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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.

PGAV’s Top Ten Hidden Gems of Fall Travel

  The cool breezes are beginning to rustle through the trees once more, carrying faint smells of cinnamon, campfire smoke, and the naturally-dried potpourri of autumn harvest. With the winds come the rustle of broad tree leaves, followed by the gentle cascade of fiery oranges, reds, and yellows. Fall has returned. With warm memories of… Continue reading.

Five Factors for Fantastic Field Trips

  Back-to-school season is in full swing and if today’s students are anything like we were, they’re already counting down the days until their first field trip of the year! For teachers, a field trip is a great opportunity to expose their students to new experiences that broaden their horizons, reinforce classroom lessons, empower students… Continue reading.

And Then I said, ‘That’s Not My Dog, that’s My ROVER!’

  By Ben Cober, Director of Business Development and Research A recent article in the UK’s Daily Mail really caught my eye: NASA is looking for comedians. At the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual conference, professor of Anthropology at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Jeffrey Johnson spoke on the topic of “Building… Continue reading.

America’s Space Program and the Importance of Higher Purpose in Your Work

  – By Mike Konzen, CEO   This July we are celebrating America’s space program. Fifty years ago on July 20, 1969, Neal Armstrong became the first human to walk on the moon’s surface. Forty-two years later on July 21, 2011, Space Shuttle Atlantis landed at Kennedy Space Center, concluding STS-135, the final mission of NASA’s storied… Continue reading.