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Crowd Control  <br>How to Keep Parks Safe and Well Organized – From Food to Rides

Crowd Control
How to Keep Parks Safe and Well Organized – From Food to Rides

August 29, 2016 No Comments

By Natalie Hope McDonald With more than 20 acres and 22 rides, Quassy may not be the largest amusement park in Connecticut, but it’s certainly one of the oldest. Opened in 1908 on the South Shore of Lake Quassapauq, the park has been evolving with the needs of its visitors for more than a century. […]

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Sailing into Success

Sailing into Success

August 26, 2016 No Comments

This issue marks the start of the busy fall trade show season, and we wish you the best of luck in your travels. The shows are a great way to get inspired to improve your operation in every area, from food and rides to customer service and staff training. As you seek to give guests […]

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Top Tips to Maintain Safety

Top Tips to Maintain Safety

May 25, 2016 No Comments

Chills, thrills, fire drills? While patrons aren’t usually required to take part in actual drills, fire safety is definitely a top priority for owners and managers of haunted attractions. Fire safety and a host of other concerns specific to the genre present unique situations. Certainly other entertainment venues are accustomed to having hordes of people […]

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Centers with Themed Elements to Spare <br> Trends in Bowling Center Design

Centers with Themed Elements to Spare
Trends in Bowling Center Design

May 25, 2016 No Comments

By Genie Davis From a retro-look to a knight’s castle theme, bowling centers nationwide rely on a wide variety of design and theming strategies to keep balls rolling down the lanes. Regardless of the decor choices made, the best bowling center designs appeal to customer demographics or offer unique attributes that make a center stand […]

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June 2016

May 25, 2016 No Comments

The Large Park Report Mousing Around with Store Size – Disney Bets on Small Shops within Shops A look at Walt Disney World’s retail picture. Waves Location Profile: Kalahari Poconos The Kalahari Resorts and Conventions’ new resort in the Pocono Mountains of Pa. includes a 100,000-square-foot indoor waterpark.  Splash Parks Offer the Fun of Water, […]

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Serious Advice for June and All Year

May 25, 2016 No Comments

Your colleagues around the country are experiencing many of the same issues and concerns you deal with daily. It only makes sense that sharing new ideas, solutions and strategies can help owners and managers to sort out the demands a challenging industry puts forth every day and to experience clarity on which solutions to embrace. […]

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Spring Is in the Air <br>How Zoos and Aquariums Are Getting  Ready for a New Season

Spring Is in the Air
How Zoos and Aquariums Are Getting Ready for a New Season

April 13, 2016 No Comments

By Natalie Hope McDonald More than a century ago, philanthropist Christopher Lyman Magee donated $125,000 for the construction of a zoological garden in Pittsburgh’s Highland Park neighborhood. Today, the zoo, which sits on 77 acres of parkland, is one of the top six major attractions of its kind in the country. With more than 4,000 […]

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Fun in the Here and Now

Fun in the Here and Now

April 12, 2016 No Comments

With the right information and a healthy sense of determination, any leisure entertainment facility owner or manager can start today to improve their guest experience. In each issue of Tourist Attractions & Parks, we strive to offer fresh ideas on trends and on how to transform a good time into a great time for your […]

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Set-Up for Scares <br>Design Trends at Haunted Attractions

Set-Up for Scares
Design Trends at Haunted Attractions

April 12, 2016 No Comments

If you had to pinpoint one defining characteristic of haunted attractions, it would be change, as in the need to change things up to keep an attraction fresh year after year. Many haunts entertain repeat customers and the only way to consistently keep them coming back is to provide fresh scares. How can that best […]

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February/March 2016

February 22, 2016 No Comments

The Large Park Report  Halloween: How Parks Get Scary for Fall   Halloween is big business, and the nation’s larger parks are offering a variety of activities for all ages during what has become an active shoulder season. Waves Trends for Safer Swimming: New Technologies  As with most aspects of modern work and play, waterparks […]

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