Theme Park, Amusement Park and Attractions Industry News

To what extent do local parks and attractions influence your choice of holiday/vacation destination?

Sue Kemp, Legoland Windsor, England (pictured): My holidays are focused around my 10-year old daughter and what she loves doing; she’s a bit of a daredevil and so we have to go somewhere very exciting. Theme parks can deliver that, but it won’t be the only thing we go for. She’s an amazing climber and loves swimming, but she does loves her big rollercoasters too.

Andreas Andersen, Liseberg, Sweden: My partner would answer “way too much”! I always end up spending one or two days at parks and usually consider this before booking a trip. I get bored at the beach, am not much of a shopper, and there is a limit to the number of castles and churches you want to visit on a holiday. The same does not – unfortunately, according to my partner – apply to rollercoasters…

Julie Lyons, Santa’s Land, USA: The local parks and attractions in my area are awesome and make it possible for me to stay right here during long weekends off, instead of having to plan an expensive trip far away. We also love visiting the Smoky Mountain Gold and Ruby Mine to get our gem mining and gold panning fix. Of course we love the beach, and have to plan that at least once a year as well, but we love our local attractions. The nostalgia of Cherokee and the Great Smoky Mountains never gets old, so we really don’t feel like we have to run off far for a vacation.

Iain Hawkins, Blackpool Tower/Sea Life/Madame Tussauds, UK: I’ve just booked my honeymoon for next March. We are going to Las Vegas for the first part of the trip and I’ve already told my wife to be that we will be going to Madame Tussauds out there. I thought I would get shot for suggesting it but I think she’s now like, “I can’t be bothered anymore.” If I go to Florida, then I will want to see what the competitors are doing too. One of the saddest things I do when I go on holiday and look at other attractions, and I can’t believe I am telling you this, is inspect the floor coverings. When you are building new attractions it is actually quite useful to know what kind of floor finishes there are, so that guests feel like there are somewhere else when they walk into an attraction.

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