As pandemic restrictions shift and change, now could be the perfect time to offer a fun day or evening out to guests of all ages. In this issue of Tourist Attractions & Parks (TAP), we check in with attractions in our coverage area to ask how the past two years have changed their businesses, and on their plans moving ahead.
In The Large Park Report, Contributor Chad Emerson reports on the 50th anniversary celebration at Walt Disney World Resort that was successfully held amid the pandemic. And Contributor Hilary Larson takes a look at growth in the indoor waterpark industry in the Waves section with interviews from officials at attractions in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., Grand Prairie, Texas, Anchorage, Alaska, and Tannersville, Pa.
Entertainment centers can be a crucial source for close-by fun in the communities that they serve. This issue’s Entertainment Center Report offers a wealth of stories exploring trends and operational issues currently faced by these attractions. In the section, Contributor Carime Lane offers the story “The Best Bowling Kitchens – Eateries Serving Great Food Efficiently” that features interviews with officials from centers in Michigan and California. And Contributor Genie Davis gets the best advice for customer service at laser tag and virtual reality facilities from three attraction owners in New Jersey and Oregon, and an operations director in Pennsylvania. Contributor Sara Karnish interviewed owners and a general manager at trampoline parks in Pennsylvania, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Utah for her examination of how COVID has influenced their businesses.
TAP writers also covered how roller skating gets guests of all ages moving toward better health, arcade design at bowling and family entertainment centers, the outlook for vintage arcade games, concession food trends and eateries at zoos and aquariums, and escape room and haunt changes due to the pandemic.
Don’t miss the issue’s Who’s Who Buyer’s Guide, an annual feature that lists some of the top companies in the business. It’s never too soon or too late to find new vendors for the goods and services that drive your business, and the guide could be a starting point to reach this end.
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Scott C. Borowsky
President and Executive Editor
Tourist Attractions & Parks magazine