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6 minutes | Oct 11, 2019
October 11, 2019: Space Shuttle America
For today’s Flashback Friday we’re looking at yet another Space Shuttle, this time, however, not-so-real and in a very unexpected place, Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, IL. Journey back to the future of 2094 as we take a look at this unique extinct attraction in all of its spacefaring glory on the Main Entrance FastCast.
6 minutes | Oct 10, 2019
October 10, 2019: The Retired Space Shuttles
Today we take a look at the homes of the three surviving US Space Shuttles, along with a couple of other related crafts that have found homes in attractions and exhibits across the country. Check out the Main Entrance FastCast to hear more about the final resting places of these great American spaceships!
6 minutes | Oct 9, 2019
October 9, 2019: Space Shuttle Atlantis
The Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is an amazingly striking way the built environment can contribute to the Guest experience at historical and informative spaces. The entire Guest experience from beginning to end is designed to elicit emotions that contribute to the overall understanding and appreciation visitors have when attending the complex. Today we talk about how physical storytelling can enhance and contribute to an experience as we look at the final home for Space Shuttle Atlantis.
4 minutes | Oct 8, 2019
October 8, 2019: Cité de l'Espace
Space is a dream that does not belong exclusively to the US or Russia. People all across the globe look to the stars and feel the inspiration that comes from Space Exploration. One country with a unique legacy of visionaries looking to what lies beyond the sky is France, and it’s no surprise they have a great space center experience all their own. Check out the Main Entrance FastCast today for a quick look at the Cité de l'Espace, located just outside of Toulouse, France.
4 minutes | Oct 7, 2019
October 7, 2019: World Space Week
"If offered a seat on a rocket ship, don't ask what seat. Just get on." — Christa McAuliffe -- It’s World Space Week and here on the Main Entrance FastCast we’re ready to celebrate by looking at some of the best ways Space has influenced the world of Location-Based Entertainment. Are you ready to strap in and blast off to the stars?
5 minutes | Oct 4, 2019
October 4, 2019: Unbuilt World Showcase
It’s the end of Epcot week here on the Main Entrance FastCast, and we’re looking at some of the Epcot countries that never were. Tune in today to hear about Israel, Spain, Switzerland, Russia, and more on today’s Flashback Friday microcast!
5 minutes | Oct 3, 2019
October 3, 2019: Icons & Symbolism of Epcot
Today we look at one of our absolute favorite aspects of Epcot, the icons! Join us for Theme Thursday where we look at not only the famous Future World icons of Epcot Center, but how the architecture and built environment of the park also act as icons and symbols for this amazing place!
4 minutes | Oct 2, 2019
October 2, 2019: Epcot's Landscape Design
Epcot at Walt Disney World uses more than just attractions to tell a story. The very ground you walk on contributes to the way you experience the park and feel about the environment you’re in. Epcot is, first and foremost, a designed experience and in today’s CreatiCore microcast we look at some of those subtle ways designers have planned the park to enhance your adventure. Check out today’s Main Entrance FastCast to learn something you may never have thought about before!
5 minutes | Oct 1, 2019
October 1, 2019: Spaceship Earth
Continuing Epcot week on the Main Entrance FastCast, today we’re looking at perhaps not just the most iconic attraction of Epcot, but maybe also the most iconic attraction at Walt Disney World itself, Spaceship Earth. Join us on this grand and miraculous trip through time and space as we celebrate the history of human communication, fellowship, and discovery as we continue our journey aboard our Spaceship Earth.
5 minutes | Sep 30, 2019
September 30, 2019: Illuminations: Reflections of Earth
"...Though each of us has our own individual stories to tell, a true adventure emerges when we bring them all together as one..." - Illuminations: Reflections of Earth from Walt Disney World’s Epcot. Today marks the end of the twenty-year run of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth at Walt Disney World’s Epcot. In today’s Motivational Monday, we look at the power of stories to bring together people of all countries and all lands together as one. Join us on today’s FastCast as we say goodbye to a true masterpiece.
5 minutes | Sep 27, 2019
September 27, 2019: Munich's Oktoberfest
Greetings Adventurers! In today's Flashback Friday FastCast, we head back to Munich to finish our Germany week in the best way we know how, with a look at the original Oktoberfest! Please subscribe, rate, and review us on iTunes, Spotify, iHeartRadio or the podcast provider of your choice. Check back each weekday for new content and please be sure to send any comments, questions, or emotional outbursts our way at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re looking for a new best friend in your life, adopt, don’t shop, and always make time to explore your world. Thanks for listening!
