Increasing occupancies are prompting the Jellystone Park at Lake Monroe to add 18 more RV sites and invest in numerous other improvements in preparation for camping season, which kicks off tomorrow, Friday. “Interest has really spiked over the past couple of years so we know the demand is there for more campsites,” said Rachael Stine, the park’s general manager, adding that eight of the new campsites will be available by Memorial Day with the remainder available by Father’s Day.
Improvements are continuing at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Keystone Lake, which will debut two 100-foot long water slides and two swimming pools when the park opens Memorial Day weekend. “The swimming pools and water slides will complement the Wibit, our massive floating aqua park playground developed in Germany that includes climbing structures, obstacle courses, slides and floating trampolines,” said Beth Ryan, who is managing the park with her husband, Bob; sons, Ben and Steven; and Steven’s wife, Courtiney.
The North Texas Jellystone Park is adding 100 luxury RV sites, 20 two-bedroom cabins and two 60-foot tall, 350-foot long inflatable waterslides, all of which should be in place before Father’s Day. “We’re continuing to grow,” said Steve Stafford, general manager of the North Texas Jellystone Park, which will have a total of 262 RV sites and 117 cabins when the improvements are completed.
Year-to-date revenues were up 25 percent at Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resorts across the U.S. and Canada during the first quarter, compared to the same period last year, according to the company that franchises the family friendly camping resorts. “The growth is fueled by the addition of six locations to the franchise in 2016, plus the expansion of several existing locations for this season. In fact, same park sales were up 19 percent during the first quarter,” said Jim Westover, vice president of operations for Leisure Systems, Inc.
ELS Owns Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resorts in Amboy, IL and Fremont, WI 04.20.2017Equity LifesStyle Properties Inc., a Chicago-based real-estate investment trust, announced its results April 17 for the first fiscal quarter, which ended March 31. The company’s total revenues increased $12.3 million, or 5.6%, to $232.4 million, compared to $220.1 million for the same period in […]
Custom designed tiny house RVs will be available for rent this summer and fall at Jellystone Parks in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. “We’re trying something new,” said Zachary Bossenbroek, CEO of Northgate Resorts, a privately held Grand Rapids company that owns eight Jellystone Parks, mostly in the eastern half of the country, adding, “We think consumers are going to love these units.” The tiny house RVs, which sleep four to five and include kitchens and bathrooms, are styled by Kansas City designer Kristen Rieke in the themes of the bears with a Yogi Bear™ Suite, a Boo Boo™ Bear Suite and a Cindy Bear™ Suite.
Families that visit the Jellystone Park in Kerrville this spring and summer will see lots of improvements, including new and remodeled cabins, a Cartoon Cafe and a new water zone that’s expected to open before Memorial Day weekend. “This is going to be an amazing resort,” said Zachary Bossenbroek, CEO Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Northgate Resorts, which acquired the Kerrville resort in late 2015 and converted it into a Jellystone Park last year.
Major improvements are underway this spring at the campground at Tower Park Resort & Marina, which is being dramatically transformed into the San Joaquin Valley’s first Jellystone Park. “We just installed five new cabins with two more on the way,” said Charlene Chessum, the park’s assistant general manager, adding that 20 Delta Deluxe cabins with lofts will be installed in time for Father’s Day weekend.
Kristin Rieke of Rak’Designs will design three tiny house RVs, which will be available for rent this summer at Jellystone Parks in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia 02.16.2017KANSAS CITY, Feb. 14, 2017 — Kristin Rieke normally works as a residential interior designer for custom homes in the greater Kansas City area.But this spring, Rieke […]
Nancy And Richard Felber Earn The National “Entrepreneur Of The Year Award” From The Company That Franchises Jellystone Parks 01.31.2017MOUNT GILEAD, Ohio, Jan. 31, 2017 — Richard and Nancy Felber have only had their Jellystone Park™ franchise for a little over three years, but each year they’ve won national awards for their efforts.Their latest accolade is […]
Jellystone Park™ At Shangri-La Receives Highest Inspection Rating Of All 80 Jellystone Parks Across The United States And Canada In 2016 01.31.2017MILTON, Penn., Jan. 31, 2017 — The Jellystone Park at Shangri-La has won an award for achieving the highest inspection rating of all 80 Jellystone Parks across the U.S. and Canada in 2016.The Milton […]
Tumbleweed Partners With Jellystone Parks To Offer The Jellystone Park™ Tiny Home RV Designer Challenge 01.26.2017Most people are fascinated with tiny houses.But have you ever thought of what you would do if you could design your own tiny house?Now’s your chance.Sonoma, Calif.-based Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, the nation’s largest tiny home builder, has partnered with […]
Tracy Czambel was a single mother when park owner Randy Work hired her as his activities director in 1996. She later advanced to general manager and helped manage the park as it grew to become one of the most popular camping destinations in Pennsylvania. 01.24.2017MILL RUN, Penn., January 2017 — For many years, the Jellystone […]
Leisure Systems, Inc. Plans Intensive Five-Day Training Session For Park Owners And Their Employees 01.24.2017MILFORD, Ohio, Jan. 24, 2017 — Leisure Systems, Inc.’s growing sales, profitability and brand power landed the Jellystone Park franchisor a spot in Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500® listing for the first time this year.The 80-unit Jellystone Park franchise network generated more […]
Leisure Systems, Inc. Is Ranked Among The Franchise Elite In Entrepreneur’s Esteemed 38th Annual Franchise 500® 01.18.2017MILFORD, Ohio, Jan. 12, 2017 — Leisure Systems, Inc.’s growing sales and profitability landed the Jellystone Park franchisor a spot in Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500® listing.With $106 million in sales in 2016, Leisure Systems was ranked 472 for its […]
The award winning Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Cave City is gearing up for $10.7 million expansion that will include the addition of 200 campsites, 31 rental cabins as well as water slides and swimming pools and other new amenities.
