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Safe and Sound Splashing <br> Waterpark Ride Safety Precautions 

Safe and Sound Splashing 
Waterpark Ride Safety Precautions 

August 28, 2017 No Comments

By Hilary Danailova There are so many ways to have fun at a waterpark. But there are also a lot of ways things could potentially go wrong when you involve water, crowds, high-speed thrills and complex rides. So waterpark managers generally employ a series of safety precautions, with lifeguards and other personnel backed up by […]

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September/October 2017

August 28, 2017 No Comments

The Large Park Report Disney’s Big Bet – Pandora: The World of Avatar  Disney’s latest mega-attraction was a big risk, but one clearly worth taking. CEO Insights  – An Interview with Hershey Entertainment and Resorts’ John Lawn A Tourist Attractions & Parks magazine interview conducted by President and Executive Editor Scott C. Borowsky with John […]

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A Journey Toward Success

A Journey Toward Success

August 28, 2017 No Comments

A busy summer can reveal both the strengths and weaknesses of an organization. Once the tourist season is over is a perfect time to assess what is right and what is wrong about your attraction. Did your staff members excel at their jobs? Don’t be stingy with praise or rewards if this was the case. […]

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June 2017

May 24, 2017 No Comments

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. […]

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Making Changes for Better Business

Making Changes for Better Business

May 24, 2017 No Comments

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 […]

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An Alley that Meets its Mark <br> The Timber Lanes Story

An Alley that Meets its Mark
The Timber Lanes Story

May 24, 2017 No Comments

By Natalie Hope McDonald  When Rick and Kathy LeChette bought the old Oxford Strike ‘N Spare Lanes, they wanted to bring the longtime bowling alley back to life with a few added features for today’s generation. The couple started making this old-timey alley their own by not only changing the name to Timber Lanes and […]

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Here’s to Optimism for Today and Tomorrow

Here’s to Optimism for Today and Tomorrow

April 6, 2017 No Comments

I am happy to report that recent trade shows and conferences have been positive events. At the F2FEC and Amusement Expo shows, there was order writing taking place and money being spent, sure signs that attendees were looking toward the future with optimism. Amusement Expo also featured an interesting opportunity for learning with the Foundations […]

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April/May 2017

April 6, 2017 No Comments

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 […]

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Dreaming It and Theming It <br>Eateries with a Story at Large Parks

Dreaming It and Theming It
Eateries with a Story at Large Parks

April 6, 2017 No Comments

By Chad Emerson As the big summer season gets closer, exciting innovations will debut throughout the large park and resort industry.  While these often involve thrilling rides and signature shows, parks are increasingly investing in immersive dining experiences too.  In this installment, The Large Park Report explores the intersection of eating and entertainment at theme […]

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February/March 2017

February 13, 2017 No Comments

Articles The Large Park Report Scaring Up Business – Halloween Events at Large Parks Although the summer months garner much of the interest, Halloween season is one of the fastest growing, and one of the most profitable, times of the year for large parks. Waves Waterplay Safety Tips for a Season of Fun How waterparks […]

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