Spot That Speaker



As promised last week, here are a number of examples of how you can hide speakers. Many of these examples are from the various Disney parks, but there are a couple from elsewhere.

 

In Fixtures

In cases where it is impractical to embed speakers in the architecture, they can be placed in fixtures.

These examples are speakers installed in the Glendale Americana shopping center courtyard. Speaker solutions like these prevent speakers from interrupting the aesthetic of the area.

They’re also great because they use space efficiently and avoid obstructing guest areas. This type of hidden speaker is excellent for shopping centers, arenas, museums, and other large-traffic venues.

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On Poles

Speakers in busy, populated areas such as walkways and plazas can be placed on poles (which may or may not also include lights). These are effective, but still attractive to look at.

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In Planters

Planters provide many opportunities for easily blending area speakers.

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In Architecture

Speakers are easily hidden in the facades of buildings.

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In Scenes

This is where design teams can get really creative. Speakers can be hidden just about anywhere and are often indistinguishable from surrounding set elements.

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As you can see, the choices are pretty much limitless. Keep this in mind next time you work on a ride or exhibit and you’ll set everyone up for success.
 
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