5 minutes | Sep 25, 2019
September 25, 2019: Inspiration (Schloss Neuschwanstein)
Greetings Adventurers! In today's CreatiCore, we talk about how designers and founders of location-based entertainment draw upon the world for inspiration, and how one such piece of inspiration has an inspiring story all its own! Please subscribe, rate, and review us on iTunes, Spotify, iHeartRadio or the podcast provider of your choice. Check back each weekday for new content and please be sure to send any comments, questions, or emotional outbursts our way at email@example.com. If you’re looking for a new best friend in your life, adopt, don’t shop, and always make time to explore your world. Thanks for listening!
4 minutes | Sep 24, 2019
September 24, 2019: Olympia Looping Bahn Roller Coaster
Greetings adventurers! In today's Attraction Spotlight, we talk about the largest portable roller coaster in the world, the five-looped Olympia Looping Bahn. Please subscribe, rate, and review us on iTunes, Spotify, iHeartRadio or the podcast provider of your choice. Check back each weekday for new content and please be sure to send any comments, questions, or emotional outbursts our way at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re looking for a new best friend in your life, adopt, don’t shop, and always make time to explore your world. Thanks for listening!
5 minutes | Sep 23, 2019
September 23, 2019: German Volksfeste
"O'zapft is!" - Traditional Opening of Oktoberfest Last Saturday, September 21st, marked the first day of the 2019 Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. In honor of this historic and exciting volksfest, this week on the Main Entrance FastCast we’ll be looking at attractions and designs from Deutschland. So, grab your morning strudel, and let’s have a quick look at how location-based entertainment can actually be a way to honor and embrace a people or culture. Cultural festivals, what the Germans would call Volksfests, are social gatherings that celebrate traditional folk crafts and folk music. In many places and events this often includes cultural foods and beverages, commonly of the alcoholic variety. Now, in the time we have, we definitely can’t go over all of them, so let’s take a quick look at a handful of these volksfeste around Germany, and what they have to offer. With our quote today, it’d be easy to start with the famous Oktoberfest in Munich, but hang tight, we’ll be revisiting the Theresienwiese later on this week. Let’s start in the city of Hamburg, home to the Hamburger Dom. The Dom, named for the former city cathedral, is actually the biggest public festival in Northern Germany, and unlike Oktoberfest, it’s held three times a year, in the Spring, Fall, and Winter. The name of this festival comes from the use of the old Hamburg cathedral as a winter shelter for merchants, artisans and entertainers. At the beginning of the 19th Century the old cathedral was demolished, sending these folks around the city until they found a new home in the Heiligengeistfeld area. Like Oktoberfest, the stars of the Dom are the food, crafts, and the rides! Here you can enjoy sauerkraut, currywurst, and the famous Schmalzkuchen, fried pastry made from yeast dough and topped with sugar. Next, let’s head over to Stuttgart, the home of the Cannstatter Volksfest, also known as the Stuttgart Beer Festival. Spanning three weekends from the end of September to early October, this festival originally began in 1817 due to a very poor harvest caused by a volcanic eruption a world away. Thanks to help from the Russian Czar, many people in Germany were saved from starvation, and in recognition of this, the festival was created to celebrate the harvest. Over time, this even evolved from an agricultural festival into a celebration of the people. As a symbol of the harvest and thanksgiving, an enormous 23 meter tall pillar was constructed, which is decorated, fittingly, with fruit. Finally, let's head deeper into winter and talk about a famous event in Germany that has been transplanted across the globe, the Christkindlmarkt or Christmas Market. These are street markets built to celebrate the Christmas holiday in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. While these festivals are quite prolific in the region, the markets in Dortmund and Cologne see attendance in the millions! Among the wonderful sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of these markets are the Nussknacker, or nutcrackers, traditional Christmas cookies called Lebkuchen, and, my personal favorite, Gluhwein, a hot mulled wine to keep you warm on chilly winter nights. These festivals are certainly purveyors of good cheer, as well as preserving the traditions and cultures of their respective hometowns. Nowadays, it’s not uncommon to see Christkindlmarkts in the United States, United Kingdom, and Scandinavia. There’s even a small version built annually at Epcot at Walt Disney World. Volksfeste can be an incredible way to fully immerse yourself in traditional German culture. We barely scratched the surface of events that you can find around Germany, so if you plan to head to Deutschland, make sure to grab a travel guide or hop on Google and see to it that you hit at least one of these wonderful get-togethers!
