Big Question

What has been your most cost-effective new attraction that has boosted attendance?
By 12/07/2013 Read More →

What has been your most cost-effective new attraction that has boosted attendance?

Henrik B Nielsen, Djurs Sommerland, Denmark (pictured): I think we got the most impact in recent years with Skatteøen, our Mack water coaster which opened in 2001. We experienced about a 15% rise in the number of visitors that season, and I think of a lot of that was because it was appealing to a […]

The Ferris Wheel has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years. What other amusement ride do you believe is ready for a comeback and how could it be improved for the 21st century?
By 03/06/2013 Read More →

The Ferris Wheel has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years. What other amusement ride do you believe is ready for a comeback and how could it be improved for the 21st century?

John Wardley, ride consultant (pictured): Don’t be afraid of dark rides! Just because Disney and Universal spend tens of millions of dollars on elaborate hi-tech dark rides it doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for small, well-designed and imaginative rides.

What’s been your best ever work-related trip?
By 28/03/2013 Read More →

What’s been your best ever work-related trip?

John Davies, OmniTicket Network (pictured): Of all the places I’ve visited during 25 years in the industry, one that particularly stands out is Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.

What caught your eyes at this winter’s trade shows?
By 22/02/2013 Read More →

What caught your eyes at this winter’s trade shows?

Fernando Eiroa, Palace Entertainment (pictured): I look forward to attending IAAPA every year, but this year in particular was great due to Palace’s participation in several seminars and panel discussions. On the trade show floor, the new technology was very appealing to us, such as the 4D+ attractions. Also, new technology to better serve and […]

Shock and shore – Hurricane Sandy wreaks havoc at US coastal parks
By 27/11/2012 Read More →

Shock and shore – Hurricane Sandy wreaks havoc at US coastal parks

Hurricane Sandy, the largest Atlantic hurricane on record, devastated portions of the Northeastern United States in late October – and several shoreline amusement facilities were hit especially hard.

How’s business been this season?
By 07/11/2012 Read More →

How’s business been this season?

Joel Golder, Palace Playland, Old Orchard Beach, USA (pictured): We were very happy with business this season. Our season pass sales were up from the previous year, so we were happy to see more customers taking advantage of what we consider our highest value offer.

Posted in: Big Question, Editorial
Are web forums, fan sites etc a help or hindrance to your business?
By 10/09/2012 Read More →

Are web forums, fan sites etc a help or hindrance to your business?

Søren Kragelund (pictured), Fårup Sommerland, Denmark: Web forums are a great help to us when we’re planning new rides and developing the park. The forums are useful because the contributors have a lot of knowledge about what’s happening at parks around the world – and a lot of them are exceptionally well informed about rides, […]

What’s at the top of your list of infrastructure requirements?
By 14/08/2012 Read More →

What’s at the top of your list of infrastructure requirements?

Dick Knoebel, Knoebel’s Amusement Resort, USA (pictured): We need more dredging of our creek and widening of the creek walls so we will be more prepared for those heavy rains, those flash floods. We need to practice preventative flood maintenance. Last year alone there were eight floods, one that required nine days to re-open. We’ve also […]

What’s your social media strategy?
By 01/06/2012 Read More →

What’s your social media strategy?

Vic Nolting, Coney Island (Cincinnati), USA (pictured): Our current social media strategy involves Twitter, YouTube and primarily Facebook. Communicating with our patrons through these channels allows us to be more conversational and less focused on a hard sell, as is the case with traditional media advertising.

What will be your biggest challenge in 2012?
By 09/05/2012 Read More →

What will be your biggest challenge in 2012?

Michael Mack, Europa-Park, Germany: Getting our new hotel, Bell Rock, ready on time is our greatest challenge. I think we got the season off to a nice start with out new wooden coaster Wodan, but the challenge with that could be capacity, which our operations guys think is too low compared to Blue Fire Megacoaster.