I am not a big book reader at all. It takes something very special or interesting, and usually has to be about the amusement industry, for me to even consider buying it. Theme Park Design may be the best book ever written about the design, business, and engineering process of a theme park.
The book's price is around $50, but it is well worth it. If there were a college course on theme park design, this would be the textbook. The amount of content and number of pages is massive. I believe that the count is around 500.
I have barely cracked into the first few chapters, yet I am astonished at how thorough the information and detail is. The chapters are arranged like this:
Ch. 1: Medium
Ch. 2: Business
Ch. 3: Process
Ch. 4: Theme
Ch. 5: Story
Ch. 6: Design
Ch. 7: Theme Park Design
Ch. 8: Land Design
Ch. 9: Attraction Design
Each chapter includes sections, tables and occasional graphics to illustrate the different qualities and types of theme and attractions involved. This book is extremely deep, even including a section for something as specific as background music choice.
This isn't just some fan's perspective of design, rather it includes industry sources and experts, such as quotes from Joe Rhode, John Wardley, Toy Baxter, and several other influential figures.
Whether you are a theme park expert, or just getting into the industry, this is the comprehensive guide, and best source to acquire almost everything you need. Everybody should take something out of this book, and learn tons of techniques that they never knew existed.
I cannot express the amount of times that I spent a good chunk of money on a theme park book, and was disappointed on the quality, but this text is the exact opposite. No other book comes close when it comes to length, quality, and information.
I have learned something new from every single page, and cannot wait to keep reading more.
The link to purchase the book is available from the official website, here: Link