[…] guest on this episode of The Tomorrow Society Podcast is Steve Alcorn, who worked as an engineering consultant for Disney in 1982. His primary assignment was The American Adventure, which used an extremely complex show system unlike anything ever built. Steve has remarkable stories about the chaos of the construction during that time period. The young team dealt with huge odds against them and succeeded despite the challenges. Steve also worked on the Imagination pavilion and Horizons prior to their openings in 1983.

Steve is also the CEO of Alcorn McBride Inc., which has provided video, audio, and show control systems at theme parks for more than 30 years. Our fun conversation includes a discussion of these topics:

  • How did Steve get started in theme parks and working at Disney?
  • Why was The American Adventure such a complicated system to develop?
  • How chaotic was the EPCOT Center construction site in the summer of 1982?
  • What was the big challenge in making the Journey Into Imagination ride work?
  • How has the theme park industry changed in the past 30 years?
  • What are the ways to keep screen-based attractions from becoming obsolete?