Thrill Seekers

Theme Park Projects Don't Have to Be a Wild Ride. Here's How Project Managers Keep New Attractions on Track

When Walt Disney Co. launched the first foreign-backed theme park project in mainland China, the global entertainment power knew it had to go big or go home. The US$5.5 billion Shanghai Disney Resort, which opened last year, delivered one of the company's fastest roller coasters ever—and the tallest and largest castle in any Disney park. And Disney's not the only organization raising the bar for amusement parks worldwide. With global attendance and demand for new attractions at an all-time high, theme park projects must meet soaring consumer expectations—whether they deliver sprawling new parks, heart-pounding rides or IT improvements that reduce wait times.
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