As we step into a new era of environmental consciousness, the future of theme parks is destined to be sustainable and eco-friendly. With 15 years of experience in architecture and themed entertainment industry, I foresee an exciting transformation that will revolutionize the way we design & build theme parks, making them more environmentally responsible, durable and enjoyable for all.
Transportation and Parking:
In the sustainable theme parks of tomorrow, the guests Journey starts with transportation that will play a pivotal role in reducing carbon footprints. People will be encouraged to utilize public transportation options and shuttle services, reducing the number of private vehicles on parkings lots. Those who opt for carpooling will be greeted by dedicated, safe, and pleasant drop-off areas, making the transition into the park a seamless and enjoyable experience.
Furthermore, the parking facilities in these parks will be transformed into sustainable havens. 100% of parking lots will provide clean energy, harnessing the power of renewable sources such as solar panels and car chargers. These areas will also be naturally shaded by trees, not only providing a pleasant parking environment but also helping to combat urban heat islands. Shaded parking lots can help reduce the surface temperature of the pavement by up to 20-45 degrees Fahrenheit (11-25 degrees Celsius) compared to unshaded asphalt parking lots.
Design & Construction:
The construction phase of sustainable theme parks will prioritize resource efficiency and waste reduction. Using BIM Models during the design process will enable efficient resource management, reducing excess materials and minimizing construction waste. Buildings designed with BIM often achieve energy savings of 20-30% compared to traditional designs and reducing construction waste by as much as 50% .
A commitment to sustainability will also be evident in the choice of materials. Reusing materials, props, and animatronics from retired attractions will become standard practice, reducing the need for new resources. Additionally, as concrete is the most common construction material in the world and is responsible for 9% of global CO2 emissions, the use of bio-source concrete for structures and decors will significantly reduce the carbon footprint of construction. We can also reduce the use of AC inside building by 40% by applicating a white roof coating that will reflect 90% of solar radiation.
Sustainable theme parks will harness the power of innovative technology to generate clean energy. Turnstiles at park entrances and attractions will be equipped with kinetic energy capture systems, converting the energy generated by guests’ movements into electricity. This energy will power the park and its attractions, reducing reliance on traditional energy sources. For example, this was implemented on the Parisian metro, were 27,000 passengers passed through the turnstiles, and generating 2,160 watt-hours of electrical power.
The sustainable attractions of the future will also utilize renewable energy sources. Roller coasters, for example, will capture wind energy generated by the speed of the trains, further contributing to the park’s clean energy production. Water coasters will harness the power of waves to generate electricity as well.
Even the simple act of walking will be harnessed for sustainability. Every step taken by guests will activate energy-capturing devices, ensuring that every visit to the park contributes to its energy needs.
In conclusion, the future of sustainable theme parks is a promising one, where innovation and environmental responsibility go hand in hand. By reimagining transportation, construction practices, and attractions, these parks will not only provide unforgettable experiences but also lead the way in minimizing their environmental impact. It’s a future where thrills and sustainability coexist, making it a win-win for both visitors and the planet.