Larry Wyatt directed the creative efforts that resulted in this outstanding children’s attraction at Universal Studios Florida.* His design team was challenged to create a physically interactive play environment, Fievel’s Playland, based on the Steven Spielberg animated feature “An American Tail—Fievel Goes West.”

Universal’s website states: “Based on one of the most popular animated characters of all time, Fievel’s Playland gives you a mouse-eye view of the world of that lovable immigrant from the old country, Fievel Mousekewitz.

  • Kids can run, jump, climb and bounce through this outdoor playground filled with oversized props from the films An American Tail and Fievel Goes West.
  • Discover giant fun in the form of a 1,000-gallon cowboy hat, a 30-foot spider web to climb, tin cans to crawl through, swaying bridges to cross, a giant cowboy boot to explore, and a twisting, turning 200-foot long water slide.”

Using storyboard sketches and early animated sequences developed during production of the animated film, the design team created the over-scaled world of props that tend to “reduce” guests to mouse-sized playmates. The result is a fantasy play environment that is a role-playing experience for children and adults alike. © Copyright Universal Studios

*Design work by Larry Wyatt performed while Principal of Wyatt Design Associates. 1988-1994.