Theme Parks: A Model of Best Practice for Streetscape Design

dc.contributor.advisorHolland, Martin
dc.contributor.authorHughes, James of Environmental Design and Rural Developmenten_US of Guelphen_US of Landscape Architectureen_US Architectureen_US
dc.description.abstractInternationally cities are acknowledging the importance of improving streetscape design in order to create a more positive pedestrian experience. Improved streetscape design contributes to the creation of a safe, efficient and financially prosperous landscape. This thesis analyzes how theme parks have successfully designed streetscapes, specifically Main Street U.S.A. at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. This theme park streetscape provides a positive experience while supporting, on average, twenty-one million visitors. This work illustrates streetscape techniques employed by theme parks while answering the question “Are Theme Parks examples of Streetscape design best practices?” This study evaluates streetscape elements found along Main Street U.S.A. and those used throughout the City of Toronto. These streetscape elements are evaluated against the criteria for successful streetscape designs outlined by Allan B. Jacobs in the book Great Streets. A streetscape design manual has been developed that consolidates the unique design techniques utilized by theme park streetscapes.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
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dc.subjectLandscape Architectureen_US
dc.subjectTheme Parken_US
dc.subjectUrban designen_US
dc.subjectStreetscape Designen_US
dc.subjectStreetscape Manualen_US
dc.subjectMagic Kingdomen_US
dc.subjectTheme Park Historyen_US
dc.subjectWalt Disney Worlden_US
dc.subjectMain Street U.S.A.en_US
dc.subjectCity of Torontoen_US
dc.titleTheme Parks: A Model of Best Practice for Streetscape Designen_US


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