4 minutes | Sep 20, 2019
September 20, 2019: Drive-In Movie Theaters
In honor of the autumnal equinox tomorrow and the end of Summer, let’s look at a cherished summer activity that, while not quite gone, has certainly been diminished over the decades from its previous popularity. Roll down the windows, grab a speaker or set your radio, and let’s hear a bit about the classic Drive-In movie theater. A few different establishments have claimed to be the first ever theater designed for cars to take the place of movie seats. In Las Cruces, NM, the Theatre de Guadalupe opened what is called a partial drive-in theater, where cars could partake in a film alongside traditional seats. In 1921, Comanche, TX found itself home to a drive-in setup where it showcased silent films. The first patent for a drive-in theater, however, came in 1933 for Richard Hollingshead. His idea involved using cars instead of seats to accommodate all audience sizes and comfort. He even designed ramps to go into each space to help viewers better see the screen. He eventually licensed his concept to a larger theater company, but struggled to make a financial benefit from his invention. In all it’s many iterations, the concept of the drive-in has remained basically the same. A large screen sits afront a plaza where cars are strategically parked for best viewing. Some of the original drive-ins had large speakers near the screen, which negated the need for individual sound systems, but resulted in sound delays for some patrons. Later, the iconic in-car speakers where developed by RCA, which allowed for individual control of sound levels and a more consistent movie-going experience. After WWII, returning GIs and young American families embraced car culture, and with this came the golden age of the drive-in theater. At their peak in the late 50’s and early 60’s, it is estimated that there were 4,000 theaters spread throughout the US. By allowing theater visitors to stay in their own vehicles, many of the typical annoyances of the theater were mitigated, such as crying babies, playful kids, tired seniors, and, as would become a staple of American culture, the chance to get a little close for date night. Other often featured staples such as pay-per-car admission, and double features really helped grow the drive-in as a rite-of-passage for entertainment. However, not everything was ideal. By the 1960’s advancements in home entertainment made the appeal of watching films from a vehicle much less enticing. Along with the benefits of balmy summer nighttime movie-going, came many of the not-so-beneficial aspects, such as bugs, heat, humidity, storms, and lack of darkness. The move to universal daylight saving time in the 1970s further restricted the operating hours of drive-in theaters, which in turn limited the profit they could make. This was further compounded in the following decades, when land prices and inflation made the prospect of large swaths of land needed simply for watching films after dark less appealing. By the 1990’s, drive-ins had stopped being a typical entertainment activity, and moved squarely into the realm of novelty. Now, it was seen as a nostalgic experience to visit a theater, instead of a value or comfortable endeavor. Driving more nails into the dying activity, new technologies and projection techniques which require large upgrade investments are often too expensive for smaller operations to undertake, and many shut down as a result. Today, there are still a few drive-ins in operation, but they are significantly fewer and farther between than in their heyday. Have you been to a drive-in theater? Did you enjoy watching films from the comfort of your car, or is it a form of entertainment best suited for the history books and Grease? Let us know your thoughts at email@example.com.
