Archive for Large Park News

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Anticipating a Season to Remember: A Summer 2011 Preview

April 1, 2011 No Comments

With winter behind us in most places and summer creeping closer, now is a great time to preview what the industry’s larger parks and resorts have in store for this year’s peak season.  While none of these parks will offer something as big as Universal Orlando’s 2010 boy wonder named Harry Potter, several are bringing […]


Incorporating the Pay-Per-Attraction Element into the Single Admission Scenario

February 2, 2011 No Comments

When the modern theme park era began in the early 20th century, the business model was generally based on a “pay-per-attraction” system where guests would buy separate tickets for access to individual rides or shows. So popular was this approach that it continued throughout the 20th century, including the 1972 opening of Walt Disney World […]


Leadership By Example: A Profile of Disney’s Erin Wallace

January 16, 2011 No Comments

In tough economic times, a big operational challenge can be keeping up employee morale and guest satisfaction.  That’s why effective leadership training plays a key role in moving an organization forward in a positive and productive way. Nowhere is this strategy embraced more than at the Walt Disney World Resort where company executives promote a […]


New Attractions: A Look Ahead to 2011

October 30, 2010 No Comments

For the large park and resort segment of the amusement industry, 2010 was clearly the Year of Potter as Universal Orlando’s newest attraction overcame some curious design decisions to still become the year’s undisputed runaway hit.  For the coming year, the big question for Universal and its large park competitors is whether the big gains […]


How Two Large Parks are Dealing with Today’s Tough Times

September 15, 2010 No Comments

As the weather gets cooler and children return to school, the peak summer season is winding down for many theme parks and resorts.  That makes now a good time to look back and consider how some of the industry’s larger parks continue to deal with an economic downturn that seems to linger on like an […]


CoCo Key: A Waterpark Resort Fills a Gap in the Orlando Market

June 1, 2010 No Comments

With Orlando already serving as the epicenter for the American theme park industry, you might think it wouldn’t make sense for a company to target the city as the home of a new amusement concept—especially in these continued tough economic times.  However, if you’re Colorado-based Sage Hospitality then just the opposite is true. Indeed, rather […]

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Flashing cotton candy cones.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.


Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Knight Equipment

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

Penny Press

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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


Fresh food and sandwich options.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Money Tree – ATM

ATM machines.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Spectrum Sports

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Richie\’s Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.


Evaporative snow systems.

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.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

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