Theme parks are going geeky to keep up with the masses in the 21st century

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From the epic battles of Transformers: The Ride 3D at Universal Studios Florida, to Legoland’s latest attraction, the World of Chima, which is based on a Cartoon Network television series, theme park attractions are beginning to appeal to the geek masses more and more as computers, smartphones and other gadgets are a big part of teenagers daily lives.

The days of taking a spin on Dumbo at Disneyland are far from what teenagers want in a theme park attraction nowadays.

“It’s got to be layered and it’s got to work on a number of different levels,” said Phil Hettema, a California-based theme park designer.

As technology continues to evolve, theme parks have to evolve with them, providing guests with cutting-edge attractions that push the envelope for years to come.

Disney’s latest ticketing experience, the MyMagic+ and Magic Bands, is one of Disney’s biggest and most expensive projects to date, with a cost of an estimated $1 billion.  The new ticketing devices called Magic Bands, use wireless RFID technology to store your information, such as your credit card, room key and park ticket on a single wrist band.

What kind of advances in theme park technology do you think we will see in the coming years?

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Clint Gamache started Thrillgeek back in 2013 to share his love of theme parks, pop culture and other geeky stuff with the world. He can be found on Twitter @iamcgeed