Archive for 2010

Tips to Improve Your Business: Adding Vending/Coin-Op Amusement Machines at Leisure Entertainment Facilities

November 22, 2010 No Comments

November 22, 2010 Vending and coin-operated amusement machines comprise a viable profit center for many leisure entertainment facilities. However, adding these units without at least some forethought and consideration as to what might constitute the “right” machine or machines is a recipe for big headaches. Several factors merit consideration prior to moving ahead. The most […]

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Tools of the Trade: Training Employees to Provide the Best Customer Service

November 5, 2010 No Comments

November 5, 2010 There is no denying that compelling attractions and/or programs play a key role in attracting visitors to leisure entertainment facilities. However, the quality of guests’ experience there has an equally strong bearing on whether they will return and, quite possibly, what they will tell others about their visit. While excellent customer service […]

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Haunting Down Under: <br/>An American Perspective

Haunting Down Under:
An American Perspective

October 30, 2010 No Comments

Halloween is an American holiday celebrated with trick or treating, costumes, candy, jack-o-lanterns, Halloween parties, and of course month-long October haunted houses, corn mazes and more. Other countries, including Australia, know of this holiday, but don’t actively celebrate it the way Americans do. Australians, however, have a passion for horror movies and therefore enjoy scary […]

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November 2010

October 30, 2010 No Comments

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Recession-Proof Fun: Mazes from Amazin’ Mazes

Recession-Proof Fun: Mazes from Amazin’ Mazes

October 30, 2010 No Comments

Amazin’ Mazes is finding that the business of building and operating giant human mazes can be recession proof. “People just can’t tell their kids ‘No,’ especially when it’s good exercise and you get to do it with them,” said Greg Gallavan, who owns the Fraser, Colo.,-based company.  Business has never been better for this maze […]

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Bringing on the Fun With Food:
How Inflatable Party Companies Are Enhancing the Equipment Rental Mix

October 30, 2010 No Comments

For many companies, renting concession machines as an adjunct to inflatables can definitely “blow up” the bottom line. However, maximizing the potential for profits entails more than bringing in equipment and adding it to the menu of services. Just ask Robert Grafton, owner of Jolly Jumpers in Williamstown, N.J. When Grafton first started offering concession […]

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Kansas City Zoo Polar Bear Passage:<br/>A World-Class Attraction

Kansas City Zoo Polar Bear Passage:
A World-Class Attraction

October 30, 2010 No Comments

Late last summer, the Kansas City Zoo opened its newest exhibit, Polar Bear Passage, to a host of anxious zoo patrons.  Nakita, a 3 -year-old, 750-pound polar bear, made the exhibit his new home.  The bear has quickly become a star attraction at the over 100-year-old zoo. The exhibit was designed by international zoo design/architectural […]

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Tips for Successful Evening Events

October 30, 2010 No Comments

Smithsonian National Zoo: “Lighting is probably one of the biggest challenges. While it’s important to set the right mood, it’s even more important that your guests feel comfortable and safe.” – Dan Pierron “It’s important to think ahead so guests aren’t disappointed when they come across a quiet enclosure. The reality is that many animals […]

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Where the Wild Things Are: <br/> Nighttime Activities at Zoos

Where the Wild Things Are:
Nighttime Activities at Zoos

October 30, 2010 No Comments

Anyone who has visited a zoo has a feeling. It’s the one where after you leave an exhibit or the park itself, you know you’re just about to miss something really cool. And once the lights are out and the gates are closed that’s when the zoo really comes alive. Zoologists will tell you the […]

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Locations Can Cash in with Caramel Corn Thanks to Gold Medal

October 30, 2010 No Comments

Making 78 percent or more profits just got easier. The #2626 Karamel Baby, from Gold Medal Products Co., makes it simple for anybody to profit from caramel corn sales. This sweet treat creates a sense of nostalgia and brings back fond memories. It taps directly into the current trend of families spending money on comfort […]

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