Applause for Nick

We just got word that our Nick Burroughs has been named one of only three finalists world-wide for Best Male Performer! The honor comes from the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions (IAAPA), the huge trade organization we've belonged to for decades. Nick spent the summer wow-ing audiences in our high-energy Vinyl Daze show,…

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Travel tales

November is IAAPA Expo time around here. Several of us head to Orlando as speakers, committee chairs, or buyers. It’s an incredible trade show. Here’s a series of HoliBlog posts from November 2007′s trip to the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions Expo: Destination: Orlando.  The night before I left, I told my youngest…

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Will joins Walt in the Theme Park Hall of Fame

When our dear friend Will Koch passed away unexpectedly in June, the outpouring of love and support was amazing. "He was the next Walt Disney" we heard over and over. Indeed, Will's wife, Lori, had long ago given him a wonderful portrait of Walt Disney (with a shadow of Mickey) which hung in his office…

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Please remove your sunglasses before riding, sir…

  If you follow us on Twitter, you know I'm a member of the IAAPA Communications Committee. Chair, actually, as of this week. We had our first teleconference yesterday afternoon and I must say it was great fun. Although we did our best to be strategic, forward-thinking and professional, an occasional pun or park story…

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Trip report: Part 1

We always get such a kick out of receiving "trip reports" from our guests; thought maybe you'd enjoy hearing about a trip some of us just took. Coming back from a business trip and back to the office, it's always hectic "catch up" time, so this report will come in several chunks. The trip was…

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I, Yappa…

…being of sound mind and … No, that's not it. When you get involved in this industry, it doesn't take long to hear about "I, Yappa." Or actually, IAAPA. The International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions. You know, I-APPA. Or, as some say, I-double-A-P-A. It's our mighty trade organization. And they just happen to…

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Around and around we go!

…well, maybe not we. I don’t know, maybe it has something to do with getting older, but those circular rides make me sick. Sorry, I can’t “spin” this into something positive, but it really doesn’t matter, does it? You either like to put centrifugal force to the test or you don’t. I’ll pass. Back in…

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