Wednesday, February 25, 2009

March FUNWORLD Roars to Life

The new issue of FUNWORLD is out, and it's noteworthy for, as far as I know, being the first one to ever feature a live bear on the cover. As you can see from the photo above, that's a grizzly in the background over Minnesota Zoo CEO Lee Ehmke's shoulder.

The cover story this month, written by my colleague Marion Hixon, focuses on big-budget installations at zoos, highlighting the $24 million "Russia's Grizzly Coast" at the Minnesota Zoo. Lots of awesome grizzly photos in this issue!

Other good stuff in the March pages:

• An examination of how attractions are capitalizing on the growing trend of "celebration vacations."
• A report from Latin America on how aquariums are dedicated to preserving marine life.
• One expert's opinion on how the current financial crisis will affect the attractions market.

Finally, we're trying something brand new this month on the back page of the magazine, where News Editor Keith Miller shares an extraordinary experience he had in Orlando following last year's IAAPA Attractions Expo. Let us know if you'd like more pieces like this, or—better yet—if you'd like to write your own first-person account of a great industry experience for a future issue.

And remember: If you can't wait for the print version of FUNWORLD to arrive in your mailbox, click over to our new digital edition and start reading right away!

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