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Fairs and Carnivals:  The Latest in Fun Foods

Fairs and Carnivals: The Latest in Fun Foods

January 4, 2016 No Comments

With countless venues vying for the typical consumer’s entertainment dollar these days, it’s hard to remain a top pick. Yet many fairs and carnivals manage to pull it off. How they accomplish the feat has a lot to do with the fun foods people know they’ll find there. Jason Au, owner and operator of Canadian-based […]

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Ideas for a New Year

January 4, 2016 No Comments

A new year is a fresh opportunity for growth and change in your business, and I hope you find this issue helpful in sparking ideas to improve your company and your level of customer satisfaction. Adding new experiences and attractions are surefire ways to keep the fun flowing. In this issue’s Large Park Report, Contributing […]

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When the Goal Is Fun

When the Goal Is Fun

October 23, 2015 No Comments

Operating a business with goals can set a company on a path that may still be challenging, but will surely be rewarding once even the smallest accomplishment is realized. In each issue of Tourist Attractions & Parks (TAP), we offer advice and trends coverage that can help the very specialized segments of the broad amusement […]

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September/October 2015

August 27, 2015 No Comments

The Large Park Report   How Mobile Apps Are Changing the Theme Park Experience The Large Park Report examines several of the leading versions of wait time software and how even this technology could change in the future as theme parks seek to improve the guest experience by reducing wait times and promoting direct interaction with […]

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New Twists on Classic Creepiness <br>How Haunts Keep the Characters and Scares Fresh

New Twists on Classic Creepiness
How Haunts Keep the Characters and Scares Fresh

August 27, 2015 No Comments

When people visit a haunted attraction around Halloween, they are looking for one thing: to be scared out of their minds. Visiting the same haunt year after year can get a little stale, especially if the attraction does not do much to keep the scares coming. For this article, owners and managers at haunted attractions […]

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Safety with a Smile <br> Staff Training Strategies

Safety with a Smile
Staff Training Strategies

August 27, 2015 No Comments

During the summer months, kids and adults alike will be spending their days having fun trying their hands at popular activities including miniature golf and go-karting. Managers at venues that offer these attractions go to great lengths to ensure safety as well as fun for their guests. Staff training strategies vary depending on the size […]

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Ideas for Everyday Excellence

Ideas for Everyday Excellence

August 27, 2015 No Comments

We are always striving for a magazine with the best advice for locations, and this edition, which includes 13 original stories and eight bonus sidebars, is no exception. The articles are the result of the great work of our contributing writers, who interviewed attraction sources from all over the country to get a picture of […]

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Makeup, Masks and Motors  – Finding the Right Mix of Actors and Animatronics

Makeup, Masks and Motors – Finding the Right Mix of Actors and Animatronics

May 22, 2015 No Comments

The season for most haunted attractions is fleeting but the creative minds behind them are seldom at rest. Owners, managers and directors are always contemplating ways to increase the scare factor at their respective haunts. Determining the right mix of animatronics and live actors usually factors heavily into the equation. Trey Smith is the mastermind […]

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June 2015

May 22, 2015 No Comments

The Large Park Report  The VIP Treatment How parks are offering exclusive, and expensive, guest experiences. Waves   Something for Small Fries – Splashparks Hit a Target Demographic for Waterparks Splashparks, or interactive play areas, are often primarily directed at children, but that doesn’t mean that adults don’t appreciate them as well. In this article, waterpark staff members […]

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The Sky’s the Limit for  Growing Trampoline Parks

The Sky’s the Limit for Growing Trampoline Parks

May 22, 2015 No Comments

By Jen Heller Meservey Over the last 10 years, trampoline parks have been opening all over the United States, and the industry continues to grow rapidly, even expanding internationally. Jerry Raymond co-founded Sky High Sports in 2006 with his brother, Ron. “We were looking for careers that would allow us to spend more time with […]

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