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Andrew_545: Great news Paul! All of the shipments have arrived at the theme park and construction can begin as soon as we let the crew know where everything goes. We are on schedule to open Dinotopia in August as long as we can come to an agreement about this last crucial component of our park.

Paul_Jenkins: Perfect! I can't believe our vision is finally coming to life after all these years. As far as the theme park layout goes, we have to figure out the most effective way to organize the exhibits and rides in a way that will draw in the most crowds. There's a lot of options for us to consider, but I feel that pleasing our visitors is the most important factor for us to keep in mind.

Andrew_545: I agree! Dinotopia would be an empty shell without crowds of adventurous folk coming to experience the world of dinosaurs first hand. As far as the park organizational structure goes, my vote is for the park to be separated into sections of time periods based upon the order of their happening. That way we'll be able to help our visitors travel through time by enabling them to see how dinosaurs evolved over time. We could create a large circular timeline going around the perimeter of the park, in which our guests can either choose to start from the earliest periods of dinosaurs, to the latest, or in the opposite order to avoid congestion in the park. I have assembled a rough outline of the park structure and included it below. Let me know what you think!

Paul_Jenkins: Actually Andrew, I've been thinking... I don't know if organizing the theme park chronologically is the best way to do it. Yes it would make sense to group the dinos and dino themed rides in their rightful prehistoric time periods, but what if our visitors aren't as knowledgeable about when these dinosaurs lived as experts like you and I are. I think our best bet is to structure the park based on our visitors, in an audience based organizational scheme. That way we can separate the attractions by which visitors wants to see what, roughly based on their age groups, with an additional section for attractions for all ages. This way we can ensure our visitors will really enjoy and appreciate everything they end up seeing here at Dinotopia. My Dinotopia organizational structure is included below.

Andrew_545: I'm not sure about that Paul. This park is meant to be just as educational as it is fun. If we let the Megalosaurs run around the same enclosure as the raptors who roamed the world long after their enclosure mates, the park loses it's educational appeal, not to mention it would threaten the entire dinosaur ecosystem. Our visitors would be left feeling misled and confused about the true history of these ancient creatures. A chronological structure with a single path around the park acting as a timeline could lead the crowds into the initial dinosaur age, the Tirassic Period, where they will get to meet the worlds first mammals and our prized Pterosaur Show. Then they will be led into the thickly vegetated Jurrasic Period where they will get the opportunity to experience first hand what prehistoric fish look like up close and personal. The paths will carry on right into the last substantial dinosaur inhabited period, the Cretaceous Period. It's here where they can take our Swamp Safari Tour through Tyrannosaurus Rex Territory. We can help lead them on an education journey through history and teach them about these fascinating creatures in a way that makes the most sense.

Paul_Jenkins: Making our visitors trek through all the prehistoric time periods is time consuming and can become boring when they may only be interested in a specific period or exhibit. If we structured Dinotopia according to the primary age groups of our visitors, we save the public time by providing them the exact experience they are hoping for when they walk through our gates. We can combine all the toddler rides, petting zoos, and kiddy pools in one area for our youngest visitors, section off another part of the park for older children who want to indulge in our more interactive exhibits and gentle giant dinosaurs, chunk off a third section of the park into an adult oriented escape that allows them to ride roller coasters till they lose their voices, and experience the thrill of their lives in the Carnivore Safari. This layout allows the crowds to head straight to the sections that appeal most to them, without having to worry about wasting time in exhibits that do not match their intellectual level. Since not everyone may classify the rides and exhibits into the categories we depict them under, maps located throughout the park will help provide our visitors with the information they need to find what attractions are where. Additionally, if we include two alphabetical lists beside each map, one with all the dinosaurs in our park and one with all the rides/exhibits in our park, and color coordinate them with the colored sections, our visitors can find what they seek in a quick and easy fashion. Here's a rough idea of what the maps for the categorical sections could look like.

Andrew_545: Did you stop to consider families that consist of a range of ages who visit our park? The families will either need to separate to enjoy their sections of the park, or sit through attractions that do not interest them as they miss out on ones that do because they are located in a different section of the park. The all age section is a good idea, but does not adhere to any specific audience so it may leave our guests feeling unsatisfied. Chunking Dinotopia into categories of age groups will result in folks feeling pressured to conform with their expected group and may even limit their exploration into the other amazing parts of our park in fear that they will be judged. No adult can refuse petting an adorable newborn Apatosaurus, but admitting they want to hang out at the petting zoo may not be easy for everyone.Everyone who visits Dinotopia should get the chance to enjoy the wide range of exhibits and rides we offer, without being ashamed to enjoy attractions that are great for all ages. If we utilize a structure based on time, there would be no unnecessary segregation and our visitors would be free to enjoy attractions that are fun for all ages. As for your map idea, I think Dinotopia could benefit greatly with maps throughout. If we structure the park by time we can display maps of the timeline, including what dinosaurs are in each section, what the terrain is in that period, and what major events happened there. We can also include the attractions for each period below the time line, so people know what order the exhibits come in and when to expect them. Your idea for the color coded alphabetical list of dinos and attractions does not clear identify where the exhibits are, just what section they are in, which may leave visitors confused or angry that they even need to follow a map to find the exhibits that interest them. I have added an example below to show you what the time line will generally look like.

Paul_Jenkins: You have done a great job at helping me visualize your chronological park structure, but I just cannot agree that this is the best organizational structure for our park. I'm sorry Andrew, but the decision must be made today, and as the primary owner of Dinotopia, I have to overrule your opinion in this matter. This park is all about our audience and we will see the most success in our business venture if we structure the park layout to correlate with the various categories of age groups that will be visiting our park. If we chose to organize the park chronologically, who's to say a naive group of second graders won't stumble into the ancestral shark aquarium and get nightmares for the rest of their childhood. Our goal is not only to educate our visitors, but most importantly to keep them safe and encourage them to have an influential and memorable experience in the most positive way possible. It is not an easy decision to make, but in this case we must do what is best for our visitors, not what is best for ourselves. I hope you understand.
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