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Wednesday 24th June

Good Morning and welcome to Wednesday.  Hi-ho, hi-ho its off to work we go....Which Disney movie is this lyric from?


Everything you need to know - the task and tutorial videos can be found on the website below.  Today you are going to complete - Lesson 2 Exercises 1-5 only.  You will complete the rest of the tasks tomorrow.

Try and be as creative as you can be.


Day 3 & 4 Lesson 2: Build your own attractions

This lesson addresses the question: what do you want to do in your themed land? It introduces students to the range of possible attractions within a themed land with a focus on dark rides. It exposes the importance of theme and storytelling in attractions in general. Following the creative development process at Walt Disney Imagineering, students envision and design their own dark ride. This includes both the artistic (beat sheets, models) and engineering (throughput, footprint) aspects of ride design.

You'll walk out of this lesson with a beat sheet (bullet point summary), a digital layout and a physical model of your attraction.

Material requirements: Includes activities that are computer based and activities that require the use of physical materials found at home.

Time requirement: 6 hours minimum (Wednesday and Thursday's lessons - this is about 3 hours each day, but you can do as much or as little as you like).


Exercise 1: Thrill and story


Question: Think of a memorable experience you’ve had, whether it was a ride, show or attraction and answer the following questions:

  • Why do you remember it?
  • How was story used in the experience?
  • How were thrills created?
  • How did the thrills and the stories relate to each other?


Exercise 2: High concept


Activity: Write two or three high concept ideas for your own attraction. An example of a high concept statement is: “go for a bike ride on the moon”. Once you’ve come up with a few ideas, try them out on a friend to see how they respond. Pick the one you are most excited about to carry through the rest of this lesson.


Exercise 3: Blue sky


Brainstorm with a partner or group as many ideas for your ride as possible (such as stories, scenes within stories or special effects within scenes). Don’t worry if you don’t know the whole ride at this point. The goal is to collect a bucket of pieces of ideas for what will become your ride.

Create a Brainstorming Board by writing each idea on a post it and arrange them on a board or wall so you can see all the ideas in one place, move them around, and add new ones.

Here are some tips from the video to keep in mind:

  • No “good” or “bad” ideas
  • Build on other ideas
  • Don’t throw away ideas
  • Relax and have fun!


Exercise 4: Storyboards


Activity: Create a simple storyboard for your ride. To start, write up a scene by scene list of your ride using your favorite ideas from the brainstorm.

  • First this happens…. (scene 1)
  • Then this happens… (scene 2)
  • Then this happens… (scene 3)
  • Finally this happens… (scene 4)

Once you have a scene ordering you like you can make simple sketches of each scene and lay them out on a board. Keep in mind you will want to change this many times so don’t focus on making beautiful drawings.


Exercise 5: Pitching


Activity: Pitch your storyboard to friends or family members. Here are some things to consider while preparing your pitch:

  • What is the setup of your pitch?
  • What’s unique about your attraction?
  • What’s the climax?
  • How will your pitch end?

Once you are finished pitching take some time to digest the feedback you’ve received. Then go back and adjust your storyboard to address the feedback. Continue this process until you are happy with your storyboard.


Remember to share your ideas with us


If you don't want to take part in the project you can complete the week 9 work on Purple Mash