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15 October 2021

Zeitgeist Design + Productions "Spirit of the Time" Zoomcast: Episode 6 with Rick Rothschild

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 14, 2021



Industry legend to share stories behind groundbreaking multimedia spectaculars such as FlyOver, Soarin’ Over California, Star Tours, Captain EO, and ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter! 

Debuts October 29, 2021, 12 noon to 1 p.m. PDT. 

Pasadena, CA – Prepare to take off on a timely and timeless episode of The Spirit of the Time Zoomcast, featuring passenger Rick Rothschild, veteran Disney Imagineer and chief creative at Far Out! Creative Direction since 2008.  

One of the themed entertainment industry’s most accomplished creative producers, Rothschild is the man behind FlyOver, the stand-alone fully immersive “flying ride” attraction. FlyOver The Real Wild West made its debut on the Las Vegas strip in September, 2021, preceded by Reykjavik, Iceland (2019), FlyOver America in Minneapolis (2016), and FlyOver Canada in Vancouver BC (2013). Three more attraction locations are in development including one opening in 2023 at the base of the CN Tower in Toronto. Rothschild’s achievements during his 30-year career with Walt Disney Imagineering are equally high-flying, including legendary attractions Soarin’ over California, Star Tours, Captain EO, The American Adventure, Honey, I Shrunk the Audience, It’s Tough to be a Bug!, Mickey’s PhilharMagic, and Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage at Disneyland. 

Rothschild will join The Spirit of the Time hosts Ryan Harmon, president, and Joe Lanzisero, executive vice president, 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 live episode will premiere on October 29, 2021 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. PDT. Access to the hour-long program is through Eventbrite at; an RSVP is required to view. 

The Spirit of the Time Zoomcast — a bespoke, live, peer-to-peer, interactive, web-based talk show - shares the philosophies, insights and industry tradecraft of top creatives and executives who have made their mark in timeless and timely out-of-home entertainment projects all over the world.          

In the span of a 50-year career in the world of theater, Disney theme parks, media and museums, Rothschild is the ultimate industry insider whose achievements speak for themselves. The forging of his deep technical knowledge with a unique creative perspective has propelled him through decades of delivering iconic, award-winning immersive attractions for the likes of Walt Disney Imagineering, Chimelong Group in China, and numerous museums, educational institutions and entertainment venues worldwide. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Producers Guild of America and the Visual Effects Society. Rothschild is the recipient of seven Thea Awards for Outstanding Achievement, six of them for Disney Imagineering designed and produced attractions, and one for a Chimelong attraction. In October, he was recognized as a 2021 TEA MASTER of their Craft.

“Rick was a mentor to me in the late 1980s and has become one of the most prolific creative directors in themed entertainment history,” said Harmon. “To transport him back in time and experience his career trajectory together is truly invaluable.” Explained Lanzisero, “Recognizing superstars like Rick, while documenting and sharing their insider views of how experiential entertainment takes shape, from concept to reality, is important to the knowledge base and growth of our industry.”                         

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!” # # # 

About Zeitgeist Design + Production                   

Founded by 34-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, experiential retail 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, Hersheypark, Universal Creative, BBC Worldwide, Saudi SEVEN, and many more. For more information, please visit          


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