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Welcome to 'Experience Imagination', a Themed Entertainment Podcast presented by Falcon's Creative Group. On this show, artists, engineers, filmmakers, and other creative professionals from in and around our design studio come together to tackle a new discussion topic every episode. When it comes to the latest trends, theories, and technologies, we’re diving into the deep end of the pool to shine a light on the modern revolution of themed attractions and entertainment experiences.
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Find out what it takes to design a revolutionary, story-driven, eco-friendly, themed entertainment experience like Qiddiya’s landmark water theme park, currently under construction near Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The water theme park will be a marquee attraction in Qiddiya City, a massive entertainment, cultural, and residential development that will al…
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Dive into the world of themed entertainment education on our latest #podcast episode! 🎓🎙️ We're thrilled to welcome distinguished university program leaders in themed entertainment, as well as current students and alumni to lead today's discussion. We have Peter Weishar, Director of Themed Experience at UCF, Jamie DeRuyter, Department Head for Ring…
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Step into the world of theme park influencers with our new podcast episode, "Influencing the Theme Park Community," with special guests Cole Brown from Park Pros and Ryan Williams from Parkineer! Tune in to hear all about their adventures as theme park content creators. From capturing the pulse-pounding excitement of thrill rides to giving the insi…
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New year, new season, new TRENDS! 🎧🎙️ We're dropping our first episode of 2024 with a prediction - you'll want to tune in to hear all about what's hot on the horizon for themed entertainment. Industry experts IAAPA President & CEO Jakob Wahl, Business Development Director Ella Baskerville, and Coaster 101 host Shane Joseph join us to discuss "Trend…
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The IAAPA Expo has a reputation as "the expo of fun," with all of its thrilling rides and delicious treats to try out. This year, we interviewed several themed entertainment superstars directly on the show floor. Listen to an all-new podcast episode of #ExperienceImagination to get to know some of the industry's biggest names including Sally Dark R…
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This episode of #ExperienceImagination is all about the TEA (Themed Entertainment Association) and the work they do to represent the world’s leading creators, developers, designers, and producers in the themed entertainment industry. TEA International Board Members Melissa Oviedo (President) and Evi Sari (Secretary) join us to discuss all of the wa…
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🎃👻 Tune in if you dare! In the spirit of Halloween, we are going batty by re-releasing one of our “spookiest” episodes of Experience Imagination. Our guests discuss all the various frightfully fun tricks and treats brought to life through holiday themed entertainment in theme parks and resorts. Make sure to give it a listen - you're in for a real s…
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Each member of the Falcon’s team has a unique story of how they started their career in themed entertainment. This episode takes a closer look at some of those journeys through a collection of brief interviews that give insight on professional influences, turning points in careers, advice for breaking into the industry, and more. ABOUT THIS PODCAST…
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Have you ever wondered what all the fuss is about with Comic-Con, or what the audiovisual pros discuss at InfoComm, or what happens when thousands of game developers meet up at GDC? Well then you're in luck! On this episode of Experience Imagination, we’re learning from three of our Falcon’s team members what it means to attend some of the entertai…
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In this episode of #ExperienceImagination, we introduce you to Falcon's first satellite office, Falcon's Creative | Philippines, where we speak with our talented new team members! 🎙️🎧 To learn more about our Philippines office, visit: https://falconscreativegroup.com/philippines/ ABOUT THIS PODCAST: "Experience Imagination" is a Themed Entertainmen…
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In this new #podcast episode, we discuss the topic of brand licensing. A big goal of brand licensing is to reinforce an existing brand’s image or bring awareness to a brand that is new to consumers. We have special guests Maura Regan, President of Licensing International, and Michael Connolly, Founder and CEO of Retail Monster to bring insight to t…
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In this episode of #ExperienceImagination, we are exploring the topic of transmedia storytelling. We’re discussing how Falcon’s Beyond has activated the Katmandu IP not only in theme parks, but in other forms of entertainment, specifically a Roblox game, a trading card game, and a mobile game. ABOUT THIS PODCAST: "Experience Imagination" is a Theme…
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In this episode of #ExperienceImagination, we're conversing with Falcon's new President, Simon Philips, about his new role and experience moving from London to sunny Orlando, Florida. Simon discusses his experience with some of the world's most iconic franchises and how he is going to use his expertise to impact Falcon's. ABOUT THIS PODCAST: "Exper…
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Throughout #WomensHistoryMonth, we have enjoyed sharing inspiring stories of women who have made a profound impact in the past or who are currently pushing society forward with their influence. One such individual who is near and dear to our own hearts at Falcon's is Jane Goodall! In honor of Jane's extraordinary life, we are taking a look back at …
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In this episode of #ExperienceImagination, we continue a topic we spotlighted in a previous episode, "Building a Culture of Innovation", where we discuss the entrepreneurial growth in Florida and why Orlando particularly, has such a bright future when it comes to growth in technology. ABOUT THIS PODCAST: "Experience Imagination" is a Themed Enterta…
