National press takes note of trend toward more family-friendly theme parks
Written by Robert Niles
I wanted to draw TPI readers' attention to a couple articles that add to the theme I wrote upon last week after the death on Rock N' Roller Coaster.Tweet
I wrote that the death would accelerate the emerging industry trend away from thrill rides toward more family-friendly, story-driven interactive attractions. Writing for the Christian Science Monitor, Daniel B. Wood examines the shift toward family fun. (And quotes yours truly in the process.)
And today, in the Los Angeles Times, Kimi Yoshino offers another interview with Six Flags CEO Mark Shapiro, [BugMeNot for a log-in to read] where reality's set in and he vents his frustration with huge problems the chain faces in switching to that more family-friendly model. (FWIW, Yoshino's stories demonstrate the best grasp of theme park industry on the Times' staff. It's nice to see her on the Business page and, presumably, getting more attention than she did in the relative obscurity of the Orange County edition.)
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