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Keeping Children Safe in Bounce Houses: A Joint Effort

January 1, 2014 No Comments

By Drew Tewksbury During two months in 2013 alone the media reported at least 10 Bounce House or Inflatable Amusement Rides nationwide that were toppled by wind or collapsed under the weight of too many kids.  The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission continues to estimate the number of injuries annually at over 6,000.  In just […]

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Insurance Trends, and Tips to Ensure Success

January 1, 2014 No Comments

At celebrations ranging from smaller  backyard birthday parties to city-wide festivals, event planners entertain youth by ordering closed inflatable trampolines, including traditional bounce houses, bouncy obstacle courses, and other attractions. Owners of the rental companies that provide this equipment take numerous measures to ensure children’s safety, but wherever kids are playing, there is a risk […]

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The Ultimate Traveling Show <br/>Tips From and Trends For Successful Carnival Companies

The Ultimate Traveling Show
Tips From and Trends For Successful Carnival Companies

January 1, 2014 No Comments

It started out small in 1947 when Mannie and Melba Davis – along with Mannie’s parents Joe and Martha – leased their first five rides from the former Eyerly ride company in Salem, Ore. Building on those five rides, a family business was created, traveling along the West Coast from California to Texas for several […]

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New Ideas for a New Year

January 1, 2014 No Comments

It is with optimism for the leisure entertainment industry that we look ahead to a new year. Tourist Attractions & Parks has been covering the amusement industry for over 40 years, and the magazine never stops innovating in its efforts to keep in touch with the many segments of the markets in its coverage universe. […]

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Management Spotlight: There’s a New Sheriff in Town

November 2, 2013 No Comments

It happens all the time.  The old boss retires or takes a job elsewhere.  When a new boss appears, the transition begins.  The Immediate Reaction When a new leader is selected, employees experience immediate emotions.  Some worry about their job future, some are happy to see the old boss go, some desire new change, and […]

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Big Scares on the Small Screen <br/>A Look at Haunt Video Technology

Big Scares on the Small Screen
A Look at Haunt Video Technology

November 2, 2013 No Comments

Whether a Halloween attraction is designed as a demon’s den, a spooky mansion, or an eerie asylum, human actors have long been featured to boost the scare factor. But now that high definition video technology has become more affordable, attractions are adding virtual cast members to intensify layers of fright at annual scream-fests. Each October, […]

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Spotlight on Insurance: Minimizing the Risk of Borrowed Equipment and Staff

November 2, 2013 No Comments

“Hey buddy, may I borrow your ride?” How familiar is that statement? How often do you as an amusement rental operator go to one of your friendly competitors and borrow or sub-contract a piece of equipment for an event? Or better yet, sub-contract out that special “Jack Sparrow” character/entertainer for a child’s party? If you […]

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Inflatables 2014: Bigger, Better, Faster and Interactive

Inflatables 2014: Bigger, Better, Faster and Interactive

November 2, 2013 No Comments

The “inflatable industry is headed in a good direction due to the launching of new and innovative products each year,” said Don Braunagel.  Braunagel,  the owner of Fun On The Run Amusements, Bismarck, N.D.,” sees the market as having  “changed up.” There has been a shift from the demand for traditional bounces and slides for […]

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Tops for All Time Best-selling Souvenirs

November 2, 2013 No Comments

Reflecting on past sales, Gloria Stern, museum store manager, Split Rock Lighthouse, in Two Harbors, Minn., said the top-selling souvenir of all time was light-up Split Rock lighthouse figurines. “At one point we sold four different versions and all four sold equally well,” she said. Miniature Ball jar salt and pepper shaker sets are tops […]

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Museum Shop Retail <br/>Tips to Stock the Right Souvenirs

Museum Shop Retail
Tips to Stock the Right Souvenirs

November 2, 2013 No Comments

After visiting a museum, heading to the gift shop is a logical next step for a variety reasons. Perhaps guests want a keepsake that will remind them of their experience, a memento to add to their collection or an unusual souvenir. At Split Rock Lighthouse in Two Harbors, Minn., many people purchase apparel so they […]

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