Archive for April, 2016

Spring Is in the Air <br>How Zoos and Aquariums Are Getting  Ready for a New Season

Spring Is in the Air
How Zoos and Aquariums Are Getting Ready for a New Season

April 13, 2016 No Comments

By Natalie Hope McDonald More than a century ago, philanthropist Christopher Lyman Magee donated $125,000 for the construction of a zoological garden in Pittsburgh’s Highland Park neighborhood. Today, the zoo, which sits on 77 acres of parkland, is one of the top six major attractions of its kind in the country. With more than 4,000 […]

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Extreme Engineering’s Cloud Coaster Coming to Margaritaville Resort Biloxi

Extreme Engineering’s Cloud Coaster Coming to Margaritaville Resort Biloxi

April 13, 2016 No Comments

The only tandem ride, cart-less roller coaster on the market, The Cloud Coaster, will be featured at the Margaritaville Resort Biloxi in Mississippi starting May 2016. Designed by the adventure experts at Extreme Engineering, this part zip line and part flying roller coaster allows thrill seekers to experience the future in family friendly attractions.   […]

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Inventive Eateries <br> Tips to Do Well with Food Service

Inventive Eateries
Tips to Do Well with Food Service

April 12, 2016 No Comments

By Karen Appold Getting food to sell well at zoos, aquariums and museums isn’t rocket science. At John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids Mich., Jodi Young, food and beverage manager, suggested having some unique offerings. “Many guests visit with their families as a getaway and are looking for something decadent or new that they might […]

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Fun in the Here and Now

Fun in the Here and Now

April 12, 2016 No Comments

With the right information and a healthy sense of determination, any leisure entertainment facility owner or manager can start today to improve their guest experience. In each issue of Tourist Attractions & Parks, we strive to offer fresh ideas on trends and on how to transform a good time into a great time for your […]

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Embed and LAI Games to Showcase Products at the DEAL Show

Embed and LAI Games to Showcase Products at the DEAL Show

April 12, 2016 No Comments

Embed was to display their products at the Dubai Entertainment Amusement and Leisure Show (DEAL) at the Dubai World Trade Center. Additionally, LAI Games was to showcase some of its biggest hits at the event. (For more information, visit www.embedcard.com.)

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Where Simple Menus Sell More Food  <br>How Hunger Gets Zapped at Laser Tag Centers

Where Simple Menus Sell More Food
How Hunger Gets Zapped at Laser Tag Centers

April 12, 2016 No Comments

By Hilary Danailova Laser tag can make people hungry. When families spend the morning chasing each other through the flashing lights of the laser arena at Whirlydome, a family entertainment center in Orlando, Fla., they work up an appetite for pizza, burgers and wings, said Manager Nikita Patel. But as at laser tag facilities everywhere, […]

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From Snacks and Meals  to Treats and Sweets  <br>What’s On the Menu at Waterparks

From Snacks and Meals to Treats and Sweets
What’s On the Menu at Waterparks

April 12, 2016 No Comments

By Jen Heller Meservey At waterparks, classic American foods like pizza, burgers, hot dogs, French fries and chicken tenders, are the most popular. Josh Roybal, waterpark manager at Hotel Cascada Waterpark in Albuquerque, N.M., said that “convenient and handheld items are easier to eat in a crowded waterpark.” Mark Litz, vice president of food and […]

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Set-Up for Scares <br>Design Trends at Haunted Attractions

Set-Up for Scares
Design Trends at Haunted Attractions

April 12, 2016 No Comments

If you had to pinpoint one defining characteristic of haunted attractions, it would be change, as in the need to change things up to keep an attraction fresh year after year. Many haunts entertain repeat customers and the only way to consistently keep them coming back is to provide fresh scares. How can that best […]

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