International Theme Park Services, Inc. (“ITPS”) has been a leader in the theme park and amusement industry since 1983. We provide practical knowledge and hands-on experience to leisure and attendance-driven facilities. We have worked on over 500 projects in over 50 countries, and have a highly knowledgeable, creative, and cooperative team with over 250 years of experience combined. Our company offers the critical steps needed to develop a project, including feasibility analysis, concept design, masterplanning, schematic design, design development, pre-opening operations planning, ride selection and procurement, and on-going management. We are leisure development consultants.
The ups and downs of the theme park and amusement industry can sometimes be hard to navigate, but the outcome is great reward, fun, and seeing smiles on people’s faces! Dennis Speigel, the Founder & CEO of International Theme Park Services (ITPS), has loved and served the amusement, theme park, and leisure industry for more than 50 years. He started as a ticket taker at age 13 and never looked back. His firm, ITPS, has been involved with over 500 projects in 50 countries. To his friends and collaborators, Dennis is often known as “Mr. Theme Park”. During each ITPS “I’m4Fun” podcast, Dennis engages with industry colleagues in a fun, entertaining, and motivating way. If you are an operator, supplier, or developer, no matter where you are in the world, you know first-hand about struggles, challenges, and successes you face. You know what works and what doesn’t work. Through honest conversations with industry leaders and peers, Dennis dives into behind-the-scenes stories and uncovers insights that speak to every aspect of the industry we all love. If you love the industry and all it stands for, come join Dennis in this illuminating journey.
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For existing facilities, ITPS can assist in breathing new life into your facility, develop new attractions, increase revenue, decrease costs, train staff, develop employee manuals, conduct business valuations and so much more!
For new facilities, we can assist from the initial Feasibility Analysis, Design, Ride Procurement, Pre-Opening Operations Planning and Management and more.
ITPS works with not just theme parks and amusement parks, but also aquariums, zoos, family entertainment centers (FEC), location based entertainment centers (LBE), waterparks, investment banks, hedge funds, and more.
ITPS has a proven track record in the leisure industry. When assisting new clients in the design and development of new facilities, there are twelve (12) steps that are generally followed throughout the entire process.
Read more about the 12 Steps of Leisure Development.
"Do I really need to have a feasibility study done?" This is something we at ITPS get asked all the time. The answer is absolutely, yes. In the new article entitled, "Don't Leave Home Without Your Roadmap”, we explore my top 10 reasons why a feasibility study is a must when considering any new amusement-based project. It truly is your roadmap to reach your destination in the most efficient and successful manner.
Click here to read "Why a feasibility study is the most important first step for any amusement or leisure-related project."
Our team of experts are highly knowledgeable, creative and cooperative. Vastly experienced within the industry (over 350+ years combined), the ITPS team is capable of meeting every client need. We provide the perspective of practitioners...not theorists. This practical hands-on experience makes a significant difference in the successful outcome of our clients' project. Consultation and management capabilities allow ITPS to provide a wide range of services - designed specifically for each client. Depending on the clients' need, we can act solely as the feasibility analyst/project designer/operational planner/management team or participate as an integral part of a specialized consulting team.
26 Years with ITPS
32 Years Industry Experience
First Theme Park Job: Game Attendant
at Kings Island in Ohio
Dennis Speigel, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ITPS, is a past president of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions ("IAAPA") and remains active on their Board of Directors. He is called upon by people throughout the industry to advise and recommend on projects of all sizes and natures.
ITPS has worked on over 500 projects in more than 50 countries throughout the past 30 years. ITPS works with both the private and public sectors. Our projects have included: Theme Parks, Amusement Parks, Waterparks, Family Entertainment Centers, Zoos, Aquariums, Museums, Location Based Entertainment, Parks and Recreation, Children's Entertainment Centers, Hall of Fames, Sporting Venues, Themed Attractions, Resorts, and more!
ITPS has consulted all over the world, including Asia, Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East, Central and South America, the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean. No project is too large or too small.
Below are a few of our featured projects.
Sun Group, a property developer based in Da Nang City, Vietnam, developed a multi-faceted tourism and themed leisure complex in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. Sun Group contracted ITPS to provide theme park design concept planning, masterplanning, and schematic design services.
Click here to download a great article for an overview of Dragon Park (PDF File)
The owners and operators of Playcenter contracted ITPS to conduct a feasibility analysis with regard to moving portions of the existing Playcenter to a new location outside the city. ITPS provided all design and master planning services for Hopi Hari.
The developers of the Newport Aquarium selected ITPS to perform all pre-opening operations planning, manual development, and training for the new aquarium, which opened May 15, 1999. ITPS also provided operations management during the opening of the aquarium.
ITPS was retained by the Doha Oasis Mall project developer to provide overall design services for an indoor theme park. The indoor theme park is planned to be a major anchor of the Doha Oasis Mall (also under development). The theme park will encompass approximately 30,000 square meters, offer more than 25 rides and attractions, retail shops, and dining options. ITPS provided concept design and masterplan, schematic design, design development, and rides and attractions selection and procurement assistance (including the negotiation of pricing and coordination of all ride manufacturer purchase contracts and shipping schedules).
Parques Reunidos is a major theme park operator, with over 72 attractions in almost a dozen countries. Annual attendance at its properties exceeds 27 million annually, with reported annual revenues of over $570 million USD. Established in Europe, Parques Reunidos expanded its presence in US amusement parks beginning in 2007 and continuing through today. ITPS has been the prime consultant for Parques Reunidos and has been responsible for the acquiring of more than 40 leisure properties. These transactions have resulted in approximately $700 million USD of capital transactions.
ITPS was retained by the developer of this new observation / attractions-based tower in Miami to perform a variety of services. These have included the development of a comprehensive feasibility analysis, which provided market review, site review, concept review, attendance projections, cash flow projections, and investment parameters. ITPS has provided ongoing design review assistance, ride procurement, programmatic development, concept planning, interaction with technical aspects of project development, pre-opening operations planning and other required planning.
ITPS was retained by Hersheypark to conduct ride operations audits for a period of 3 years. Services provided by ITPS included three (3) in-depth audits over the course of the operating season, each of which require observation of the 70+ rides and attractions currently operating at Hersheypark.
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To help our clients create successful, well-planned, well managed and safe leisure environments.
To offer industry experts who will impart their practical experience and knowledge to each client in the spirit of team building and education.
To know and understand industry trends and their impact on every segment within the leisure industry.
To develop and make available a network of respected contacts who offer quality and affordable products and services.
To ensure that the highest standard of quality and professionalism are planned and integrated throughout the entire project.
International Theme Park Services, Inc.
2195 Victory Parkway
Cincinnati, Ohio 45206
United States of America