bank transfer. For a payment with Paypal you can either send the $69.95 directly from your Paypal account to: OR you can use the Paypal button below, which allows you to select to order one or several copies.

For a payment with credit card or bank transfer, please send me an email at:

Theme Park Design Book
Once the payment is received, i will confirm you and the order with your name and address is sent instantly to David who will ship the book to you in the next days. Note that, in addition to the name and address the post office requires a telephone number to be indicated on the package. So, don't forget to send me by email - or to indicate in your Paypal payment - a telephone number, thanks.

And, good news, as there won’t be any custom taxes for orders from U.S, Canada, European countries or Australia as the U.S and Canada orders will have the book ship from the U.S, the European countries order will have the book ship from England, and Australian orders will have the book ship from Australia.

OR Enjoy my Special Limited Offer: David Younger's "Theme Park Design & The Art of Themed Entertainment" PLUS Disneyland Paris From Sketch to Reality book!
For those of you who don't own yet the fantastic Disneyland Paris From Sketch to reality book, i'm doing for a limited time a great Special Offer which include David's Theme Park design book hardcover edition AND the Disneyland Paris book, a great way to own in one time two of the best books about Imagineering! If you choose to order both books, you have a 15% discount on the DLP book at $85 ( 75€ ) instead of $100 ( 90€ ) normally. The total amount for the two books is $154.95 and include FREE shipping for both books.

Payment can be done with Paypal, credit card or bank transfer. For a payment with Paypal you can either send the $154.95 directly from your Paypal account to: OR you can use the Paypal button below, just make sure to choose the option with the two books. 

For a payment with credit card or bank transfer, please send me an email at:

Theme Park Design +Disneyland Paris From Sketch to Reality Books
Once the payment is received, i will confirm you and the order with your name and address is sent instantly to David who will ship the Theme Park Design book to you in the next days, and I will send you the Disneyland Paris book. Note that, in addition to the name and address the post office requires a telephone number to be indicated on the package. So, don't forget to send me by email - or to indicate in your Paypal payment - a telephone number, thanks.

For all additional informations, if needed, please send me an email at:

Pictures: copyright David Younger


Anonymous said...

Can you tell me from where the books will be sent? In other words: will there be import taxes to pay for people in the EU?

Alain Littaye said...

Good news, as there won’t be any custom taxes for orders from U.S, Canada, European countries or Australia as the U.S and Canada orders will have the book ship from the U.S, the European countries order will have the book ship from England, and Australian orders will have the book ship from Australia!

Thierry said...

Are the 69,95 USD for the hardcover or for the paperback edition?

Alain Littaye said...

The $69.95 are for the HARDCOVER edition, Thierry.

K. Martinez said...

This book sounds awesome. Just ordered mine. Thanks, Alain.

Unknown said...

Je suis super interéssé par ce livre mais j'aurais encore 2 questions: est-ce que la qualité de la couverture et du papier est bonne? (aussi bonne que la qualité de votre livre sur DLP (je l'adore)). Selon les photos il me semble qu'il y a très peu d'images/artwork dans ce livre ce que trouve dommage - qu'est-ce que vous en pensez, Alain? Merci beaucoup!

Alain Littaye said...

Ben Jamin, Ce sont deux livres totalement différents, donc un peu difficile à comparer mis à part le fait que les deux parlent de façon différentes d'Imagineering. La question pour laquelle il n'y a pas de photos des parcs contrairement à mon livre sur DLP est parce que la question des droits avec Disney aurait été trop compliquée à régler. C'est devenu infernal maintenant et pour tout vous dire il serait impossible pour un éditeur extérieur à Disney de publier un livre comme celui sur DLP que j'ai fait il y a 14 ans. David aurait certainement été heureux d'inclure plus de photos mais la question des droits avec Disney aurait été vraiment infernale à régler... De toutes les façons au départ le concept est plus un livre de texte qu'un livre d'images.
Mais tout cela n'est pas important, ce qui est important c'est que l'on a pour la première fois un livre qui couvre tous les aspects de fabrication d'un parc à thèmes et sous cet angle là le livre est impressionnant et va être l'ouvrage de référence pour de nombreuses années. Mon avis est le suivant, pour répondre à votre question: si vous lisez l'anglais relativement sans problème ET si l'aspect de tout ce qui concerne la création d'un parc à thèmes vous intéresse, achetez le. Par contre, si vous ne comprenez pas suffisamment l'anglais, c'est évidemment un tout autre problème compte tenu qu'il y a 570 pages à lire...

Alain Littaye said...

J'ai oublié de vous répondre sur la question de la qualité du papier. Le papier de mon livre sur DLP, dans son édition collector est un couché brillant, qui est parfait quand on reproduit plein d photos, ce qui n'est pas le cas de ce livre là. Donc, le papier est ici plus un couché mat mais de trés bonne qualité également.

BelgianWaffle said...

Hi there... The book looks amazing and I really want to buy it however 50 euros is a little bit of money so I would love to be sure about what I am buying. Would it be possible for you to either publish a picture of the content table or tell me what each chapter is about? Thank you very much!