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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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California Portable Dance Floor Company Offers New Products

May 20, 2013 No Comments

California Portable Dance Floor Company (CPDFC) is now offering a new full sheet vinyl seamless 3-foot-by-4-foot section in the company’s Rustic Cedar design and peel-and-stick vinyl floor covering in many colors. The Rustic Cedar design product is a full 3-foot-by-4-foot sheet of vinyl in each section. These dance floor sections can be used indoors as […]

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Getting the Biggest Bounce from Inflatables: Five Tips

May 20, 2013 No Comments

Make a List. Start by defining what you hope to accomplish, factoring in any restrictions such as space and height. Check it Twice. When listing your requirements, be specific. Talk the Talk. Do your research, including talking to others with inflatables and attending trade shows to find the right manufacturer. Make a Quick Study. Evaluate […]

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Making the Bounce the Main Attraction <br/>Fun Center Inflatables Profit Strategies

Making the Bounce the Main Attraction
Fun Center Inflatables Profit Strategies

May 20, 2013 No Comments

You can create magical castles, houses, animals and almost anything else you can imagine with air and vinyl. Inflatables enable attractions to build or enhance a theme without major construction or expense. Here’s how some savvy operators are using them to target certain groups and add to their bottom lines. Some of the newer entertainment […]

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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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Where There Is an Appetite, There Is a Way <br/>Subway Franchises Thrive in Non-traditional Locations

Where There Is an Appetite, There Is a Way
Subway Franchises Thrive in Non-traditional Locations

April 5, 2013 No Comments

When Hersheypark approached Subway franchisees Ben Farahani and his family about opening a Subway in their theme park, they were intrigued.  The family already was operating Subway franchises throughout the central Pennsylvania region, but they liked the idea of owning a franchise in a “non-traditional” environment. “This was 1992 before the trend for national branding […]

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