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This episode kicks off the sixth season of #ExperienceImagination by inviting different members of our team to revisit some of their favorite Falcon’s memories from the past year. We discuss various projects and what they learned during the process of creating themed entertainment experiences. ABOUT THIS PODCAST: "Experience Imagination" is a Theme…
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This holiday season, we are re-releasing one of our favorite podcast episodes, “Entertainment That Gives Back”!🎁🎙️This episode looks at all the unique ways the themed entertainment industry is able to give back and help make the world a better place. We want to thank our special guests Elise Boyles from Give Kids The World, Tara Stoinski from the D…
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Ever wonder what it takes to open a theme park? There are millions of decisions that get made during the process of designing, building, and opening a theme park. In this episode of Experience Imagination, we are giving our listeners an inside look at the process, from our experience building our own theme park, Katmandu Park | Punta Cana. ABOUT TH…
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Get ready for another "spooktacular" episode of Experience Imagination! In this episode, we discuss how the holiday season is brought to life through themed entertainment. We are bringing in guests with experience doing this very thing for many different industries, including theme parks and resorts. Make sure to give it a listen to learn all of th…
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In this episode of Experience Imagination, we discuss how Florida has become an incredibly popular choice for entrepreneurs and how Orlando, specifically, is leading the way for innovation, especially as it pertains to the metaverse. Our special guests from the Orlando Economic Partnership and Synapse Florida will discuss these exciting topics and …
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Today’s topic is about building a new entertainment resort brand and launching the concept of "resortainment". We are joined by special guest Sara Ranghi from Meliá Hotels International, to discuss our partnership in creating Falcon’s Resorts by Meliá, a new global leisure entertainment resort brand that will embody “resortainment”. ABOUT THIS PODC…
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In this episode of Experience Imagination, we are speaking with special guest Jason Chen, who is the Executive Vice President of Digital at academy award-winning BRON Studios. Some of the topics we will discuss include Web3, utilizing Epic Game's Unreal Engine to produce animation, and how the entertainment industry is embracing NFTs. We will also …
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Each member of the Falcon’s team has a unique story of how they started their career in themed entertainment. This episode takes a closer look at some of those journeys through a collection of brief interviews that give insight on professional influences, turning points in careers, advice for breaking into the industry, and more. ABOUT THIS PODCAST…
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In this episode of Experience Imagination, we are talking about our new partnership with Moonbug Entertainment. Our first joint effort will bring two of Moonbug’s most beloved children’s properties, Blippi and CoComelon, to life at Curiosity Playground, which is an all-new experiential edutainment destination located within the Falcon’s Central ent…
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In this episode, we are covering Qiddiya’s landmark water theme park, which is currently under construction near Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It’s going to be the region’s largest water theme park and Saudi Arabia’s first, as well as a key attraction in the overall Qiddiya development. We reveal how Falcon’s Creative Group developed the park’s master plan…
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In this episode, we are joined by industry experts and thought leaders who have decades of experience in working with consumer products and intellectual property, boosting the profile of IPs and attracting even more fans to them through retail efforts. Special guests: Simon Philips - Managing Director of Global Consumer Products at Moonbug Entertai…
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In this episode, we are joined by subject matter experts from Epic Storyworlds and Kids Industries to explore the topic of the "Metaverse" and how we are already experiencing it through different forms of entertainment. We also uncover the many ways everyday people may come to experience the metaverse in the future. ABOUT THIS PODCAST: "Experience …
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This month at Falcon’s we are re-releasing one of our most popular episodes of #ExperienceImagination, “Entertainment as Escapism”. Make sure to listen to this episode as it is one of our favorite topics! ABOUT THIS PODCAST: "Experience Imagination" is a Themed Entertainment Podcast presented by Falcon's Creative Group, a design studio and media ho…
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Welcome to our first episode of the year! There are so many exciting things happening in the world of technology right now that we thought we’d start off 2022 by going into detail about one of them - real-time engines. Their impact on content creation has blown up over the last decade or so. But what exactly is real-time and what does it allow crea…
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Welcome to our final episode of the year! Because it’s the holiday season, we wanted to do something special for this podcast and focus on entertainment that gives back. We all know how lucky we are to work in themed entertainment. I mean, this job is about making people happy. That’s really the goal. What we create at Falcon’s is definitely a form…
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As you probably know, the annual IAAPA Expo took place in Orlando from November 16th to the 19th. In addition to hosting guests at our own booth, something we love doing every year, we brought a recording kit with us so we could interview a few attendees on the floor and get their takes on the big convention, where the industry is headed, and how t…
