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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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Does the Buddy System Work?

November 30, 2012 2 Comments

By Allen F. Weitzel   What Is the Buddy System? Experts classify the buddy system as a process in which two people, the ‘buddies,’ operate together as a single unit so that they are able to monitor and help each other. They are normally of equal rank and pay. In the recreation industry, the buddy […]

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Post-show Report: The Philadelphia AIR Show

November 1, 2012 No Comments

The Philadelphia, Pa., AIR Show, which was held Sept. 26-28, 2012, was completely sold out with more than 750 booth spaces displaying the latest inflatable play structures from the leading American manufacturers, as well as a large variety of other exhibitors to serve the needs of customers who use inflatables in the businesses. Mechanical Bulls, […]

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Kids’ Choice: Why the Youngest Customers Can Determine a Bouncer’s Success

November 1, 2012 No Comments

Inflatables and bounces have become staples at both small backyard parties and large community and corporate events.  While some bounces are still as popular as they were a decade ago, bounce rental companies are always looking for a new inflatable that will become the next “must have” at their clients’ events. As president and owner […]

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