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A Summer Preview of What’s  New and Fun

A Summer Preview of What’s New and Fun

May 21, 2018 No Comments

By Chad Emerson Summertime is often the peak season for large parks and resorts to debut new rides and shows.  While the summer of 2018 includes several high-impact, new attractions, this year is decidedly more subdued in its overall offerings than recent summers.   That may be part of a normal cycle when you consider […]

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Brewing Up Business <br> Large Parks and the Craft Beer Craze

Brewing Up Business
Large Parks and the Craft Beer Craze

April 10, 2018 No Comments

By  Chad Emerson When it comes to the nationwide beverage market, there aren’t many categories hotter than craft beer.  Hundreds of new breweries serving thousands of new beers have made craft beer fans some of the happiest people in the country.  Not surprisingly, several of the large parks and resorts have noticed this trend and […]

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A Season for Fun More of the Year <br> Staving Off Shutdowns at Large Parks

A Season for Fun More of the Year
Staving Off Shutdowns at Large Parks

February 14, 2018 No Comments

By Chad Emerson There was once a time when amusement park seasons were primarily summer-centric.  Except for warmer climates like California and Florida, many of the parks operated from late Spring to around Labor Day.  Basically tracking school calendars, these parks would often go into shutdown mode for a large chunk of the year. In […]

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Disney’s Big Bet  <br> Pandora:  The World of Avatar

Disney’s Big Bet
Pandora: The World of Avatar

August 28, 2017 No Comments

  There are many clichés that exist about taking risks.  For Disney’s latest mega-attraction, the one that resonates loudest is if you’re going to take a risk, make it a big and bold one. Indeed, when it came to expanding their Animal Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World, Disney bet big on the Avatar franchise—a […]

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Training Trends from the Disney Trenches<br> Behind the Scenes at Pandora – The World of Avatar

Training Trends from the Disney Trenches
Behind the Scenes at Pandora – The World of Avatar

May 24, 2017 No Comments

By Chad Emerson In the next issue, The Large Park Report will offer extensive coverage for the newly-opened Pandora—The World of Avatar which is arguably one of the most ambitious domestic theme park additions in decades.  Indeed, other than Harry’s Wizarding Worlds at Universal Orlando, few new additions rival Pandora at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in […]

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Dreaming It and Theming It <br>Eateries with a Story at Large Parks

Dreaming It and Theming It
Eateries with a Story at Large Parks

April 6, 2017 No Comments

By Chad Emerson As the big summer season gets closer, exciting innovations will debut throughout the large park and resort industry.  While these often involve thrilling rides and signature shows, parks are increasingly investing in immersive dining experiences too.  In this installment, The Large Park Report explores the intersection of eating and entertainment at theme […]

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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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