5 minutes | Sep 19, 2019
September 19, 2019: Atlantis
“But afterwards there occurred violent earthquakes and floods: and in a single day and night of misfortune all your warlike men in a body sank into the earth, and the island of Atlantis in like manner disappeared into the depths of the sea.” - Plato For millennia, the legend of Atlantis has inspired tales of an amazingly advanced civilization that disappeared beneath the waves, never to be seen again. The lost continent too has provided much inspiration in the world of location-based entertainment. Let’s take a look at some of the most well known examples of the Antediluvian world in LBE. Let's start way back in 1959, with the opening of a massive expansion to Disneyland in California, the Submarine Voyage. Inspired in part by the 1954 Disney film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, the Submarine Voyage, after passing through deep waters beyond the domain of light come across the lost city and the volcano which caused it’s destruction. 12 years later, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea opened at Magic Kingdom in Florida and again featured a visit to the lost city. Disney also included the city in their latest iteration of the Submarine experience, integrating it into the story of their 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea attraction at Tokyo DisneySea. There, the citizens of Atlantis actually assist Guests in returning to their submarine base. Before heading away from Disney, it’s also an interesting tidbit to know that Disney had considered using their 2001 film, Atlantis: The Lost Empire as a theme to re-imagineer the original Submarine Voyage. They even went so far as to include an Atlantis Expedition teaser to the attraction’s lagoon at one point during a nine-year closure from 1998 to 2007. Eventually the attraction reopened as a Finding Nemo experience, due to lackluster performance of the Atlantis film. Next, let’s hop across Orlando to a park that, perhaps was most appropriate to host an Atlantis attraction, SeaWorld. In 1998, Journey to Atlantis, a highly themed Mack water coaster opened at the back of the park. This attraction housed in a 6 acre, 10 story-high recreation of Minoan architecture was an amazing entry by SeaWorld into the themed entertainment game. The ride’s story, while somewhat muddled and uncertain, was enough to propel this experience into the realm of world-class attractions. However, since its opening, many of the effects have been left to decay and as of this broadcast, the theme of the original Journey is all but lost. SeaWorld followed up this attraction with new iterations in San Diego and San Antonio, but each subsequent iteration lost more and more of the theming and story elements that made the original so unique and alluring, favoring instead the simple thrills of the water coaster elements. Also in 1998, the lost city made an appearance in a most unlikely place, the deserts of Nevada. Race for Atlantis, an Imax 3-D motion based simulator opened at the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. This same attraction also found a home in Germany at Phantasialand in Bruhl. Unfortunately, both versions of this attraction closed in 2016. Moving ahead just slightly, Universal Orlando, in 1999, revisited Atlantis with their epic walkthrough attraction Poseidon's Fury at Islands of Adventure . Not only does this multimedia adventure incorporate a thriving underwater city in it’s thrilling conclusion, the very show building itself, representing the Temple of Poseidon, would certainly be at home on the Lost Continent. At Legoland Windsor, the two truly became one with the development of the Atlantis Submarine Adventure. Housed in a uniquely decorated show building, this attraction takes the Disney submarine experience and adds it into an authentic marine environment.
4 minutes | Sep 18, 2019
September 18, 2019: Exit Through the Gift Shop
Exit Through the Gift Shop. While also the name of a 2010 documentary by artist Banksy, this concept has become kind of a joke among critics and fans alike in the location-based entertainment industry. Even Disney attractions themselves have referenced this concept, with a joke on the World Famous Jungle Cruise stating that floating through a temple could lead to danger or adventure, but probably leads to a gift shop. You might think from all this talk that this is just the way of things in the industry, that every attraction ends with the ability to buy all the merchandise in the world, but in reality, this is an exception to the rule. Even at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, only 6 of the 37 listed attractions actually exit through a gift shop, and one of those, Fantasy Faire, is really more of a side opportunity than a forced walkthrough. While it has become a joke, the concept of finishing an experience with a shop is actually a brilliant design move and, I would argue, contributes to the overall Guest experience. Attractions are designed to excite or inspire their Guests. The very best attractions inherently create a call to action to their Guests to remember or relive their experience. What better way to reinforce this call than through specific merchandise or keepsakes that reinforce those memories, giving the Guests something tangible with which to relive their adventure. And it’s not just theme and amusement parks. Museums, Zoos, Aquariums, and Historical Sites all rely on the income and inherent guerrilla marketing that comes with the sale of souvenirs. Traveling exhibits, such as the Leonardo Da Vinci exhibit most recently at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science features its own merchandise location