Archive for Large Park News

Food for Thought
How Large Parks Are Meeting Guests’ Culinary Expectations

April 4, 2013 No Comments

Food and beverage has always been a significant part of the theme park business. But, today it seems to be bigger than ever, as we are seeing some interesting trends in the growth and expansion of food and beverage at large parks. These trends include more upscale restaurants, grander theming, an eye toward healthier offerings, […]


Making Room for the Value Customer at Universal Orlando

February 10, 2013 No Comments

Since opening in 1990, Universal Orlando has largely been playing catch-up to its theme park neighbor just down Interstate 4.  Much of Disney World’s attendance lead has resulted from the fact that it had a nearly two decade head start in opening and many more acres available to develop. Indeed, for many amusement industry observers, […]


Walt Disney World’s New Fantasyland
Two Operational Issues Worth Following

January 3, 2013 No Comments

On December 6, the Walt Disney World Resort debuted the long-awaited renovations and additions to its iconic Fantasyland area in the Magic Kingdom theme park.  Dubbed “New Fantasyland”, the premiere included a new attraction, revamped rides and new dining options.  In addition, over the next two years, even more New Fantasyland attractions will arrive including […]


The Return of The Family Dark Ride

November 1, 2012 No Comments

New rides in the amusement industry often seem to follow a cyclical pattern.  Over the years, a wide variety of ride types have ebbed and flowed in popularity, including times when simulators or 3D or raft rides were the latest hot option.  Through it all though two ride types have seemed to endure longer than […]


Surcharge Attractions: How Parks Are Adding Value to the Visit

September 11, 2012 No Comments

Ever since Disney’s parks evolved from a “pay as you ride” ticketing strategy to a single admission approach, other theme parks have, by and large, incorporated that same method.  The advantage is that a facility can project admission revenue with more certainty because all entering guests, whether they ride one ride or 20, pay the […]


New Attractions: Creating an Experience Inside the Experience

August 1, 2012 No Comments

There once was a time when an amusement park visit focused on all guests sharing a common experience that involved the park’s rides, shows and fair-like food.  At the country’s larger parks and resorts, those days are increasingly giving way to an enticing (and expensive) new option known as “premium experiences.”  This issue, The Large […]


Public Relations at Large Parks – Strategies to Manage Real Time Reporters and Professional Fans

June 1, 2012 No Comments

Walk around almost any large park and you’ll likely see a relatively new phenomenon, the real time reporter at work.  Packed to the hilt with recording equipment, camera phones and loads of other high-tech gear, the real time reporter represents a shift in how park information is shared.  Indeed, it’s quite easy these days to […]

Universal Orlando’s Food Theming Work Pays Off

Universal Orlando’s Food Theming Work Pays Off

April 7, 2012 No Comments

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Update Who would have thought that a single Boy Wizard could bring such financial magic to the theme park industry?  Yet, that’s exactly what has happened with Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which opened two summers ago to great fanfare in Central Florida. Harry’s World is comprised of […]


Disney’s Calculated Bet – Avatar at Florida’s Animal Kingdom

February 16, 2012 No Comments

Okay, two quick questions: Who is Jake Sully and what is a Na’vi? Not quite sure? That shouldn’t be surprising because you’re probably in good company as it relates to the number of average Americans who don’t know the answer without first Googling it.  While we haven’t found any official polls on how many Americans […]


The Dave Herbst Interview: An Analysis of Blogging, Social Media and Standards

January 5, 2012 No Comments

Dave Herbst served as a publicist at the Walt Disney World resort for 30 years.  During his career, Herbst witnessed many changes to how Disney World publicizes itself.  Recently, The Large Park Report visited with Herbst for his unique and compelling insights into these changes. Tourist Attractions and Parks Magazine:  When you began at Disney, […]

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Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.


Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.


Flashing cotton candy cones.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Richie\’s Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Money Tree – ATM

ATM machines.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Art Attack

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


Fresh food and sandwich options.

Spectrum Sports

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

Knight Equipment

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Penny Press

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions


Evaporative snow systems.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

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Rebound Unlimted, Inc.