Archive for February, 2016

Bay Tek Purchases the Iconic Skee-Ball Company

Bay Tek Purchases the Iconic Skee-Ball Company

February 23, 2016 No Comments

Bay Tek has announced the asset acquisition of the Chalfont, Pa.-based organization, Skee-Ball. After months of communication and fact-finding the deal was made official on February 23. “For 31 years we at Skee-Ball have supplied the amusement industry with quality that withstands the test of time.  It is at this time that we choose to […]

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February/March 2016

February 22, 2016 No Comments

The Large Park Report  Halloween: How Parks Get Scary for Fall   Halloween is big business, and the nation’s larger parks are offering a variety of activities for all ages during what has become an active shoulder season. Waves Trends for Safer Swimming: New Technologies  As with most aspects of modern work and play, waterparks […]

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Working Together to Win

Working Together to Win

February 22, 2016 No Comments

The partnerships within your location, and with your outside vendors, are a big factor in your business’ success. These relationships influence the productivity of your staff, the quality of the guest experience and your own satisfaction with the state of your operation. In each issue of Tourist Attractions & Parks (TAP) we strive to bring […]

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Lasting Successes with  Temporary Food Carts <br>Trends at Zoos, Aquariums and Parks

Lasting Successes with Temporary Food Carts
Trends at Zoos, Aquariums and Parks

February 22, 2016 No Comments

By Hilary Danailova It’s a three-mile walk all the way around the lions, elephants and bears at Zoo Miami. And Florida is hot – so dehydrated patrons are grateful for a cold beer or soda from a cart along the way. “People tend to get thirsty a lot faster than they get hungry,” said Christopher […]

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Bowling Center Profile: High 5 Entertainment

Bowling Center Profile: High 5 Entertainment

February 22, 2016 No Comments

Scott and Jenny Emley always dreamed of launching a family business. This past January, their dream became a reality with the launch of High 5 Entertainment in Lakeway, Texas, a multi-faceted recreation center that is a family business in all senses of the word — serving clients “from age 2 to 102,” said Scott Emley […]

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Fun to Spare<br>  An Innovative Take on Laser Tag Takes Hold in Minnesota

Fun to Spare
An Innovative Take on Laser Tag Takes Hold in Minnesota

February 22, 2016 No Comments

By Hilary Danailova The residents of Owatonna, Minn., got an extra Christmas present last year – a brand-new, state-of-the-art laser tag arena, unveiled in late December inside the three-year-old Spare Time Entertainment Center. Residents of this city an hour south of Minneapolis can work off those holiday calories by chasing each other through a sound-enhanced, […]

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Trends for Safer Swimming: New Technologies

Trends for Safer Swimming: New Technologies

February 22, 2016 No Comments

By Jennifer Byrne If J.D Zimmerman needs to monitor any of the rides or pools at the 100,000 square foot Kalahari Resort Waterpark, all he needs to do is pick up his phone. “One nice thing for me, as a maintenance guy, is everything can be hooked up online; I can actually sit at home […]

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Halloween: How Parks Get Scary for Fall

Halloween: How Parks Get Scary for Fall

February 22, 2016 No Comments

By Greg Curling Halloween is big business. From costumes to candy to party favors, Americans spend just shy of $7 billion per year on the favored holiday.  According to the Haunted Attraction Association, haunted houses alone generate more than $300 million annually. While theme parks do not report specific event revenue, it’s a safe assumption […]

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A Laser Focus on Fun  <br>Creating the Best Parties at Laser Tag Centers

A Laser Focus on Fun
Creating the Best Parties at Laser Tag Centers

February 5, 2016 No Comments

Laser Tag parties are great fun for birthday celebrations. But in a crowded field of available laser tag venues, what are the elements that create the best parties? Venue managers and owners tag stellar customer service and great packages as key to being the best. At Speedy’s Fast Track in Houston, Texas, Vice President of […]

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