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How to Overcome the One Thing Holding You Back

Posted by Sherry Howell on Jul 8, 2020 11:00:00 AM

What’s holding you back from inspiration – and what you can do about it.

At the most recent Amusement 360 event, held virtually in June, we had the opportunity to attend the keynote session delivered by Jason Barnaby, author of Igniting the Fire Starter Within, and owner of Fire Starters, Inc. We’re excited that he agreed to share some of his philosophy about finding your passion and busting through the one thing that holds most people back. Enjoy!

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Topics: FEC, Waterparks, Amusement Parks, Employee Management, Facility Operations, Goal Setting

Communication is Key According to Utah’s Fiesta Fun Center

Posted by Sherry Howell on Jun 24, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Communicating with your audience and being able to adapt to your guests’ needs quickly makes all the difference, according to Aubrey Christian, of Fiesta Fun Center in St George, Utah.

This week, we caught up with Assistant Director of Operations, Aubrey Christian, to hear what she had to say about the process of reopening. Fiesta Fun Center is a 7 acre indoor and outdoor venue that features bowling, laser tag, miniature golf, batting cages, bumper boats, a restaurant, as well as other attractions and games. Open now for nearly six weeks, Aubrey answers some of the top questions operators ask when considering their reopening plan.  

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Topics: Marketing, Employee Management, Facility Operations, Online Sales & Ticketing

5 Inspiring Tips to Help Your Amusement Park Thrive

Posted by Sherry Howell on Jun 18, 2020 8:57:37 AM

Expert insights from Michele Canney of Anakeesta, an outdoor, nature-centric theme park nestled in 70 acres of forestland in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Anakeesta is a unique park in the Smoky Mountains that features treetop skywalks and world-class vistas, gardens, a mountain coaster, Chondola and Rambler rides, as well as a zip line, and dining and retail offerings. During our conversation, Michele Canney, VP of Marketing/Sales, shared how maintaining a growth mindset can help not only in reopening, but also in preparation for an impressive and successful future. Here’s what Michele had to say.

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Topics: Marketing, Employee Management, Integrated Waivers, Facility Operations, Online Sales & Ticketing

The Top Do's and Don'ts Learned Reopening Bullwinkle's Wilsonville

Posted by Sherry Howell on Jun 10, 2020 11:14:44 AM

As entertainment facilities around the country are reopening, this operator shares his optimism.

This week, we spoke to Darren Harmon, of Bullwinkle’s Wilsonville, in Wilsonville, Oregon, about their successes and challenges in the first few weeks of reopening.  Bullwinkle’s Wilsonville is a recently renovated indoor-outdoor facility that features miniature golf, a restaurant, go-karts and outdoor rides, boutique bowling, laser tag, an arcade and more.

Read on as Darren shares a few Do’s and Don’ts his team has learned that we think will help give you some peace of mind about your own chances at reopening successfully in the days and weeks to come.

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Topics: Marketing, Employee Management, Facility Operations

5 Operator Insights to Help You Reopen Your FEC or Amusement Park

Posted by Sherry Howell on Jun 3, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Owner Chris Camp, shares his key takeaways from reopening Fun Fore All Family Fun Park.

As amusement facilities around the US begin to reopen, the real learning begins. We asked Chris Camp, Owner of Fun Fore All in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, to share his initial takeaways from his first week reopened to the public. In his own words, here’s what Chris had to say about what it took to reopen successfully.

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Topics: Marketing, Facility Operations

FEC Cleaning and Sanitization FAQs: An Interview with an Expert

Posted by Sherry Howell on May 27, 2020 3:20:27 PM

As facilities across the country get closer to reopening, owners and operators are planning for a new normal.

There is so much information available regarding cleaning and disinfecting measures for businesses, that it can be a little overwhelming. The amusement and entertainment industry has long been diligent about the practice, but in a COVID-19 world, it’s important to understand what’s different, and how to continue to offer a clean safe place for families to play.

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Topics: Employee Management, Facility Operations

Rethinking Your Facility Management Approach: Training

Posted by Sherry Howell on May 21, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Systems are ready. Offerings are updated. Capacity management controls are in place. For many facilities, it's showtime. But is your team ready?

To wrap up our blog series, Rethinking Your Facility Management Approach, we’d like to share a quick word of encouragement along with a few tips to consider when outlining your training plan for reopening your FEC. Take these three final steps to prepare to reopen.

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Topics: FEC, Point of Sale, Trampoline Parks, Museums, Waterparks, Zoos & Aquariums, Customer Loyalty, CenterEdge Advantage POS, Employee Management, Facility Operations

Rethinking Your Facility Management Approach: Recurring Revenue

Posted by Sherry Howell on May 14, 2020 8:00:00 AM

With the economy struggling, soon entertainment businesses will once again be positioned to offer guests a safe place to escape and play. But consumers will likely be more careful of where and how they spend their entertainment dollar, at least in the early phases of the recovery.

The facilities that will rebound the best will most likely be those with well-planned programs and packages. It will be important to deliver value and excitement to the consumer while building a strong revenue stream for your business. We’ve put together five things you need to know when building recurring revenue programs in your park or FEC.

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Topics: FEC, Point of Sale, Zoos & Aquariums, Customer Loyalty, Marketing, Amusement Parks, Memberships, Facility Operations

Rethinking Your Facility Management Approach: Process Management

Posted by Sherry Howell on May 12, 2020 8:00:00 AM

You have been inundated with articles, webinars, and letters from CEOs regarding business approaches to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As you prepare to reopen, you’re going to have so much more on your plate than just welcoming guests and ensuring your team members are creating memorable experiences. It’s a good idea to take time now to outline some of the most important processes you’ll need to implement or revise, and then automate where you can. Read on for a few quick tips that can help lighten your burden. 

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Topics: FEC, Point of Sale, Zoos & Aquariums, Marketing, Amusement Parks, Reporting & Analytics, Facility Operations, Food & Beverage

Rethinking Your Facility Management Approach: Events Management

Posted by Sherry Howell on May 7, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Just as they have been a vital part of your pre-COVID-19 overall revenue strategy, group events and birthday parties will likely be a critical component of your recovery strategy.

While you may not be able to recoup all that your facility lost during your time closed, these seven tips can help you set up, manage, market, and sell your events once you’re ready to offer them. 

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Topics: FEC, Zoos & Aquariums, Marketing, Amusement Parks, Sales, Facility Operations, Birthday Party & Groups, Food & Beverage