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Themed Experience

research guide for the Theatre M.F.A. Themed Experience track and the proposed M.S. in Themed Experience

Travel & Tourism

  • Thomas E. Azzari Theme Parks & Attractions Collection -- Thomas E. Azzari was a set designer for Sea World, designing open-air salt-water sets for several different aquatic animals like whales, dolphins, otters, and many more. Over his fifteen years as a theme park set designer, Thomas collected numerous reports, letters, photographs, drawings, construction plans, and memorabilia. Most of his collection focuses on his time as a set designer for Sea World, but it also contains some of the work he did for other theme parks, Silver Springs and Weeki Wachee.
  • Disney Ephemera Collection -- The Disney Ephemera Collection is a collection of reports, brochures, memorabilia, articles and news clippings about Disney Enterprises and the Walt Disney World Resort in Central Florida. The collection contains materials related to the different locations within the resort complex, including information about the Disney parks, resorts and other attractions. Publications in the collection were produced by both the Disney Corporation and outside sources.
  • Robert L. Glasser Collection -- Robert “Bob” Lewis Glasser worked as a Contract Administrator and a Senior Environmental Analyst for the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. During his employment with Disney, he collected various reports, promotional materials, publications and memorabilia mainly related to the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (EPCOT) Center.
  • Stephen Danks Lodwick Collection -- This collection contains the personal and professional papers of Stephen Danks Lodwick, a theme park ride designer. Original artwork and ride concept designs for parks such as Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios, and the Paramount Parks can be found here as well as a collection of Disney publications and art books Lodwick collected when he worked on interactive areas for various Disney theme parks. Also included are publications, maps, and memorabilia that Lodwick collected pertaining to the famous highway, Route 66.
  • George and Anne Millay Collection -- The Father of the Waterpark, George Millay founded both SeaWorld and Wet ‘n Wild. He and his wife Anne collected correspondence, reports, shareholder information, marketing materials, planning documents, memorabilia and framed items about SeaWorld and Wet ‘n Wild.
  • Harrison “Buzz” Price Papers -- Harrison “Buzz” Price was an economics consultant for the attractions and themed entertainment business. He began his career by assisting with the placement of Disneyland in Anaheim, CA in the early 1950’s and later Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL in the 1960’s. The papers are divided into eight series: Images, Price Company Files, Project Research Materials, Proposals, Reports, Speeches, Subject Research Materials, and World’s Fairs.
  • Al Turner, Splash Magazine Archives -- Splash Magazine, published by the World Waterpark Association from circa 1985-2002. Splash was the magazine for the water park industry. The collection includes a wide array of information on the water park industry.
  • Wet ‘n Wild Collection -- This collection contains materials relevant to the opening of the world’s first water park, Wet ‘n Wild. There are newspaper articles, advertisements, brochures, photographs, and other materials about Wet ‘n Wild from before the park opened through 2002.