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Pocket Vetoes Can Make You Crabby

September 19, 2014 6 Comments

By Allen F. Weitzel My first amusement park assignment was at a western park in California.  I learned many lessons as my management experience grew, one involving the power of employee pocket vetoes. Pocket Veto Distinctions A pocket veto is a way for an employee to disagree with or fails to complete a specific directive […]

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The WOO Factor – Using Windows of Opportunity

June 19, 2014 4 Comments

  By Allen F. Weitzel   I am back!  I took time away to have two full knee replacements.  After forty-plus years of playing racquetball, performing western stunt shows/gunfights, and “climbing amusement park iron,” my knees and doctor said it was time for repair work.   The Idea   Following surgery, many folks asked why […]

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Inspect What You Expect

May 19, 2014 8 Comments

  By Allen F. Weitzel   This past holiday season, my wife and I visited an amusement facility that I previously managed.  The attraction advertised a display of artist-decorated holiday trees throughout the facility.  It was a night event featuring the trees, lights and decorations.   The Visit   I knew some of staff working […]

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You, Your Employees and Guests

April 8, 2014 4 Comments

  By Allen F. Weitzel     This is an interesting topic, sent in by a reader.  How does a manager support employees during a guest complaint?   Let us sort this out.   The Primary Issue First, consider the primary issue.  The customer is not always right, but they are the reason why you are […]

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The Anatomy of Training Leaders

January 29, 2014 4 Comments

By Allen F. Weitzel Once again I am jumping on the training bandwagon; reminding our readers of the importance of training their leaders.  I want to explain the anatomy of a winning leadership class.  The perfect formula eluded me until about eight years ago, when I started reporting to a VP with a training philosophy […]

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Insurance Trends, and Tips to Ensure Success

January 1, 2014 No Comments

At celebrations ranging from smaller  backyard birthday parties to city-wide festivals, event planners entertain youth by ordering closed inflatable trampolines, including traditional bounce houses, bouncy obstacle courses, and other attractions. Owners of the rental companies that provide this equipment take numerous measures to ensure children’s safety, but wherever kids are playing, there is a risk […]

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Management Spotlight: There’s a New Sheriff in Town

November 2, 2013 No Comments

It happens all the time.  The old boss retires or takes a job elsewhere.  When a new boss appears, the transition begins.  The Immediate Reaction When a new leader is selected, employees experience immediate emotions.  Some worry about their job future, some are happy to see the old boss go, some desire new change, and […]

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The First, Best Lesson

September 6, 2013 6 Comments

    By Allen F. Weitzel     I recently ran across some photos from my early industry days. Back then, I worked for a general manager that took his management staff on field trips to observe various parks in operation.  We studied every operational phase.  Those photos reminded me of many lessons learned.   […]

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Costume Characters 101

July 30, 2013 8 Comments

By Allen F. Weitzel A stirring discussion about costume characters occurred among some park managers recently, so I wanted to use blog time to share some information. For eight years, I managed a nine-character costume department. I also set up programs for other parks. However, no matter the park size, effective procedures should all be […]

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Getting the Biggest Bounce from Inflatables: Five Tips

May 20, 2013 No Comments

Make a List. Start by defining what you hope to accomplish, factoring in any restrictions such as space and height. Check it Twice. When listing your requirements, be specific. Talk the Talk. Do your research, including talking to others with inflatables and attending trade shows to find the right manufacturer. Make a Quick Study. Evaluate […]

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The Same Thinking

April 22, 2013 6 Comments

By Allen F. Weitzel I made a mistake. I committed the error of not following my own philosophy. Let me tell you more. Not a Glorious Start We had a slow draining sink in our master bathroom at home. Certainly, something every Mr. Fix-It believes they can handle. The repairs did not go well and […]

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It’s Not About Quality at Disney

March 20, 2013 6 Comments

By Allen F. Weitzel I enjoy web-based industry discussion groups. They often contemplate topics that are near to my heart. A recent post asked if the quality at Disney World was going downhill. Let us take that topic global. It Is Not About Disney Instead of questioning the quality at any Disney park, we should […]

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Simple, Clear and Concise: Finding the Communication that Works

February 5, 2013 9 Comments

By Allen F. Weitzel No one can argue that clear information and communication are critical to running a successful facility. Everyone has to be on the same page to make the operation run seamlessly. However, how do you find one level of communication that works with the many different levels of your workers? Where To […]

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Top-flight Customer Problem Solving

January 24, 2013 10 Comments

By Allen F. Weitzel I wish to revisit a familiar topic. One of my favorite stories is also an example of great customer service and problem solving. Where It Starts In 1978, my brother, Warren, and I were amusement industry veterans and we were both asked to speak at the IAAPA Convention in Atlanta, Ga. […]

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Where Durability Meets Fun
Care and Purchasing Tips for Inflatable Rides

January 3, 2013 No Comments

The boundaries of inflatable ride designs are limited only by imagination. Still, when purchasing a  unit, durability is a primary concern. Finding rides made of the best quality material, and then caring for the unit meticulously,  is a sure formula to extend the life of your purchase. Nixa Party Station, based in Nixa, Mo., specializes […]

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