Steve Ericson’s career path has enabled him to create some of the most innovative attractions and architecture in the themed entertainment and hospitality industries.
For 28 years Steve Ericson has been Master Planner and Chief Designer of buildings and attractions for Diamonda Theme Parks Resort Projects with its main office based in Nunspeet, Holland. For the past 8 years, Steve has also held the positions of Chief Creative Officer (Board Member) and Executive Producer of Attractions and Resorts for Diamonda Project Management BV. He has conceived and designed over 30 unique world-class attractions, 22 restaurants, and multiple retail outlets, as well as conceptualized storylines, and invented special effects for rides and shows. He has also designed the basic layouts for several theme park resort hotels.
Steve’s abilities span numerous fields which allow him to create new combinations of concepts and details in unique and entertaining ways. His interests in science, entertainment, hospitality, architecture and human spirituality are reflected in the ultra-creative concepts and designs he routinely produces. At the beginning of his career, he was given “cross utilization” from Disney’s Resort Division into Disney’s Epcot Show Development at the request of Marty Sklar, president of Walt Disney Imagineering. Steve’s sensibilities concerning entertainment and hospitality design were originally developed as he worked under, and sometimes side-by-side, with some of the world’s leading theme park resort and attraction designers. Through experience and intuition, Steve has honed his ability to communicate the message or “story” in such a way as to obtain the desired reactions of the visitors through attraction entertainment design in much the same way as a movie director obtains the desired reactions of movie-goers. He has earned a reputation for being on the leading edge of immersive entertainment design and production, and his latest resort hotel concepts are beginning to receive worldwide attention. Steve applies a combination of art and science to achieve the “Wow!” factor again and again.
When not designing rides, shows, special effects and architecture for theme parks and hotels, Steve enjoys studying theoretical physics, teaching himself quantum mechanics, playing theater organs, and dabbling in the various arts. He has a partner named Tony and a Jack Russell “terrorist” named Ruckus.