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03 September 2021

Zeitgeist Design + Productions "Spirit of the Time" Zoomcast: Episode 5 with Gordon Hoopes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – SEPTEMBER 2, 2021

ZEITGEIST DESIGN + PRODUCTION LAUNCHES FIFTH “THE SPIRIT OF THE TIME” ZOOMCAST FEATURING GIANTS OF THE THEMED ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY

Gordon Hoopes, original master planner of EPCOT Center, is the featured guest. Debuts September 10, 2021, 12 noon to 1 p.m. PDT.

Pasadena, CA – Set your time machines for the past … and the future! Zeitgeist Design + Production announces the fifth “The Spirit of the Time” Zoomcast — a bespoke live peer-to-peer interactive web-based talk show.                                 

Celebrating the history and next generation of themed entertainment, “The Spirit of the Time” promises to share the philosophies, insights and industry tradecraft of the top creatives and executives who made or are making their mark in timeless and timely out-of-home entertainment projects all over the world.         

Piloting the time machine are Ryan Harmon, President, and Joe Lanzisero, Executive Creative Director, Zeitgeist Design + Production, veterans of Walt Disney Imagineering, Universal Creative, Warner Bros. Recreation, Caruso Affiliated, The Hettema Group, and BRC Imagination     Arts, among others. The two time travelers will host the live episode, which debuts on September 10, 2021 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. PDT. Access to the hour-long episode is through Eventbrite at (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/zeitgeist-presents-the-spirit-of-the-time-zoomcast-with-gordon-hoopes-tickets-168798413599); an RSVP is required to view.                       

Joining the Zeitgeist time travelers is guest Gordon Hoopes, the original master planner of EPCOT Center at Walt Disney World.  An architect and set designer by training, Hoopes became disenchanted by standard architecture, and joined Walt Disney Imagineering in 1970 with the assignment to design Tomorrowland for the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. In his 22 years with the Disney “think tank,” Hoopes designed the Star Tours concept for Disneyland and the buildings for Typhoon Lagoon, the Walt Disney World waterpark. He is perhaps best-known for his role in the development and design of Spaceship Earth, the iconic globe that greets visitors to Epcot. 

“This is all about the value of industry folks talking shop with their colleagues about what makes an entertainment experience both timely and timeless,” said Harmon. “We’ve produced four episodes so far, and had a lot of positive feedback from viewers who really enjoyed Tom Morris and Peggie Fariss of Disney fame, John Murdy of Universal, and Jim Steinmeyer, one of the greatest minds in the field of illusion design.” Explained Lanzisero, “It’s a privilege to recognize these superstars, while documenting and sharing their insider views of how entertainment experiences take shape, from concept to reality.”      

Future episodes of “The Spirit of the Time” will cover theme parks, next-gen retail and dining experiences, corporate brand centers, museums, and how new technologies are finding their way into these venues. “Set your  clocks for an hour of stimulating  conversation with some of the world’s most creative minds,” Harmon added. “There will be a little bit of time travel, a little bit of design philosophy, and lots of insight into how successful entertainment experiences are born in every episode!”

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About Zeitgeist Design + Production                 

Founded by 30-year themed entertainment industry veteran Ryan Harmon in 2011, Zeitgeist Design + Production tells    the tales of some of the world's most successful brands, intellectual properties, and historical accounts through the creation of UX-IRL (User Experiences In Real Life), including innovative location-based entertainment, brand experiences, experientialretail and marketing, interactive and multimedia experiences, and more. From the initial creative vision and strategy to master planning and design,  to turnkey production solutions, Zeitgeist Design + Production has created successful and beloved guest experiences for clients including Walt Disney Imagineering, Disney Cruise Lines, Chimelong Group, Universal Creative, BBC Worldwide, Saudi SEVEN, and many more. For more information, please visit  www.zeitgeist-usa.com.                               

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626.469.0010               

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Zeitgeist Design + Production                 

739 E. Walnut Street, Suite 200             

Pasadena, CA  91101                 

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