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Makeup, Masks and Motors  – Finding the Right Mix of Actors and Animatronics

Makeup, Masks and Motors – Finding the Right Mix of Actors and Animatronics

May 22, 2015 No Comments

The season for most haunted attractions is fleeting but the creative minds behind them are seldom at rest. Owners, managers and directors are always contemplating ways to increase the scare factor at their respective haunts. Determining the right mix of animatronics and live actors usually factors heavily into the equation. Trey Smith is the mastermind […]

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June 2015

May 22, 2015 No Comments

The Large Park Report  The VIP Treatment How parks are offering exclusive, and expensive, guest experiences. Waves   Something for Small Fries – Splashparks Hit a Target Demographic for Waterparks Splashparks, or interactive play areas, are often primarily directed at children, but that doesn’t mean that adults don’t appreciate them as well. In this article, waterpark staff members […]

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The Sky’s the Limit for  Growing Trampoline Parks

The Sky’s the Limit for Growing Trampoline Parks

May 22, 2015 No Comments

By Jen Heller Meservey Over the last 10 years, trampoline parks have been opening all over the United States, and the industry continues to grow rapidly, even expanding internationally. Jerry Raymond co-founded Sky High Sports in 2006 with his brother, Ron. “We were looking for careers that would allow us to spend more time with […]

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Our Annual Entertainment Edition

Our Annual Entertainment Edition

May 22, 2015 No Comments

Building a business requires both small and big steps in the form of making sound decisions, creating alliances and sometimes taking leaps of faith. In the entertainment center business, finding the right employees and vendors can help make the process easier. This edition features Tourist Attractions & Park’s yearly look at this important industry segment. […]

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Food and Beverage Trends  at Entertainment Attractions

Food and Beverage Trends at Entertainment Attractions

April 20, 2015 No Comments

Whether discussing food and beverage sales at entertainment attractions or food service concepts, strong trends are emerging in the food and beverage industry and at attraction-oriented stores. According to Tim Hershberger, vice president of marketing and sales for America’s Incredible Pizza in Springfield, Mo., his company has established a burgeoning market niche for a fun, […]

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April/May 2015

April 20, 2015 No Comments

The Large Park Report  Going Mobile – Large Parks and the Food Truck Craze Mobile food vendors are gaining popularity at a fast-paced clip. This article explores how large parks are getting in on the food truck action. Waves   Keeping Up with Upkeep – Advice and Best Practices for a Clean Waterpark Waterparks that […]

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Fun Foods for Fun Times

Fun Foods for Fun Times

April 20, 2015 No Comments

Each spring Tourist Attractions & Parks (TAP) takes the pulse of the food segment of the leisure entertainment industry in an effort to inspire our readership to increase profits by making the most of this critical revenue stream. In this year’s installment we cover a wide array of attractions to bring readers tips and advice […]

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Clowns, Zombies and Classic Scares – The Hottest Haunt Characters for Halloween 2015

Clowns, Zombies and Classic Scares – The Hottest Haunt Characters for Halloween 2015

April 14, 2015 No Comments

By Jessica Leigh Brown Zombies, ax murderers, sadistic clowns and classic Frankenstein’s monsters all make great characters at haunted attractions—but what will be the hottest haunt characters in 2015? The answer to that question depends on several variables, but the most important is the specific haunted attraction’s target market. “We target teens and college-age young […]

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February/March 2015

February 13, 2015 No Comments

The Large Park Report  Advice from Large Parks on Finding the Best Vendors To commemorate Tourist Attractions & Parks’ annual Buyer’s Guide directory, Contributor Chad Emerson discussed strategies for finding the best vendors with large parks. The Large Park Report · Attraction Profile: TRIOTECH and Cedar Fair Waves Keeping Up with the Current – Best […]

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Business Tips for Successful Operation

Business Tips for Successful Operation

February 13, 2015 No Comments

In each issue, Tourist Attractions & Parks brings the many businesses in the magazine’s coverage universe practical operational advice for better profit pictures. We offer articles on everything from staff training to choosing the right equipment, and our readership can always learn new ways to conduct business for the best results. In the February/March edition, […]

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