Thursday, April 18, 2024

100 issues and counting

Issue 100 editorial by InPark Magazine Publisher Martin Palicki

This is InPark Magazine’s 100th issue. Normally we’d sound the trumpets and make a fuss about the number, but since our 20th anniversary is just around the corner in November (#104) we’re saving the retrospective and celebrations for that issue.

I’ll let you in on a little secret: we actually have already published 100 issues. We had a special issue 79.5 that we added a few years ago, and a one-off AV guide that year too. But this is our *official* issue 100, an accomplishment I’m thankful our team has been able to achieve.

I’m proud of the legacy InPark and other print publications provide for the industry, which will continue to live on in libraries and archives as references of this magical time in themed entertainment’s history for future generations.

I’m biased, of course. I love print and I’ve crafted a business around it. I even love opening up a fresh box of magazines and taking a big whiff of the paper and ink smell that floats out. But I also know that between InPark issue #1 and issue #100 there’s been a massive shift in the media space towards digital content. And we’ve evolved in that direction too. The trackable benefits of online content are certainly valuable. But I also still know there is space for – and even demand for – print. Frequently I speak with professionals from all corners of the industry and we casually joke about getting caught up on our magazine reading during business travel. But it’s real. People hold on to a magazine. It’s very easy to delete an email, but a lot harder to toss away a magazine without at least paging through to see what catches your eye. Sometimes at trade shows if I have a few minutes I’ll sit across from the publication bins and observe. People constantly come up, browse and grab copies – presumably to read on that flight home. Speaking of… if you haven’t already, subscribe online at inparkmagazine.com/subscribe to get your own copy of the magazine to read on your next flight!

Of course, creating these 100 issues of InPark doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It’s most certainly a team effort and one that has involved dozens of friends, colleagues and supporters throughout the years. I am continually thankful for everyone who has helped us achieve this notable milestone, including all you amazing readers who get just as excited as I do to open up the latest copy of InPark Magazine.

Cheers and here’s to the next 100!

Martin Palicki
Martin Palicki
Martin Palicki owns and publishes InPark Magazine. Started in 2004, InPark Magazine provides owners and operators the perspective from "in"side the "park." Martin has also written for publications like Sound & Communications, Lighting & Sound America, Attractions Management and others. Martin has been featured in Time Magazine, CNN.com and Folio. Martin lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.

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