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Admissions and Ticketing <br /> Welcoming Systems at Children’s Museums

Admissions and Ticketing
Welcoming Systems at Children’s Museums

April 6, 2012 No Comments

Children’s museums greet thousands of guests each year, and they use a variety of admissions policies and procedures to keep the crowds moving smoothly through their doors. The 10,000-square-foot Amelia Park Children’s Museum in Westfield, Mass., welcomes more than 35,000 guests per year. The museum is currently running 11 interactive exhibits that highlight themes such […]

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April/May 2012

April 5, 2012 No Comments

THE LARGE PARK REPORT Wizarding World of Harry Potter Update – Universal Orlando’s Food Theming Work Pays Off – Despite the well-publicized thrills at Universal’s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, more instructive for industry watchers may be the attraction’s high-profit food, beverage and merchandise operations. FOOD SERVICE SPOTLIGHT Keeping it Clean – How FECs […]

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April / May 2012

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Beyond the Traditional
Digital Out-of-Home Entertainment Takes Its Place

April 5, 2012 No Comments

A new form of public-space entertainment that builds on the foundation started by video amusement some 40 years ago has taken hold. As we all take a close look at our respective entertainment facilities business, we awaken to the reality that we work in a sector undergoing transition. While some benefit from the “stay-cation” bounce […]

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Unusual Options Gain Ground
Food Service Equipment For Party Rental Companies

April 5, 2012 No Comments

With the economy now in “recovery” mode, party rental companies are seeing steady interest in food service equipment rentals to accompany such staples as inflatables, tables, chairs and tents. Popcorn machines and “standard” food preparation equipment, like coffee makers and chafing dishes, continue to rank at the top of consumers’ rental lists. However, for at […]

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A Toast to Serving Guests <br /> How Alcohol Fits into Zoo Beverage Offerings

A Toast to Serving Guests
How Alcohol Fits into Zoo Beverage Offerings

April 5, 2012 No Comments

Zoos are going the extra distance to make their facilities more welcoming to adults.  Mixers and after-hours special events are attracting adults to zoos and helping to build memberships, and during the day many zoos are now offering beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages in their restaurants and cafes. The Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, […]

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Food Served with Vision and Planning

April 5, 2012 No Comments

Having specific goals to bolster a broad vision and aid in business planning are the hallmarks of a forward-thinking roadmap for the future. In the quick-changing and sometimes unpredictable leisure entertainment industry, keeping an eye toward the direction of the industry and its many fluctuations represent an important mindset to launching successful brands and experiences. […]

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The Right Vendors for a Bright Future

February 16, 2012 No Comments

This is our annual Buyers’ Guide edition, and in it we present a revamped roadmap to all of the significant companies in the industry. These businesses can assist you with everything from finding the right insurance and theming services to buying the perfect toys for your redemption counter or the top-performing food service equipment for […]

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February / March 2012

February 16, 2012 No Comments

THE LARGE PARK REPORT Disney’s Calculated Bet – Avatar at Florida’s Animal Kingdom – Disney is developing an entire new area at the company’s Animal Kingdom park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., based on the hit 2009 James Cameron film Avatar. In doing so, Disney is placing a big bet on a franchise that has […]

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February / March 2012

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