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Shooting for the Best Theme <br>  Setting the Scene at Laser Tag Arenas

Shooting for the Best Theme
Setting the Scene at Laser Tag Arenas

February 13, 2018 No Comments

By Sara Hodon Laser tag is exciting by itself, but having a theme for your arena can take customers’ excitement to a new level. If you’re looking to give customers more fun when they enter your venue, theming is one way to do it. “Arena theme is 60 percent of the laser tag experience, with […]

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The Fun Is at the Fair <br>Trends in Carnival Rides

The Fun Is at the Fair
Trends in Carnival Rides

January 26, 2018 No Comments

By Hilary Danailova From carousels to bumper cars, traditional rides remain the top draws for nostalgic carnival-goers, according to a Tourist Attractions & Parks (TAP) survey of amusement operators. “People are more creatures of habit,” observed Gus Mitchell, whose fourth-generation family business, Mitchell Brothers Amusements, has been providing rides to the Louisiana and Texas carnival […]

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January 2018

January 10, 2018 No Comments

Articles 2018 Large Parks and Resorts Preview  A preview of what is new at several parks around the country for 2018. The Large Park Report · Vendor Profile  Garner Holt Productions – Always Looking for the Next “Cool” Project Contributing Writer Susan Mease interviewed Garner Holt, the founder and president of Garner Holt Productions, for […]

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A New Year for Business Success

A New Year for Business Success

January 10, 2018 No Comments

Each year brings new opportunities for success, and each issue of Tourist Attractions & Parks (TAP) magazine gives you new chances to learn about the industry and improve your business outlook. In each edition, we examine the trends and practices that can  help you on your journey toward greater profitability and professional satisfaction. This first […]

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The Focus is Still Family and  Quality for Sacoa, Inc.

The Focus is Still Family and Quality for Sacoa, Inc.

October 19, 2017 No Comments

By Susan Mease Family and quality are the touchstones of Sacoa Entertainment, just as they have been since Mauricio Mochkovsky happened into the arcade business in the late 1950s in Argentina.  From those early days of route sales, Mauricio and his three sons moved into their first family entertainment center in Mar del Plata which […]

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Taking the Guests’ Lead

Taking the Guests’ Lead

October 18, 2017 No Comments

Each guest that visits your facility is an opportunity to watch how your employees and physical plant function together to make a successfully entertaining experience. If there is a bump in the road during the visit, the guest that lets you know about the problem is your best ally. This is the guest who cared […]

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November 2017

October 18, 2017 No Comments

Cover Feature: Tourist Attractions & Parks Vendor Spotlight The Focus is Still Family and Quality for Sacoa, Inc. A look at Sacoa Entertainment, where family and quality are the touchstones of the business. The Large Park Report A Virtually Flawless Plan for Fun – A Virtual Future for Large Parks and Resorts In this installment, […]

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Safe and Sound Splashing <br> Waterpark Ride Safety Precautions 

Safe and Sound Splashing 
Waterpark Ride Safety Precautions 

August 28, 2017 No Comments

By Hilary Danailova There are so many ways to have fun at a waterpark. But there are also a lot of ways things could potentially go wrong when you involve water, crowds, high-speed thrills and complex rides. So waterpark managers generally employ a series of safety precautions, with lifeguards and other personnel backed up by […]

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September/October 2017

August 28, 2017 No Comments

The Large Park Report Disney’s Big Bet – Pandora: The World of Avatar  Disney’s latest mega-attraction was a big risk, but one clearly worth taking. CEO Insights  – An Interview with Hershey Entertainment and Resorts’ John Lawn A Tourist Attractions & Parks magazine interview conducted by President and Executive Editor Scott C. Borowsky with John […]

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A Journey Toward Success

A Journey Toward Success

August 28, 2017 No Comments

A busy summer can reveal both the strengths and weaknesses of an organization. Once the tourist season is over is a perfect time to assess what is right and what is wrong about your attraction. Did your staff members excel at their jobs? Don’t be stingy with praise or rewards if this was the case. […]

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