Disney is not just for kids. When you visit any of the Disney theme parks or hotels, you'll find buildings designed by some of the world's leading architects.
Typically, theme park architecture is -- well -- thematic. Borrowing popular motifs from history and fairy tales, theme park buildings are designed to tell a story. At the Disney theme parks, the architects may:
- strive for historic authenticity and recreate historic buildings, or
- take a whimsical approach and exaggerate storybook images, or
- create subtle, abstract images.
- Peter Dominick
- Charles Gwathmey
- Robert A M Stern
- Philip Johnson
- Cesar Pelli
- Michael Graves
- Arata Isozaki
- Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown
But, while you're admiring the work of these great architects, don't forget to go on that Thunder Mountain Ride. At Disney theme parks, even the roller coasters are artfully designed.