Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - Ed Helmick­for Serve Dai­lyU­tah

Utah County will soon have a rev­olu- tionary new en­ter­tain­ment park that is like noth­ing else on the planet. It is not a theme park and it’s not a ride park. It is a high tech the­atri­cal ex­pe­ri­ence where guests are im­mersed in a world of unique beauty and ad­ven­ture. Ev­ery­one cre­ates their own ex­pe­ri­ence leav­ing the out­side world be­hind. This new en­ter­tain­ment park is called Ev­er­more and is sched­uled to open in Septem­ber.

Ev­er­more is a mul­ti­mil­lion dol­lar “Eu- ro­pean gothic vil­lage fan­tasy ex­pe­ri­ence park” soon to open in Pleas­ant Grove. It is the brain­child of Ken Bretschnei- der who re­cruited Josh Ship­ley from Walt Dis­ney Imag­i­neer­ing as Chief Cre- ative Of­fi­cer. Be­fore con­struc­tion be­gan, the park was de­signed in vir­tual re­al­ity. Dur­ing con­struc­tion, over five miles of fi- ber op­tic cable was in­stalled to make it a “smart park” en­com­pass­ing the lat­est and po­ten­tial fu­ture tech­nolo­gies. Ev­er­more is about cre­at­ing an en­vi­ron­ment that will cap­ture your at­ten­tion and take you to a new re­al­ity.

The park is lo­cated at 382 Ev­er­more Lane in Pleas­ant Grove, right off I-15, and the Ev­er­more Cre­ative Cen­ter is a few blocks away in Lin­don. The Cre­ative Cen­ter is where com­puter magic is made, cos­tumes are hand­made, and 3D myth­i­cal char­ac­ters are cre­ated. It is the prop shop for the park and its var­i­ous events. It in it- self is an amaz­ing be­hind the scenes place with a staff of artis­tic peo­ple pas­sion­ate about Ev­er­more Park. The Cre­ative Cen- ter fur­ther em­pha­sizes the huge fi­nan­cial in­vest­ment be­ing made in the de­velop- ment of Ev­er­more ParkThe the­atri­cal ex­pe­ri­ence.

Guests can wan­der through the park to get a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence no mat­ter which path they fol­low. The goal is to im- merse guests in the sto­ries and char­ac­ters of the park. The park is like a big the­atri- cal stage and guests are part of the play.

In ad­di­tion to the day­time gar­den ad- ven­tures, Ev­er­more plans on hav­ing three sea­sonal events and two themed par­ties dur­ing the year to keep the park fresh and ex­cit­ing. The sea­sonal events are Mythos, Lore and Aurora that will rep­re­sent sum- mer, fall and win­ter and pro­vide fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment. Themed, in­ter­ac­tive par- ties will also be sched­uled that will en- com­pass the en­tire park in the ad­ven­ture.

You will soon see ex­ten­sive ad­ver­tis- ing of Ev­er­more Park as the Septem­ber open­ing day ap­proaches. Now you know what Ev­er­more Park is about. It will be- come a huge tourist at­trac­tion in the State of Utah bring­ing fi­nan­cial and en­ter­tain- ment ben­e­fits to our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. It is all be­cause of one man, Ken Bret- sch­nei­der, who dreamed big and built a new type of en­ter­tain­ment park. For Ken, it has not hap­pened overnight, but it will be open­ing soon and is a tes­ti­mony to his phi­los­o­phy of think­ing big, never giv­ing up and let­ting the cre­ative mind think out of the box, as the ex­pres­sion goes. Utah County and all of Utah will ben­e­fit from Ev­er­more Park.

Pho­tos: Ed Helmick

Above: Ev­er­more cos­tumesBelow: Park con­struc­tion

Photo: Ed Helmick­Ken

Ev­er­more Magic


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