Lesson 6:  How does Disney Design and Create a Disney Themed Attraction?  
Web Tool To Explore: Draw – Sketchpad

Activity 1:-Attraction examples: 
Research each of the eight types of attractions at Walt Disney World and provide an attraction/ride that is an example of it. 
Gravity Rides      Boat Rides  Simulators  Guide Rail / Track        Dark Rides
Carney Rides      Walk through/Sit Down/Theatre                     You drive
Combination - Track-Guide rail - Dark

Activity 2
Watch any of the following videos on YouTube to see the types of attraction and rides:
Web Resource Links:

 Making of Expedition Everest -  44 min
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Making of Tower of Terror
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Making of Rock-N-Roller Coaster
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Making of Crush Coaster
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Activity 5  Did you find different results on each search engine?
 Disney US Patents, Patent Applications and Patent Search - Justia ...
Disney Profile - Disney Trademarks, Patents, Litigation Filings and ...
Disney Enterprises Inc patents list (updated weekly) - FreshPatents.com

Disney patent seeks to ground peeping drones
Disney Hit With Another MagicBand Patent Infringement Suit
Disney patent alters ride experiences based on passenger ...

 Disney US Patents, Patent Applications and Patent Search ...
Disney Patent Hints at Future Plans for MyMagic+ | DIS Blog
Disney patent alters ride experiences based on passenger ...
DuckDuck GO
Disney patent seeks to ground peeping drones
Disney Hit With Another MagicBand Patent Infringement Suit
Disney patent alters ride experiences based on passenger ...
 Lesson 7: Telling Your Story                                                                                        
The Elements of Digital Storytelling-Video/Web/YouTube Links:

You can watch the video:  Elements of Digital Storytelling in 4 Minutes
Short URL:

Media Resources:
Creative Commons:
Flickr Creative Commons:
Activity 1:-Examples of Digital Stories: Search the Web for these titles and topics
Student Created Stories: (From Kathy Schrock Website
Short URL:
Activity 2:
Kizoa Slideshow (Need to create an account to save your slideshow)
Short URL: 

Activity 5:-  "Creating the Story"
 (Following Information/data provided courtesy of Steve Alcorn web site/on-line class-Theme Park Design Workshop- (C) 2009 Steve Alcorn and his two books)

 Theme Park Design: Behind The Scenes …  › Steve Alcorn

 Building A Better Mouse: The Story Of The Electronic Imagineers Who Designed Epcot

  Activity 6:
How about this one: you climb aboard a BART subway train. It pulls out of the station, then begins to shake as an earthquake strikes. Fires erupt, and a flood comes cascading down the tunnel, extinguishing the flames and splashing over the train. Exciting? I guess. But not completely fulfilling. Why? They forgot to tell us why we were getting on the train, where it was going, and what our mission was. The name of this attraction at Universal Studios Florida is Earthquake, so we knew what to expect when we got on. But there was no underlying story to get us involved. "

 Online Theme Park Engineering Class Peeks Behind the Scenes

 A new session of Steve Alcorn’s Online Theme Park Engineering Class begins every month.
For more information and to enroll, visit


Activity 7: Explore
Storyboard Software Tools for "Telling Your Story"
Courtesy of and thank you to Kim Fortso  


Welcome to Storyboard That – Looking for an amazing, fun, free, and easy to use online storyboard creator?
Storyboard That  is a cutting edge Web 2.0 tool for rapidly creating amazing storyboards, no art skills needed. Great for business meetings and in the classroom .. Free 14-Day Trial - Teachers - $4.95 Per Month

Articulate Storyline
As I said in that forum thread, the new Articulate Storyline is a wonderful tool to show the general structure of your courses. The Story View displays the overall project organization, making it very easy to identify scenes, information flow, and different relationships among pages (screens) and so on.  In addition, I can use annotated screenshots to communicate my ideas more effectively.

Virtual mind-mapping tool that allows users to create digital mind webs by embedding content from the internet. The app features bright colors and clean design, and can nudge students along as they create their own narratives by serving as a brainstorming tool. Some use it to frame a story-[students] can map out their writing.

My StoryMaker
Colorful characters (think pirates and little blue men), whimsical props and scenery  and an endless number of ways to put them together.  “My StoryMaker lets you scaffold what you’re doing with the app,” “For instance, if you have two characters--a witch and a genie holding an apple--you can click on the genie and say ‘give,’ and the app will write, ‘The genie gives the apple to the witch,’” “But what I love most about it is that you can actually alter the story in any way you want. You can incorporate vocabulary words and all sorts of material.”
Sock Puppets
An homage to those endearing creatures from the pre-iPad era, this mobile app lets students record their own dialogue to be acted out by--sock puppets. Drag-and-drop scenery and a voice modifier that adapts a speaker’s tone of voice to a character make it a great tool for younger kids learning the foundation of story.

In-depth animations and dozens of stage directions equip students to become mini- moviemakers by choosing everything from the accents of their actors to the number of camera angles in their films.

