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September/October 2012

September 12, 2012 No Comments

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Learning the Lessons of the Season

September 12, 2012 No Comments

Waterparks were the place to be last summer, as record heat in many parts of the country drove families toward places to cool off and relax. In this issue’s Waves section, we offer a profile of the Hawaiian Falls Waterpark and also a look at how indoor waterparks around the country are theming and re-theming […]

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September/October 2012

September 12, 2012 No Comments

THE LARGE PARK REPORT Surcharge Attractions: How Parks Are Adding Value to the Visit Ever since Disney’s parks evolved from a “pay as you ride” ticketing strategy to a single admission approach, other theme parks have, by and large, incorporated that same method.  But recently, several of the industry’s larger parks have begun to offer […]

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Not-So-Scary Advice on Investing in High Technology

September 11, 2012 No Comments

The time for surprises is definitely not in the beginning, when first setting up a haunted house attraction, agree proprietors. Maybe at that time, a little fear and timidity is a good idea. Crypt Master Chiller Chucky, owner of Fright Haven, West Haven, Conn., admitted to a beginners lack of business acumen albeit the passion […]

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Our 40th Anniversary Year – Creating a Culture of Responsiveness to Guests

August 1, 2012 No Comments

In the heat of the season, it is easy to get caught up in individual tasks and responsibilities and not become a student of the overall guest experience. Trying to see things as your guests perceive them, addressing complaints immediately and remembering to laugh a little with your customers and lighten up are all important […]

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August 2012

August 1, 2012 No Comments

THE MAGIC OF HIGH TECHNOLOGY Aquarium Exhibit Sound, Lighting and Special Effects – How Guests Benefit from Innovation Sound, lighting and special effects, including iPads embedded into exhibit walls, are enhancing the guest experience at aquariums across the country. THE LARGE PARK REPORT New Attractions – Creating an Experience Inside the Experience There once was […]

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August 2012

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Aquarium Exhibit Sound, Lighting and Special Effects – How Guests Benefit from Innovation

Aquarium Exhibit Sound, Lighting and Special Effects – How Guests Benefit from Innovation

August 1, 2012 No Comments

Via touch screens, whether double touch or single touch ELO, visitors to Mystic Aquarium, Mystic, Conn., explore the interactive animal habitat exhibit, Shark Smell, and alternately, Life of Inuits in Alaska and Canada, and macro or micro telescopic views inside a fish tank through an Omniscope, invented by an aquarium trustee. BrightSign/Roku processors drive the […]

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Wait Line Entertainment: Strategies to Build Anticipation for Big Scares

Wait Line Entertainment: Strategies to Build Anticipation for Big Scares

June 3, 2012 No Comments

The mind inside the head of a haunted house proprietor can be a delightfully scary place. Devising new ways to scare the living daylights out of patrons in preparation for the Halloween season can be a blast and each wants to pass that thread of enjoyment on. “I don’t care if they scream, laugh, cry, […]

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How Interactive Exhibits and a Local Focus Are Transforming Children’s Museums

How Interactive Exhibits and a Local Focus Are Transforming Children’s Museums

June 3, 2012 No Comments

Children’s museums, which attract more than 30 million visitors annually, according to research conducted by the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) in 2007, are places of wonder for the youngest among us.  These museums are also a growing industry.  According to ACM, in the mid-1970s, there were 38 children’s museums across the nation.  That number […]

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