Odor Management: Ensuring Amusement Parks Maintain A Memorable Place in the Hearts of Americans

By April 3, 2014November 30th, 2018Janitorial & Sanitation

Amusement parks and theme parks hold a special place in the heart of almost every red-blooded American as a destination for family fun with joyous rides, tricky games, and tasty (fried) food. But as you can imagine, it is a challenge to ensure that this fun-filled experience is not marred by the odors that naturally come along with large amounts of people gathered in one place.

According to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), there are more than 400 amusement parks and attractions in the United States, and nearly 300 million people attend them each year.

If you add in the smell of fried foods, overflowing trashcans, and overcrowded bathrooms during the summer months – the most popular time to visit a theme park – you can expect the perfect storm of foul odors to appear at anytime.

Theme park visitors also come to expect a unique experience that will lift them out of their everyday lives, and foul odors can easily serve as a reminder of the reality of the business behind their vacation destination.

As such, janitorial teams are presented with a tremendous challenge: with many of these parks encompassing massive amounts of square miles with multiple facilities, how can they effectively combat foul odors everywhere at all times?

Theme parks often create ambient odors that offer the smell of baking food or misting rain. While these scents provide a nice enhancement to the visitor’s experience, they can also be toxic and unsafe. In fact, toxic fragrances are known respiratory irritants that impact one in five people in the U.S. The symptoms can include migraines, nausea, tightening of the throat, and respiratory impairment in the asthmatic. These are not the memories that amusement parks want to create.  

The most effective and safe way to “clear the air” at an amusement park is to eliminate odors – not mask them – with the right eco-friendly solutions. Like Fresh Wave IAQ, which is engineered from a unique formula based on a proprietary blend of plant oils, food-grade surfactant, and water, and provides an environmentally friendly family of products containing no harmful VOCs, no alcohol, and no added fragrances. In addition, Fresh Wave IAQ offers a wide-range of solutions that can accommodate odor elimination in everything from restrooms to dumpster areas.

This summer, if it’s your job to keep amusement parks functioning smoothly, you will aid in the continual creation of magical experiences for all ages by implementing a safe and efficient odor management strategy.