February/March 2016

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 have benefited from leaps in technology over the past several years.

The Buzz Boyz

Industry Analysis – Tracking Trends for Greater Efficiency 
Experts Scott Borowsky and Frank Seninsky discuss current industry trends in an interesting analysis article.

Entertainment Center Report

Entertainment Center Report Index

Laser Tag Convention Info Box

Entertainment Center Report – Laser Tag

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

Bonus Sidebar: Spare Time’s Food and Games Picture 

Entertainment Center Report · Bowling

Bowling Center Profile: High 5 Entertainment 
A couple realize their dream of running a family business by opening High 5 Entertainment in Lakeway, Texas.

Entertainment Center Report · Location Feature

Andretti Indoor Karting & Games Continues Expansion Efforts 
The ins and outs of a growing business endeavor that melds high-quality go-kart racing, food and games for an outstanding guest experience.

Bonus Sidebar: Promoting Andretti’s  High-Octane Food Offerings

Entertainment Center Report · Go-Karts

Should You Be Fueling Up or Plugging In? – Gas Versus Electric Go-Karts 

A look at what go-kart facilities have to say about gas and electric karts.

Entertainment Center Report · Miniature Golf

Celebrating Miniature Golf – A Look at Current Trends at the Century Milestone 
Center management officials discuss the miniature golf industry in light of the 100-year anniversary of the game.

Mini-Golf Fun Facts

Entertainment Center Report · Roller Skating

Rolling Out the Rewards – Incentive Programs at Roller Skating Centers
Roller skating rink operators discuss why they do, or why they do not, offer rewards programs to customers.

Entertainment Centers · Trampoline Parks

Jumping into Coin-Op Fun – Trends in Arcades at Trampoline Parks
Some trampoline parks are expanding their offerings to include arcades.

Street Beat

Industry Trends – The Best Arcade Games for Entertainment Centers 
Arcade games appeal to kids of all ages, and often adults, too. But which playing options work best for entertainment centers?

Bonus Sidebar: How To Decide What’s In and What’s Out at the Arcade 

The Crane, Bulk Vending and Prize Outlook
Kids and adults both flock to crane and bulk vending machines, but which machines are the most popular, and which prizes do best?

Bonus Sidebar: Clean Machines- Top Bulk Vending and Crane Machines Cleaning Tips

Rolling with the Changes – Trends for Juke Boxes and Photo Booths
The popularity picture for juke boxes and photo booths.

Food Service Spotlight

Entertainment Centers – Should You Simplify or Expand Your Menu? 
How do you know if your food offerings are on target to optimize profits or if you should add to it or take it down a notch? For this article, several centers around the country discussed their menus.

Bonus Sidebar:  Serving Up the Perfect Slice – Tips for Serving the Best Pizza 

Lasting Successes with Temporary Food Carts – Trends at Zoos, Aquariums and Parks 
At zoos, aquariums and amusement parks from coast to coast, food services managers said their temporary carts generate revenue while satisfying hungry visitors on the go.

Bonus Sidebar: Top Tips for Keeping Carts Sanitary

Zoo Location Spotlight

The African Adventure at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo 
A look at African Adventure, an African Savanna exhibit at the
Fresno Chaffee Zoo in California.

Bonus Sidebar: Elephants Posed the Biggest Housing Challenge at African Adventure

Amusement Rental/Inflatable News

Keeping the Bumps and Bruises out of the Bouncing – Safety Trends for Inflatables
In this article, learn how six inflatable rental companies approach safety.

Bonus Sidebar: Top Tips for Keeping the Youngest Patrons Safe in Bounce Houses

Haunted Attractions

This Year’s Industry Trends – What is Happening in
Haunted Attractions
In this article, haunt owners and managers discuss industry trends.