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In this episode, we are talking about the Visual Effects Society, otherwise known as VES, a non-profit, professional, honorary society, dedicated to advancing the arts, sciences, and applications of visual effects and to improving the welfare of its members by providing professional enrichment and education, fostering community, and promoting indus…
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With Halloween just around the corner, this "spooky" episode focuses on year-round scary attractions. Discover with us some of the techniques that are used to create an attraction's fear-factor, and learn about Falcon's own process in creating those kinds of experiences. ABOUT THIS PODCAST: "Experience Imagination" is a Themed Entertainment Podcast…
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For the first time in our podcasting history, we are getting students involved in the show! We invited UCF Themed Experience graduate students to call in and ask a question about the themed entertainment industry and members from the Falcon's team provided insight. Learn more about the UCF’s MFA in Themed Experience here: https://www.ucf.edu/degree…
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In this episode, we’re joined by members of the Oceaneering Entertainment Systems (OES) team to discuss our recently announced partnership, what goes into making ride systems, who gets to test them out, and a whole lot of other fun things. Learn more about Oceaneering Entertainment Systems (OES): https://www.oceaneering.com/entertainment-systems/ A…
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‘Falcon’s Beyond Global’ Launches as Fully Integrated Development Enterprise for IP-Driven Parks, Resorts, Media, & Merchandise. With proven theme park success in Europe, an award-winning creative team, patented technologies, and access to global real estate in prime tourist destinations, Falcon’s Beyond Global, LLC has launched as a fully integrat…
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The animation industry is embracing the “human experience” through storytelling. In doing so, it has adopted fresh techniques, different approaches, and a new tone to help us do something that was often thought impossible in animation - feel something truly emotional. We’re joined by Falcon’s Producer Eric Calderon who is a veteran animation execut…
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This episode focuses on Edutainment and how to create spaces that blend play and exploration in a way that leads to deeper engagement. We are joined by special guests Dawn Ciccone, Vice President KIDS Licensing (PBS KIDS Portfolio Partnerships), and Spencer Jones, Science Program Specialist Orlando Science Center.…
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The ÄEONXP™ ecosystem redefines traditional brick and mortar entertainment by introducing guests to multifaceted levels of engagement that allow them to personalize their experiences across theme parks, live events, branded destinations, location-based entertainment venues, or individual attractions. A key feature is its ability to be networked acr…
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What does it take to bring a water park to life? In this episode, we discuss water park design with a few experts in the field. We’re joined by a couple of guests from the WhiteWater team; Emily Colombo vice president, strategic partnerships, and Ron Lausman vice president business development – architectural services. This episode also features Ev…
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The Falcon's team gives further insight on the first-of-its-kind, SpectraVerse™ attraction system. The SpectraVerse™ family of products merges time-tested, immersive storytelling techniques with advanced technologies to deliver paradigm-shifting, interactive, walk-through dark ride experiences. These joint social experiences give each individual th…
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Learn more about the award-winning exhibition, “Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall,” which opened at the National Geographic Museum in Washington D.C. in late 2019. We’re joined by a few special guests who have great insight into Dr. Goodall’s story as well as the creation of this exhibition. From National Geographic, Vice President, …
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Explore the evolution of immersive experiences. In this episode we examine the past, present, and future of immersion. We are joined by special guest Celeste Lovette Guichard who is a Professor of Architectural History at SCAD as well as Falcon’s Production Designer Charlie Jicha. Celeste shares a bit about the history of virtual environments while…
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We're very excited to announce the opening of Falcon's X-Lab in Orlando, Florida. X-Lab stands for the Experience Laboratory, and represents a culmination of many of the technological and creative innovations that Falcon's has pioneered worldwide. The name says it all, as this has become the laboratory where we sculpt and vigorously test our experi…
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In this episode, we continue to explore how characters are brought to life. We are joined by "The Voiceover Dynamic Duo" Grant and Jessica Gee-George as well as Eric Calderon, an animation executive, writer and director credited on over a dozen major animated TV series. Learn more about Grant and Jessica here: https://www.onlinevocoaching.com/ Lear…
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Join us on a journey through the process of creating characters for themed experiences. In this episode, we breakdown how characters are built, exploring each stage from writing the character bibles and scripts to the creating the visual representation of the character. We are joined by Katmandu Group’s Cory Demerau to discuss the creation of sever…
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In this episode we explore the ever-evolving technology of XR and how extended realities can elevate themed entertainment. We are joined by special guest Charlie Fink, a leading voice in XR technology, who gives insight into what the future of XR could hold. Follow Charlie Fink on social media: @charliefink ABOUT THIS PODCAST: "Experience Imaginati…
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