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Themes that Generate Screams<br/>Haunted Attraction Trends for 2013

Themes that Generate Screams
Haunted Attraction Trends for 2013

February 10, 2013 No Comments

Gone are the days when darkly lit hallways with creaky floorboards were the key components to a successfully scary haunted attraction. Over-the-top shocks and gory horrors, with a mix of special effects, are now drawing large crowds looking for a scream with their Halloween. For terror created outside the box, Scream Team Productions, a Murrieta, […]

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Buying Outside the Box

February 10, 2013 No Comments

For the February/March issue each year, we bring you the Who’s Who Buyer’s Guide. The listing is a chance to get familiarized with all of the top vendors in the industry, and highlights the companies that are advertisers in the issue with all of their contact information. This year’s edition has been streamlined, and we […]

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Avoiding a Staffing Merry Go Round <br/>Best Practices for Hiring and Training at Carnivals and Fairs

Avoiding a Staffing Merry Go Round
Best Practices for Hiring and Training at Carnivals and Fairs

January 4, 2013 No Comments

For over a century, traveling fairs and carnivals have toured America, entertaining communities of all sizes with the combination of lavish shows, great food, fun games and thrilling rides. There’s nothing quite like the excitement and adventure of working outdoors with one of America’s premier traveling carnivals. These jobs offer steady pay, great bonding opportunities […]

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January 2013

January 3, 2013 No Comments

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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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