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Should You Be Fueling Up or Plugging In?   <br>Gas Versus Electric Go-Karts

Should You Be Fueling Up or Plugging In?
Gas Versus Electric Go-Karts

March 11, 2016 No Comments

What drives an individual to take a spin in a go-kart at an amusement center? Some might say it’s the need for speed – which in turn ignites the debate over whether gas or electric go-karts deliver the most bang for a consumer’s buck. So which is preferable? It depends on who you ask. At […]

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Fairs and Carnivals:  The Latest in Fun Foods

Fairs and Carnivals: The Latest in Fun Foods

January 4, 2016 No Comments

With countless venues vying for the typical consumer’s entertainment dollar these days, it’s hard to remain a top pick. Yet many fairs and carnivals manage to pull it off. How they accomplish the feat has a lot to do with the fun foods people know they’ll find there. Jason Au, owner and operator of Canadian-based […]

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Safety with a Smile <br> Staff Training Strategies

Safety with a Smile
Staff Training Strategies

August 27, 2015 No Comments

During the summer months, kids and adults alike will be spending their days having fun trying their hands at popular activities including miniature golf and go-karting. Managers at venues that offer these attractions go to great lengths to ensure safety as well as fun for their guests. Staff training strategies vary depending on the size […]

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The Sky’s the Limit for  Growing Trampoline Parks

The Sky’s the Limit for Growing Trampoline Parks

May 22, 2015 No Comments

By Jen Heller Meservey Over the last 10 years, trampoline parks have been opening all over the United States, and the industry continues to grow rapidly, even expanding internationally. Jerry Raymond co-founded Sky High Sports in 2006 with his brother, Ron. “We were looking for careers that would allow us to spend more time with […]

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Food and Beverage Trends  at Entertainment Attractions

Food and Beverage Trends at Entertainment Attractions

April 20, 2015 No Comments

Whether discussing food and beverage sales at entertainment attractions or food service concepts, strong trends are emerging in the food and beverage industry and at attraction-oriented stores. According to Tim Hershberger, vice president of marketing and sales for America’s Incredible Pizza in Springfield, Mo., his company has established a burgeoning market niche for a fun, […]

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Tips to Buy the Best – The Food Service Equipment Picture at Zoos,  Aquariums and Museums

Tips to Buy the Best – The Food Service Equipment Picture at Zoos, Aquariums and Museums

February 16, 2015 No Comments

Although exhibits and attractions generally take center stage at zoos, aquariums, museums and botanical gardens, the truth is that all visitors eventually get hungry. Cue the many restaurants and concession stands waiting in the wings at these facilities. The success or failure of their role often boils down to what kitchen equipment they use, plus […]

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The Well-Managed Center – Training Tips from Owners and Managers

The Well-Managed Center – Training Tips from Owners and Managers

February 13, 2015 No Comments

Mini golf and go-karts are all about fun, and owners and managers agree that training employees should be fun too. Candace Reim, franchise owner of Monster Mini Golf in Avon and Lafayette, Ind., said that her training strategy focuses on bringing the fun to customers. “We pride ourselves on our customer service and fun, entertaining […]

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The Fun Is at The Fair – Traveling Entertainment Trends – Fair and Carnival Rides and Games

The Fun Is at The Fair – Traveling Entertainment Trends – Fair and Carnival Rides and Games

January 15, 2015 No Comments

The glittering lights, the scent of popcorn and cotton candy, the screams of happy riders on roller coasters and tilt-a-whirls, these are timeless pleasures at fairs and carnivals. But what are some of the more recent trends in rides and games that patrons enjoy and fair and carnival owners recommend? At G & S shows […]

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Selling More Fun Foods – Perspectives from Family Entertainment Centers

Selling More Fun Foods – Perspectives from Family Entertainment Centers

January 7, 2015 No Comments

By Jen Heller Meservey Family entertainment centers are all about fun, even when it comes to food. After hours of bowling, skating, golf, laser tag or go-karts, customers are ready for a quick bite that keeps the fun going. At most family entertainment centers, the best-selling fun foods are the classics. “Nachos and cheese, pizza, […]

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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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