September/October 2014

 THE LARGE PARK REPORT

Universal Studio’s Summer Coup – The Immersive Design of Diagon Alley
Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley made a big summer splash at Universal Orlando.

WAVES: A SPECIAL REPORT

Getting Guests to Wade into a Story – Great Ideas for Waterpark Theming
Waterpark theming can increase the fun factor and enhance the
appeal of these popular attractions.

A Theme as Clear as a Caribbean SeaGoing with the Flow in Myrtle Beach

Telling a Culinary TaleTheming and the Waterpark Food Experience

Bright Ideas for Waterpark Safety and Crowd Control
When it comes to ensuring guest safety and crowd control,
waterpark managers agreed that three things are most important: training, staffing and communication.

Top Tips to Keep Ride Lines Moving

NEW ATTRACTION SPOTLIGHT

Summer Bay Resort Introduces High-Action
Adventures™ Park Onsite

A hotel and timeshare complex in sunny Orlando, Fla.,

Summer Bay Resort now offers a three-acre adventure park in
addition to its plethora of activities.

FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT CENTER REPORT · BOWLING

A New Spin on a Familiar Favorite – New Technologies and Theming in Bowling Centers
Most bowling centers now offer electronic scoring, some
utilizing high-definition televisions as display boards. Meanwhile, other sophisticated technologies and fresh theming ideas continue to develop, putting new spins on an old favorite pastime.
52 A Letter From Brunswick Bowling & Billiards

FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT CENTER REPORT · GO-KARTS AND MINI-GOLF

Tips to Keep Go-Kart and Mini-Golf Attractions Fresh and Functioning
Go-kart tracks and miniature golf courses are major draws at most family entertainment centers, and functional, safe equipment is key to ensuring a good experience for guests.

FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT CENTER REPORT · ROLLER SKATING

Tips for Spotless Centers – Paint, Carpeting, Lighting and Eatery Maintenance
Roller skating rink upkeep can take a lot of time and effort, and making sure paint, carpets, lights and dining areas are always attractive and clean requires a great deal of diligence.

Flooring Customers with Freshness – Top Carpet Cleaning Tips

FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT CENTER REPORT · LASER TAG

 Eateries that Light the Way – Food Service Strategies from Laser Tag Centers
In the not-so-distant past, family entertainment centers offering laser tag only had to rely on lights, music and equipment for drawing in crowds. Food was secondary and consisted of mostly grab-and-go snacks. That may be changing as more and more centers are reinventing themselves as places where customers, especially parents, can relax and enjoy a meal.

Five Tips for a Great French Fry Program

STREET BEAT

An Eye on the Prize – Strategies to Profit from Candy and Prize Machines
Succeeding with candy and prize machines requires a mix of strategies, from careful location selection to prize and candy choices that resonate with customers. Selling sweet treats and offering fun games successfully takes a great deal of ingenuity in today’s marketplace.

FOOD SERVICE SPOTLIGHT

Entertaining Eating – Trends in Mouth-watering Menus at Performing Arts and Sports Venues
From sports venues to supper clubs, innovation in on the menu as guests seek creative food choices with their entertainment.

FOOD SERVICE SPOTLIGHT · ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS

 Tips to Make, Sell and Serve – Best Food Equipment, Menu Boards and Seating
While experiencing the natural world draws guess to zoos and aquariums, a positive dining experience helps ensure their visit will be pleasantly memorable.

HAUNTED ATTRACTIONS

Things That Go Bump in the Night – The Spooky Sound and Lighting Secrets Behind Popular Haunted Attractions
Sound and lighting strategies and practices from haunts around the country.

Lasers, Fog and the Ultimate Lighting Tricks – Taking Advantage of a Haunted House’s Legacy

Three Tips for Creating a Fright

Listen Up – Insights for Sound Design

MUSEUMS

Staking a Claim to EntertainHow Museums Are Upping the Ante for Fun
Coin-op games, photo booths, rides, slides and water elements, fun foods, dance floors, musical entertainment and the like can all enhance a museum’s appeal.

INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT

Advice from The Three Amigos: Change or Die
A recap of a 2014 Amusement Expo seminar led by The
Three Amigos – Rick Iceberg, Ben Jones and George Smith.

AMUSEMENT RENTAL/INFLATABLE NEWS

Creating the Theme of Their Dreams – Advice from Party Rental Companies
Tips from party rental companies on helping customers realize a fun and memorable event theme.