June 2017

The Large Park Report 

Training Trends from the Disney Trenches – Behind the Scenes at Pandora – The World of Avatar
Before an attraction such as Disney’s Pandora – The World of Avatar can open, months of training must go into both the technical operation of the attractions as well as the interactions with guests. This article looks at this extensive employee training.

Waves
Fun for the Young: Splashpads and Splashparks
A look at splashpads and splashparks at a selection of waterparks.

Bonus Sidebar: Safety Precautions at Splashpads at Splashparks 

The Buzz Boys
Fun the World Over – How Entertainment Centers in Europe, Russia and Asia Compare to United States Attractions
This past April, Frank Seninsky took a three-week road trip. Here are some of the comparisons between family entertainment centers around the globe versus those in the United States.

Expanded Entertainment Center Report
Generating New Business – Classic Bowling Alleys Move Into a New League
With entertainment centers, zipline parks and laser tag arenas competing for leisure dollars, classic bowling alleys are improving to draw more customers.

 An Alley that Meets its Mark – The Timber Lanes Story
How Oxford, Pa.’s Timber Lanes is enjoying success with a new management team and staff and a series of cosmetic and mechanical upgrades.

Bonus Sidebar: Five Ways to Spruce up a Bowling Alley 

Creating Employees Who Help You Earn – Tips to Hire Right and Train for the Best Staff
A look at how fun centers that offer miniature golf and go-karts handle hiring and training.

Bonus Sidebar: Finding the Best Employees 

Escaping the Ordinary – Tips to Keep the Experience Fresh for Repeat Visitors
How escape room owners and managers keep visitors excited and coming back for more.

Bonus Sidebar: Escape Rooms –  Looking Toward the Future 

Getting Fast Food Sales Rolling – The Quick Eats Picture at Skating Centers
Tips to offer the best fast food for your center.

Bonus Sidebar: New Twists in Tasty Soft Pretzels  

Aiming for Fun – Trends at Laser Tag Centers
A look at trends in attendance and parties at a selection of laser tag centers.

Trampoline Parks – Action City Family Fun Center – Jumping on a Growing Trend
The popular Action City Family Fun Center in Eau Claire, Wis., at  Metropolis Resort and Conference Center, has added a trampoline park for an even better guest experience.

Bonus Sidebar: Creating Entertainment Synergy – Dallas-based Cinergy Offers Movies, Fun and Food

Bonus Sidebar: Trends in Soft Play and the Future of the Industry 

New Facility Profile – Bigfoot on the Strip in Branson, Mo.
A look at Bigfoot on the Strip and its centerpiece attraction, the 200-foot-high Bigfoot Action Tower.

Fresh Additions – Expanding with Bumper Cars and More for Fun and Profit
How locations are keeping family fun centers profitable and fun by adding new attractions.

Bonus Sidebar: How the New Anakeesta Attraction Handled POS 

AAMA FEC Corner
Tips for Smell-Good Centers – Keeping a Facility Free from Odors
This article contains advice on making sure your guests remember the fun, not the smell.

Insurance Perspectives
Entertainment Facility Trends and Advice
A look at the insurance picture at several entertainment facilities.

Street Beat
Game Trends – The Redeeming Qualities of Redemption Games
Redemption games are still popular, according to operators.

Bonus Sidebar: Designing A Room To Maximize Redemption Game Profits

Coin-Op Trends: New Games for New Times
A look at new games.

Zoos, Aquariums and Museums
Trends in Alcoholic Beverages at Zoos, Aquariums and Museums
Tips and trends surrounding offering alcoholic beverages at zoos, aquariums and museums.

Bonus sidebar: Grains versus Grapes – Does Beer or Wine Sell Best?  

Amusement Rental/Inflatable News
On Time and On Schedule – Tips to Keep Jobs Moving
How companies pull out all the stops to get inflatables delivered and set up on time.