Entertainment centers, including facilities in Europe, are meeting the challenges of a public looking for new types of diversions by adding attractions to their facilities to create new and better experiences. Trampoline parks and movie theaters are offering particularly unique experiences, as are bowling centers, as they evolve into attractions where the whole family can enjoy fun and food.
In this issue, we celebrate many of the offerings in the out-of-home entertainment universe with stories that track trends and bring you operational advice to better introduce the public to the best experiences ever.
In The Large Park Report, we look at employee training at Disney’s Pandora – The World of Avatar, and in the Waves section, we cover splashpads and splashparks at a selection of waterparks in a story that includes a listing of safety precautions to keep the fun accident-free.
The issue contains an expanded Entertainment Center Report that offers a bigger bowling section in recognition of this month’s International Bowl Expo, a look at miniature golf and go-kart center hiring and training, an article about keeping the escape room experience fresh, a story on food service at skating centers, a piece on trends in attendance and parties at laser tag centers, and a story on how Action City Family Fun Center in Eau Claire, Wis., has added a trampoline park for an even better guest experience. The section also includes facility profile sidebars, which are quick-read, interesting stories about fun locations, and a Buyer’s Guide that lists many of the top vendors in the industry.
In a related section, the AAMA FEC Corner tracks down the best practices for keeping a fun center smelling great. And we offer an Insurance Perspectives story that also covers fun centers.
Coin-operated games can be important additions to fun centers, and in Street Beat, we look at trends in redemption games in one article, and perspectives on the best new games in a second story.
We also offer a story about selling alcoholic beverages at zoos, aquariums and museums including a sidebar that covers beer versus wine purchases. Additionally, the Amusement Rental/Inflatable News story discusses how companies keep their deliveries on schedule.
I hope you enjoy the issue. If you have comments, questions or suggestions, please call me at 610-645-6940 ext. 0 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scott C. Borowsky
President and Executive Editor
Tourist Attractions & Parks magazine