Archive for 2010

Tips to Improve Your Business: Adding Vending/Coin-Op Amusement Machines at Leisure Entertainment Facilities

November 22, 2010 No Comments

November 22, 2010 Vending and coin-operated amusement machines comprise a viable profit center for many leisure entertainment facilities. However, adding these units without at least some forethought and consideration as to what might constitute the “right” machine or machines is a recipe for big headaches. Several factors merit consideration prior to moving ahead. The most […]

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Tools of the Trade: Training Employees to Provide the Best Customer Service

November 5, 2010 No Comments

November 5, 2010 There is no denying that compelling attractions and/or programs play a key role in attracting visitors to leisure entertainment facilities. However, the quality of guests’ experience there has an equally strong bearing on whether they will return and, quite possibly, what they will tell others about their visit. While excellent customer service […]

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Haunting Down Under: <br/>An American Perspective

Haunting Down Under:
An American Perspective

October 30, 2010 No Comments

Halloween is an American holiday celebrated with trick or treating, costumes, candy, jack-o-lanterns, Halloween parties, and of course month-long October haunted houses, corn mazes and more. Other countries, including Australia, know of this holiday, but don’t actively celebrate it the way Americans do. Australians, however, have a passion for horror movies and therefore enjoy scary […]

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November 2010

October 30, 2010 No Comments

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Recession-Proof Fun: Mazes from Amazin’ Mazes

Recession-Proof Fun: Mazes from Amazin’ Mazes

October 30, 2010 No Comments

Amazin’ Mazes is finding that the business of building and operating giant human mazes can be recession proof. “People just can’t tell their kids ‘No,’ especially when it’s good exercise and you get to do it with them,” said Greg Gallavan, who owns the Fraser, Colo.,-based company.  Business has never been better for this maze […]

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Bringing on the Fun With Food:
How Inflatable Party Companies Are Enhancing the Equipment Rental Mix

October 30, 2010 No Comments

For many companies, renting concession machines as an adjunct to inflatables can definitely “blow up” the bottom line. However, maximizing the potential for profits entails more than bringing in equipment and adding it to the menu of services. Just ask Robert Grafton, owner of Jolly Jumpers in Williamstown, N.J. When Grafton first started offering concession […]

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Kansas City Zoo Polar Bear Passage:<br/>A World-Class Attraction

Kansas City Zoo Polar Bear Passage:
A World-Class Attraction

October 30, 2010 No Comments

Late last summer, the Kansas City Zoo opened its newest exhibit, Polar Bear Passage, to a host of anxious zoo patrons.  Nakita, a 3 -year-old, 750-pound polar bear, made the exhibit his new home.  The bear has quickly become a star attraction at the over 100-year-old zoo. The exhibit was designed by international zoo design/architectural […]

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Tips for Successful Evening Events

October 30, 2010 No Comments

Smithsonian National Zoo: “Lighting is probably one of the biggest challenges. While it’s important to set the right mood, it’s even more important that your guests feel comfortable and safe.” – Dan Pierron “It’s important to think ahead so guests aren’t disappointed when they come across a quiet enclosure. The reality is that many animals […]

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Where the Wild Things Are: <br/> Nighttime Activities at Zoos

Where the Wild Things Are:
Nighttime Activities at Zoos

October 30, 2010 No Comments

Anyone who has visited a zoo has a feeling. It’s the one where after you leave an exhibit or the park itself, you know you’re just about to miss something really cool. And once the lights are out and the gates are closed that’s when the zoo really comes alive. Zoologists will tell you the […]

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Locations Can Cash in with Caramel Corn Thanks to Gold Medal

October 30, 2010 No Comments

Making 78 percent or more profits just got easier. The #2626 Karamel Baby, from Gold Medal Products Co., makes it simple for anybody to profit from caramel corn sales. This sweet treat creates a sense of nostalgia and brings back fond memories. It taps directly into the current trend of families spending money on comfort […]

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Sponsors

Davis & Davis, Inc.