for the exhibit itself, in addition to the museum shop. This popup shop features recreations of many of Leonardo’s stunning inventions along with the tools and resources that would allow visitors, especially children, to continue exploring their own inherent ingenuity in the same way Leonardo did. Sure, the exhibition relies on the income generated by this location, but it also provides a channel for Guests to take their enthusiasm and that deeper “call to action” beyond the walls of the museum to their own lives. The experience fosters a curiosity, and the merchandise helps it grow, it’s all part of the Total Guest Experience. So while in this day and age, when gift shops and merchandise opportunities may be seen as “shameless” cash grabs or just another way to empty Guest wallets, I would posit that Guests would be keenly aware of a lack of this design and business choice. Far be it from a capitalistic cliche, exiting through the gift shop is really addressing Guest and business needs in a most simplistic and effective way. Now of course, if done in an obnoxious and detrimental way, it could certainly negatively impact the perception of an experience, but that holds true for any segment of the designed environment. A poorly designed queue, lack of shade in a tropical environment, lack of benches, inefficient HVAC, all can contribute negatively to the overall attraction experience, but at the end of the day, I dare say in most circumstances, the Total Guest Experience is enhanced by encouraging visitors to “exit through the gift shop”. How do you feel about this concept? Do you agree with my assessment or do you think I’m completely off base? Either way, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4 minutes | Sep 17, 2019
September 17, 2019: Antietam National Battlefield
Not all attractions are designed to delight and thrill. Many of the most impactful places in the United States of America have histories behind them that demand introspection and reverence, and today’s spotlight is certainly one of those. It’s easy in the age of blockbuster films and multiplayer video games to think of the World Wars when one considers the most violent periods in American history. But, in reality, the bloodiest day in American military history occurred 157 years ago today, September 17, 1862 outside Sharpsburg, Maryland, when the Union Army of the Potomac battled the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia near Antietam Creek. The Battle of Antietam resulted in over 22,000 dead, wounded, or missing. While tactically considered a draw, strategically, most historians consider it to be a union victory, but at a tremendous cost. Following the battle, Abraham Lincoln felt he had the political capital to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, which would go a long way toward preventing international recognition of the Confederacy and hastening the end of the American Civil War. Today, the battlefield of Antietam rests within Antietam National Battlefield, administered by the US National Park Service. The 3,230 acre reserve preserves the landscape of the battlefield, and efforts have been made over the years to restore previously developed portions back to their 1860’s state. Within the site, Guests can visit the Visitor Center, which contains exhibits on the battlefield and events of the day, as well as an observation room, theater and museum store. The Visitor Center also features a 26-minute orientation film narrated by the legendary James Earl Jones. Around the battlefield are many resources to better help Guests understand the scope and importance of the battle. The National Park Service has installed Wayside signage at key locations within the complex. These explain the battles that occurred within the grounds and interpret the events for the general public. Predating the NPS waysides are over 300 19th-Century tablets created by the War Department that detail the regiments and actions of the battle. The National Park Service recommends that Guests have a good working knowledge of the battle of Antietam to best use these landmarks to interpret the site. Following the battle, veterans’ organizations and states commemorated the sacrifice of their troops by constructing memorials at the battle site. Today there are 96 distinct monuments, most of them Union in origin. Exploring the grounds further, Guests can also find artillery locations, denoted by decommissioned cannons on the battlefield, mortuary cannons, which indicate the locations where three Union generals and three Confederate generals were killed or mortally wounded, and can see fence placements from the battle. If an aerial view is more your speed, the site also contains an observation tower built in 1896. The battlefield is also home to the Pry House Field Hospital Museum where visitors can learn more about the medical treatments of the day. Insider tip, come with a strong stomach. Guests can also experience the hallowed ground of the Antietam National Cemetery, the final resting place of over 4,000 Union troops, including over 1,800 unknowns. The cemetery is also home to the Private Soldier Monument, originally displayed at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia and then moved to Sharpsburg. This is only the briefest of overviews of this poignant site. A place like this cannot be sufficiently described in the time we have today, so I encourage all of you to visit this site as well as any of the 11 national battlefields, nine National Military Parks, four National Battlefield Parks and the sole remaining National Battlefield Site. A visit to Antietam is certainly an opportunity to reflect and respect the sacrifices made by so many.
