Archive for July, 2013

Costume Characters 101

July 30, 2013 8 Comments

By Allen F. Weitzel A stirring discussion about costume characters occurred among some park managers recently, so I wanted to use blog time to share some information. For eight years, I managed a nine-character costume department. I also set up programs for other parks. However, no matter the park size, effective procedures should all be […]

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News Flashes from Tourist Attractions & Parks Magazine

July 26, 2013 No Comments

IAAPA Is Accepting Hall of Fame Nominations Have you ever considered nominating someone for the IAAPA Hall of Fame Award? Now is your chance! Nominations are due Aug. 1, 2013 The IAAPA Hall of Fame was established in 1990 to celebrate outstanding achievement and contributions to the growth and development of the global amusement parks […]

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News Flashes from Tourist Attractions & Parks Magazine

July 10, 2013 No Comments

Veracity Hospitality Named New Management Company for KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort Veracity Hospitality, a newly formed hotel and resort management company, today announced it has assumed management of the 414-suite KeyLime Cove Waterpark Resort in Gurnee, Ill. Founded by 25-year hospitality and waterpark resort veteran, and former KeyLime Cove General Manager Dale McFarland, Veracity Hospitality was established to deliver a […]

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News Flashes from Tourist Attractions & Parks Magazine

July 3, 2013 No Comments

LEGOLAND® Florida Celebrates Opening of The LEGO® World of Chima Presented by Cartoon Network Expansion Features Interactive Water Ride and Play Areas LEGOLAND® Florida recently celebrated the opening of The LEGO® World of Chima presented by Cartoon Network. The World of Chima is a highly-themed area with thrilling and interactive rides and attractions for visitors of all ages, adding […]

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