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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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January 2012

January 5, 2012 No Comments

CARNIVALS AND FAIRS SPECIAL REPORT A Spot in the Shade — Sheltering Structures for the Traveling Entertainment Industry — State fairs are always looking to both natural and temporary shading structures to shield their visitors from the elements and to make it more probable that they will enjoy the fairs for longer periods of time. […]

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November 2011

November 2, 2011 No Comments

IAAPA COVER FEATURE A Games and Food Prototype – New Florida Johnny Rockets Blasts Off Toward Fun Times and tastes change and smart businesses adapt to those shifts.  A classic case in point is happening at the Sawgrass Mills Mall in Sunrise, Fla.  There, Johnny Rockets franchise owners Kyle and Ken Eldridge have teamed up […]

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September/October 2011

September 1, 2011 No Comments

THE LARGE PARK REPORT LEGOLAND Florida: A Study in Reimagining a Park for the Future – On October 15, 2011, the only new United States theme park for 2011 will open. Contributor Chad Emerson explores how LEGOLAND’s first foray east of the Mississippi River in Florida marks a major change in strategy for how to […]

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August 2011

August 1, 2011 No Comments

The Magic of High Technology Technically Speaking – How Science Museums Use Technology to Attract Visitors Many science museums are using the latest multimedia tools to attract astute visitors who may already be familiar with the latest and greatest technology. Keeping up with the learning curve isn’t always easy, but the museums profiled in this […]

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June 2011

June 1, 2011 No Comments

The Large Park Report Higher Gas Prices: The 2011 Season Outlook for Florida Amusement Parks While some local parks do benefit from higher gas prices because vacationers generally end up staying closer to home to save money, even local parks suffer increased operating costs whenever energy prices rise. Business Strategies For Optimists, the Recovering Economy […]

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April / May 2011

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Food Service Spotlight AZA Report – Controlled Quality: Keeping Food Service Payroll Costs Down Observing and anticipating attendance and sales patterns is a crucial aspect of controlling food service payroll costs at zoos and aquariums. Although certain events – such as spring break or a new exhibit – may be “no-brainers” in terms of staffing […]

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February / March 2011

February 2, 2011 No Comments

Waves 18    Imagine, Build, Play – Creating Interactive Water Attractions The dictionary defines “interactive” as simply “acting one upon or with the other” or “providing output based on input from the user.” Yet when you combine the concept of interactivity with water attractions, you open up a new world for children and adults to be […]

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January 2011

January 16, 2011 No Comments

Spotlight on Gibsonton 14    The Outlook for Carnivals in Changing Times Carnivals face unique operating challenges, and their success depends on factors such as the weather, price of fuel, number of available workers, and changes in state and federal laws. Despite these demands, traveling carnivals are ready to hit the road with their rides, games […]

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November 2010

October 30, 2010 No Comments

The Large Park Report 36    New Attractions: A Look Ahead to 2011 The run-away hit of 2010 for large parks was clearly the much-anticipated Harry Potter attraction at Universal Orlando. As the year draws to a close, The Large Park Report examines what is in store for 2011 at the nation’s favored destinations for families. […]

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