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September/October 2011

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THE LARGE PARK REPORT LEGOLAND Florida: A Study in Reimagining a Park for the Future – On October 15, 2011, the only new United States theme park for 2011 will open. Contributor Chad Emerson explores how LEGOLAND’s first foray east of the Mississippi River in Florida marks a major change in strategy for how to […]

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August 2011

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The Great Cover Up: Maintaining and Providing the Right Tents for Customer Events

The Great Cover Up: Maintaining and Providing the Right Tents for Customer Events

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People love to bring the indoors to the great outdoors.  After all, it’s the best of all worlds.  Fortunately, today’s variety of tents enable them to do just that.  From business functions to social events, here’s how tent rental operations maintain and install the right covering for their clients. “Basically it’s like a game of […]

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Balancing Act: Achieving Harmony Between Nature and Science at Zoos and Aquariums

Balancing Act: Achieving Harmony Between Nature and Science at Zoos and Aquariums

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In the last decade, technology has changed the way zoos and aquariums interact with guests.  Technology is no longer just about enhancing a guest’s experience during a visit but enhancing that experience before and after a visit as well. As Vice-President for Planning and Capital Projects at the Denver Zoo, George Pond oversees the technology […]

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Technology and the Changing Face of Leisure Entertainment

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The simple goal of entertaining guests takes thought, patience, planning and many experts working together toward creating the best and most memorable experiences. Technology is playing a large role in improving facilities and enhancing marketing efforts. In this issue we present our annual examination of how technology is being used to bring out the best […]

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August 2011

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The Magic of High Technology Technically Speaking – How Science Museums Use Technology to Attract Visitors Many science museums are using the latest multimedia tools to attract astute visitors who may already be familiar with the latest and greatest technology. Keeping up with the learning curve isn’t always easy, but the museums profiled in this […]

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Zoos and Aquariums: <br/>Raising Awareness of Conservation Issues

Zoos and Aquariums:
Raising Awareness of Conservation Issues

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Visiting a zoo or aquarium is a great way for individuals and families to gain emotional ties to wildlife and participate in conservation initiatives.  Conservation messages relayed to visitors aid in teaching them how to contribute to the preservation of wildlife and their related habitats. Environmental education is a core element of the mission and […]

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Eight Tips for Generating Sports-themed Party Business

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“Contact through the Internet is ideal.” – Tim Spradlin, owner, All 4 the Fun of It, Cincinnati, Ohio “When a customer is inviting both male and female guests to a party and don’t want anything too girlish or boyish, I suggest one that’s neutral, such as a sports-related theme.” – Rochelle Rich, owner, Krazy Jumperz, […]

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Winning with Rental Sports Attractions

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When Olga Gomez started her business Chicago Moonwalks, in the windy Illinois city, she offered one sports-themed bouncer as an inflatable rental choice on her Web site-parked business. Today customers can find nine sporty options, including four sports combos, a sports water slide, three various sports bounce houses and also interactive and competitive games. Gomez […]

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June 2011

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Spectrum Sports

Climbing walls, ropes courses, go-karts and more.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Art Attack

Theming, miniature golf, parade floats, 3D props, air-brushed murals, signage and art panels.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Perfect Fry

Innovative and simple-to-operate countertop deep fryer Perfect Fryers.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Penny Press

Penny souvenir machine, great for parks, FECs, bowling and skating centers, museums and tourist attractions.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

Concession trailers and Antique, Jeep and Grand Prix auto rides.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

R&R Creative Amusement Design

Designers of unique themed parks, attractions and environments for the entertainment business.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

Picnic tables, grills, park benches, planters, trash containers and more.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

Wristbands with no hidden costs, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Wristband System.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Knight Equipment

Drive cables for ferris wheels, Tilt-A-Whirls, Rock-O-Planes and many others.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

A complete line of Imperial strollers, wagons and safari utility vehicles.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Rides-4-U, INC.

New and used rides, kiddie, family, major and thrill.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Rio Syrup

Over 250 flavors, syrups and concentrates for shaved ice, sno cones, shushes, food colors. Now featuring Hawaiian Flower Cups.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Gold Medal Products Co.

Concession equipment, foods and beverages, popcorn, pretzels and snack foods.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

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