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Finding Creative Inspiration from Musical Theatre and Family Tradition

  In 1971, my grandfather and grandmother, Cyril and Roberta Porthouse, initiated a challenge grant with Gerald and Victoria Read for a small outdoor theatre on the grounds of Blossom Music Center outside Kent, Ohio. The theatre would come to be known as the Porthouse Theatre. My grandfather, a fairly stoic gentleman and all engineer,… Continue reading.

Destination Designers Consider: Is HBO’s ‘Westworld’ Really the Future?

  “The newcomers are just looking for the same thing we are; a place to be free, to stake out our dreams, a place with unlimited possibilities.” Dolores, played by Evan Rachel Wood, reflects in HBO’s hit first season of “Westworld” what the park’s guests seek; and coincidentally, what many of today’s theme park guests… Continue reading.

PGAV Principal Appointed to Sam Fox School National Council

  We are thrilled and honored to announce that PGAV Destinations’ Principal and Chair, Mike Konzen, has been appointed to Washington University’s Sam Fox School National Council! Invited by John Weil, Chair of the Council, and Carmon Colangelo, Ralph J. Nagel Dean of the Sam Fox School, Mr. Konzen will be joining a cadre of… Continue reading.

PGAV Destinations’ Clients Top 2016 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, SeaWorld, and Busch Gardens among World’s Favorites We are thrilled to announce that many of our long-standing clients topped TripAdvisor’s 2016 Traveler’s Choice Awards. “Established in 2002, Travelers’ Choice awards are the highest honor TripAdvisor can bestow. The only travel industry awards based on millions of reviews and opinions from travelers… Continue reading.

Virtual Reality In Attractions: A Designer’s Viewpoint

  To fully understand the potential of virtual reality (VR) in attractions and destinations, we should briefly understand VR’s history outside the context of attractions. In 1965, the idea of a head mounted display (HMD) attached to a computer was born. It enabled the wearer to see a primitive graphical virtual world; but the sheer… Continue reading.