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Katzafikoh

At the recent media event celebrating the debut of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World Resort, it finally dawned on me. After years and years of visiting theme parks, I finally realized what…
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Really a Coaster?

The dictionary defines a roller coaster as “An elevated railway (as in an amusement park) constructed with sharp curves and steep inclines on which cars roll.” My definition is simpler. If it rolls on rails and is powered in part by…
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Hatchet Job

While cruising the trade show floor at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018 in Orlando I noticed two vendors had booths promoting axe throwing. I thought to myself, would axe throwing work in an amusement park? Not counting lumberjacks in the…
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Inspired Theming

Before theme parks, there were amusement parks. They had rides, games, food, and usually some nice shade trees. In the early 1950s the concept of a theme park was introduced, first with small family parks themed to children’s nursery rhymes…
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Flying High

Question for you. What American city has the most zip lines? If you enjoy urban ziplining, and I do, then Las Vegas is the place to go. Las Vegas has three of them including Slotzilla down the middle of Freemont Street, Fly LINQ over the…
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Alligator Encounter

Have you ever seen an alligator as part of a menagerie carousel? I never had, so was surprised to find one on display adjacent to a carousel, often called the "Flying Horses" by local residents of New Orleans, when I visited the Hines…
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Sin City Diversions

Las Vegas is a great place to have a trade show. There are lots of things to do there besides gaming, and the weather is usually good. In the past IAAPA held a show there, but then zeroed in on Orlando, which is a popular location. The…
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