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Creativity Thrives in Places Full of New and Unexpected Learnings.

Make Your Workplace a Forum for Ideas. “Ideas Won’t Keep. Something Must Be Done About Them.”– Alfred North Whitehead  What can a chocolatier and a news anchor teach a bunch of creatives? As it turns out, quite a bit. Over the past year, a talented group of PGAVers established a new program called PGAV Presents. The concept… Continue reading.

The Gift of Wonder

  The holiday gift-giving season is right around the corner, and if you have children, your attic doors and basement closets have been welded shut to keep curious eyes from spoiling the surprises. Assuming you don’t possess the year-long foresight and planning prowess of a diligent elf, you’re probably scrambling to check off your naughty… Continue reading.

How Zoos Prepare for the Winter

  Just because it’s cold outside, doesn’t mean that zoos around the country close their doors and send all their animals to hibernate for the winter. Instead, a team of caring keepers, animal experts, and experience designers work hard to ensure that the animals are safe, have opportunities to stay active, and that visitors can… Continue reading.

What is PGAV Thankful for?

  Thanksgiving is finally upon us. As we make plans to shuttle our relatives home from the airport and dig up Great Aunt Ida’s secret corn casserole recipe (how does she get it so creamy!?), we’re taking a moment to reflect on the true meaning of the holiday. While warming up for tomorrow’s Turkey Trot,… Continue reading.

Feast Your Eyes on the Travel Tips and Trends of Thanksgiving 2019

  To most cultures outside the U.S., the time we call Thanksgiving might be just another run-of-the-mill (heh) harvest festival. However, you don’t have to be a devout Roman follower of Ceres to make this year’s cornucopia of fresh vegetables, gravies, and turkeys the highlight of your holiday. Whether you’re among the folks in Canada,… Continue reading.

Sensory Awareness: Creating Inclusive Experiences for Veterans

  – By Emily Howard, Vice President Today marks an important day in the United States – Veterans Day – when we honor all those who have bravely served our country. Throughout history, men and women in uniform have served the United States to enable us to pursue the lives we desire. As attraction designers,… Continue reading.

The Importance of Game Design

  – By Mark Jarman, Designer   I came to the world of themed entertainment just a few years ago after spending most of my career making video games and teaching college students about game design and production. One thing I discovered when I first arrived at PGAV Destinations was a nascent intuition that the… Continue reading.

Inspiration Doesn’t Come Easy

  – By Dave Cooperstein, senior creative designer and Justin Stichter, Attraction Designer / Project Manager Just as a car needs constant input of gas to go, or a city constant input of energy to light the night, a factory of creativity needs constant input of inspiration. Imagining never-before-conceived roller coasters, unique solutions to animal welfare, or… Continue reading.

How to Develop Color for Destinations: The Sun Does Shine Differently on All of Us

  – By Maura Murphy-Pusateri, Designer / Art Director   We are thrilled to introduce Designer / Art Director Maura Murphy-Pusateri! After engaging in fascinating studies across the world – Theater and English in Denver, Art History and Theater in London, Fine Arts in Chicago, and more – Maura can usually be found elbow-deep in… Continue reading.

Feel the Fall with These Fierce Attractions!

  It feels as though by adulthood, we have a handbook for how to celebrate autumn: fall foliage, corn mazes, pumpkin patches, trick-or-treating, over-sized scarves, Turkey Trots, and throwing out our backs raking leaves. One of these years, I’m going to make it to Punkin Chunkin. But there are some other great ways to Feel… Continue reading.