Courtesy of the A. V. Club, here’s a link to a fascinating interview with a ride manager for a major chain of amusement parks. A few of the insights:
- Park operators treat major rides like “anchor” stores at malls: as a way to attract customers and to direct traffic throughout the property;
- Old-fashioned, classic rides like the “Flying Eagle” (which sounds remarkably like Our Brothers’ “Magic Carpet”) are making a comeback among parks aiming for a nostalgia angle;
- Speaking of nostalgia: dead rides will often get a big boost in popularity as soon as the parks announce they’re going to take them down. Go figure.