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From Classics to Concoctions
The Food Picture at Fairs and Festivals

January 3, 2013 No Comments

When it comes to concession food trends at fairs and festivals, crowds seem to love classic favorites, but they also like to try the latest and greatest culinary concoctions. Although people like to try everything from fried Kool-Aid to anything on a stick, fair managers say people are creatures of habit. “French fries, corn dogs, […]

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The Midway’s Hottest Games
How Carnivals Keep Guests Playing

January 3, 2013 No Comments

The traveling entertainment is always striving to offer the most popular rides, concessions and games, but when it comes to games, it turns out carnival-goers are more interested in familiar, tried-and-true tests of skills on the midway as opposed to new creations. Dart throws, water games, speed pitches, duck, frog and fish ponds and basketball […]

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Traveling a New Year

January 3, 2013 No Comments

For the first issue of TAP each year, our contributing writers take the pulse of the traveling amusement industry. For 2013, we offer expanded coverage of this interesting and enduring segment of the business. In our special Carnivals feature section, you will find articles about hiring and training best practices, the hottest carnival and midway […]

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Keeping the Scares Safe
Practical Advice from Haunt Owners

January 3, 2013 No Comments

If comedy is said to be serious business you can bet that scaring the socks off of people is, too – especially when it comes to also ensuring their safety. Haunted attractions only operate for a handful of weeks each year, but the potential for injury — dark, often cramped spaces filled with bizarre artifacts, […]

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An Investment in New Scares: The Year Ends on a High Note for Haunted Attractions

November 1, 2012 No Comments

Is gore “out” and startle “in” at haunted attractions, or are both still very much the trend? It depends whom you ask, but one thing is certain: introducing different elements and features annually is a “must” if operators are to maximize the appeal of their venues. So, too, is maintaining year-round contact with customers through […]

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Faster, Louder and More Daring
Amusement Park Technology Trends

November 1, 2012 No Comments

From thrill rides to systems implemented behind the scenes, amusement parks continue on a trajectory of technological innovation. In rides, faster, louder and more daring than ever appear to be the watchwords. New for the 2012 season at Busch Gardens-Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Va., is the Verbolten roller coaster, which is based on the theme of […]

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Prime Time for Themed Locations <br/> Company Adds Larger-than-Life Prop Creation to Roster of Services

Prime Time for Themed Locations
Company Adds Larger-than-Life Prop Creation to Roster of Services

November 1, 2012 No Comments

Prime Time Amusements (PTA), one of the premier global operators, sellers and event renters of video arcade machines and simulators since 1992, recently launched a new division in hopes of eventually becoming just as known for its abilities to theme facilities while also producing larger-than-life foam creations. The new division, titled Prop Creations, is led […]

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Applying Sound Thinking to a Changing Industry

November 1, 2012 No Comments

Encouraging innovation and building up your business to be the best it can be goes hand in hand with listening and responding to what the market is demanding when it comes to creating an organization that will stand the test of time and thrive through adversity. The amusement and leisure entertainment industries have surely faced […]

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November 2012

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November 2012

November 1, 2012 No Comments

COVER STORY Prime Time for Themed Locations – Company Adds Larger-than-Life Prop Creation to Roster of Services Prime Time Amusements (PTA), one of the premier global operators, sellers and event renters of video arcade machines and simulators since 1992, recently launched a new division, called Prop Creations. This article tells the story of the thinking […]

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