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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.

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.

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.

Swimmin’ and BIMin’: A Partnered Collaboration of Transforming Union Station into an Aquarium

BIM has changed the way we work together, demanding new levels of collaboration. Teams need to come together in the early stages of the project to determine workflows before the work begins. The days of working in silos are going away. We have to communicate, coordinate, and collaborate more than ever. PGAV Destinations’ BIM Manager Matt… 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.

Access to Authenticity

– By Ben Cober, Director of Business Development and Research Time and again through our Destinology research, we learn how travelers are always seeking something “authentic:” places where something real happened in history, natural places untouched by human hands, or unique things that couldn’t be done elsewhere. In fact, 80% of travelers cite this as… Continue reading.

Improving Rider Experience Using Technology

“This interactive roundtable discussion will explore technology options for transforming that tired attraction into a new and improved experience that will get your guests wanting to queue up time and time again. We’ll cover topics from low tech approaches such as lighting, music, and projection to high tech solutions with interactive elements and more! Hear… Continue reading.

Survey Says! – What Drives Your Guests To Visit (Or Not) & How Does It Translate To Attendance, Membership & Revenue

In this two part session, PGAV Destination’s Voice of the Visitor and the World Waterpark Association’s Benchmarking Survey will be presented. While Voice of the Visitor quantifies aggregate attractions’ industry performance and provides an outlook on future visitation specifically from the point of view of the visitors themselves, the WWA Benchmarking Survey showcases the results of those visitors’ views… Continue reading.

Lateral Thinking: How to Build the Impossible in SketchUp

What do you do when someone puts a sketch of a turtle-shaped restaurant on your desk… or a circular, spiraling, space frame observation tower…and asks you to build it in SketchUp? By harnessing the power of Lateral Thinking, you can build just about anything using SketchUp. When Push-Pull and Follow Me won’t get you there,… Continue reading.

Voice of the Visitor

PGAV Destinations, in conjunction with H2R Market Research and Blooloop, have embarked on an annual survey of people who have visited an attraction in the current year or plan to visit in the upcoming year, analyzing visitors’ viewpoints of attractions, reactions, expectations, and trends. This can be used to provide an industry-standard dashboard that quantifies… Continue reading.