The Profiles in Excellence Issue

Each fall you can open the pages of Tourist Attractions & Parks to find a new crop of company profiles. These small stories, dubbed Profiles in Excellence, can open you to big success. The section offers informational snapshots of some of the top vendors in the industry, companies that are also advertisers in this issue.

In addition to the profiles, the issue offers many other bonuses, including several articles with a focus on theming. Immersing guests in a themed environment has been a common practice for many years, but the execution is becoming increasingly sophisticated. An example of this fact is Universal Studios Florida’s Diagon Alley. This new addition to the Harry Potter attractions at the park has been lauded for its meticulous attention to detail and pure fun, and is covered in this issue’s Large Park Report. We also cover theming efforts at waterparks, bowling centers and party rental companies.

A little more than 2,000 miles away from Orlando in Las Vegas, Nev., the World Waterpark Association will be holding its annual Symposium and Trade Show October 27-30. To commemorate the event, we offer an expanded Waves waterpark section in this issue, including the story “Bright Ideas for Waterpark Safety and Crowd Control” and the bonus sidebar “Top Tips to Keep Ride Lines Moving.”

Selling snacks, meals, desserts and beverages remain solid choices to increase profits for all types of locations. In each issue, in an effort to present you with fresh ideas on how to offer the best in food service, we cover the topic of food from a variety of angles. For this edition, we offer a look at menu trends at performing arts and sports venues, offering the best food at laser tag centers, including “Five Tips for a Great French Fry Program” the top food equipment, menu boards and seating at zoos and aquariums, food product news and a sidebar on theming and the waterpark food experience.

TAP’s family entertainment center coverage is unmatched in the industry and consistently useful and informative. This issue we feature articles on new technologies and theming in bowling centers, tips to keep go-karts and mini-golf attractions fresh and functioning, advice to keep paint, carpeting, lighting and food service areas looking good and more.

We also offer, in our Street Beat section, a piece on candy and prize machines, and in our Haunted Attractions section, an article on sound and lighting strategies. There are also stories on bringing entertainment elements into museums, advice on theming parties from rental companies in our Amusement Rental/Inflatable News section, operational advice from industry experts Rick Iceberg, Ben Jones and George Smith and more.

I hope you enjoy the issue. Please email me at
with your comments, questions and suggestions.

Scott C. Borowsky
President and Executive Editor
Tourist Attractions & Parks magazine

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