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Steps to Put Safety First  <br>How Waterparks Strive to Keep Guests from Harm

Steps to Put Safety First
How Waterparks Strive to Keep Guests from Harm

August 22, 2018 No Comments

By Karen Appold Keeping a waterpark as safe as possible is an ongoing process. Parks take certain measures before opening day, during the park’s open season and after the park closes for the season to maximize safety. Here’s a look at certain steps that some waterparks take in an effort to put safety first.  Before […]

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How to Strike it Right with Food  Offerings at Bowling Centers

How to Strike it Right with Food Offerings at Bowling Centers

May 21, 2018 No Comments

By Karen Appold When people visit a bowling center, they don’t just go for the fun of the game. Many guests want to make an afternoon or night out of their trip, and indulging in food offerings is also part of the experience.  Anthony Perrone, owner, Tampa, Fla.-based Pin Chasers, Inc., which has three locations, […]

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Brewing Up Business <br> Large Parks and the Craft Beer Craze

Brewing Up Business
Large Parks and the Craft Beer Craze

April 10, 2018 No Comments

By  Chad Emerson When it comes to the nationwide beverage market, there aren’t many categories hotter than craft beer.  Hundreds of new breweries serving thousands of new beers have made craft beer fans some of the happiest people in the country.  Not surprisingly, several of the large parks and resorts have noticed this trend and […]

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Shooting for the Best Theme <br>  Setting the Scene at Laser Tag Arenas

Shooting for the Best Theme
Setting the Scene at Laser Tag Arenas

February 13, 2018 No Comments

By Sara Hodon Laser tag is exciting by itself, but having a theme for your arena can take customers’ excitement to a new level. If you’re looking to give customers more fun when they enter your venue, theming is one way to do it. “Arena theme is 60 percent of the laser tag experience, with […]

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The Fun Is at the Fair <br>Trends in Carnival Rides

The Fun Is at the Fair
Trends in Carnival Rides

January 26, 2018 No Comments

By Hilary Danailova From carousels to bumper cars, traditional rides remain the top draws for nostalgic carnival-goers, according to a Tourist Attractions & Parks (TAP) survey of amusement operators. “People are more creatures of habit,” observed Gus Mitchell, whose fourth-generation family business, Mitchell Brothers Amusements, has been providing rides to the Louisiana and Texas carnival […]

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The Focus is Still Family and  Quality for Sacoa, Inc.

The Focus is Still Family and Quality for Sacoa, Inc.

October 19, 2017 No Comments

By Susan Mease Family and quality are the touchstones of Sacoa Entertainment, just as they have been since Mauricio Mochkovsky happened into the arcade business in the late 1950s in Argentina.  From those early days of route sales, Mauricio and his three sons moved into their first family entertainment center in Mar del Plata which […]

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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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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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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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The Arcade Extra <br> How Coin-Op Games Add Value to the Laser Tag Experience

The Arcade Extra
How Coin-Op Games Add Value to the Laser Tag Experience

February 13, 2017 No Comments

By Jen Heller Meservey Laser Flash in Carmel, Ind., boasts the distinction of being “Indiana’s largest laser tag center.” The over 12,000-square-foot facility can accommodate up to 42 players per game of laser tag, and features seating for up to 90 in the party area, as well as 24 in the VIP conference center. Owner […]

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