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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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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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Creating Scares to Spare <br/>How Haunted Attractions’ Owners Dream Up and Set Loose Effective Characters

Creating Scares to Spare
How Haunted Attractions’ Owners Dream Up and Set Loose Effective Characters

September 1, 2013 No Comments

Is anyone scared of vampires anymore? Sure, they suck the life out of humans and usher them into an eternity as an undead ghoul. That’s scary. But the Twilight series has also turned them into sensitive boys from the Pacific Northwest who fall in love too easily. That’s not scary. But zombies: those are still […]

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June 2013

May 20, 2013 No Comments

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Shining Light on Working with Lighting Vendors: Five Tips

May 20, 2013 No Comments

Stay Smart and Local. Find knowledgeable, close-by vendors who stress safety first. Ensure the Price is Right: Weigh the costs carefully. Hit the Shows. Visit trade events to meet the experts. Do Your Homework. Read up on technology and map out a change game plan so you can ask intelligent questions when speaking with vendors. […]

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Tips for Making the Scene with Lighting

Tips for Making the Scene with Lighting

May 20, 2013 No Comments

A Haunted House attraction measures its success by the number of loud cries and screams emitted by its visitors. To achieve their goal of terror, these attractions count on the talents of live actors, custom make up, set designs and specialized lighting. D’Ann Dagen is president of La-De-Da Productions, Inc. and the producer of Hangman’s […]

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The FEC Issue

May 20, 2013 No Comments

From serving the most delicious pizza and getting the biggest bounce from inflatables to adding attractions such as candlepin bowling and laser tag and minimizing injury risk, the family entertainment center industry is always changing and adjusting to the times. Some FEC practices and attractions may fade away, but there will always be new trends […]

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Restaurant Theming <br/>Johnny Rockets Takes Off at Amusement Parks

Restaurant Theming
Johnny Rockets Takes Off at Amusement Parks

April 5, 2013 No Comments

Since Johnny Rockets was founded in 1986, the classic American-themed restaurant became as known for its entertainment value as much as it was revered for its great cheeseburgers and shakes. With a 1950s diner décor, individual jukebox stations, chrome accents, counter seating, vinyl seats and a staff that breaks into song and dance every 30 […]

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