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.
Eight years ago, Phil Asztalos and his wife, Analyn, opened the 100-site Jellystone Park in Bremen with a simple dream of owning and operating their own family campground. Little did they know that they would eventually receive national recognition for achieving some of the strongest year over year gains in business in the entire Jellystone Park chain. But they achieved this milestone earlier this month when they received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Leisure Systems, Inc., the Milford, Ohio-based company that franchises Jellystone Parks.
Six years ago, Ronnie Bowyer and his staff at Rustic Creek Ranch made a strategic decision to join the Jellystone Park network as a way of targeting families who wanted a fun place to camp with lots of organized activities and wholesome family entertainment. But Bowyer and his staff didn’t stop there. They continued to improve the North Texas Jellystone Park with many new rental accommodations and amenities, including a laser tag area, a gaga ball pit and an air zone with inflatable slides and jumpers. Next to the campground, they even built a 26,000 square foot water play park called Pirate’s Cove, which currently has seven water slides, a 700 foot long lazy river and a paintball play area. The improvements are not only resulting in record levels of year-over-year growth, but the North Texas Jellystone is also helping to raise the bar for Jellystone Parks across North America, according to Jim Westover, vice president of operations for Leisure Systems, Inc. (LSI), the Milford, Ohio-based company that franchises Jellystone Parks.
Walnut Acres Campground owners Chip and Kim Smith were the new kids on the block when they joined the Jellystone Park network earlier this year. But the Smiths have been so successful this year that they won the Rookie Park Operator of the Year Award from Leisure Systems, Inc., the Milford, Ohio-based company that franchises 82 Jellystone Parks across North America. The Smiths also won a Pinnacle Award for achieving scores above 95 percent during assessments of their facilities.
Leisure Systems Inc. (LSI) has presented its annual awards to exemplary Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort franchisees throughout the U.S. and Canada. The awards were issued on the final day of LSI’s annual symposium in Covington, Ky.
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…
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…
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.
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…
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Where: Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in Burleson, TX (Near Ft. Worth)
When: September 16 & 17, 2017
Cost: $350/couple which includes 2 nights in a Premium Luxury Cottage Cabin and lunch.
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