Archive for Large Park

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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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