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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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Food Service Stars  – Celebrity Chefs and Theme Parks

Food Service Stars – Celebrity Chefs and Theme Parks

January 7, 2015 No Comments

By Chad Emerson Turn on your television these days and you’re more than likely just a few clicks of the remote away from one of the many celebrity-driven chef shows that dominate the airwaves these days.  From competitions to travelogues to secret insider tips, foodie shows are one of the fastest growing and most popular […]

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