Category: Articles

Expectations this summer?

With the economy in a deep recession amusement parks are going to have to do what they can to save money. This includes not building expensive, mega-attractions. However, major new rides still need to be built in order to keep...

Disney and Interactivity

A new blog that’s not about food or drinks!   The amusement park visitor of today is vastly different than the visitor of yesteryear. Visitors, especially the younger generations, are expecting more and more customized entertainment experiences. The days of...

Soft Drinks and Season Passes

This is a continuation of my profit-maximizing an amusement park series in regard to soft drinks versus gate pricing.   Soft drinks play an important role in amusement park economics. Soft drink sales are the backbone of many amusement parks’...

More on Food versus Gate Pricing

Another small park recently converted to Holiday World’s pricing formula. Magic Springs, in Arkansas, went to free drinks and sunscreen last year. They increased the gate by $7 (now $45.99 + tax in 2008) and parking by $2 (now $9)....

Mr. Freeze Review

I’ve always heard alot about the Mr. Freeze at Six Flags St. Louis and Six Flags over Texas, but I’ve never given the two rides much thought until I took a trip to Six Flags St. Louis back in August....

Gate versus Food Price: Holiday World

Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana, is a small family-owned and operated park with just four roller coasters. The park has been voted the “World’s Friendliest Park” and the “World’s Cleanest Park” for five years in a...

Hard Rock Woes: My Take

Ever heard of Hard Rock Park? Possibly not, which is why they filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy. Hard Rock Park announced on its website that it is closed for the season “to allow management to focus on restructuring efforts.” The...

Revenge of the Mummy Review

Has anyone ever told you that you wouldn’t make it, that you wouldn’t be there at the end? Let me tell you right now, Imhotep isn’t the most optimistic person you’ll ever meet. So if you don’t want to be...