Book Reveals Theme Park Secrets

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“Theme Park Design: Behind the Scenes with an Engineer” by Steve Alcorn explores the secrets behind some of the world’s greatest attractions

An insider’s account of engineering famous attractions, "Theme Park Design" (ISBN 1456309722) answers the question “How did they do that?” Aimed at Theme Park enthusiasts, the book features behind the scenes information based upon 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. “The book tells you how it’s done and provides a candid chronicle of how theme park shows and rides are designed,” 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 story is told with a light narrative and illustrates the humorous aspects of fast-paced theme park design. Alcorn also offers career tips on becoming an Imagineer.

“Theme Park Design: Behind the Scenes with an Engineer” is available on

About the Author:
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 several novels and the book “Building a Better Mouse: The Story of the Electronic Imagineers who Designed Epcot.”


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