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An experiment in adapting live action role-playing games to bring theme park lands to life through deeper audience engagement.


Legends of Frontierland: Golden Horseshoe was a LIVE ACTION ROLE-PLAYING GAME (LARP), custom designed for the unique creative and operational needs of a theme park. This initial test took place in a single venue: The Golden Horseshoe Saloon in Frontierland, Disneyland. 

As co-producer, Michael worked with the myriad operational and creative stakeholders required to develop and deploy public-facing entertainment at a Disney park. In this role, he COORDINATED the design team’s INSTALLATION into the venue, the DAILY OPERATION AND DOCUMENTATION of the test, and the care and feeding of the team.

As a designer for the experience, Michael CREATED, FABRICATED, AND PROCURED art assets and props for use by guests and cast members. This initial small-scale test lead to a larger, Frontierland-wide experience the following summer. These tests together served as the early proving grounds for aspects of role-play that were ultimately incorporated into the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge lands at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA and at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL.

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