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Why Our Minds and Bodies Crave Travel—and How That Will Bring Back the Industry

  – By Jeannette Cooperman, Ph.D., writer & Mike Konzen, CEO   If you’re part of the travel and tourism industry, you’ve been reeling these past two months. What if people just shelter at home, more or less, for the rest of their lives? What if they’re too frightened to ever venture to an unfamiliar… Continue reading.

Lessons from Living with Lupus & RA As We Plan Our Return from COVID-19

  – By Jedd Pellerin, Project Architect   My wife, kids, and colleagues will tell you that I (probably too often) extoll the benefits of early-bird dinners, never grocery shopping on the weekend, Sunday morning matinees, TSA Pre-check, and off-peak visits to resorts and attractions. I’ve always been a bit of a social distancer, somewhat… Continue reading.

Creating Space – Managing Inclusive Experiences to “Remember the Alamo” Now

The Alamo is contested ground. In 2018, after decades of failed planning efforts, however, a bold vision for the Alamo’s future won public approval and is now in design. The team responsible for the project will share their evidence-based, stakeholder-focused approach that is shaping a common ground where multiple histories find their voices in a… Continue reading.

PGAV’s Best of 2019

  The last year of the decade was a thrilling one for PGAV, with grand openings for our clients, big changes in our studio, and new insights from attraction guests around the world. Scroll onward to revisit the stories that were on our designers’ minds throughout the year!   Attraction Openings   The brand-new, 120,000… Continue reading.

PGAV’s Top Posts of 2019

  2019 was PGAV’s biggest blogging year yet, with new authors, new projects and programs to celebrate, and 25 posts throughout the year! We’re counting down the eight most popular posts of 2019 in this annual round-up to explore the biggest trends and headlines of our final year of the decade.   8. Inspiration Doesn’t… Continue reading.

Ice Climbing: The Ultimate Snowcation

  – By Sarah Aman, Desginer   Snowcation: [snoh-kay-shuh-n] noun A period of suspension of work, study, or other activity to visit someplace snowy.   As designers of amazing destinations, it’s only logical that we seek inspiration by visiting amazing destinations ourselves. These trips are not only fun vacations – they are also tools in… Continue reading.

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.

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.

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.