Theme parks compete with Internet, video games for teens

Posted Wednesday, August 21, 2013 9:07 AM | Contributed by Jeff

With stiff competition from video games, the Internet and cheaper entertainment, theme parks are seeing reduced visits from teens, according to a new study. Research from Mintel shows that 67% of kids age 12-17 visited a U.S. theme park in the last year, compared with 76% five years earlier.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013 11:27 PM
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billb7581 said:

What system costs 500 bucks.. my son's xbox/kinnect bundle was 299

Your son's xbox bundle is also a 7-year old technology.

This is what all the kids will be getting this year.
(It's $499 in case you dont feel like clicking through)


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Wednesday, August 21, 2013 11:46 PM

I hope the fun quotient is cooler than the fun-and-only quotient. Cause that sucked.


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Thursday, August 22, 2013 2:58 PM
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OK, sorry for this, but I have "Blurred Lines" stuck in my head. How about playing amusement park video games (Gonch?) or playing video games at a park?


"I go out at 3 o' clock for a quart of milk and come home to my son treating his body like an amusement park!" - Estelle Costanza
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Thursday, August 22, 2013 3:24 PM

I play amusement park video games, and I would consider Boo Blasters a video game at the park.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013 3:57 PM
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janfrederick said:

...or playing video games at a park?

Remember? Six Flags tried that when the Wii was all the hotness. Those stations always had people in them playing.


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Thursday, August 22, 2013 3:59 PM
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Lord Gonchar said:

Remember? Six Flags tried that when the Wii was all the hotness. Those stations always had people in them playing.

So, which one in that picture is Tyler?


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Thursday, August 22, 2013 4:01 PM
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Two unrelated items, both non sequiturs...

First, I +1'd Gonch's pic because the kid is holding a Gators b-ball...Gatorhoops FTW!

Second, Robin Thicke ("Blurred Lines") is in fact Alan Thicke's son. If you're too young, you might need to Google Alan Thicke...


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Thursday, August 22, 2013 4:26 PM
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Which is why I think he's so creepy. He's Mr. Seaver's mini-me, and that's not sexy or cool.


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Thursday, August 22, 2013 4:41 PM

rollergator said:

Two unrelated items, both non sequiturs...

First, I +1'd Gonch's pic because the kid is holding a Gators b-ball...Gatorhoops FTW!

Second, Robin Thicke ("Blurred Lines") is in fact Alan Thicke's son. If you're too young, you might need to Google Alan Thicke...

And he's the grandson of patriarch Layiton.


The amusement park rises bold and stark..kids are huddled on the beach in a mist

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Thursday, August 22, 2013 4:44 PM
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Jeff said:

Which is why I think he's so creepy. He's Mr. Seaver's mini-me, and that's not sexy or cool.

My thought process when listening to that song is - "so, this is Mr. Seaver's son, singing this song? I thought Kirk Cameron was some kind of minister... oh yeah, not real life."

It's confusing, but I'm hooked on the song.


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Thursday, August 22, 2013 4:46 PM
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Jeff said:

He's Mr. Seaver's mini-me, and that's not sexy or cool.

Only if you're old enough to know who the hell Mr. Seaver is.


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Thursday, August 22, 2013 4:50 PM
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These types of discussions where you feel painfully old....is this what they meant by "growing pains"?

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Thursday, August 22, 2013 7:51 PM

I'm proud to have inspired your new avatar..if, in fact, I did.


The amusement park rises bold and stark..kids are huddled on the beach in a mist

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Thursday, August 22, 2013 10:11 PM
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I'm old and I still don't know who the hell Mr Seaver is.


Hi

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Thursday, August 22, 2013 10:18 PM
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I didn't watch Growing Pains, but I know who Mr. Seaver is... Tom Seaver played for the Reds in the late 70's.


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Thursday, August 22, 2013 10:19 PM
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^kpjb: IMDB "Viewing Pains."

Oh, wait, I meant "Growing Pains." Really, I did.

Sorta....

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Friday, August 23, 2013 12:14 AM
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Raven-Phile said:

It's confusing, but I'm hooked on the song.

I think it's incredibly difficult to not be in a good mood after hearing that song. And I loved every second of this:

Jimmy Falon, Robin Thicke & The Roots Sing "Blurred Lines" (with classroom instruments)


"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." --- Benjamin Franklin

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Friday, August 23, 2013 8:56 AM
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Wow. That was the best thing I've seen all day. I have to share that.


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Friday, August 23, 2013 9:07 AM

James Whitmore said:

I didn't watch Growing Pains, but I know who Mr. Seaver is... Tom Seaver played for the Reds in the late 70's.

Among other teams, of course. And this weekend is Seaver Bobblehead Day at CitiField! Unfortunately, I don't get one..I'm going tonight..

Last edited by Mike Gallagher, Friday, August 23, 2013 9:08 AM

The amusement park rises bold and stark..kids are huddled on the beach in a mist

http://support.gktw.org/site/TR/CoastingForKids/General?px=1248054&...fr_id=1372

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