The always incredible Entertainment Designer Forum is returning once again to Orlando in a couple weeks, bringing together fans with top theme park designers, artists, and performers for two panels of information and plenty of laughs.
This year’s Entertainment Designer Forum will be held on March 7th at the Orlando Rep Theater with tickets available now via the event’s Facebook page, $25 per panel or $45 for both. An extensive auction of exclusive collectibles and experiences will also be part of the event, now in its fourth year. 100% of all proceeds are donated to the American Cancer Society in honor of late theme park designer Stephanie Gerard.
New panelists include “Face Off” season 5 winner Laura Tyler (who also works as a Halloween Horror Nights artist at Universal Orlando), Nickelodeon Studios scenic designer Nick Collins, newly-appointed Halloween Horror Nights assistant show director Charles Gray, “Harry Potter” sculptor Bryn Court, Disney Parks art and design manager Mark Hervat, and more. Returning panelists include Wizarding World of Harry Potter prop master Eric Baker, SeaWorld and Busch Gardens creative director Brian Morrow, and Disney Parks show writer and show director Michael Roddy, among others.
The full lists of both sessions’ panelists are below.
Unique auction items this year include jackets from the now-defunct Nickelodeon Studios and the opening of Islands of Adventure as well as an assortment of Halloween Horror Nights goodies like artwork, props, and media gifts.
Between sessions, many of the panelists hang around to mingle with attendees while the silent auction bidding finishes up. It’s a great chance to chat with talented designers, learn a lot about the industry, and simply enjoy an evening with fellow theme park fans.