The Theme Park Guy


Sep 25

Theme Park Suppliers: Attention!

Sep 25, 2018

To my theme & water park supplier friends – you probably have come across our themeparX supplier package at some point: http://www.themeparksuppliers.com

Let me emphasize here: this is NOT another 'marketing package'. It's a tool designed to give you a lasting edge at the expense of your competitors. And we'll stand by these words: we will never work with more than 100 suppliers.

You're welcome to brush this aside now, but when it dawns on you in two years what this was all about, don't shout at us over the phone. Ignore at your own peril.

Contact Nancy Patterson or myself for more info.

Aug 30

A Tribute to all Cabin Crews

Aug 30, 2018

If you're looking for someone truly competitive to manage your business, don’t hire a business degree graduate – hire a former Emirates, Etihad or Qatar flight attendant!

They've seen and done EVERYTHING… they know what it means to be expats out of their comfort zone; they've been exposed to every culture imaginable; they speak perfect, neutral English; they can handle stress and extreme fatigue; they know how to be alert and stay representable simultaneously; they've learned to interact with both top executives and construction workers; they understand loneliness; they know how people act when they want (and don't want) something from them; how they talk; how they sleep; the state they leave the toilet in; how drowsy faces glued to screens turn fearful during turbulence – all priceless insights into people's true character.

Former Gulf carrier cabin crew members are NOT tea or coffee servers. They've wisened up beyond the imagination of most of us grounded creatures. Consider them for top positions!

Aug 20

Dubai Nostalgy

Aug 20, 2018

Whenever I want to feel old, I look at this picture. It’s a shot I took of Dubai Marina from my balcony back in the summer of 2006, when I lived there. Unrecognizable!

Jul 19

Boat Party

Jul 19, 2018

Here's a group of theme park folks who are not only very successful at what they do, but who also all have in common that they are very authentic and have their hearts in the right place..

Thank you for coming to my little boat party last month!

Sep 26

Interviews with Industry Giants

Sep 26, 2017

Michael Mack, Gary Goddard, Rick Hunter, Antonio Zamperla, Andrew Darrow and more. Coming soon!

Sep 06

The Smartphone Overuse Pandemic

Sep 06, 2017

I don't have a smartphone anymore.

It’s been over a year now. And I miss nothing. I can tell you now for sure that they are a total waste of time, and even more so, a waste of your life.

Just recently I was struck by a photo I took in a theme park in southern China a mere 7 years ago. The other day I looked at it again and thought to myself ’hey that is so nice, people look so relaxed and happy here; they savor the moment; I wanna go!’

Well… that was before the smartphone pandemic hit. The world and society have turned upside down since then, and that retro-romantic energy on the photo might have long faded away, in fact, that place might be unrecognizable. So I decided to fly back to that very same Chinese theme park, just to take a picture again, of the exact same spot, 7 years later.

The picture below tells its own tale.

Claiming that smartphones facilitate human interaction is like saying slot machines facilitate wealth creation or cigarettes promote relaxation. I don’t dwell on nostalgia, I am pro-progress, love the internet and look forward to space travel – bring it on! But gadget addiction is not progress, and this can't be the future. This pandemic of smartphone overuse is a menace of epic proportions that turns otherwise happy, healthy people into drowsy, distracted shadows of their true selves. I would even go as far as to say that our collective mental health is at stake here.

I really hope that in 20 years from now jokes will be made about how smartphones made us more 'social and connected' in the 2nd decade of the 21st century.

Jul 01

Private Event Dubai, 15 April 2015

Jul 01, 2015

Thanks to all my friends and colleagues for coming. Must do more of those!

Apr 30

7+ Years of Travel

Apr 30, 2015

I am frequently asked if that wacky eternal theme park journey is for real, or if it is a Photoshop-powered fantasy. Here is the proof.

I have still seen only a fraction of this marvellous world. And I have met people on my journeys who have traveled so much further and wiser than I did, it dwarfs the sight of these passport pages. If I have learned something from all this, then it is that traveling humbles you. Whenever you meet a really arrogant person, ask for his or her passport. Chances are the pages are empty. This does not imply the reverse, of course.

Feb 04

Why we aren't working and won't be working on a mobile-optimized site!

Feb 04, 2014