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Scaring Up Business <br>Halloween Events at Large Parks

Scaring Up Business
Halloween Events at Large Parks

February 13, 2017 No Comments

By Chad Emerson While it’s still the quiet winter months for many large parks and resorts, that doesn’t mean busy planning isn’t underway.  Though the summer months garner much of the interest, Halloween season is one of the fastest growing (and one of the most profitable) times of the year for large parks.  This issue, […]

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Predictions and Observations: What to Expect in 2017

Predictions and Observations: What to Expect in 2017

December 29, 2016 No Comments

By Chad Emerson 2016 was an extremely successful year for the industry’s large parks and resorts with increased ticket sales, room nights, and overall revenue.  Will that trend continue in 2017? To help answer that question, in this issue The Large Park Reports examines the new attractions planned for this year as well as a new […]

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The Year in Review: 2016 at Large Parks and Resorts

The Year in Review: 2016 at Large Parks and Resorts

October 25, 2016 No Comments

By Chad Emerson Every November, industry leaders gather for the annual IAAPA Attractions Expo and, in most years, do so at the massive Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. This is hardly a surprise considering that Central Florida contains one of the highest concentrations of large parks in the country. Oftentimes, you’ll see contingencies […]

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Mousing Around with Store Size   <br>Disney Bets on Small Shops within Shops

Mousing Around with Store Size
Disney Bets on Small Shops within Shops

May 25, 2016 No Comments

By Chad Emerson During its recent spring media event, Walt Disney World leaders shared details on hundreds of millions of dollars in new rides and shows that the resort will be debuting over the next two years.  From Star Wars to Avatar, the House of Mouse is betting big on new attractions in Central Florida. […]

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Halloween: How Parks Get Scary for Fall

Halloween: How Parks Get Scary for Fall

February 22, 2016 No Comments

By Greg Curling Halloween is big business. From costumes to candy to party favors, Americans spend just shy of $7 billion per year on the favored holiday.  According to the Haunted Attraction Association, haunted houses alone generate more than $300 million annually. While theme parks do not report specific event revenue, it’s a safe assumption […]

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Where the Fun Flows Freely  <br>Dining and Alcohol Options at Large Parks

Where the Fun Flows Freely
Dining and Alcohol Options at Large Parks

January 4, 2016 No Comments

By Chad Emerson If I told you that one single resort has a restaurant with over 4,200 wines in its cellar, another restaurant with 20 sommeliers on staff, and a third with the largest collection of South African wines in America, where would you guess? A beautiful Miami Beach resort?  A 5 Star Colorado ski […]

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Harry versus Luke: The Battle to Watch in 2016

October 23, 2015 No Comments

By Chad Emerson  2016 will be the year that Harry Potter and Luke Skywalker finally do battle. When it comes to fictional franchises, JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and George Lucas’ Star Wars are among the most popular – and profitable – ever.  That’s why it’s hardly a surprise that Universal and Disney respectively paid millions […]

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The VIP Treatment

The VIP Treatment

May 22, 2015 No Comments

  By Chad Emerson With several major theme parks recently crossing the $100 per day threshold for a daily ticket, visiting some of the industry’s signature parks can seem like a high-end experience for many families these days.  Yet, even with these unprecedented admission costs, today’s typical theme park cost pales in comparison to some […]

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Going Mobile – Large Parks and the Food Truck Craze

Going Mobile – Large Parks and the Food Truck Craze

April 14, 2015 No Comments

By Chad Emerson Have you ever bought food that was prepared in a truck? Several years ago, this would have seemed like a strange question unless you were on a construction site or buying frozen treats from one of the jingle-playing ice cream trucks that roam American neighborhoods during the summer. That’s all changed, though, […]

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Advice from Large Parks on Finding the Best Vendors

Advice from Large Parks on Finding the Best Vendors

February 13, 2015 No Comments

By Chad Emerson Every year, thousands of amusement industry officials descend on Orlando for the annual IAAPA Attractions Expo.  Walk the halls of the massive Orange County convention center and you’ll find just about any service or product that an amusement facility could possibly require.  Indeed, the 2014 show alone included over 1,000 exhibitors comprising […]

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Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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GloCones

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See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Penny Press

Penny souvenir machine, great for parks, FECs, bowling and skating centers, museums and tourist attractions.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Knight Equipment

Drive cables for ferris wheels, Tilt-A-Whirls, Rock-O-Planes and many others.

Art Attack

Theming, miniature golf, parade floats, 3D props, air-brushed murals, signage and art panels.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Spectrum Sports

Climbing walls, ropes courses, go-karts and more.

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