Archive for April, 2010

Training and Retaining for Best Performance

April 28, 2010 No Comments

Zoos and aquariums face the same challenges as corporations when it comes to hiring and retaining employees. No matter what the economic conditions, the right personnel have to be in place to ensure customer safety and guest satisfaction. The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro, Calif., is owned by the City of Los Angeles, which […]

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The Role of Entertainment in Cultural Institutions

The Role of Entertainment in Cultural Institutions

April 28, 2010 No Comments

The marriage of entertainment and education has been given the general term “Edutainment” – but has had to fight to prove its value in a sector that is incredibly reticent to embrace anything that they see as dumbing down or trivializing the process of learning. In out-of-home, the international “Edutainment” sector covers one of the […]

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How Six Flags is Using the Online World to Tap Real-Time Revenue Streams

How Six Flags is Using the Online World to Tap Real-Time Revenue Streams

April 28, 2010 No Comments

 During last November’s IAAPA Attractions Expo in Las Vegas, I enjoyed several interesting conversations with large park operators on the topic of discretionary spending at amusement facilities. The gist of those conversations was simple and straightforward: in tough economic times like these, how do you convince guests to spend more money once they’ve entered […]

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Safe Havens

Safe Havens

April 28, 2010 No Comments

There is nothing much more fun to a kid than running, climbing, jumping or playing sports, except perhaps doing all of those things in one place. That is why family entertainment centers (FECs) have been so successful through the years. Parents seek out places where their children can run wild and let loose, while being […]

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Sponsors

American Changer

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

Aquaventronics

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

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Art Attack

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Family Fun Corp.

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

Knight Equipment

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

Poly Products

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

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

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.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Perfect Fry

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Soft Play

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

Store on Wheels

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

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Embed

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

Spectrum Sports

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Tear Repair

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

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Rio Syrup

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Penny Press

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

International Special Events (ISERA)

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

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Extreme Engineering

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

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Formula K Raceways

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Laser Star

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Cost of Wisconson

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

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

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

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

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.

Max Flight

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

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Brunswick Bowling

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

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Bulbtronics

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

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

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