Villain Mountain

The Author

Having an affinity for Disney theme parks has created this obsession of mine for dark rides. From the classic Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean, to the technologically advanced Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye, these attractions hold an endless fascination for me. So much so that I worked in Walt Disney World attractions for ten years.


The list of attractions I have worked include: Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise, Big Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain, Tom Sawyer Island, Country Bear Jamboree, The Hall of Presidents, The Haunted Mansion, Space Ship Earth, Listen to the Land/Living With the Land boat ride, Horizons, World of Motion, and the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.


Each one had some facet that intrigued me: The ride system, the audio, the use of lighting, the architecture, or the attention to detail. I spent many hours at work thinking about ways to change and improve an attraction (I still do). And these improvements all have one thing in common: an endless budget. The skyís the limit when I design. But thatís the way it should be. Donít have restrictions as you create something. I realize that you have to have a budget when you build something, but Iíll cross that bridge when I come to it. If I have to follow a budget, then it means one of my designs is getting built, and Iíd just be happy it was happening. But for now, Iíll let my imagination go where ever it needs to.


As a young kid I enjoyed the haunted house dark rides at the fair and thought about owning one so I could put whatever I wished inside it. I also loved roller coasters so I began designing those, too. As I grew up, I visited Disney at least 2 or 3 times a year. We lived in Central Florida so it was never too far to visit. When I was in High School I got a part-time job working in Magic Kingdom attractions, and soon went full-time after graduation.


I am also fascinated by numbers and capacities. By making a change, how will the results change? I love the program Roller Coaster Tycoon because it allows me to do that. I can build my park and try to satisfy as many people as possible. If a problem appears then how can it be solved? Iíve spent many days sitting in front of the PC trying to complete a goal. When I do I get sucked right into the next scenerio.

I am also into books, video games, crafts, and anything Halloween. I live in West Orlando and visit the Parks constantly. I am a systems support analyst for a financial company in Orlando and am going to school for my Computer Engineering Technology degree.


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UPDATED 5/10/2007