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Finds for Foodies <br> Large Parks and the Food and Beverage Equation

Finds for Foodies
Large Parks and the Food and Beverage Equation

April 12, 2019 No Comments

By Chad Emerson One of the fastest-growing sectors in the tourism world revolves around food and beverage experiences.  As more and more people consume food programming like Top Chef, MasterChef, and Chopped, these television viewers are increasingly interested in experiencing award-winning chefs and cutting-edge cuisine first-hand.  Not surprisingly, large parks and resorts are increasingly embracing […]

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A Ticket to Profitability: Large Park Ticketing Strategies

February 26, 2019 No Comments

By Chad Emerson As we move further into 2019, many amusement facilities are honing their plans for the big summer season. That almost always includes evaluating your ticket pricing and program for guests. In this installment of The Large Park Report, we examine Universal Orlando’s ticketing strategies and how your facility might learn from their […]

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Where Festive Fun Is a Perfect Fit
Festivals at Theme Parks

January 3, 2019 No Comments

By Chad Emerson In the last Large Park Report, we featured many of the exciting new rides coming to the large park industry in 2019.  While new roller coasters and dark rides often get the most attention each season, entertainment offerings at large parks continue to get more sophisticated and more popular year after year.  […]

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Big Plans for a New Year<br>  2019: The Large Park Preview

Big Plans for a New Year
2019: The Large Park Preview

October 25, 2018 No Comments

By Chad Emerson With the amusement industry continuing to see strong attendance and revenue growth, it’s not a surprise to see many of the industry’s large parks and resorts debuting major new attractions in 2019.  From ground-breaking technology to signature new rides, large parks have big plans for the year.  In this issue, The Large […]

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Fun for Infinity and Beyond <br>Toy Story Land at Walt Disney World Resort

Fun for Infinity and Beyond
Toy Story Land at Walt Disney World Resort

August 20, 2018 No Comments

By Chad Emerson The large park and resort industry has been on a run of explosive growth through new rides, shows, and parks (especially in overseas markets).  We’ve seen cutting-edge, immersive lands like the Wizarding Worlds of Harry Potter, an annual onslaught of faster, taller and more thrilling coasters, and dark rides and shows that […]

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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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