LP Lotion: Joe Rohde on Animal Kingdom's Birthday
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They put the architecture in a subordinate position to the landscape in their designs. The architecture would either celebrate nature or be viewed as succumbing to nature.
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Joe shared the various themes at the heart of Disney's Animal Kingdom -- not only the intrinsic value of nature but also the overpowering effect of physical adventure that if you go out and dare yourself to do things you'll come back changed.
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The theme of the universal love of animals that one way or another, whether it's a live animal or an imaginary animal, a prehistoric animal a storybook animal, one way or another there's a form of the animal world that brings people emotionally alive and were used to bring people into contact with this idea. The development of these themes and ideas happen before they begin ride development, shows, and other park elements.
Joe Rohde shared an image of the cards that feature the ideas of the imagineers as they developed Disney's Animal Kingdom.
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Diagraming out the story of Disney's Animal Kingdom. Looking at the park's values and its opportunities they would develop diagrams to illustrate how the story would come to life for the guest touring the park. Joe compared the process to a tree where you start at the root and you know you're going to end up on one leaf but you're not sure which leaf so you travel up the tree where you encounter various challenges, opportunities and you find your way out.
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The diagrams don't necessarily reflect what was built but offer insight to the thought process of its development.
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