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Equity LifesStyle Properties Inc., a Chicago-based real-estate investment trust, announced its results today (April 17) for the first fiscal quarter, which ended March 31. The company’s total revenues increased $12.3 million, or 5.6%, to $232.4 million, compared to $220.1 million for the same period in 2016. Net income increased $6.3 million to $56.9 million, compared to $50.6 million in the same quarter of 2016.
When camping enthusiasts think of Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Parks as a brand, “family” and “fun” immediately come to mind, according to an independent branding survey.
Leisure Systems Inc. (LSI) posted double digit growth in 2015, with a 12.8% increase in same-park revenues compared to the previous year, according to an announcement from the Milford, Ohio, franchisor of the Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resort network.
MONTROSE, Colo., Aug. 2, 2011 – When Shawnie and Oliver McMichael took a weekend camping trip with their five kids and other family members a few weeks ago, they didn’t have far to go. They camped at the Black Canyon Jellystone Park Camp-Resort – just a few minutes away from their home in Montrose. “My husband wasn’t convinced it was going to feel like camping because it was so close to home,” Shawnie McMichael said. “But he actually liked it.”
Theresa Isaacson – Caledonia, WI
We’re going to be entering our 13th season, and I sure would hate to own a property without being Yogi branded. The reason we really like Jellystone Parks is because of the support behind us. With 80 other parks in the system, we have 80 sources of question-and-answer type people to go to. The support is wonderful. The franchise, the LSI system itself – their …
Roger & Anna Barry – Fremont, IN
When we joined the Jellystone Park™ system in 1980, we were a small operation without a plan. What we have learned through the years from LSI and our fellow Yogi Bear™ owners and operators has been extremely valuable. We now have over 500 sites, RV Sales, waterslides, and a seven family member team of owners and operating managers. We couldn’t have done it w…
Bill Pott – Cave City, KYI really like the way it brings me a nice class of customers. I get happy families. I get people who want to come and to spend money to have fun. They enjoy our park. It’s just wonderful they way they come in, and you get so many that want to meet the other guests, they want to go have fun on the Jumping Pillow, then they want to go to the Splash Pad – and they want …
Chip Smith – Monticello, IAWe got into the Jellystone brand at the beginning of last year. This is the end of our first season. We are pretty excited about it. What I like most about the brand is the fact that they are drawing in families from three hours away. They all know what we’re there for, and they’re willing to spend a longer time at our park than just the weekend. The investme…
Joey Coleman & Rick Coleman – Tabor City, NC
In 2001, we began a unique challenge to build a campground on our family farm 35 miles inland from Myrtle Beach. People responded to our design of large concrete pads, full hook-ups, plenty of open space, and ultimate customer service. But we soon had “growing pains” with procedures and operations.
In 2003, we joined Jellystone Park™. The operations…
Erv & Marilyn Banes – Frankenmuth, MI
We decided to convert to the Jellystone Park™ system in 1996 because the market conditions were changing. Several of our colleagues had converted and grown in the process. We found that by changing our customer base to families, rather than seniors, we expanded.
The advantage of a Jellystone Park™ is that it is so much more alive than the average park. Plu…
Brent Fannin – Delaware Beaches
2011 was our first year as a Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™. We saw record occupancy levels with increases of more than 35% year over year! The addition of nine cabins to our park yielded occupancy levels well over 90% each weekend! The conversion to a Jellystone Park™ did exactly what we expected – it grew our business.
Rick Spear – Estes Park, COWe’ve been in the Jellystone franchise system for 20 years this year. It was a family endeavor to begin with, but over those 20 years we’ve seen significant growth of our campground. In particular, just the last three years in a row we’ve been up double digits, 10-11% points three years in a row. We’ve really been coming on strong, and continue to see good grow…
Denny Quigley & Tami Alessio – Harrisville, PA2011 was our first year as a Jellystone Park™. Since then, we have definitely noticed that we are attracting a lot more guests from a much larger radius that extends nationwide. And we are seeing more guests from Canada. Over this three year time period, our store sales have increased almost 45%! The increased business also helped to allow us to do…
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When: September 16 & 17, 2017
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