Archive for Large Park News

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Rides for Today, Rides for Tomorrow

Rides for Today, Rides for Tomorrow

October 24, 2014 No Comments

What Is New and on the Horizon at the Nation’s Large Parks   By Karen Appold When it comes to amusement park rides—the taller, the faster and the crazier—the better. The year 2014 saw some new rides built with these sought-after features in mind. So what thrills can guests anticipate in the New Year? And […]


Special 2014 Large Parks Preview

March 1, 2014 No Comments

By Chad Emerson Over the last two decades, the domestic large park industry has largely stalled in terms of building new theme parks.  While there are several exceptions like the 1999 opening of Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando, domestic large park expansion has primarily been limited to mini-parks inside existing parks (think Universal’s Wizarding […]


Special 2014 Large Parks Preview

January 1, 2014 No Comments

by Chad Emerson As every new year rolls in, that means an entire year’s worth of highly anticipated new attractions at the industry’s large parks and resorts.  This year is no different as several of the amusement industry’s big players are slated to debut major rides aimed at driving attendance to record levels. This issue, […]


Special Technology Feature
The Dangers of Technology-First Ride Design
Second of Two Parts

November 1, 2013 No Comments

One of the most intriguing aspects to wandering the vast halls of the annual IAAPA Attractions Expo is finding the latest “hot” products and “it” technologies.  Almost invariably, you’ll find something unique and interesting each year (hint:  just follow the Imagineers or Universal Creative employees around to see what catches their attention.) Several years ago, […]


How Technology Is Changing the In-Park Guest Experience – First of Two Parts

September 1, 2013 No Comments

Since the inception of theme parks, one of the most frustrating experiences for guests has been waiting in line to enjoy a ride or show.  During peak periods, this wait can quickly turn from merely frustrating to almost unbearable as individuals wait for hours to experience what might be a five minute ride at most.  […]

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See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Art Attack

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

Penny Press

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

A complete line of Imperial strollers, wagons and safari utility vehicles.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

Picnic tables, grills, park benches, planters, trash containers and more.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Rides-4-U, INC.

New and used rides, kiddie, family, major and thrill.

Spectrum Sports

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

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Knight Equipment

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

Richie\’s Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Money Tree – ATM

ATM machines.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.


Fresh food and sandwich options.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.


Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

Designers of unique themed parks, attractions and environments for the entertainment business.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

Concession trailers and Antique, Jeep and Grand Prix auto rides.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.


Flashing cotton candy cones.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

Wristbands with no hidden costs, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Wristband System.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.


Evaporative snow systems.

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Extreme Engineering
Rebound Unlimted, Inc.