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Restaurant Theming <br/>Johnny Rockets Takes Off at Amusement Parks

Restaurant Theming
Johnny Rockets Takes Off at Amusement Parks

April 5, 2013 No Comments

Since Johnny Rockets was founded in 1986, the classic American-themed restaurant became as known for its entertainment value as much as it was revered for its great cheeseburgers and shakes. With a 1950s diner décor, individual jukebox stations, chrome accents, counter seating, vinyl seats and a staff that breaks into song and dance every 30 […]

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Where There Is an Appetite, There Is a Way <br/>Subway Franchises Thrive in Non-traditional Locations

Where There Is an Appetite, There Is a Way
Subway Franchises Thrive in Non-traditional Locations

April 5, 2013 No Comments

When Hersheypark approached Subway franchisees Ben Farahani and his family about opening a Subway in their theme park, they were intrigued.  The family already was operating Subway franchises throughout the central Pennsylvania region, but they liked the idea of owning a franchise in a “non-traditional” environment. “This was 1992 before the trend for national branding […]

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Creating a Fresh Look to Draw New Business

Creating a Fresh Look to Draw New Business

April 4, 2013 No Comments

The refurbishment of an existing facility or attraction can sometimes be more challenging than designing a brand new project. These upgrades can be as simple as fresh paint and landscaping to renew the facility all the way up to a complete re-theme to create a totally new experience for your guests. When approaching a renovation […]

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Avoiding a Staffing Merry Go Round <br/>Best Practices for Hiring and Training at Carnivals and Fairs

Avoiding a Staffing Merry Go Round
Best Practices for Hiring and Training at Carnivals and Fairs

January 4, 2013 No Comments

For over a century, traveling fairs and carnivals have toured America, entertaining communities of all sizes with the combination of lavish shows, great food, fun games and thrilling rides. There’s nothing quite like the excitement and adventure of working outdoors with one of America’s premier traveling carnivals. These jobs offer steady pay, great bonding opportunities […]

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From Classics to Concoctions
The Food Picture at Fairs and Festivals

January 3, 2013 No Comments

When it comes to concession food trends at fairs and festivals, crowds seem to love classic favorites, but they also like to try the latest and greatest culinary concoctions. Although people like to try everything from fried Kool-Aid to anything on a stick, fair managers say people are creatures of habit. “French fries, corn dogs, […]

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The Midway’s Hottest Games
How Carnivals Keep Guests Playing

January 3, 2013 No Comments

The traveling entertainment is always striving to offer the most popular rides, concessions and games, but when it comes to games, it turns out carnival-goers are more interested in familiar, tried-and-true tests of skills on the midway as opposed to new creations. Dart throws, water games, speed pitches, duck, frog and fish ponds and basketball […]

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Faster, Louder and More Daring
Amusement Park Technology Trends

November 1, 2012 No Comments

From thrill rides to systems implemented behind the scenes, amusement parks continue on a trajectory of technological innovation. In rides, faster, louder and more daring than ever appear to be the watchwords. New for the 2012 season at Busch Gardens-Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Va., is the Verbolten roller coaster, which is based on the theme of […]

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Prime Time for Themed Locations <br/> Company Adds Larger-than-Life Prop Creation to Roster of Services

Prime Time for Themed Locations
Company Adds Larger-than-Life Prop Creation to Roster of Services

November 1, 2012 No Comments

Prime Time Amusements (PTA), one of the premier global operators, sellers and event renters of video arcade machines and simulators since 1992, recently launched a new division in hopes of eventually becoming just as known for its abilities to theme facilities while also producing larger-than-life foam creations. The new division, titled Prop Creations, is led […]

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Aquarium Exhibit Sound, Lighting and Special Effects – How Guests Benefit from Innovation

Aquarium Exhibit Sound, Lighting and Special Effects – How Guests Benefit from Innovation

August 1, 2012 No Comments

Via touch screens, whether double touch or single touch ELO, visitors to Mystic Aquarium, Mystic, Conn., explore the interactive animal habitat exhibit, Shark Smell, and alternately, Life of Inuits in Alaska and Canada, and macro or micro telescopic views inside a fish tank through an Omniscope, invented by an aquarium trustee. BrightSign/Roku processors drive the […]

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How Interactive Exhibits and a Local Focus Are Transforming Children’s Museums

How Interactive Exhibits and a Local Focus Are Transforming Children’s Museums

June 3, 2012 No Comments

Children’s museums, which attract more than 30 million visitors annually, according to research conducted by the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) in 2007, are places of wonder for the youngest among us.  These museums are also a growing industry.  According to ACM, in the mid-1970s, there were 38 children’s museums across the nation.  That number […]

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