group of theme park designers and other creative types are coming together to help one of their own. Saturday’s three-panel forum and a silent auction will benefit Robbi Lepre,
A group of theme park designers, including our pals from Universal’s HHN design team are working together to create “Robbiween”. The event has been drawn up to benefit Robbi Lepre. Robbie literally created Howl-O-Scream from the ground up and has worked for a number of years at Busch Gardens Tampa. The reasoning behind the benefit is that Robbi has been quite ill and has very large medical expenses. She has been such a supporter of theme park design but also haunt design that many in the industry feel it simply wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for her work.
Initially, the idea was to use the annual fan favorite of the Entertainment Designer’s Forum to help fund raise for Robbi but instead a whole new event dedicated to the woman and haunt design impartially will be held. Kim Gromoll who works in scenic design for Universal Creative and Tom Geraghty, director of innovation for Universal Creative will invite a vast number of different theme park designers and creatives to either contribute or attend the event.
Two panels each respectively covering the gritty design details of Halloween Horror Nights and Howl-O-Scream will be held at the event. A third panel will cover “The Design and Installation of Iron Rides” and will cover the history of use of these popular attractions. Guests will also have the opportunity to bid on over 100 different items from the archives of theme park history. Items include: A Jack the Clown standee, rare HHN pins and coins, HHN masks and artwork.
Robbiween is set for this Saturday Feb. 3rd from noon until 6pm at the Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. Admission is $40 for all the three panels and access to the silent action. Tickets are available at the door. All profits from the event will go to help cover medical costs for Robbi Lepre.
For more information, go to facebook.com/robbiween.