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#117- The Daily Show-Crafting Venues: Game on, Wonderverse and ‘Wake the Tiger’

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What is the secret sauce to crafting the ultimate entertainment destination as we navigate the missteps and triumphs of facility design. From the simple interiors of a venue in Carlisle, UK, to the seductive charm of ‘Wake the Tiger’ in Bristol, our candid chat will unravel why some spaces capture our hearts while others fall flat. We probe into the essence of what makes a venue not just visually appealing but also emotionally engaging, dissecting the importance of a consistent theme and the magic of an ambiance that truly connects with its visitors. And let’s not forget the often overlooked but crucial element of guiding patrons seamlessly to concessions and amenities—because a great layout does more than please the eye; it elevates the entire experience.

This episode isn’t just about critiquing; it’s a treasure trove of inspiration for aficionados of immersive art installations. We contrast the lackluster Wonderverse with the entrancing narrative of ‘Wake the Tiger’ and its new ‘Outerverse’ expansion, drawing parallels with the renowned Meow Wolf. Peek behind the curtain to see how these experiences weave merchandising into their storytelling tapestry, creating immersive worlds where every item has its place in the narrative. The conversation culminates with a look at the potential for creating a ‘cult following’ for these art havens, and the exciting prospects this holds for the future of entertainment venues. So, whether you’re a designer, an enthusiast, or just someone who appreciates a space with soul, tune in for a riveting discussion that might just spark your next big idea.

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The brainchild of two location-based experience enthusiasts, Christine Buhr and Brandon Willey, the LBX Collective aims to inform and educate, create opportunities to connect with industry peers, and to spur collaboration, discourse, and cross-pollination of ideas.

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