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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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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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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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