4 minutes | Sep 16, 2019
September 16, 2019: Motivational Monday
"To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong." --Anonymous Today’s quote can mean many different things to many different people. As a person who considers himself to be creative, I know I personally struggle with this very concept quite often. The simplest place this quote manifests itself for me is when I come face to face with one of the most terrifying objects in the known universe, a blank piece of paper! What’s so terrifying about a piece of paper with nothing on it. The answer is that there could be anything on it, anything I can imagine or dream or draw or sketch, anything! The entire universe could exist on that page, and my mind races with what piece of the universe should appear on the spread. It’s simultaneously the largest opportunity one can have, while also being cripplingly open. Much of this, undoubtedly, comes from the fear of being wrong, of doing the wrong thing or heading down the wrong path. This is not a fear or challenge I experienced as a child. As a kid, a piece of paper was the greatest possible thing I could have. With a pencil in my hand, I could create new worlds, parks, attractions, experiences, whatever my imagination could conjure! I was not afraid. I didn’t care that what I was drawing would never be built or that it didn’t make sense. I wasn’t trying to figure out the physics behind it or theoretical hourly capacities. I designed Ferris Wheels made of wood, bike wheels, and lawnmower motors. I designed mine rides that used optical illusions out of Indiana Jones to make riders think they were about to fall into a bottomless pit. A haunted house seemed perfectly at home next to a space station. Jurassic Park was real, with real tour vehicles, audio-animatronic dinosaurs that could walk using cleats and had special compartments so they could “eat” live actors, all part of the show. All of these things were as real as the nose on my face. In my imagination, this was all possible, I had no doubts about it. But, as children are apt to do, I grew up. Suddenly, I had knowledge of the world, I had the wherewithal to figure out what could be built and what was simple a flight of fancy. I began to fear reality. It was no longer worth my time to draw up something that was impossible. In my head now were precedents and best practices, architectural philosophies and structural codes. My unlimited whimsy was replaced by a desire to exist within the real world, and my creativity took a major hit. What I wouldn’t give to have that childish freedom back. The truth is, I can have that freedom back any time I choose. If I choose to lose my fear of being unrealistic or wrong, the world of endless possibilities would reopen to me, so it’s a choice I strive to make each and every day. The lesson I try to take away is not that my childhood creations were impossible or impractical, the ability to create them just hasn’t been developed yet. Maybe someday there will be an attraction with a bottomless pit effect. Maybe someday there will be a cruise airship that soars silently above the clouds. Sure, the physics doesn’t support it now, but just over a century ago mankind could only fly in balloons. Now we’ve been to the moon, and are planning to go beyond. Creativity is a fickle thing, I find for me it tends to spark at the least opportune time and chooses to hide away when I need it most, but by releasing my fear of being wrong or silly I know I can cultivate a rebirth of youthful imagination in my life, and I sure hope all of you out there know how to feed the imaginative sparks within you. Don’t be afraid, seize your moment to create something the world has never seen! What do you do to stay creative? What are some of your favorite projects or creations from your childhood or beyond? Let us know at email@example.com.
3 minutes | Sep 13, 2019
Friday, September 13, 2019: Friday the 13th Filming Locations
Not every location-based entertainment offering needs to be a theme park, museum, or roadside oddity. Sometimes, a place can be entertaining and unique simply for being, or being used. This Friday the 13th, we’re not going to be looking at a haunted house or scary maze, instead, we’re going to be looking at a real environment that lent itself towards a much more horrific endeavor, and is immortalized as a result. Today we’re taking a look at the real Friday the 13th legacy in northwestern New Jersey. Camp Crystal Lake. That name sends chills down the spines of those familiar with the iconic Friday the 13th franchise and its infamous villain, Jason Vorhees. But what many folks don’t know is that the original 1980 film, Friday the 13th was filmed at a real camp. The filming location, Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco, is a Boy Scout camp in Hardwick, NJ. It’s still in use as a camp today and is private property, so don’t go doing any scouting or re-creating on your own. For a number of years, a tour was available of the camp, allowing fans to get up-close-and-personal with the places they know from the silver screen. However, the camp itself does not seem to pride itself in its cinematic chops. Guests are reminded that it is a film shooting location, and that the events of Friday the 13th were in no way inspired by any events that happened at the camp. In contrast, the cities of Blairstown and Hope, NJ seem to embrace their history as shooting locations for the film. All around town you can find familiar sites and even if you didn’t know going into it, a couple of the businesses will happily point it out to you. Filming locations can truly be a great tourist attraction for a town or area to cultivate. It’s not hard to find pictures of folks road tripping out to the bluffs of Hawaii in search of scenes from Jurassic Park, or heading down the trail to see the remains of the train crash from the movie “The Fugitive”, located in Sylva, North Carolina. Some cities fully embrace their legacy, like Keene, New Hampshire, which features an advertisement for Parrish Shoes from the film Jumanji. Others may pass on the notoriety and their contributions to film fade into obscurity. Have you had a chance to visit a filming location from a beloved film in real life? What was it like? Would you recommend it? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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