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Animatronics: An Ever-changing Legacy of Wonder

Animatronics: An Ever-changing Legacy of Wonder

November 2, 2013 No Comments

In the same way that roller coasters revolutionized the way park guests experience thrills in motion, animatronics forever changed the way attractions’ stories are told in parks and resorts the world over.  Since Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland in California introduced animatronic figures powered by linear pneumatic cylinders controlled by early reel-to-reel tape […]

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Spotlight on Interactive Dark Rides
A Conversation with Triotech

November 2, 2013 No Comments

Triotech is a company with promising products that have universal appeal. In a conversation with Tourist Attractions and Parks, Triotech’s President and CEO Ernest Yale and its Vice President of Business Development and Sales Gabi Salabi touched on a few of the new projects and innovations from the company. Yale said the product that has […]

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The Interactive Dark Ride: Fun for All, All for Fun

The Interactive Dark Ride: Fun for All, All for Fun

November 2, 2013 No Comments

The wide appeal of Interactive dark rides makes them a must-have attraction for many types of locations, from theme parks to family entertainment centers. But what exactly is an interactive dark ride?  It is a media-based interactive attraction that immerses players in a universe that combines the interactive technology, a rich multi-dimensional experience along with […]

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Animation for the Masses
How Affordable Technology Is Changing the Attractions Landscape

November 2, 2013 No Comments

At one point, only tourist attractions and parks with major money could afford animated shows and attractions, or they knew so little about it that they would probably consider it impossible. But as technology has advanced and prices have dramatically dropped on animation control systems and CD-quality digital audio repeaters, you don’t have to be […]

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The Shake Shoppe Arcade <br/> A Summer Success Story that is Just the Start

The Shake Shoppe Arcade
A Summer Success Story that is Just the Start

November 1, 2013 No Comments

On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy hit the New Jersey shoreline hard, causing $30 billion worth of losses to area businesses; damaging or destroying 346,000 homes; inciting massive power outages and killing 37 people. Among businesses lost in the storm was the 6,000-square-foot Big Top Arcade in Seaside Heights, which had been a fixture on […]

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Staying in Tune with the Customer

November 1, 2013 No Comments

If you are looking for operational ideas and advice from your colleagues in the amusement business that will help you stay on the same page as your customers, you will find it in Tourist Attractions & Parks.  Our circulation reach and the scope of our coverage in many of the business’ segments, including the family […]

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A Solid Strategy to Beat the Heat <br/>Boosting Summer Attendance with Water Elements

A Solid Strategy to Beat the Heat
Boosting Summer Attendance with Water Elements

September 2, 2013 No Comments

When the weather sizzles, crowds wither away at many zoos and aquariums. Facilities that offer splash pads, spray parks and waterparks have discovered that if they provide a way to cool off, customers will brave the heat, stay longer and spend more. Particularly at zoos where most exhibits are outdoors, a spike in the mercury […]

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The Possibilities in a Turning Tide

September 1, 2013 No Comments

According to the World Waterpark Association (WWA), the Summer 2012 estimated attendance at North American waterparks was about 85 million, and average attendance growth per year over the last five years at these same parks in the United States, Canada and Mexico was 2.2 percent. The numbers illuminate how capitalizing on the simple appeal of […]

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Two Character Attributes

September 1, 2013 No Comments

A Fresh Take. Characters need familiar elements, but above all need to offer something novel. Stamina to Spare. Performers need the energy to bring life to a scene night after night, sometimes for more than a month.

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Top Advice for Picking Characters

September 1, 2013 No Comments

The haunted house business can be expensive, so for owners, it’s important to pick characters that have staying power. “Every time we come up with an attraction, we have to live with it for two or three years,” said Scott Simmons, the creative director and co-owner of Pittsburgh, Pa.’s ScareHouse. There have been years when […]

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Sponsors

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Penny Press

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

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Knight Equipment

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Rio Syrup

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Art Attack

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

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Perfect Fry

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Spectrum Sports

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

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Johnny Rockets
LMap Powered by Silvercrest
Premier Polysteel
Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation
Empex Water Toys