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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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The Fun Is at the Fair – Seeking Staffing Solutions – Finding Workers for Fairs and Carnivals

The Fun Is at the Fair – Seeking Staffing Solutions – Finding Workers for Fairs and Carnivals

January 15, 2015 No Comments

For nearly 100 years Avery Wheelock’sfamily has been in the business of fun. “My grandfather had a popcorn, peanut and cookhouse business in 1920s.  My Dad wanted something more exciting, so in 1946 started this business.” This business is Wheelock Rides in Syracuse, N.Y., where they provide carnival rides, games and food for various events. […]

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The Fun Is at The Fair – Traveling Entertainment Trends – Fair and Carnival Rides and Games

The Fun Is at The Fair – Traveling Entertainment Trends – Fair and Carnival Rides and Games

January 15, 2015 No Comments

The glittering lights, the scent of popcorn and cotton candy, the screams of happy riders on roller coasters and tilt-a-whirls, these are timeless pleasures at fairs and carnivals. But what are some of the more recent trends in rides and games that patrons enjoy and fair and carnival owners recommend? At G & S shows […]

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Selling More Fun Foods – Perspectives from Family Entertainment Centers

Selling More Fun Foods – Perspectives from Family Entertainment Centers

January 7, 2015 No Comments

By Jen Heller Meservey Family entertainment centers are all about fun, even when it comes to food. After hours of bowling, skating, golf, laser tag or go-karts, customers are ready for a quick bite that keeps the fun going. At most family entertainment centers, the best-selling fun foods are the classics. “Nachos and cheese, pizza, […]

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Rides for Today, Rides for Tomorrow

Rides for Today, Rides for Tomorrow

October 24, 2014 No Comments

What Is New and on the Horizon at the Nation’s Large Parks   By Karen Appold When it comes to amusement park rides—the taller, the faster and the crazier—the better. The year 2014 saw some new rides built with these sought-after features in mind. So what thrills can guests anticipate in the New Year? And […]

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Waves: Getting Guests to Wade into a Story

Waves: Getting Guests to Wade into a Story

August 19, 2014 No Comments

Great Ideas for Waterpark Theming By Karen Appold Waterparks offer hours of fun for their guests. By incorporating a theme into a waterpark, you can increase the fun factor and enhance the appeal. Themes can be extended to a park’s name, names of rides, décor, food items and more. Big Surf Waterpark, in Tempe, Ariz., […]

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Becoming a Well-informed Insurance Buyer

January 1, 2014 No Comments

By Bill Velin A well-designed business insurance program is essential when it comes to protecting your business from the many risks you face every day. It can provide you with an invaluable financial shield from losses, but only if you know what type of insurance to buy, how much to buy, and from whom to […]

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Keeping Children Safe in Bounce Houses: A Joint Effort

January 1, 2014 No Comments

By Drew Tewksbury During two months in 2013 alone the media reported at least 10 Bounce House or Inflatable Amusement Rides nationwide that were toppled by wind or collapsed under the weight of too many kids.  The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission continues to estimate the number of injuries annually at over 6,000.  In just […]

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The Ultimate Traveling Show <br/>Tips From and Trends For Successful Carnival Companies

The Ultimate Traveling Show
Tips From and Trends For Successful Carnival Companies

January 1, 2014 No Comments

It started out small in 1947 when Mannie and Melba Davis – along with Mannie’s parents Joe and Martha – leased their first five rides from the former Eyerly ride company in Salem, Ore. Building on those five rides, a family business was created, traveling along the West Coast from California to Texas for several […]

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Animatronics: An Ever-changing Legacy of Wonder

Animatronics: An Ever-changing Legacy of Wonder

November 2, 2013 No Comments

In the same way that roller coasters revolutionized the way park guests experience thrills in motion, animatronics forever changed the way attractions’ stories are told in parks and resorts the world over.  Since Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland in California introduced animatronic figures powered by linear pneumatic cylinders controlled by early reel-to-reel tape […]

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