In a day and age where we only consume entertainment through streaming and video games, its refreshing to go to an amusement park where you don’t just go on rides and wait in lines, you become a part of the park. Evermore Park in Utah is the most extreme immersive experience you will ever come in contact with. Think Game of Thrones meets Westworld and you have Evermore.
I recently got to visit the magical park, and despite them still building the park, the areas of the park that are completed are absolutely amazing! Everyone in the park is fully in character. Residents of the park feature knights, vampires, witches, elves, and goblins. Each is in fantastical costumes that look like something right out of a feature film. You can choose to explore the park and its many locales or take part in quests that are pretty much scavenger hunts. Each quest will end with you earning the rank of Knight, Witch, or other.
- Axe throwing
- Bird and reptile show
- Evermore Park-themed cuisine
- Guild memberships
- Horse and pony interaction
- In-park exclusive merchandise
- Mini productions of Evermore’s history & storyline
- Musical character performances
- Storyline discovery
- Victorian architecture & antiques
Evermore Park has three specific seasons throughout the year themed after various mythologies: Mythos, Lore and Aurora. These seasons come with special distinct story elements, characters, and quests. During the seasons, the park is primarily open in the evenings and sometimes during the day for various events and opportunities.
Bretschneider told of a Dutch family who lived nearby with a father who looked just like Gepetto from Disney’s “Pinocchio.” A creative man, this father would create incredible things for his children and their friends, including Bretschneider. Through elaborate tree forts, submarines, mazes and more, this man created a safe space for imagination.
“That was so important for me as kid — I needed escapism,” he said. “I had to get out of that environment. It left such a huge impact my entire life that I kept being drawn to this idea of imagination and creativity, and how it’s so important for children and adults alike to be able to explore with their imagination and have an escape for a moment, to do something that’s not part of the everyday grind.”
As not only an artist but also an entrepreneur, Bretschneider worked to where he could fulfill his dream of creating a place for imagination. He founded, built, then sold the successful encryption security company DigiCert, spent time in fine arts as an oil painter and even stepped down as the CEO of the wildly popular hyper-reality VR experience known as The VOID.
It all led to the magical park of Evermore.
The park is an ongoing experience in which you can upgrade your status and continue your second life in the magical world. Take a look at some of my pictures that I took below as I explored Evermore during its “LORE” season:
You can buy tickets to Evermore Park here.