April/May 2017

The Large Park Report
Dreaming It and Theming It – Eateries with a Story at Large Parks
In this installment, The Large Park Report explores the intersection of eating and entertainment at theme parks and resorts.

Sprucing Up for Spring Section
What Waterparks Know About Spring – A Time for Ride Renewal
A look at how waterparks handle spring maintenance and water filtration.

Completing the Maintenance Tasks that Matter – Advice from Amusement Parks
In this article, park staff across the country offered their advice about the best ways to maintain and enhance their environments.

Bonus Sidebar: Top Quick Fixes for a Bright Outdoor Landscape

The Buzz Boyz
Perspectives on Industry Optimism – A Look at Amusement Expo, Dallas, Texas, Foundations and F2FEC, Georgia
Analysis from industry experts Scott Borowsky and Frank Seninsky

The Entertainment Center Report
Ideas for Great Events – Party Advice for Bowling Centers
Ideas from the experts at bowling centers on how to host the best parties.

Bonus Sidebar: Tips to Celebrate the Star of the Show

An Old Favorite Gets a New Twist: The Honolulu Hotdog

Maintenance Routines to Keep Courses Up to Par – Tips for the Best Practices at Mini-Golf Facilities
Advice from mini-golf officials on keeping courses well-maintained.

Escaping from Dirt and Grime – Keeping Escape Rooms Clean and Bright
This article looks at keeping escape rooms clean when time is short between customers.

Perspectives on a Vendor:  Swipe Cards for Solid Performance
Business owners offer their perspectives on the Sacoa Swipe Card System.

The Entertainment Report 

Roller Skating Extra
Getting Guests Hungry for More – How Food Can Create Satisfied and Skating Customers
How food can improve the profit outlook for roller skating centers.

Bonus Sidebar: Top Tips to Sell More Food at Roller Skating Rinks

Pies for Sky-High Sales – Making the Best Pizza
The sometimes complicated process of bringing the simplest of menu items – the pizza – to guests.

Laser Tag  

When the Focus Is Fun – The Best Arcade Games for Laser Tag Centers
Which coin-op games are working out best for laser tag centers.

The 2017 Laser Tag Convention Organizers Report an Industry Hit
The March 2017 Laser Tag Convention drew quality buyers from across the globe, and exhibitors reported a highly successful trade show.

The Entertainment Center Report – F2FEC
F2FEC: Lessons from the Give and Take
Representing FECs from all over around the country, more than 200 industry players attended the most recent F2FEC conference at a winery resort outside of Atlanta, Ga.

F2FEC: Making a Difference in the Family Entertainment Industry
A review of the F2FEC event by Pamela Kleibrink Thompson.

Andretti Indoor Karting and Games Continues Winning Ways in Orlando
A look at the history and future of the Andretti Indoor Karting and Games franchise.

Rounding Out the Fun in Branson – Tracks Family Fun Park Offers a Famed Ferris Wheel and More Why visitors are enjoying their visits to Tracks Family Fun Park.

Bonus Sidebar: The Branson Ferris Wheel Story

Scenes, Springs and Sustenance – Where the Movies Mix with Trampolines and Treats
Movie theaters don’t usually come with trampoline parks. But why not? This article looks at a winning formula that also includes food.

Street Beat
Games People Play – The Top Trends for Games
A look at the top trends and new games at arcades, bars, restaurants, and street locations.

Quick Actions for the Best Coin-op Staff – Top Staff Training Tips
For this article, vending operators offered their tips for making staff members confident in the field.

Bonus Sidebar: The Toughest Training Challenges for Vending Operators

AAMA FEC Corner
Sweet Deals – Best-Selling Desserts at FECs
Why desserts can be a great addition to the menu.

Zoo, Aquariums and Museums
Light Bites and Sit-Down Meals – What’s on the Menu at Animal and Art Attractions
A look at menus at museums, zoos and aquariums where the types of foods served is diverse.

Bonus Sidebar: Selling More Beverages – Four Tips to Get Guests Sipping

Haunted Attractions
When Guests Scare Up an Appetite – Food Service at Haunts
A look at the food service picture at a selection of haunted attractions.

Amusement Rental/Inflatable News
Sales on the Up and Up – Training Your Staff to Upsell When Booking Events
How party companies keep customers aware of all that they have to offer.