Waterparks offer the perfect attractions to keep guests cool and enjoying themselves. But other types of leisure entertainment facilities and companies can also offer respites from the heat, albeit without the high thrills afforded by waterpark rides. In this issue, we offer an expanded Waves waterpark section sure to spark your interest with stories on achieving pristine water quality and on adding new attractions to keep guests interested and entertained. And in the Amusement Rental/Inflatable News section we offer a story on water inflatables that reveals the most popular models for party rental companies. We also offer a story from the nation’s zoos on how to keep guests cool in the sometimes crippling summer heat that includes top tips for helping guests stay comfortable and safe.
Food is a consistently profitable add-on, and managers and owners are always learning something new to keep profits high and guests satisfied. We examine the waterpark food equation in a special food service feature. We also offer food-oriented stories on bowling centers and botanical gardens around the country. The section additionally features tips on keeping kids happy with the right food choices.
In Street Beat, you can read about keeping up with trends by stocking the latest licensed merchandise in coin-op machines and at redemption counters and dive into a comprehensive story about the state of the jukebox industry.
In addition to the bowling feature, this issue’s Family Entertainment Center Report also includes stories on creating a child-friendly mini-golf and go-kart facility, implementing a sure-fire hiring process to find the best employees for roller skating centers and avoiding quick fixes when it comes to buying insurance for laser tag locations.
And in the Foundations Entertainment University section, Funhaven in Ottawa, Canada and ZCor Entertainment in Minnetonka, Minn., are profiled in relation to how these attractions benefited from the seminar.
TAP regularly brings you features you can’t find anywhere else. In this issue’s Large Park Report, Contributor Chad Emerson explores the unique development of LEGOLAND’s new Florida location, which is slated for an October 2011 opening.
I hope you enjoy the issue. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your comments, questions and suggestions.
Scott C. Borowsky
President and Executive Editor
Tourist Attractions and Parks magazine