Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park is the nation’s leading family camping destination, famous for providing guests with amenities such as pools, water slides and splashgrounds; activities including jumping pillows, mini golf, and pedal carts; fun-filled theme weekends such as Chocolate Lovers Weekend and Halloween Spooktacular Weekends; and interactions with Yogi Bear™ costumed characters. Jellystone Park guests can choose from a variety of accommodations, including premium cabins and yurts, deluxe RV sites, and traditional tenting campsites. There are more than 80 Jellystone Park locations in the United States and Canada. For more information, visit www.jellystonepark.com.
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Franchise Gator ranked Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resorts one of the Top 100 franchises in the United States for 2019. The Franchise Gator Top 100 list was developed to assist prospective franchisees in their search for a franchise opportunity by ranking franchises based on a variety of criteria including financial stability, growth, sustainability, profitability, transparency, and franchisee satisfaction. “Each opportunity on the Top 100 list has strong growth potential,” said Eric Bell, General Manager of Franchise Gator. “Not only are these opportunities among the very best in the industry; they also offer a solid investment.”
Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts in 2018 once again set a new all-time record for sales. System-wide revenues increased 6.1% over the prior year to $125 million. It was the franchise company’s 10th consecutive year of sales growth. Growth was primarily driven by existing locations as same park revenues increased 5.7%.
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts was recently named one of the Top 200 franchises in the United States by Franchise Business Review. The 2019 ranking is the organization’s 14th annual ranking of the nation’s top franchise opportunities. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts was one of more than 300 franchise brands, representing over 30,000 franchise owners, that participated in Franchise Business Review’s research. Jellystone Park franchisees were surveyed about their experiences and their satisfaction regarding critical areas of the Jellystone Park system, including training and support, operations, franchisor/franchisee relations, and financial opportunity.
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts, was recently ranked No. 202 in Entrepreneur magazine’s 2019 Franchise 500® rankings for its outstanding performance in areas including unit growth, financial strength and stability, and brand power. The Jellystone Park No. 202 ranking is an improvement of 63 slots over its prior year performance and is one of the ten largest two-year rankings jumps among all companies included in the 2017 ranking. 2019 is the third consecutive year in which Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts have been ranked as the top franchise in the Campgrounds category.
Leisure Systems Inc. (LSI) 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 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Ky.
Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts 2018 sales continued to surge in the third quarter with another double-digit same-park sales increase. Sales at the nation’s second-largest franchise campground network were up 18.8 percent for the quarter ending September 30. This follows a second quarter 11.9 percent jump and a first quarter 23.5 percent increase. Jellystone Park expects 2018 will be its 10th consecutive year of sales growth.
Leisure Systems, Inc. (LSI) has scheduled a Prospective Owners Workshop on Sunday, Nov. 4 in Covington, Ky. to give aspiring Jellystone Park owners the opportunity to also attend LSI’s annual Symposium, which starts Monday, Nov. 5. “We selected this specific date and location because it immediately precedes our 2018 Symposium, which provides prospective franchisees with an opportunity to gather in-depth information while also meeting and networking with Jellystone Park operators across North America,” said Jim Westover, LSI’s vice president of product development and sales.
October 31 is still a few weeks away, but families can celebrate Halloween every weekend in October at the Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Natural Bridge Station. Activities include pumpkin painting and Halloween-themed crafts, costume and campsite decorating contests, trick-or-treating, Halloween DJ dances with a bonfire, and a 30-minute Shenandoah Valley-themed haunted trail. “Our haunted trail is really popular,” said Brian Newcomb, general manager of the resort. “Our guests enjoy scary encounters with Bigfoot, moonshiners, hillbillies, and haunted dolls. Parts of the trail are indoors, while other sections are outside.”
Adirondacks Jellystone Park is inviting the public to visit the campground and participate in its fundraising activities for breast cancer research and treatment from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 1. Members of the public are invited to visit the campground and join Jellystone Park campers in a variety of relay games, a bubble party for kids, a silent auction, and a 50-50 raffle in which half of the proceeds will be awarded to the person who purchases the winning ticket.Other raffles will also be held for prizes ranging from Boston sports memorabilia such as signed Johnny Bench baseball cards to tickets to the September 15 football game between Syracuse University and Florida State University. A separate raffle will also be held for a two-night stay at a Holiday Inn.
MILFORD, Ohio, Aug. 27, 2018 — Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts, the nation’s second largest franchise campground network, said its second quarter revenue was up 11.9 percent, while year-to-date revenue jumped 15.5 percent, compared to the last year’s figures. “These increases are important because they show significant growth over our 2017 figures, which set previous […]
BURLESON, August 14, 2018 — Reader´s Digest has joined MSN.com, Country Living magazine, U.S. News & World Report and The Travel Channel in listing Jellystone Parks among its top family camping destinations in the United States. Reader’s Digest recently highlighted the Jellystone Park™ in Burleson, Texas on its list of the “Best Parks in Every […]
MILFORD, Ohio, July 30, 2018 — Current and aspiring campground operators will soon have a chance to explore the feasibility of owning and operating their own Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort. Leisure Systems, Inc. will hold a Prospective Owners Workshop Sept. 15-16 at the award winning Jellystone Park in Tabor City, N.C. The two-day workshop will include […]
Northgate Resorts will reopen the former Girl Scout camp in Golden Valley as a Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort on Wednesday, Aug. 1. “We’re very excited to reopen this beautiful campground at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains as a Jellystone Park Camp-Resort,” said Zachary Bossenbroek, CEO of Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Northgate Resorts. “The park will initially be open for cabin and tent rentals, though we will have other camping options available, including glamping tents, later this year. We’ll be adding RV sites for our 2019 camping season. Families will be able to enjoy numerous activities as soon as the park opens, including a jumping pillow and jumping pad; canoeing and kayaking; swimming in the lake; outdoor movies, playground; scavenger hunts, volleyball, basketball, hiking trails, horseshoes, arts & crafts, Gaga ball, gem-mining, “Hey Hey” Wagon Rides, Candy Bar Bingo, and dance parties.
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Parks across eastern Canada will be celebrating Canada Day with patriotic bike parades, campsite decorating, Maple Leaf face painting and other activities. But the family friendly campground network has many more activities and themed weekends planned throughout the summer months, including chocolate themed weeks and weekends, pet themed weekends, and weekends with Christmas and Halloween themed activities. “Our Canadian campgrounds offer everything from chocolate Slip N Slides to Christmas in July festivities with Yuletide Karaoke contests to pre-Halloween themed weekends that start in August with campsite decorating contests and trick or treating,” said Kelly Jones, vice president of operations for Milford, Ohio-based Leisure Systems Inc., which franchises Jellystone Parks across Canada and the United States.
FORSYTH, Mo., June 14, 2018 — Branson Family Campground has rejoined the Jellystone Park network after a two-year hiatus. The campground had previously been a Jellystone Park but left the franchise network under its previous owners. But, when Jeremy and Lacy Stucky acquired the park late last year, they knew they wanted to join the […]
BURLESON, Texas — Three hundred children and teens through age 18 will participate in “The World’s Large Swimming Lesson,” which takes place at 8:15 a.m. Thursday, June 21. The free swimming lesson, hosted by the North Texas Jellystone Park, is one of 700 such events taking place around the world on the same day. The […]
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…
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 …
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…
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…
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…
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 …
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.
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…