I just returned from my annual trip to the international amusement park convention in Orlando, and I’m here to tell you that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well.

Although the big news was massive new roller coasters like the 520-foot-high “Roar-O-Saurus” coming to a New Hampshire park, there were also more than 100 small, first-time exhibitors. Some displayed new products, others showed existing products or services that they wanted to introduce to the amusement park industry, and still others are international firms wanting to enter the U.S. market. All of their representatives were bursting with enthusiasm. Even in tough economic times, it seems we want to occasionally escape to a world of fun and games. Business is good in the amusement park world.

I thought you’d enjoy hearing about some of these new kids on the block and their products. There are three that I want for Fairyland; I can afford only two. I’ll get to them later. But first:

WeatherBug: Used extensively by the NFL and by more than 100 meteorologists across the country, this service provides advance warning of lightning and severe weather. The company believes large parks represent a great new market.

Lip Labz: “The world’s first soft-serve lip balm” features equipment that allows park guests to create customized balms from more than 30 flavors. The balm enters the tube as liquid and hardens in two minutes. The rep told me Lip Labz is a hit at Dollywood in Tennessee and at bat mitzvahs everywhere. I made a stick by mixing vanilla and “Cupcake Bliss.” It tasted exactly like a toasted marshmallow. Lovely.

Self Absorbed, Inc.: This new company was created by a woman who left her job in real estate litigation to market disposable, 100 percent biodegradable body towels, robes, hand towels and pillowcases. Potential markets include cruise lines, resorts, spas and water parks.

Bust Cubby: This water-resistant, machine-washable soft case snaps inside a tank top or bra. The company claims that it can hold a phone, credit cards, identification, keys, makeup and other essentials. The woman who created Bust Cubby got the idea while she was zip-lining and had nowhere to stash her phone. Perfect for the roller coaster as well, she told me.

And here’s my wish list for Fairyland.

Y’all Ball: The creator of these wildly colored, super-soft and extra bouncy balls used to run the online business for Babies R Us and quit to start his own company. Can I imagine the reaction of kids at Fairyland when I unleash a couple of these 40-inch spheres in our meadow? Yes, I can.

Late for the Sky: This 28-year-old company’s name has nothing to do with the product; its creator just liked the Jackson Browne song with that title. They produce customized board games in the style of Monopoly. Think “Fairyland-opoly,” with our images and attractions on the board. Late for the Sky also offers—wait for it—a Fairy-opoly game! I think it might sell well at our park.

And finally:

Chalk Twins: This time the name says it all. Identical twins Lexi and Devon Fulmer both majored in studio art in college and have been participating in chalk-art competitions since they were 15. They consider themselves performers, and they love interacting with the public while they create breathtaking works of art. Based in Orlando, they have worked for most of the major theme parks, Renaissance Faires and science centers and have won 15 chalk art competitions. I would love to bring them to Fairyland and watch kids observe beautiful art being made from chalk. We’d give kids chalk to make their own art. The twins are so bubbly and delightful that you just want to have them around. Even nicer, they donate 10 percent of their fees to charity.

chalk twins

The bad news? They come with a justifiably high price tag: about $3,000 for two days’ work.

So, Santa (or any of your elves who happen to be reading this column): May I please have the Chalk Twins for Fairyland? We’ve been extra-nice this year!

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