Gary Goddard

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Gary Goddard
Born (1954-07-18) July 18, 1954 (age 61)
Blythe, California, United States

Gary Goddard (born July 18, 1954) is the founder and CEO of The Goddard Group, an entertainment design firm based in North Hollywood, California.

Work in theater[edit]

Goddard has produced several shows on and off Broadway, including the 2009 revival of Hair (Tony Award winner, Best Revival of a Musical), Neil LaBute's reasons to be pretty (Tony Award nominee, Best Play), Jekyll & Hyde, Jesus Christ Superstar (one-night concert event), The Wiz at Encores!, among others.

Work in themed entertainment[edit]

Goddard began his career at The Walt Disney Company in 1974, as an original cast member of, and later directing, the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Walt Disney World Resort's Fort Wilderness.[1] He then went on to work at Walt Disney Imagineering, where he developed concepts for EPCOT, Tokyo Disneyland, and River Country, among others.

Gary Goddard Productions, Goddard's first company, was formed in 1980, which became Landmark Entertainment Group in 1985. Goddard exited Landmark Entertainment Group in 2002 to start his new company, Gary Goddard Entertainment (now "The Goddard Group").

Goddard created several large-scale attractions for Universal Studios, including The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man (at Islands of Adventure, and Universal Studios Japan), Terminator 2/3D: Battle Across Time (at Universal Studios Florida, Universal Studios Hollywood, and Universal Studios Japan), Jurassic Park: The Ride (Universal Studios Hollywood, Islands of Adventure, and Universal Studios Japan), Conan: A Sword and Sorcery Spectacular (Universal Studios Hollywood), and Kongfrontation (Universal Studios Hollywood).

Other notable attractions created by Goddard and team include Star Trek: The Experience (Las Vegas Hilton), The Georgia Aquarium (Atlanta, Georgia), and Sanrio Puroland (Japan).

For Six Flags, Goddard is responsible for the creation of the Monster Plantation dark ride at Six Flags Over Georgia, as well as its 2009 makeover into Monster Mansion. Goddard also oversaw the creation of the Glow in the Park Parade (playing at Six Flags Great Adventure beginning in 2008, Six Flags Mexico beginning in 2008, Six Flags New England beginning in 2008, Six Flags St. Louis beginning in 2009, Six Flags Over Texas beginning in 2009, and Six Flags Great America beginning in 2010). Goddard also was responsible for the conceptual development of Six Flags Dubailand and Six Flags Qatar.

Work in film[edit]

Goddard directed the 1987 movie Masters of the Universe.[2]

Broadway 4D[edit]

Broadway 4D is an upcoming 2015 American[3] musical film written and directed by Goddard with Bryan Singer. Produced by Nigel Wright and Bad Hat Harry Productions. The film was to star Christina Aguilera, Hugh Jackman, Matthew Morrison, Harvey Fierstein, Lea Salonga and George Katt.[4] It was shot in Brooklyn, New York City.[5] The movie budget over $100.000.000 (estimated).

Work in television[edit]

Goddard has created several television shows including Captain Power, Mega Babies, and Skeleton Warriors.[6]

Filmography[edit]

  • Monster Plantation (dark ride)
  • Jurassic Park: The Ride (dark ride)
  • T23D (3D film)
  • The Amazing Adventures of Spider-man (dark ride)
  • Deepo's Undersea 3D Wondershow (3D film)
  • Georgia Aquarium (aquarium)
  • Masters of the Universe

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