Archive for Large Park News

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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How Six Flags is Using the Online World to Tap Real-Time Revenue Streams

How Six Flags is Using the Online World to Tap Real-Time Revenue Streams

April 28, 2010 No Comments

 During last November’s IAAPA Attractions Expo in Las Vegas, I enjoyed several interesting conversations with large park operators on the topic of discretionary spending at amusement facilities. The gist of those conversations was simple and straightforward: in tough economic times like these, how do you convince guests to spend more money once they’ve entered […]

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