Archive for Large Park News

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Park Visitor Health and Safety: <br />A Focus on Feeling-Good Guests

Park Visitor Health and Safety:
A Focus on Feeling-Good Guests

November 2, 2011 No Comments

Amusement park officials want visitors not only to enjoy the rides and attractions but to feel safe as well. Many parks have Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) on staff as well as employees trained and certified as first responders who are there for sickness, injuries and heat-related issues. Coney Island Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, welcomes more […]

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Dressing the Park: The Significance of Guest Dress Codes

November 2, 2011 No Comments

Many of the industry’s larger parks and resorts focus heavily on the family vacation market—a segment that remains one of the travel industry’s largest.  While there are many ways to reach out to family vacationers, many amusement operators emphasize family friendly shows and attractions as their main tool.  These can be very effective, but another […]

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LEGOLAND Florida: A Study in Reimagining a Park for the Future

September 1, 2011 No Comments

On October 15, 2011, something unique will have happened when it comes to the amusement industry in America.  That’s the date that the only new United States theme park will open for 2011.  Yet, unlike recent past parks (such as the ill-fated Hard Rock Park in South Carolina), LEGOLAND Florida will have an air of […]

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New Technology Means New Media Strategies for Theme Parks

August 1, 2011 No Comments

These days, technology continues to change at such a rapid pace that just keeping up with the changes can be a challenge.  This challenge, though, can present a unique opportunity for theme parks in key areas such as publicity and marketing operations. Many of the industry’s larger parks and resorts are, in fact, seizing this […]

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Higher Gas Prices: The 2011 Season Outlook for Florida Amusement Parks

June 1, 2011 No Comments

It’s back. That dreaded scourge to operating budgets throughout the industry.  The malcontent that refuses to recognize fiscal years or finalized budgets.  Three words that bring chills to the ears of many amusement executives: higher gas prices. While some local parks do benefit from higher prices because vacationers generally end up staying closer to home […]

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Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Spectrum Sports

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GloCones

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Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

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.

Subway

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Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Knight Equipment

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Penny Press

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S&S Worldwide

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See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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Adventure Glass

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