A Florida-based themed entertainment designer has spoken of how a visit to Codona’s Amusement Park in Aberdeen aged three sparked her passion for the world of attractions.
Speaking to the BBC from the offices of Falcon’s Creative Group, Iona Jost explained how that first ride on the park’s caterpillar train launched her on the path to her “dream career.”
“I definitely have memories of begging my parents to go, and then I remember feeling super brave doing the looping star ride,” said Jost.
“I realised this was something that I loved, I always liked making things and drawing, and art was my favourite subject. It was probably when I was about 10 years old when I thought: ‘This is what I want to do’.”
While studying interior and spatial design at Edinburgh Napier University, Jost applied to Falcon to complete her third year placement at the Florida experience design studio.
“I had done three years at university and decided to leave and not do my honours year. So far it has paid off. It’s a great team to work with.”
Jost is currently engaged on a theme park project in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, and noted “what I have designed will come to life, but these things take years and years.”
“I feel very lucky to have this job.”