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For Optimists, the Recovering Economy is a Source of Opportunity

June 1, 2011 No Comments

Recently, Scott and I went our separate ways to see and learn about new ideas.  Scott attended a legal conference and I went to the International Laser Tag Association / Roller Skating Association convention in Orlando, Fla. We both came away with the same theme—the opportunities to have a successful business are still out there—those […]

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June 2011

June 1, 2011 No Comments

The Large Park Report Higher Gas Prices: The 2011 Season Outlook for Florida Amusement Parks While some local parks do benefit from higher gas prices because vacationers generally end up staying closer to home to save money, even local parks suffer increased operating costs whenever energy prices rise. Business Strategies For Optimists, the Recovering Economy […]

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TAP’s New Online Look

June 1, 2011 No Comments

Tourist Attractions & Parks’ online presence continues to grow, and we hope you will visit the magazine’s redesigned Web site at www.tapmag.com. The site features more informative stories in addition to what is offered in the print version, as well as an archive of our weekly eNewsletter and a new leisure entertainment business management blog […]

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Ticketing and Wristbands: Not Taking a Pass on Efficiency and Safety

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Tickets are more than an admission pass into an attraction, park or family entertainment center. For owners and operations managers, tickets not only keep track of their guests, but they also help to maintain security and keep attractions running on schedule. Justin Struttmann is operations manager at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, […]

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Shelter from the Storm: <br />Safe Operating Strategies to Cope with the Weather

Shelter from the Storm:
Safe Operating Strategies to Cope with the Weather

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Nothing guarantees to please guests like an event held in the great outdoors. Yet Mother Nature’s weather events can conflict with and upset the best laid human plans. That’s why Sylvia Norton, general manager for Party Time Rentals, College Station, Texas, advises her customers, “Anytime of year you’re planning any type of outdoor event, especially […]

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2011: Lessons Learned from the First Quarter

April 1, 2011 No Comments

The first quarter of any year usually sets the tone for the rest of the year and 2011’s first quarter has been quite interesting.  The major events unfolding as this issue of Tourist Attractions & Parks goes to press are the uprisings in North Africa (Libya in particular), the horrible earthquake disaster in Japan and […]

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An Industry Association Worldview: Coming Together for Perspective and Profit

April 1, 2011 No Comments

The amusement and the attraction trade share a number of common ideals, one of these is an innate belief in the need for an associational structure. The feeling is that an industry dealing with the public has to be drawn towards trade bodies and organizational structure as some kind of talisman of protection. For many […]

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Five Tips for Controlling Food Service Payroll Costs at Zoos and Aquariums

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Hire wisely. Juanita Hernandez of the Lee Richardson Zoo said she seeks out employees who not only accept seasonal work, but prefer it. “This is a great job for teachers. I have one employee who is a teacher, and the part-time summer hours fit her schedule perfectly.” Weigh the pros and cons of engaging a […]

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Controlled Quality: Keeping Food Service Payroll Costs Down

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Steve Lopez swears by his spreadsheet. This document, which tracks labor percentage, daily earnings, weather and food service patterns from previous years at the Phoenix Zoo, is indispensible to Lopez, who is general manager of concessions. The data Lopez has compiled has not come easily– he said it is the culmination of years of observation […]

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Solid Strategies for Challenging Times

April 1, 2011 No Comments

My colleague Frank Seninsky and I have found that between a third and 50 percent of revenue for family entertainment centers, bowling facilities and skating rinks comes from food service. If you are not operating a well-rounded food service program, this is a great edition to pick up ideas and advice to expand and improve […]

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Rio Syrup

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Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

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.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Knight Equipment

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Penny Press

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Spectrum Sports

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

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