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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Entertainment Designer Forum this Friday at History Center

Posted By on Thu, Feb 23, 2012 at 4:52 PM

click to enlarge Theme park designers dish at the History Center this Friday
  • Theme park designers dish at the History Center this Friday

Many theme park fans dream of going behind the scenes at their favorite attractions, but those VIP backstage tours are priced out of reach for many. This Friday night, you can experience the next best thing for a lot less, and support a good cause at the same time.

On Feb 24th, downtown Orlando's Orange County Regional History Center will host the 3rd Annual Entertainment Designer Forum, bringing together top designers and directors from Universal, Disney, and Busch Gardens together to discuss their craft. You can read my coverage of the first two forums here and here.

There are two separate sessios at 6:30pm and 9:00pm, each with different speakers. Tickets are $25 per panel, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society, in honor of late Universal designer Stephanie Girard. To purchase tickets, call 407-836-7010.

The panel members are as follows:

6:30 p.m. Session

Scott Swenson: Director of Creative Services, Bush Gardens, Tampa

Mike West: Executive Producer, Universal Creative

David Hughes: Senior Designer, Universal Art & Designer, Entertainment

Lora Wallace: Show Director, Universal Entertainment Productions

Ron Hines: Sr. Studio Director, Nickelodeon Recreation

TJ Mannarino: Director, Universal Art & Design, Entertainment

9 p.m. Session

Mike Wallace: Designer, Universal Creative

Curtis Hopkins: Designer, Universal Art & Design, Entertainment

Guy Petty: Principal Art Director, Walt Disney Imagineering, Creative Entertainment

Vicki Bowlin: Art Manager, Universal Art & Design, Entertainment

Kenny Babel: President, White Bird Entertainment

Kim Gromoll: Designer, Universal Art & Design, Entertainment

Moderator (both sessions): Mike Aiello, show director for Universal Entertainment Productions.

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