SeaWorld’s Brian Morrow (at Discovery Cove)
by Judith Rubin, IPM co-editor
|Grand Aquarium, Ocean Park Hong Kong. Image: PGAV Destinations|
Some of the projects that people were talking about included Ocean Park Hong Kong’s new Grand Aquarium, the Hong Kong Disneyland expansion featuring Toy Story Land, the 20th anniversary of Tokyo DisneySea, the Singapore Flyer Journey of Dreams and the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort and the forthcoming HappyLand resort said to be opening in 2012 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. IAAPA reports that it is conducting a variety of studies on the Asia-Pacific region, and will hold the Asian Attractions Expo June 5-8 in Hong Kong and that the event program will include opportunities to visit Ocean Park Hong Kong and Hong Kong Disneyland.
Interesting phrases that reflect directions within the industry and may catch on: “gaming convergence” (used in reference to the application of video gaming technology to visitor attractions), “kinetic architecture” (referring to a building with a changeable, programmable floor plan, and/or architectural projection and 3D mapping), “connected adaptive infrastructure” (used most intriguingly as part of a discussion portraying cruise ships as ideal vehicles for seamless, immersive guest experiences), “multiverse experiences” (aka Transmedia), “deconstructed screen” (the new projection surfaces).
|Patsy Tillisch of EDG|
And finally, the news spread pretty quickly that Disney’s Joe Rohde was named for the Buzz Price Lifetime Achievement Award (part of the TEA’s Thea Awards announcement on Nov 15 during the show). Joe himself was not on the floor at the time, but we snapped a picture of his longtime colleague, photogenic former Imagineer Patsy Tillisch, now Principal at EDG. Patsy worked closely with Rohde during the creation of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and was kind enough to pose holding the Thea Awards press release.
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