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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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Universal Orlando’s Food Theming Work Pays Off

Universal Orlando’s Food Theming Work Pays Off

April 7, 2012 No Comments

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Update Who would have thought that a single Boy Wizard could bring such financial magic to the theme park industry?  Yet, that’s exactly what has happened with Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which opened two summers ago to great fanfare in Central Florida. Harry’s World is comprised of […]

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A Conversation with NICA’s New Executive Director, Barbara Hensinger

A Conversation with NICA’s New Executive Director, Barbara Hensinger

January 30, 2012 No Comments

Tourist Attractions & Parks: What are the most pressing issues facing today’s independent concessionaires? Barbara Hensinger: Throughout the country, small businesspeople are facing over burdensome state and federal regulations.  This is true for our concessionaires, but the impact is often multiplied as many of our members operate in a variety of states. Currently, one of […]

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A Decade of Challenge and Change: <br /> Trends in the Traveling Amusement Company Industry

A Decade of Challenge and Change:
Trends in the Traveling Amusement Company Industry

January 5, 2012 No Comments

Midway amusement companies and traveling fairs have secured an iconic place in American culture. As part of an industry where multi-generations of families owning the same company is the norm, traveling fairs have undergone a great deal of change, especially in the past decade.  While some change has raised the bar of professionalism, other changes […]

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A Spot in the Shade <br />Sheltering Structures for the Traveling Entertainment Industry

A Spot in the Shade
Sheltering Structures for the Traveling Entertainment Industry

January 5, 2012 No Comments

Rain and wind are not the only weather elements that can dampen attendance at a state fair.  Sun and heat can also prompt fair guests to cut their visits short.  In recent years, state fairs have looked to both natural and temporary shading structures to shield their visitors from the elements making it more probable […]

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