Sunday, November 24, 2013
The 2013 corn maze, “T-Rex on the Loose”, had a record number of maze travelers this season. Marini is also happy to report that the maze received a 95% approval rating through Groupon from the surveys customers completed. One comment, “it was a great educational experience”, was the type of comment we love to hear as education is a key focus of the overall maze experience.
From selecting the maze design to selling the last ticket on November 2nd, the maze management is an eight-month process. Our maze team makes it all happen! They booked parties, schools and outings, blew up the inflatables, supervised the maze on the bridges and pathways, sold tickets, organized all the marketing and sponsorship relationships, supported the social media activities, managed the maintenance, kept everyone heading in the right direction, and provided educational programs about dinosaurs and the farm. Our daily operations staff successfully managed the process with crowds which could reach as many as 2,000 per day. Tracy Hamilton, the maze manager, was responsible for hiring the maze staff, organizing the work schedules and overseeing the day-to-day operation for the 55 days the maze was open. With thirty guides involved in the process, it can be a busy job juggling the schedule to make sure there are people in position on the lookout bridges and throughout the maze’s ten miles of pathways to guide people in the right direction.We are so appreciative of Tracy, and her staff for making the 2013 maze season a stellar season!
Kim Marini, was busy in the months before opening and during the season, booking field trips for schools, scouts, corporate, church groups, scheduling birthday parties and special outings, and taking reservations for our special events. As a result, this season had more first time visitors, had groups of all sizes booking outings and had visitors coming from greater distances to conquer the maze.
Each year our mission is to add to the maze park attractions, and in 2014 we have some new structures which will add more excitement to the interactive experience. This was our first year having a rock concert event, and next season we will plan additional entertainment programs and events.
Our staff has fun making you have fun! In the next two months we will be selecting our design for the 2014 maze and would love to hear your suggestions. Thanks again to all our customers, staff and sponsors for making “T-Rex on the Loose” the giant of all maze seasons!