Art and story entwine in Storybird’s virtual stories. Students create narratives by dragging and dropping illustrations from artists chosen by the site and writing text on the page. Select imagery either by theme (such as “forest” or “home”) or by artist. Once the story is complete, it reads as a full-screen novel. 


Lesson 8:  How Does Disney Design And Create A Disney Themed Attraction?

Web Tools To Explore: Draw – GoogleDraw


 Stage 4:
Video/YouTube Links:  America's Thrillmakers - Walt Disney World Intro VIDEO
An in depth look into the very popular thrill attractions at the Walt Disney World Resort. Watch as America's Thrillmakers take 6 guests and test them on Disney's array of thrill rides. Learn Imagineer's secrets, guest reviews of attractions and, most importantly, what exactly makes a thrill ride. "Hang on to yer hats and glasses, cause this here's the wildest ride in the wilderness!"

America's Thrillmakers - Walt Disney World -52 Min
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Making Of Rock'n' Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith at Disneyland Paris
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 Making Of Crush's Coaster -Paris Walt Disney Studios
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On June 9th, 2007, Crush's Coaster, inspired by Disney. Pixar's "Finding Nemo", opened its doors in Walt Disney Studios Park (Paris) and quickly became one of the guest’s favorite attractions! Take a peek backstage to see how Disney Imagineers created this undersea adventure in approximately 18 months.
Video/YouTube Links:  What is Disney Imagineering?
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Stage 2: Engineering Magic: The Tech Secrets Behind Theme Parks ...
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To get insight, we spoke to Steve Alcorn, Disney's first Systems Engineer. He shared a few behind-the-scenes tech secrets behind theme park ...
Activity 5:  Create a POSTER for you new attraction
Poster Attraction Design -- Telling Our Story Visually                                   

Tools to Create Posters for Your Classroom
Google AutoDraw   - transforms your awful line drawings into works of art ... When creating a masterpiece using the Auto Draw brush

 ToonTastic 3D
A creative storytelling app that empowers kids to draw, animate, narrate, and record their own cartoons on their tablet, phone or Chromebook.

Free and paid versions-Must create an account-and verify with e-mail- If students will use this you will need valid e-mail address.   Will take 3-4 hours to receive the validation e-mail

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(Free and paid versions-Must create an account-and verify with e-mail- If students will use this you will need valid e-mail address.   Will take 2-3 hours to receive the validation e-mail   
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Free Classroom Accounts for Schools- PosterMyWall
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How To Create Your Poster-Step By Step
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Alternative Project Ideas or Question to ask: 
Engineering Magic: Tech Secrets Behind Theme Parks

Q: How are the attractions designed and built, creating theme parks that last for decades?
Q: How do engineers keep the attractions safe?
Q:  What is a ride control?
Q: What kind of hardware is required to run a theme park control system?
Reference links for above questions: Automation Lessons from Thrill Rides and Theme Parks
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 Visit Roller Coasters: Inventing the Scream Machine and Roller Coaster History to learn about the background of this invention.
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 Visit 29 Games Kids Can Play to Try Engineering.  Site that hosts lesson plans and games that are designed to get students interested in engineering.  Arranged according age and engineering topic. Can be downloaded as PDFs
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 Lesson 9:  What Is A Queue?  Interactive, Themed, Immersive and Innovative

Web Tool To Explore: Communication-  MindMeister


 Video/Web/YouTube Links:
Walt Disney World Haunted Mansion Interactive Queue: Detailed Look
The Haunted Mansion interactive queue is included in the video link below that has video of the entire queue. Upon entering the queue, there is a row of busts...Tour the new Haunted Mansion Interactive Queue at Walt Disney World
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Activity 2:
Research the attraction "it's a small world” so that you understand the story behind the attraction. 
View a video of the attraction. Wait time for this attraction can be 30 to 60 minutes.
Link to it’s a small world ride: 

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Lesson 10:  Audio-Animatronics

What In The Walt Disney World is an Audio-Animatronic Figure?
Video: The Evolution of Disney Animatronics-NHD 2016
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Video: Disney Animatronics demo at Otronicon 2013 at the Orlando Science Center
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 Video: Toy Story Mania and Mr. Potato Head
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 Investigating To Build Foundation Knowledge:
Following is provided by Steve Liebman, DisneyDiary.com and re-printed with permission

 Audio-Animatronic robot figures all started with a little bird -- a mechanical bird that Walt Disney purchased in the 1950s, while on vacation in Europe.  That little mechanical bird became the inspiration for what is seen around the World today in the Disney Theme Parks.
Disney Facts: A history of Disney's Audio-Animatronic figures
Web Resource Links:
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Activity 2
Engineering Guy-Explore this site:  http://www.engineerguy.com/
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The Engineering’s details of all the stuff you want to know about

Activity 3:  Check this out:
Animatronics FAQ - Garner Holt Productions      
We create humans, animals, cartoon characters, dinosaurs, birds, robots, and just about everything else.

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