Journey to the West Theme Park - Huai’an, China - 2014
In 2014, the City of Huai’an China retained Zeitgeist to develop a theme park celebrating China’s beloved “Journey to the West” novel, including the tales of the Monkey King, located in the author’s hometown. The Zeitgeist team quickly became experts on the story and developed a 100-acre park in which guests follow the journey of the Monkey King and his companions from China to India in search of the Buddhist scriptures. Zeitgeist also designed an adjacent indoor/outdoor waterpark based on the Monkey King’s origin story.
MNC World Lido - Bogor, Indonesia - 2015
MNC Land, part of Indonesia’s MNC Group, hired Zeitgeist to conceive, masterplan, program, and design a story-rich theme park around the perimeter of a verdant canyon in the forested Lido Lakes area of Bogor, Indonesia. Zeitgeist developed an origin story featuring an enchanted world, Conkordika, where magic manifested in a towering crystal “icecano” and was used by various tribes (a metaphor for the nation’s 17,508 islands) for mining, flight, sea trading, farming, and light. The Zeitgeist team designed numerous rides, shows and attractions, including a canyon-diving roller coaster that took advantage of the erratic natural terrain.
Pirate Bay Playground - Shanghai, China - 2016
This pirate-themed indoor children’s entertainment center was designed for WSJ Theme Entertainment for the Macrolink Mall in Shanghai. Zeitgeist imagined guests arriving at a Caribbean Spanish fort, clambering aboard a pirate ship to enjoy slides, climbing structures, and cannonball cannons, an underwater zone, dress up stage, and birthday party room. The attraction opened to great acclaim in 2017 and continues to delight children of all ages.
BBC Earth Theme Park - Hainan Island, China - 2016-17
The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) retained Zeitgeist to conceive and design a 120-acre theme park for Wenchang, China (Hainan Island) based on the award-winning BBC Earth television series. The resulting concept design package featured dozens of innovative attractions across six themed zones: Blue Planet, Living Planet, Human Planet, Wild Planet, Frozen Planet, and the central hub of Pangaea.
BBC Top Gear World - Hainan Island, China - 2016-17
Also in 2016-17, the Zeitgeist team conceived and designed an expanded indoor/outdoor Family Entertainment Center for Wenchang, China (Hainan Island) based on the world’s longest running automotive show, Top Gear. The concept design package featured attractions based on classic episodes of the award-winning TV series. The client was so enamored with the ideation, they demanded that the developer expand the site in order to fit all of the attractions.
City of the Dead: The New Orleans Cemetery Experience - New Orleans - 2018-20
For Mardi Gras icons Kern Studios, in partnership with New Orleans real estate developer MCC Group, Zeitgeist designed a French Quarter-based attraction celebrating the city’s historic (and haunted) cemeteries. The existing three-story facility was transformed into a spooky museum experience featuring a number of immersive theatrical productions —hosted by a ghost buried beneath the building and local Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau. The attraction also featured escape rooms, a blacklight maze, a tomb slide, and a celebration of jazz funerals. City of the Dead: The New Orleans Cemetery Experience went on hold due to Covid-19 and is expected to be “resurrected” soon.
Nollywood, Super Center Mall, Abuja, Nigeria - 2016
Located on the top level of the Super Center Mall in Abuja, Nigeria, Nollywood theme park celebrates the world’s #1 filmmaking nation with a collection of rides and shows based on popular movie genres. A roller coaster races out of the building and loops in the outdoor parking lot. A drop tower descends through the mall, enticing guests to hop aboard an escalator or elevator to immerse themselves in the magic of the movies!
The Louisiana Music Experience - New Orleans - 2019
For this museum celebrating the history of Louisiana music, the Zeitgeist team met with local experts and developed a next-generation, interactive “edutainment” experience with three thematic zones that immersed guests in the origins of Jazz, Gospel, Zydeco, Creole, Cajun, Swamp Blues, and more. Produced for Mardi Gras icons Kern Studios, in partnership with New Orleans real estate developer MCC Group.
“Critter Cruise” Dark Ride - Guangzhou, China - 2019
For Chimelong Group, China’s most successful owner/operator of theme parks and resorts, the assignment was to design a compelling water dark ride, populated by animals, to transport their Safari Park guests around the world The team took its inspiration from the unique style of Disney’s “It’s A Small World.” Famed artist Shag (aka Josh Agle) joined Harmon and Lanzisero to redefine the dark ride. The result was “Critter Cruise,” in which the 1960s “exotica” musical soundtrack (think Arthur Lyman and Esquivel) and Shag’s mid-century-inspired environments and creatures put guests in another world.
Space Race Roller Coaster - Zhuhai, China - 2020
In 2020, Chimelong Group began developing a new area of their Zhuhai, China resort - home to its successful Ocean Kingdom theme park. Zeitgeist designed Space Race, a space-themed looping roller coaster which loads inside an interplanetary mothership, launches through a media tunnel and sends the space pod-themed trains racing through an intergalactic landscape illuminated with millions of LED stars.
Dive - Sea World Orlando - 2016
When Sea World wanted a groundbreaking new high capacity interactive attraction to replace an aging motion-simulator ride at its Orlando, Florida park, they hired Zeitgeist to design “Dive” - the world’s first game engine-based undersea submarine ride. Long before Disney unveiled its “Smuggler’s Run” attraction in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Zeitgeist developed a ride experience that combined real time-rendered CG video with real controls manipulated by multiple guests, resulting in a rich, story-based experience that was different every time.
Saudi Arabia Theme Park - North Jeddah, KSA - 2020
For a client in the Middle East, Zeitgeist conceived and designed a transformative new theme park along the Red Sea north of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The sea-themed park breaks new ground with a central “Fantasy Harbor” that combines real and fantasy ships in an admission-free retail, dining and entertainment boardwalk. Around the perimeter of this magical marina are four themed lands that celebrate European and Middle Eastern pirates, a legendary Middle Eastern lost city, ocean myths and Middle Eastern fairy tales. The project is currently awaiting approval by the Saudi Arabian government to proceed into schematic design.