Amusement Articles

The amusement business and attractions industry has been around since the late 1800's with a wealth of knowledge and experience behind it. For new fun center business developers, looking to start an arcade business or their own family entertainment center, there are a great many resources and pools of information to dive into. This amusement articles archive is a great place to spend some time in and check back often.

Amusement Business Information and Resources

zone action park - fun center businessThis section of the Family Entertainment Center website is about helping you find and research the amusement business with information from our own archives and other industry professionals and experienced fun center business operators.

We understand the thirst for knowledge a new fun center developer is awash with, and present the articles in this section as an all-you-can-eat buffet to help you in the understanding of amusement business demographics and the eternal amusement lease vs. buying your location question.

For a new fun center business, the biggest challenge can be finding your fun center funding, but before you can even really start to think about finance questions, you first must learn the 10 steps to start a family fun center or best determine if your new amusement business is really an entertainment center or if you are about to start an arcade business.

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Amusement Business - Demographics

The amusement business holds a lot of excitement and promise for the new entrepreneur looking to start something of their own. What's not to like about working in a fun environment all day?

But as with any new startup, there has to be a business opportunity to make the leap from working-for-the-man, to working-for-thyself.

The process to really determine the business opportunity falls to the feasibility study and that process starts with a look at the demographics. To clearly determine your local market opportunity and the potential of your fun center idea and it's profitability, you must get an understanding locally of the community demographics.

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What is the ideal length for a Business Plan?

typical Investor reviews 500 business plans each year, perhaps more. Of those 500 business plans, the majority are filed, lost or disregarded. Reasons for this are numerous, but Investors commonly complain that many of the business plans they receive are thick, overly ponderous documents. Many Investors will reach for the thin business plans first, finding this strategy most appealing when sifting through several hundred candidates. The ideal length for a business plan, according to many Investors, is 25 pages, with appropriate appendices.

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Family Entertainment Center Start Here

Family Entertainment Centers, Arcade Business, Amusement Parks and Children's Entertainment Centers - the resources you are looking for to design, build, open and operate a successful family entertainment center business.

"Bumper boat ponds will cost from $100,000 and up when equipped with 8 or more boats, fiberglass liners, water filtration and treatment equipment, safety fencing and lighting..."

By Peter F. Olesen

Too often, people start planning a family entertainment facility (herein referred to as an FEC) with little or no realistic information concerning the costs involved.

Limited Budgets

We constantly hear from people with projected budgets under $100,000.00 because they have obtained no realistic information prior to establishing their concept. There are no good reference books in the library, to our knowledge, that can realistically prepare newcomers for the enormity of their projects.

While it is possible to develop a small indoor facility with one or two budget attractions or a small miniature golf course in a leased location, for that small a budget, most facilities will cost far more. This is especially true when the FEC will include multiple attractions.

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