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Flattening the Curve: Aftershocks for the Attractions Industry – Part 2
This is Part 2 of our trip into the past reflecting on the changes in the attractions industry. If you’ve not listened to the previous episode stop and go back. In part 1 our panelists mainly discussed the impact on your attraction’s operations. There’s a new normal we’re operating in, and it’s something you must account for when planning this season. Its not just the social distancing. It’s understanding how the entertainment landscape and guest expectations have changed. In this part, we look at the predictions our panelists made and see what held up.
Flattening the Curve: Aftershocks for the Attractions Industry – Part 1
This week we passed the heartbreaking marker of 500,000 official deaths from COVID-19 here in the US. The entire entertainment industry was thrown into chaos, and every haunt has had to adapt. And yet, there is hope: by mid-year, we should have enough doses to vaccinate our entire population. This mid-year mark shows itself also in the reopening announcements from attractions across the US. For us haunters, that means hopes are high for this year’s Halloween. Therefore, we’ll be spending the next few months on helping you plan for this season. But this week, where we stand at the intersection of heartbreak and hope, let’s spend some time reflecting.
Our team produced the attraction industry’s first virtual conference called Virtually Prepared on March 28th and 29th 2020. Back then, we never could have imagined what awaited us. And yet, many of the insights we discovered then still hold true for our planning now.
Today I’m playing pieces of the Keynote Panel called “Flattening the Curve: Aftershocks for the Attractions Industry” which went live at 9AM on March 28th 2020.
Join me in this trip into the past to reflect on planning our future.
Puppets for Profits - Methods for Puppeteering Startle Props in Your Haunt
Keeping everyone safe in 2020 yielded a new scare system concept at Dead City Haunted House in Salt Lake City Utah that was so effective, it will continue to be used long after the pandemic subsides. Owner Timothy Riggs conceived and engineered a new system for actors to operate props safely from a distance while above patrons. Nicknamed "The Puppeteers", each of these actors operated dozens of unique scares from a single bridge out of sight. The puppets movements were very startlingly scary and also a very cost-efficient use of actor staffing. Design methods are not expensive or complex and can be fabricated with the skill set of the average haunter. Listen to learn more about the design of this new prop puppeting system as well as how it was implemented. Thank you to HAuNTcon for allowing us to broadcast this education. HAuNTcon returns in 2022 and you can be the first to find out by signing up for their newsletter at hauntcon.com
Haunter’s Toolbox, The Dead Factory, and ScareIt Badges with Brian Foreman
I’m sure you know Brian’s work, but this episode explores everything Brian has been up to. This episode originally aired on the WrestleHorror Podcast, and if you want the full interview grab it from their feed. When Brian started out, there were far fewer resources for haunters. Brian first started his blog Scary Visions. Then he met Darryl and started HaunTopic Radio to both learn and teach other haunters. And now, he's developed the membership site Haunter's Toolbox.
Love’s Revenge at Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail in Plant City FL
Sir Henry's Haunted Trail in Plant City Florida is running a Haunted Valentine Event “Love’s Revenge” this weekend Feb 12-14. Tickets begin at $25. Zach is opening all three outdoor trails and adding some new elements for the overlay.
Love Bites at Dead City Haunted House in Murray Utah
Dead City Haunted House debuted a valentine’s day event for the first time in 2020, and the team is attempting to pull it off again this year despite the pandemic. Owner Tim Riggs discusses the differences between the two events, the COVID precautions, and how he’s planning out 2021. “Love Bites” is February 12 & 13 at Dead City Haunted House in Murray Utah.
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