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The Right Vendors for a Bright Future

February 16, 2012 No Comments

This is our annual Buyers’ Guide edition, and in it we present a revamped roadmap to all of the significant companies in the industry. These businesses can assist you with everything from finding the right insurance and theming services to buying the perfect toys for your redemption counter or the top-performing food service equipment for […]

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February / March 2012

February 16, 2012 No Comments

THE LARGE PARK REPORT Disney’s Calculated Bet – Avatar at Florida’s Animal Kingdom – Disney is developing an entire new area at the company’s Animal Kingdom park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., based on the hit 2009 James Cameron film Avatar. In doing so, Disney is placing a big bet on a franchise that has […]

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February / March 2012

February 16, 2012 No Comments

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Fun Pro Insures the Halloween Attractions Market

Fun Pro Insures the Halloween Attractions Market

February 16, 2012 No Comments

THOMCO’s Fun Pro is expanding its “A” Rated (by A.M. Best) insurance to Halloween Attractions including, but not limited to, Haunted Houses, Dark Attractions, Corn Mazes, Forest Trails, Pumpkin Patches (including u-pick) and Christmas Tree farms. This low cost, comprehensive coverage includes General Liability limits up to $1,000,000/$2,000,000 per occurrence/aggregate and also offers coverage for […]

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Shock versus Scare <br /> Where Attractions Around the Country Fall in the Spectrum

Shock versus Scare
Where Attractions Around the Country Fall in the Spectrum

February 16, 2012 No Comments

Every autumn, when the wind whistles a chilly tune against the backdrop of a full harvest moon, haunted attractions open their doors to throngs of customers who welcome Halloween and its accompanying horror.  Wielding terror yields profit: According to the Haunted House Association, there are more than 1,200 haunted attractions in the United States that […]

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A Conversation with NICA’s New Executive Director, Barbara Hensinger

A Conversation with NICA’s New Executive Director, Barbara Hensinger

January 30, 2012 No Comments

Tourist Attractions & Parks: What are the most pressing issues facing today’s independent concessionaires? Barbara Hensinger: Throughout the country, small businesspeople are facing over burdensome state and federal regulations.  This is true for our concessionaires, but the impact is often multiplied as many of our members operate in a variety of states. Currently, one of […]

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January 2012

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Top Tips for Creating a Popular Haunted Room

January 5, 2012 No Comments

“Make your guests feel as if they are submerged into an entirely new world, instead of just amidst actors and a set.  It has to be the complete package.” – Scot Allan, Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse of Horrors, Bellport, N.Y. “Be original!  There are many copycat haunts out there. Do your research and be as original […]

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A Decade of Challenge and Change: <br /> Trends in the Traveling Amusement Company Industry

A Decade of Challenge and Change:
Trends in the Traveling Amusement Company Industry

January 5, 2012 No Comments

Midway amusement companies and traveling fairs have secured an iconic place in American culture. As part of an industry where multi-generations of families owning the same company is the norm, traveling fairs have undergone a great deal of change, especially in the past decade.  While some change has raised the bar of professionalism, other changes […]

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A Spot in the Shade <br />Sheltering Structures for the Traveling Entertainment Industry

A Spot in the Shade
Sheltering Structures for the Traveling Entertainment Industry

January 5, 2012 No Comments

Rain and wind are not the only weather elements that can dampen attendance at a state fair.  Sun and heat can also prompt fair guests to cut their visits short.  In recent years, state fairs have looked to both natural and temporary shading structures to shield their visitors from the elements making it more probable […]

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