Planning consultants for wet/dry attractions, mini-golf, go-kart tracks and laser arenas.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Spectrum Sports

Climbing walls, ropes courses, go-karts and more.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Jane Farrell Turf and Carpets, Inc.

Commercial carpet, printed and decorative patterns, loop and cut-pile construction. Wall coverings in fluorescents, Class A fire rated. Colored turf, both traditional and neon colors.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Formula K Raceways

Go-karts, kiddie cars and bumper boats, go-kart parts and tires.

Laser Star

Laser shooting galleries, laser tag, dark ride target systems, overhead target ranges.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Store on Wheels

Importer and distributor of quality toys, lighting and novelties. Cater to the amusement, retail and entertainment industries.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

International Special Events (ISERA)

Risk purchasing group, a better way to purchase liability insurance, specializing in inflatables and much more.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Aquaventronics

Research and development of interactive water games for use in the commercial amusement industry.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Bulbtronics

A premier source for lamps, LEDs, batteries and lighting-related and electrical products.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Knight Equipment

Drive cables for ferris wheels, Tilt-A-Whirls, Rock-O-Planes and many others.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

Wristbands with no hidden costs, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Wristband System.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Castle Golf, Inc.

Planning, design and construction of miniature golf courses and family fun parks.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Soft Play

Leader in designing, manufacturing and installing soft contained playground equipment.

Tear Repair

Tear-Aid industrial strength patches to repair holes and tears.

Extreme Engineering

Industry leader in zip lines, climbing walls, jumper systems and adventure products.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Max Flight

Manufactures interactive virtual reality motion-platform game systems including networkable flight and roller coaster simulators.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

Picnic tables, grills, park benches, planters, trash containers and more.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Embed

Provides innovative IT products and services with a primary focus on card-based solutions and database applications for the leisure and retail industries.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

Concession trailers and Antique, Jeep and Grand Prix auto rides.

Gold Medal Products Co.

Concession equipment, foods and beverages, popcorn, pretzels and snack foods.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

Premier vending supply for all of your vending equipment and supply needs.

Penny Press

Penny souvenir machine, great for parks, FECs, bowling and skating centers, museums and tourist attractions.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Family Fun Corp.

Waterpark walls for rivers, bumper boat and splash down pools.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Art Attack

Theming, miniature golf, parade floats, 3D props, air-brushed murals, signage and art panels.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Perfect Fry

Innovative and simple-to-operate countertop deep fryer Perfect Fryers.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

American Changer

Bill and coin dispensers and counters, ticket machines and more.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

Fun Pro is an insurance program especially designed for party planners and party rental businesses.

Rides-4-U, INC.

New and used rides, kiddie, family, major and thrill.

Rio Syrup

Over 250 flavors, syrups and concentrates for shaved ice, sno cones, shushes, food colors. Now featuring Hawaiian Flower Cups.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Cost of Wisconson

Creators of simulated environments, duplicate structures, sculpted figures, exhibits, water features, mini-golf and more.

Poly Products

Tables, benches and related products. Green products for a green world.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Enchanted Castle Studios

Fiberglass statuary and figures for restaurants, mini-golf, theme parks and other attractions.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

Designers of unique themed parks, attractions and environments for the entertainment business.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Brunswick Bowling

Entertainment bowling center developer and manufacturer of bowling equipment and entertainment products.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Sureshot Redemption

One-stop source for prize redemption counters at entertainment centers.

Namco

Namco America is a premier manufacturer of coin-op arcade attractions, ranging from the hottest titles like Crazy Typhoon and Jumpin’ Jackpot to classic game-room experiences such as the Pac-Man 25th Anniversary upright that features Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga. Specialized pieces such as Wonka Sweetland and Flamin Finger are favorites too! For arcade gaming fun, Namco America is your answer.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

A complete line of Imperial strollers, wagons and safari utility vehicles.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Johnny Rockets
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